Picnic spots in the South West

There are beaches, parkland and gardens galore in the South West perfect for socially distanced picnicking this summer. Here are our top places to picnic in each county. We've indicated the places where you'll need to book ahead before visiting - just visit the property web page to book your visit.

Visitors enjoying a picnic in a rolling field

Places to picnic in Gloucestershire 

There are lots of places to enjoy a picnic in Gloucestershire, out in the countryside, under shady tree in a garden or at one of the many picnic areas.

The lawns in the Botanic Garden at Lacock Abbey

Picnic spots around Wiltshire 

There is little nicer than a picnic when the sun is out, but as autumn comes calling there are still plenty of opportunities for al fresco dining. If you bring your sandwiches, there are plenty of places to choose from to picnic in Wiltshire, some with great views, some surrounded by wildlife. Here's just a small selection.

A family picnic on the lawn at Saltram

Picnic spots in Devon and Exmoor 

Planning a picnic? From woodland walks to colourful gardens or seaside spots, there are plenty of places to spread out a picnic blanket and drink in the views around Devon and Exmoor.

Ailwood Down at Studland Bay, Dorset

Picnic spots in Dorset 

Having a picnic on a lazy, hazy, summer day is what memories are made of - whether its sand in the sandwiches or relaxing looking at a perfect view, but picnics whatever the season and the weather are a British tradition.

Family enjoying a picnic

Places to picnic in Cornwall 

Sandy beaches, colourful gardens, secluded coves: Cornwall is filled with perfect picnic spots which can be enjoyed whatever the weather (just don't forget your waterproofs). Here are just a few suggestions for your next picnic.

Visitors on a bench on the South Lawn at Barrington Court, Somerset

Perfect picnic spots in Somerset 

Summer memories should always include a summer picnic in a perfect picnic spot, and as summer fades into autumn, there are still plenty of opportunities for a picnic. Here are just a few suggestions of places around Somerset to spread out a blanket.

Picnic lunch with salad, fruit and cakes at The Argory

Summer picnic spots in the Cotswolds 

Why not bring your friends and family together to a favourite picnic spot where you can relax and enjoy the view?

Father and daughter picnic on grass

Perfect picnic spots 

Pack a hamper, round up friends and family and enjoy a leisurely summer's day outside. Whether you prefer golden sand, wildflower meadows or rolling green hills, there's a landscape for every taste.

Places to visit in the South West 

See the full list of gardens and outdoor spaces we care for in the South West which are open by county, and how to book to visit.

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside locations are open. Cafés are offering a takeaway service and some outdoor seating is available at cafés in England only. Some shops are open in England and Wales but remain closed in Northern Ireland. All houses are currently closed. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our priority. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.