Picnic spots at Kedleston

A family stops for a picnic by the lake

With over 800 acres of parkland, Kedleston has plenty of great picnic places. Whether you’ve been on a big adventure into the parkland's wilderness or for a potter around the Pleasure Grounds everyone loves a good picnic!

Down by the lake

Down by the lake is a favourite when it comes to picnics, especially for those who enjoy bird watching. The banks are a prime spot for wildlife, just make sure you’re careful not to disturb any of the nesting birds that call Kedleston home.

The park and pleasure grounds at Kedleston are being restored to reflect its 18th-century origins
The fishing pavilion by the lake at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
The park and pleasure grounds at Kedleston are being restored to reflect its 18th-century origins

Into the wilderness

For those who don’t mind walking a little further, the 'Wilderness' on the far side of the lake is a haven of calm. It has been intentionally left more rough and ready with fallen deadwood and long grass to keep a more natural environment and habitats for wildlife. Roll out your blanket beneath one of Derbyshire's most ancient trees and relax in the peace and quiet on the path less trodden.

Find some of Derbyshire oldest trees
one of kedlestons veteran oak trees
Find some of Derbyshire oldest trees

Woodland wonders

Depending on what time of year you visit Kedleston’s woodland there's always something new to see. During the earlier summer months wild orchids are out. Later into the autumn a sea of golden leaves emerge, and in springtime bluebells and delicate yellow primroses make an appearance. It's one of our favorite places. If you're out and about with little adventurers, teh natural play area hidden in the woods is a great place to stop. 

Let imaginations run wild in the natural woodland play area
playing in the woods
Let imaginations run wild in the natural woodland play area

Forgotten your sarnies?

Not to worry! Although Kedleston’s main restaurant only serves plated food, we do have a kiosk next to visitor reception to cater for your picnicking requirements. The kiosk is usually open weekends and weekdays during school holidays right up until November selling hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks. You'll find some handy picnic benches here too.

A perfect place for a picnic
a family enjoy a picnic
A perfect place for a picnic