Summer picnic spots in the Cotswolds

There are lots of places to enjoy a picnic in the Cotswolds, out in the countryside, under shady tree in a garden or at one of the many picnic areas. Don't forget to take your rubbish with you when you've finished to help keep these places special, and maintain social distancing measures to keep safe. We've indicated the places where you'll need to book ahead before visiting - just visit the property web page to book your visit.

Summer in the Pillar Garden

Summer at Hidcote

Hidcote reaches its flowering crescendo during the summer months, with striking colours and scents. There's even a dedicated picnic space. Please book ahead before visiting Hidcote.

View over Newark Park garden and estate

The garden at Newark Park

From snowdrops in February to cyclamen in autumn, there's plenty to see for green-fingered visitors. Why not pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawn? Please be aware that you'll need to book ahead of visiting.

The Garden at Westbury

Things to see and do at Westbury Court Garden

You can explore canals, admire clipped hedges and see 17th-century vegetable plots growing through the seasons. There's a dedicated picnic area over the bridge, so why not make some sandwiches, pack your rug and book your visit?

A view across Rodborough Common, Gloucestershire

Picnic at Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons

Rolling hills and open spaces above the Stroud Valleys and Severn estuary, steeped in history, wildlife and wild flowers.

The east court garden at Montacute House

Places to visit in the South West 

Find out which other gardens and outdoor spaces we care for in the South West are open by county, and how to book to visit.

Adults and two children taking an autumn walk amongst the trees

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

More than 135 gardens and parks are now open through advance booking, as well as hundreds of coast and countryside places. A number of houses are also open in England and Northern Ireland. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.