Perfect picnic spots in and around West Sussex

With the long, refreshing days of summer to look forward to, it’s time to make the most of nature – and what better way to celebrate nature’s delights than with a visit to our countryside and gardens in Sussex. Pack a picnic and head up to the top of Devil’s Dyke for glorious views of the rolling South Downs. At Petworth, set up your picnic with views of the historic parkland and grand mansion that inspired JMW Turner. Here are some of our favourite places to picnic:

A family enjoying a picnic in Petworth Park

Petworth 

Find your perfect spot for a picnic in the huge expanse of parkland at Petworth. Enjoy the serenity of our stately mansion nestled in the South Downs and catch a glimpse the fallow deer that live here.

Distant views over field systems at Devil's Dyke with trees and scrub framing left and right

Devil's Dyke 

John Constable described the panorama from Devil’s Dyke as 'the grandest view in the world'. Enjoy a picnic here or go beyond the view by taking part in our Orchid Safari or Butterfly Walk.

Visitors enjoying a picnic by the lake at Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park and Garden 

Throw down your blanket in a horticultural work of art formed through centuries of landscape design. From the four lakes at the heart of the garden to the 250 acres of parkland where paths and resting spots dating back to the 18th century, you'll find picnic spots to return to again and again.

Family having picnic in garden

Nymans 

Picnics are welcome in the garden at Nymans, with its romantic ruins, stone archways and tree-lined avenues, surrounded by lush green countryside. The café is open for takeaway coffees and ice-creams to top up your hamper.

Beautiful gardens following the Garden Revival project at Standen

Standen 

Summer is the best time to explore the garden at Standen. Enjoy a picnic on Goose Green, and explore the newly restored gardens. There are midsummer celebrations in June and exhibitions in the house.