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 to the gardens at Standen. Or set up your picnic at Petworth Park with views of the historic parkland and grand mansion that inspired JMW Turner. Here are some of our favourite places to picnic:

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Beautiful gardens following the Garden Revival project at Standen


Summer is the best time to explore the garden at Standen. Enjoy a picnic on Goose Green, and explore the restored gardens. Picnic on the Rock Top walk for views of the Sussex Weald. Or explore the woodland in search of shady glades.

Family having picnic in garden


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.

A family enjoying a picnic in Petworth Park


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.

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.