Perfect picnic spots

Whether you’re catching up with friends or spending time with family, there’s no simpler joy than sharing a picnic in the great outdoors. From sunlit hill-tops to shady riverbanks, have your lunch al fresco at a place we care for. Get ready for National Picnic Week from 19-27 June 2021 with delicious recipes and picnic essentials to take with you.

Throwing a picnic together and venturing into the great outdoors is a great option for a day out – whether you’re visiting one of the places that we care for, or just heading to your local park.

Both adults and little ones can benefit from spending a bit of time out in nature, whether you’re taking a moment to listen to the birdsong, or letting the kids burn off some energy with a run-around. With the promise of a tasty picnic, you’ll have no problem getting the whole family out to explore.

Please check property webpages to see what picnic facilities they have available.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open. Many houses are also open to visit. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

Places to picnic

Walker on track through hedges of white hawthorn blossom

Follow the Countryside Code 

With more people than ever enjoying our coast and countryside places, we’re asking for your help in looking after them during your visit. Please help us protect wildlife and landscapes by following the Countryside Code, which includes taking any litter home with you and not lighting a barbecue or campfire.

Tasty picnic treats

Get more inspiration for your perfect picnic Browse our recipes

Picnic essentials

Picnic fun and adventure
Child in red jack climbing tree on wimpole estate

Activities for mini explorers 

Picnicking with young adventurers? Why not let them explore the wild world around them by trying some of the '50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities? From going barefoot and feeling the grass under their feet, to playing Pooh sticks or getting to know a tree throughout the changing seasons – there are plenty of ways to get them out and into nature.