Perfect picnic spots

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than packing a picnic and catching up with friends and family. With miles of coastline and acres of countryside, we have some of the best places in the country for eating outside. Here's some of our perfect picnic spots.

Man lying on a rug with a picnic

Perfect picnic spots in the East of England 

Whether you're seeking peace and quiet or want somewhere where the family can let off steam, there are some great picnic spots in the east of England. Gather friends and family, pack a hamper and enjoy a leisurely day in the great outdoors.

Enjoying a picnic

Perfect picnic spots in the Midlands 

Whether it's a family day out, a gathering of friends, or a romantic date, it’s hard to beat a picnic on a warm sunny day. We’ve got plenty of places to lay out the blanket: will you choose to settle down beside the rushing river at Ilam Park, or explore the wild moors of Longshaw in the Peak District?

Visitors enjoying a picnic in a rolling field

Perfect picnic spots in the North East 

There's nothing like getting friends and family together with a hamper in beautiful surroundings. Whether you’re wandering along sandy beaches on Northumberland’s coastline or rambling through the rugged countryside beside Hadrian’s Wall, here are some of the best places for an al-fresco lunch.

Visitors at Fell Foot Park

Perfect picnic spots in the North West  

A walk and a picnic is a classic combination for a summer’s day. Round up family and friends and take them for a stroll around Lake Windermere, or along the sandy beaches at Formby near Liverpool. With a hamper full of treats as a reward, you’re sure to have plenty of company.

Friends picnic on the abbey west green

Perfect picnic spots in Yorkshire 

Find the perfect place to enjoy a picnic this summer. Whether you're looking for a spot on the beach, somewhere with a cliff top view, some woodland shade or a wide open lawn to relax, you're spoilt for choice in Yorkshire.

Visitors enjoying a picnic by the lake at Sheffield Park

Perfect picnic spots in the South East 

Gather up your family and friends, pack your favourite summer lunch and seek out the perfect spot to unroll your picnic blanket on a visit to our countryside and gardens in the South East. Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen’s Emma, who famously picnicked at Box Hill, or set up on top of Devil’s Dyke for glorious views of the rolling South Downs.

Family enjoying a summer picnic

Picnic spots in the South West 

When it comes to picnic spots, you’re spoilt for choice in the South West. Will you go for the endless sandy swathe of Studland Beach in Dorset, or the shady woodlands of Lydford Gorge in Devon? With coastline, parkland and gardens galore you’ll never be far away from somewhere to sit and take in the view.

Picnics at Penrhyn Castle

Perfect picnic spots in Wales 

Coast, countryside or even the grounds of a castle – which is the spot for you? Whether you're on a leisurely day trip or a holiday with the family, a picnic is a great way to spend time outside soaking up the sun and breathing in the fresh air. Read on to discover some of the best picnic spots in Wales – and don’t forget the blanket.

Picnic at Murlough National Nature Reserve

Perfect picnic spots in Northern Ireland 

Northern Ireland offers an abundance of great places to picnic. From charming coastal spots, to magical woodlands; intimate walled gardens and rolling countryside, there's no shortage of places to unpack your hamper and enjoy the view...