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, we know of some great picnic locations with picturesque backdrops. So gather friends and family, pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely day outdoors eating alfresco.

Man on picnic rug in front of Blickling

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

The gardens are an ideal spot for a picnic, with quiet corners to tuck yourself away for some peace and quiet, or pull up a pew on one of our deckchairs on the lawn. When you've eaten your fill, why not stay a little longer for a game of croquet or rounders?

Family picnic on Dunstable Downs

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire 

Dunstable Downs is the highest point in Bedfordshire. At 797 feet above sea level, from here you can enjoy scenic views for miles around. Watch the gliders and birds soar overhead and don't forget to pack your kite to fly.

Family enjoying a picnic in front of Houghton Mill

Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire 

Discover the water meadows of the quintessentially English landscape that surround Houghton Mill. Bring your blanket and enjoy a riverside picnic, before seeing the mill working as it has done for over 1000 years.

View of the Rotunda, Church, and Walled Garden from across the Canal Lake

Ickworth, Suffolk 

At Ickworth it’s easy to leave the hustle and bustle behind you and escape into the parkland. Head to the Walled Garden and the lawn just outside the summer house to enjoy your picnic with a view across the Canal Lake.

Family enjoying a picnic in the garden at Melford Hall

Melford Hall, Suffolk 

On a warm sunny day why not enjoy a picnic in the garden at Melford Hall? Soak up the atmosphere in the place that inspired Beatrix Potter. And don't worry if you've forgotten your picnic rug, you can borrow one of ours and our younger visitors may like our story bags.

A couple enjoying a picnic on the beach

Brancaster Beach, Norfolk 

The Norfolk coast is famous for its wide horizons and big skies. Enjoy the endless golden sands and uninterrupted views from Brancaster Beach. It’s also the perfect spot for cricket games, sandcastle competitions, kite flying and of course picnics.

Cartwheel family

Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk 

Looking for a great backdrop for your picnic? The lawns around Oxburgh Hall are a great place to unravel your blanket and enjoy the view. Whether you're with friends or family, you can easily find a quiet spot to enjoy the tranquility or take advantage of the garden games on offer, for those with a competitive side!

View over the Norfolk Coast

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

Designed by Humphrey Repton in 1812, Sheringham Park boasts miles of stunning coastal views and a vast collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. With so many beautiful sights to see, you’ll be spoilt for choice of where to stop and enjoy your picnic.

Wimpole's Gothic Folly

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire 

Admire the views of the recently restored gothic tower, designed to catch the eye at Wimpole Estate, with a picnic in the North Park. You’ll be able to see right across the Estate from here, as you enjoy the peace and tranquility of your surroundings.

Recipe for a smoked mackerel rillette sandwich

Best picnic recipes 

Make the most of our blossoming gardens this spring with our best picnic recipes. Skip the soggy sandwiches and enjoy fresh minty pasta and gooey gluten-free brownies.

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