Some perfect 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.

Picnics on Brownsea

Brownsea Picnic Spots

Bring your picnic and settle in on a sweeping shoreline, clifftop viewpoint or sheltered woodland, and feel a million miles away on Brownsea Island.

 Family having a picnic on the beach at Studland Family having a picnic on the beach at Studland/ National Trust Images/David Levenson

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, Dorset 

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.

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. 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 but please note events take place in the outer bailey for much of the summer period and the area can get very busy.

Enjoying a picnic at Kingston Lacy

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 and plenty of space to run, play games or kick a football. If you venture onto the new Woodland Trail you will discover a play area, with picnic benches for all to enjoy or alternatively pop down to the Kitchen Garden where you can treat yourself to an ice cream with your picnic.