The South Lawn at Polesden Lacey is a glorious setting for a picnic. Go for a saunter through the formal gardens afterwards and pretend it's all yours. The café at Polesden Lacey stocks delicious take-away picnic food to top up your hamper and there’s jazz on Sunday summer afternoons.
Bring your cucumber sandwiches to the Regency Picnic, on Saturday 24 June from 6-9pm, and experience Claremont Landscape Garden as Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold might have in the early nineteenth century with promenades, music and more.
There are picnic benches and a delightful curved wooden seat near the foot of Leith Hill Tower, near Dorking. The views are stunning from the top of Leith Hill if you don't mind taking your picnic for a short walk first. Scale the steep steps to the top of the tower and feel on top of the world.
Hindhead Commons and the Devil's Punch Bowl has new carved wooden seating and picnic benches next to the natural play area. It is just behind the main car park and café, so you can top up your picnic with an ice cream or cake, while the kids explore their wild side.
With its picture perfect mansion and expanses of grassy parkland Hatchlands is a beguiling place to unroll your picnic blanket. For the younger members of the family there are bouncy space hoppers on the lawn, fallen trees to clamber on in the parkland and a tree house to discover.
Winkworth Arboretum opened a new natural play area this year, suitable for a wide range of ages. Throughout the Arboretum there are enchanting spots for pitching your picnic blanket overlooking the hillside and lake.
Just a stone’s throw from the M25, this picturesque stretch of the Thames provides picnicking with a view. Children and dogs alike can run off steam in the adjacent water meadows where Magna Carta was signed.
Make the most of summer with a walk in the Surrey countryside. Take your pick from these downloadable walking trails with the very best landscapes for butterflies and wildflowers, spectacular views, open parkland and tranquil waterways.
Our gardens are all at their colourful best during the summer months with vibrant colours, relaxing spaces and breath-taking views. From the rose garden at Polesden Lacey to the landscaped vistas at Claremont, find a summer garden near you.
A butterfly dancing from blossom to flower is always a cheerful sight, these bright, colourful emblems of warmth and sunshine are perhaps our best-loved insects. Enjoy a stroll in the sunshine at some of our best Surrey butterfly spots.