Throwing a picnic together and venturing into the great outdoors is a great option for a day out – whether you’re visiting one of the places that we care for, or just heading to your local park.
Both adults and little ones can benefit from spending a bit of time out in nature, whether you’re taking a moment to listen to the birdsong, or letting the kids burn off some energy with a run-around. With the promise of a tasty picnic, you’ll have no problem getting the whole family out to explore.
There’s some important information you need to know before heading off on your picnic adventures as not all the places you love will be open just yet. You can find out what's open and whether you need to book below.
Please check property web pages to see what picnic facilities they have available.
Which places are open?
- More than 135 gardens and parklands are open through advance booking
- We’ve opened many of our cafés and shops at these places to help make your visit feel as close to normal as possible
- Hundreds of coast and countryside car parks are open and most don’t need to be booked
- We’ve also opened seven houses in England and Northern Ireland as part of a pilot to welcome back visitors to the houses and buildings we care for
We're following government advice closely and will reopen more places as soon as we can.
Do you pack your hamper full of indulgent treats such as pies, strawberry cheesecake and something sparkly? Or do you prefer to stuff your backpack full of snacks to enjoy on the go? Whatever your style or taste, we’ve got lots of delicious recipes for you to try out for National Picnic Week. Choose your picnic personality below to discover a scrumptious recipe that will tickle your taste buds this summer.
One of the main perks of a picnic is getting to spend time in the great outdoors. If you’re looking for ways to help take care of the world around you, then why not try our four tips for a more sustainable picnic?
Reuseable cutlery and containers reduce waste, and work out cheaper over time. Take a look below for some sustainable picnic essentials available in our shops.
Think local and seasonal
Reduce your food miles by eating fruit and veg that’s in season, rather than imported from another country. For extra points you could try growing your own.
On your bike
Add to the adventure by walking or cycling to your picnic spot. A bit of exercise will help work up an appetite, and you’ll cut down on car emissions too.
Leave no trace
If you end up with some waste after your picnic, make sure to take it away with you. Don’t leave leftovers for local wildlife, as it may not be good for them.