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.
There’s some important information you need to know before heading off on your picnic adventures as not all the places you love will be open just yet. You can find out what's open and whether you need to book below.
Please check property web pages to see what picnic facilities they have available.
In England, we're pleased to have been able to keep our gardens, parks and outdoor spaces open through the current lockdown. From 2 December, we'll be able to reopen some houses and welcome you to sit in our cafés again. In tier 3, indoor areas will remain closed and cafés will be takeaway only. Please follow your area's tiering system and government guidance when planning a visit.
Following Welsh government guidance, all places in Wales are now open for Wales residents, and we're pleased to be welcoming many of you again.
In line with Northern Ireland Executive circuit break restrictions, our gardens and parks in Northern Ireland will open from 28 November. All houses, shops and visitor centres will stay closed during the circuit break until 11 December, and cafés will be takeaway only.
Before visiting, please always check local and national government guidance on travelling. You can check the property webpage in case of local restrictions. We're following government advice closely and will reopen more places as soon as we can.
Do you pack your hamper full of indulgent treats such as pies, strawberry cheesecake and something sparkly? Or do you prefer to stuff your backpack full of snacks to enjoy on the go? Whatever your style or taste, we’ve got lots of delicious recipes for you to try out for National Picnic Week. Choose your picnic personality below to discover a scrumptious recipe that will tickle your taste buds this summer.
One of the main perks of a picnic is getting to spend time in the great outdoors. If you’re looking for ways to help take care of the world around you, then why not try our four tips for a more sustainable picnic?
Reuseable cutlery and containers reduce waste, and work out cheaper over time. Take a look below for some sustainable picnic essentials available in our shops.
Think local and seasonal
Reduce your food miles by eating fruit and veg that’s in season, rather than imported from another country. For extra points you could try growing your own.
On your bike
Add to the adventure by walking or cycling to your picnic spot. A bit of exercise will help work up an appetite, and you’ll cut down on car emissions too.
Leave no trace
If you end up with some waste after your picnic, make sure to take it away with you. Don’t leave leftovers for local wildlife, as it may not be good for them.