Summer is here at last and that means one thing – it’s time for a picnic…
If there’s one thing us Brits do well, it’s an outdoor spread. So dust off your wicker basket, pack the kids’ Munchy Play plates, and put the Prosecco on ice! We’re heading on an adventure to some of the most scenic and secluded picnic spots throughout the UK.
We’ve rounded up seven of the best picnic spots around the UK, from dinosaurs to hidden gems, so dig out your picnic blanket and fingers crossed for a sunny day!
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Before you set off on your adventure, take a look at Tower Kitchen, where you'll find an amazing range of picnic hampers and baskets that make perfect companions to your next big day out. Whether you're heading off on an outdoor adventure or bringing along a picnic on your favourite day out, Tower has a great range that will suit every family. Pick from plenty of styles and colours and pack up all your favourite snacks for the perfect day out!
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- Peene Quarry Picnic Site, Kent
With the stunning Kent countryside to marvel at, Peene Quarry Picnic Site is nestled in an area of outstanding natural beauty. If you live in the South East of England, you’ll know it’s one of the top places to go for a picnic. Come summer, the grassland is covered with rare flowers and herbs, framed by fluttering butterflies and dragonflies. Work up an appetite with a mini hike and discover the chalky cliff face, before finding a secluded spot for a well-deserved break.
- Lake Windermere, Cumbria
If you’re dreaming of quintessential British backdrop, then this spot in the Lake District is a must. Pull up to the banks of Lake Windermere and enjoy uninterrupted views and breathtaking beauty, from just about every place. Fell Foot Park is popular with picnic go-ers munching on picnic finger food, and as you mosey on back, be sure to swing by The World of Beatrix Potter – a charming day out filled with all your favourite stories.
- Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, Wiltshire
If you’re looking for a safari adventure in the UK, then a day out at Longleat Safari Park is just the ticket, and with 9,000 acres of land, there’s plenty of spots to pick for your picnic. Start the day with a drive through the lion paddock, then down to visit the elephants, wolves and ginormous giraffes, before working your way down to the monkey temple. When it comes to feeding your own pack, there’s tons of space for a picnic spread, as well as plenty of picnic tables to spread out. But you won’t be sitting down for too long with so much to discover!
- Crystal Palace Park, London
Ever fancied eating with dinosaurs?! Well now you can. For Londoners endlessly googling ‘Hidden picnic spots near me’, here’s one you didn’t know about. Tucked away in Crystal Palace Park, you’ll find 30 full-scale 3D model dinosaurs lounging in the park, and while they may not be totally prehistoric, these statues were originally built in 1854, so it’s the next best thing!
- Hitchin Lavender Fields, Hertfordshire
Promising fantastic and unique photos, the purple lavender fields of Hitchin Lavender are in full bloom come summertime. Great for younger kids, it’s the perfect secluded picnic spot for a family spread, with just a sea of violet flowers and the occasional bumble bee for company. Speaking of which, the farm also has its own bee hive, so be sure to pick up a jar of honey as you leave.
- Barafundle Bay Beach, Wales
One of the most idyllic places to go for a picnic, Barafundle Bay in Wales is an award-winning beach, that consistently tops the polls as one of the most stunning spots in the world. With bright blue waters and golden sand, it’s no surprise that families flock here come summer. Along with your favourite picnic finger food, be sure to pack an umbrella and beach rug, there’s nothing worse than sandy sandwiches!
- Loch Ness Centre, Scotland
You’re in for a monster of a day at Loch Lomond! One of our favourite picnic ideas for kids of all ages, this fun and exciting destination also offers a welcoming setting for a waterside picnic. As you drive up to the Loch Ness Centre there’s plenty of green space where you can pull up and enjoy a picnic. But that’s not all, there’s hourly boat cruises and an exciting exhibition to immerse yourself in, packed full of history and mystery.
We hope you've found a list of all of the best picnic spots to discover, and don't forget to find more days out ideas and inspiration!