With classical temples, mystical grottoes and exotic trees, Stourhead makes for quite a picnic spot. Once you’ve explored the 2,650-acre estate, settle down on the lawns to enjoy a picnic with views across the lake.
Birling Gap café looks right over the cliff top into the sea below. Enjoy a hot drink before you take on a brisk springtime walk, or pop in for fish and chips caught by local fishermen in nearby Newhaven.
As part of the Hardwick Estate, Stainsby Mill has been producing flour for centuries. You can explore the intricate machinery, learn more about the millers, and even buy Stainsby flour to bake a memento when you get home.
With an orchard boasting over 180 varieties of apples and pears (some of which date back to Roman times) Erddig is a unique place to visit. Learn all about the estate’s history and then relax with a glass of Erddig cider in the restaurant or tea garden.
Visitors to Tattershall Castle are encouraged to picnic in the castle grounds. Enjoy your sandwiches while surrounded by the moat and an imposing keep. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see historic WWII planes flying overhead from RAF Coningsby.
Built in 1785, Attingham Park was the backdrop to scandalous marriages, extravagance and bankruptcy. But now all the juiciness comes from the walled garden where you’ll find all sorts of seasonal produce to take home with you
Rufford Old Hall is one of Lancashire’s finest Tudor buildings. It was also the stomping ground for the young William Shakespeare. Today, you can take a seat in the old kitchen and try a home-baked scone straight from the oven.
If you’re travelling on the M1, why not stop off at Hardwick Hall (junction 29) to enjoy the 16th century manor house, historic parkland and woods. It certainly beats the motorway service station for scenery, and there’s also a restaurant for you to enjoy a snack or two.