Perfect picnic spots in Sussex

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 Sussex. Pack a picnic and set up on top of Devil’s Dyke for glorious views of the rolling South Downs, or take part in Sheffield Park and Garden’s family trail, themed on their Extravagant Earl’s Mile Long Picnic. At Petworth, set up your picnic with views of the historic parkland and grand mansion that inspired JMW Turner. Here are some of our favourite places to picnic:

A family enjoying a picnic in Petworth Park

Petworth 

Find your perfect spot for a picnic in the huge expanse of parkland at Petworth. Enjoy the serenity of our stately mansion nestled in the South Downs and catch a glimpse the fallow deer that live here.

Distant views over field systems at Devil's Dyke with trees and scrub framing left and right

Devil's Dyke 

When John Constable described the panorama from Devil’s Dyke as 'the grandest view in the world'. Enjoy a picnic here or go beyond the view by taking part in our Orchid Safari or Butterfly Walk with expert Matthew Oates.

Visitors enjoying a picnic by the lake at Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park and Garden 

During the summer holidays - 15 July to 10 September - families can join our Summer Party Trail, where you’ll find out what it was like to be one of the children invited to the Earl’s grand summer picnics.

Family having picnic in garden

Nymans 

Picnics are welcome in the garden at Nymans, with its romantic ruins, stone archways and tree-lined avenues, surrounded by lush green countryside. The café is open for takeaway coffees and ice-creams to top up your hamper.

Beautiful gardens following the Garden Revival project at Standen

Standen 

Summer is the best time to explore the garden at Standen. Enjoy a picnic on Goose Green, and explore the newly restored gardens. There are midsummer celebrations in June and exhibitions in the house.