Picnic spots in Dorset

There are so many picnic spots in Dorset - here are just a few ideas. Having a picnic on a lazy, hazy, summer day is what memories are made of - whether it's sand in the sandwiches or relaxing looking at a perfect view, but picnics whatever the season and the weather are a British tradition.

View towards the house across the South Lawn at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

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, or spread out a blanket on the lawns. Please be aware you will need to book ahead before visiting.

A couple enjoying the view from the west bailey at Corfe Castle

Picnic with a view at Corfe Castle

Picnic with a view at Corfe Castle. We think the castle terraces and West Bailey offer unbeatable vistas over the picturesque village and the beautiful countryside of the Isle of Purbeck beyond. You are very welcome to picnic in the castle grounds. Please be aware you'll need to book ahead before visiting.

Studland Bay

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.

Dancing Ledge

Dancing Ledge

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.

Places to visit in the South West 

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Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open. Many houses are also open to visit. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays.