Perfect picnic spots in the East of England

Get friends and family together, 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?

A view of the Vale of Aylesbury from Ivinghoe Beacon

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.

A couple rowing on the River Stour

Flatford, Suffolk 

Flatford is at the heart of Constable Country and the Dedham Vale. Head down towards the river for the perfect spot to tuck into a picnic and absorb the places and views that artist John Constable knew and loved. Why not hire a rowing boat whilst you're there?

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 Fairy Lake.

Brancaster 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.

View from the top of the gazebo viewing tower

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.

The Gothic Folly on the Wimpole Estate

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.

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