Our favourite picnic spots around Britain: from the beach to the city

    Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire
    Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire. Credit: National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

    Make the most of summer and visit one of Britain’s perfect picnic spots

    To the beach
    Surrounded by Tenby’s iconic string of pastel-shaded properties along the seafront, the sandy stretch of North Beach offers an idyllic spot to enjoy a family picnic where children can enjoy building sandcastles and splashing in the waves. After tucking into your picnic, you can even grab an ice-cream from the ice-cream van that ventures onto the sands to sell its wares.

    Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire
    Covering over 200 acres, the ancient parkland surrounding the mansion at the heart of the estate creates a peaceful picnic spot. Roll out the tartan rug and unpack the hamper in the shade of the magnificent trees dotted across the estate, or share a patch of grass with the herd of fallow deer that roam freely around the grounds. The deer have become so used to visitors that they barely give them a second glance as they munch their way through the grassy expanse at the front of the mansion.

    City break
    Even amid the metropolis of London, there are still plenty of green spaces where it is possible to escape the pace of the city and gain a little breathing space. Pay a visit to Kew Gardens where you can explore the famous glasshouses and pagoda in between enjoying your pre-prepared treats. For a bird’s-eye view of Kew, you can work off your lunch by climbing 18 metres into the tree canopy for a stroll along the 200-metre Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway.

    Island retreat
    Located in Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island, is covered in thriving natural habitats, including woodland, heathland, a lagoon, and secluded beaches, all of which help the local wildlife population flourish, but they also offer some pretty special picnic spots too. Find a secluded area on the island to enjoy the peace and quiet away from the mainland, but just make sure the island’s population of cheeky red squirrels doesn’t run off with your sandwiches.

    The high life
    The trek to the top of Holyrood Park’s highest point – Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh – is rewarded with some fantastic views across the Scottish capital. At over 250 metres above sea level, this lofty vantage point offers the perfect picnic spot where you can watch daily life go by in the city below and build up your energy levels for the walk back down.


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