Perfect picnic spots in the East of England

Whether you're seeking peace and quiet or want somewhere special where the family can get together in the great outdoors, we know of some great picnic locations with picturesque backdrops. So pack up your picnic and enjoy a leisurely day eating alfresco.

View of Blickling Hall across the lake

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

The parkland at Blickling offers quiet corners to tuck yourself away for some peace and quiet. We’d also recommend the Acre, just beyond the blooming Parterre, where you can enjoy picturesque views of the lake and garden games with the family.

Family enjoying a summer picnic

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire 

Dunstable Downs is the highest point in Bedfordshire. From here you can enjoy scenic views for miles around, whilst enjoying your picnic, as birds soar overhead.

Picnic benches outside by the River Stour at Flatford, Suffolk

Flatford, Suffolk 

With the River Stour creating a path through the landscape, relax by the water’s edge or take shelter under a shady tree and imagine you’re in a scene from Wind in the Willows.

Ickworth Church and Summer House from Canal Lake

Ickworth, Suffolk 

At Ickworth the croquet lawn in the Italianate Garden makes for a great picnic spot, as does the lawn outside the Earl Bishop’s summerhouse in the Walled Garden, with views across the Canal Lake. From here you can walk off your lunch, by taking a stroll up to the 80ft tall monument.

Family enjoying a picnic in the garden at Melford Hall

Melford Hall, Suffolk 

Settle down on the lawn at Melford for a picnic, surrounded by flowers. Why not pick up a tasty treat, perhaps a home-baked cake or ice cream to finish off your lunch?

Cartwheel family

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk 

Spread out your picnic blanket at Oxburgh and enjoy the colourful garden blooms and mirror-like reflections in the moat. Family games are available and dogs are welcome too, making it the perfect spot to while away a few hours.

The garden at Shaw's Corner, with the house in the distance

Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire 

Roll-out your picnic blanket on the lawn and soak up the rural idyll that is Shaw's Corner. Will the gardens inspire you like they did author George Bernard Shaw?

Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

Designed by Humphrey Repton in 1812, Sheringham Park boasts miles of stunning coastal views, you’ll be spoilt for choice of where to stop and enjoy your picnic en-route. You might even be lucky to witness a steam train passing through.

Wimpole's Gothic Folly

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire 

How about a picnic next to a restored Gothic Tower? The 18th-century tower, designed to look like a picturesque medieval ruin, makes for a picture-perfect backdrop.