Picnic in style at Upton House

People in period costume picnicing on the lawn

Here's a few suggestions for a good picnic spot on your next visit. So pack up a feast or simply have an ice cream and enjoy some alfresco eating at Upton this summer.

Find the perfect picnic spot

Under the shade of the Cedar trees on the south lawn is very popular. Those with a more compact lunch can make it all the way down to the bog garden lawn by the fish pond.  Or if you are after a bit more seclusion, try the orchard.

Best location if you’re with the kids

We highly recommend you head for the top of the driveway. Turn left at the end of the path from visitor reception and you will find a nice expanse of lawn under the trees on the other side of the driveway.  You’ll be right next to the woodland adventure trail and not far to return your picnic to the car after lunch.

Takeaway from the tea window

Hot drinks, snacks and ice creams are on sale from the tea window in the courtyard most weekends, weather permitting.

The restaurant has kid’s lunch boxes, sandwiches, crisps and drinks on sale from 11am.

Entertainment while you eat

If you like an outdoor event, we've got plenty for you to enjoy this summer.

Saturday 6 July, 6.30pm – Summertime Jazz NightBring a picnic and enjoy music and dancing on a summer evening. Tickets are £15* for adults and £7.50* for children if booked in advance, or £17.50 and £8.75 if bought on the door.

*A 5% booking fee is added when booking in advance. 

Weekends in August, 12-4pm – Music on the Lawn.  Enjoy the summer sun and while away the afternoon listening to Jazz on the lawn, sipping a drink fromt he bar.  Take in the garden views on a wander and get inspired by the house's story of making a made to measure home. 

Friday 16 August - Outdoor theatre, Wind in the Willows. Join Mole, Ratty and Badger on their adventures, picnicking on the river bank, messing about on boats, and rescuing the reckless Mr Toad from his brushes with the law in this heart-warming, whimsical tale of friendship, mishap and madcap adventures in Quantum Theatre’s brand new adaptation of this timeless Kenneth Grahame classic, The Wind in the Willows.