Perfect picnic spots in Surrey

With the long, refreshing days of summer to look forward to, it’s time to make the most of nature – and what better way to celebrate nature’s delights than with a visit to our countryside and gardens in Surrey. Pack a picnic and take part in Claremont Landscape Garden’s Regency Picnic event. At Polesden Lacey you can even buy delicious picnic items to take away from the café. Here are some of our favourite places to picnic:

Enjoying a picnic

Polesden Lacey 

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.

Visitors by the lake at Claremont Landscape Garden, Surrey

Claremont Landscape Garden 

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.

Picnicing at Leith Hill, Surrey

Leith Hill Tower 

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.

view across hillside and heather at Hindhead Common

Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl 

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.

A family picnic at Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands Park 

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.

Family enjoying a summer picnic

Winkworth Arboretum 

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.

A family enjoying a picnic by the river at Runnymede

Runnymede and Ankerwycke 

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.