Perfect picnic spots in the North East

Make the most of the summer sun and find the perfect place to put down your picnic blanket. Whether you're looking for a spot on the beach, some woodland shade or somewhere with a view, there's plenty of special places to chose from in the North East. So gather friends and family, pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely day outdoors eating alfresco.

Children running by the lake


Cragside offers loads of outdoor picnicking opportunities from lakeside dining to feasting among the trees and shrubs. The tea-rooms offer family picnics to take out so you don't need to worry if you haven't packed your own.

Two boys run in the garden at Wallington


With its beautiful Palladian mansion fronted by a vast grassed courtyard, acres of woodland, walled garden, landscape lawns, river frontage, enchanting children’s play train and fabulous wooden fort, there’s plenty of room to escape the crowds and settle back for an al fresco meal after a busy morning’s exploring.

Embleton bay with Dunstanbugh Castle in the distance

Northumberland Coast

Pack a picnic and explore the golden sands of the Northumberland Coast this summer. Enjoy your sandwiches on the long beach of Embleton Bay, or follow the Craster to Low Newton trail and find your own perfect resting spot for lunch.

 a family enjoy a picnic in front of the chapel at Gibside


Find a spot at Gibside for Derwent Valley views, refreshing open spaces, historic buildings and wildlife aplenty. Stay for longer this summer with late opening Friday and Saturday evenings. Explore the estate and enjoy a picnic tea amongst the birds and butterflies in the walled garden, or relax with a real ale and wood-fired pizza in the Friday night beer garden.

a Sycamore tree nestled in Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Fort

Work up an appetite as you search for the perfect spot for a bite to eat along the Wall. It could be the famous Sycamore Gap or one of the many vantage points offering panoramic views north and south of the wall near to Housesteads Fort.

A unique venue for your event at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Tyne and Wear

With spectacular coastal views and wildlife to spot, plenty of fresh air and miles of open grassland, The Leas is an ideal spot to sit, eat and contemplate. There are 2.5 miles of coastline to choose from or you can find a picnic bench at Souter Lighthouse.

Visitors at Penshaw Monument, Sunderland

Penshaw Monument

At 70ft high, this folly based on Athens’ Temple of Hephaestus isn’t just Wearside’s most beloved landmark, but can be seen for miles around. The views across Tyneside and Wearside from the monument are stunning, which makes it the perfect place to unpack your picnic hamper.