Picnic spots in the South West

How about getting friends and family together, packing a picnic and enjoying a leisurely summer's day outdoors? There's beaches, parkland and gardens galore in the South West - here's a few for inspiration, or search for somewhere near you.

Family picnic on the grass

Summer picnics and wildlife at the gorge

Enhance a beautiful summer walk with a picnic in one of our favourite spots.

Enjoying a picnic at Kingston Lacy

Enjoying a picnic at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is full of spots to take a rest and enjoy a picnic. Head to the copper beech field with its great views of the house and plenty of space to run, play games or kick a football. If you venture onto the new Woodland Trail you will discover a play area, with picnic benches for all to enjoy or alternatively pop down to the Kitchen Garden where you can treat yourself to an ice cream with your picnic.

Montacute House picnic

Montacute, Somerset

The best picnic spots at Montacute House can be found by hunting for them. Hidden behind the hedges of West Drive is the lower paddock where you can find the family picnic area.  Shaded by the trees you can munch on a sandwich whilst playing hide and seek or having a swing.

Man relaxing on a bench overlooking Lanhydrock garden

Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Lanhydrock estate covers 1,000 acres, with parkland, woods and riverside paths. Wildlife spotters will be in their element here. With plenty of flora and fauna to discover, from flowers to fungi and bugs to bats, there's something for everyone. There are many places around the estate to tuck in to your lunch.

Whitefield wildflower meadow at Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

From late May until July, the Whitefield wildflower meadow next to Dyrham Park car park comes alive with colourful daisies, clover and bee orchids. It’s a great spot for a picnic as it’s not too far to carry your cooler box and chairs and your four-legged friends are welcome too, but dogs must stick to Whitefield please.

 Family having a picnic on the beach at Studland Family having a picnic on the beach at Studland/ National Trust Images/David Levenson

Studland, Dorset

Studland Bay has long stretches of golden sandy beach that go on for four miles from South Haven Point to Old Harry Rocks, with shallow bathing water perfect for the little ones. Buckets, spades and picnics all make for a blissful day on the sands.

A family walk by Stourhead's lake

Picnics at Stourhead 

You can sit by the water's edge and let world go by with a picnic at Stourhead.

Fisherman's Path beside the River Teign in May at Castle Drogo, Devon.
Walking trail

Picnicking in the Teign Valley 

As sunlight streams through the trees you can find a cool spot by the River Teign. Wildlife is abundant in the woods and you may glimpse a dipper or kingfisher.

Dancing Ledge

Dancing Ledge, Dorset 

It’s a bit of a scramble but well worth it – Dancing Ledge is a rocky amphitheatre with front row seats for some magnificent sea views. Seabirds, rock climbers and coasteering adventurers provide the entertainment as you eat, and you can always cool off in the pool, originally blasted out of the rock by quarrymen so local schoolchildren could enjoy a dip.

Barrington Court summer

Barrington Court, Somerset

Once you've found your perfect spot you're welcome to bring a picnic and spend as much time as you like, watch the trees casting patterns of dappled shade on the grass, read a book or drift away to the sounds of summer all around you.

Family having a picnic on the Meadow, Trengwainton, Cornwall

Trengwainton's places to picnic and play

Whether it's the full sun of the Terrace with its sea views, or the dappled shade of the Meadow's trees, Trengwainton has some great spots to lay out a rug, have a picnic and have some adventures.

Children run towards the camera with Tyntesfield house behind them.

Summer holidays at Tyntesfield

School's out and whether the sun's out too or not, there's something fun for the whole family this summer at Tyntesfield.