Some perfect picnic spots

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.

 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 family having a picnic at Corfe Castle

Enjoy a picnic

Stock up on treats in our shop or tea-rooms then find a place to feast. You can picnic anywhere you like in the castle grounds, but the Outer Bailey and the castle mound with views over the village are favourite spots for many families.

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.