10 UK locations perfect for a picnic this summer

As soon as we get the slightest bit of sun in the UK it’s like a switch has been flicked, and suddenly British families everywhere are packing up a sandwich box (URBAN eat, preferably) and some tasty nibbles and heading out into the great outdoors, armed with our picnics and ready to enjoy the warm weather.

That’s why we have decided to compile a list of our favourite picnic sites for you to enjoy this summer – make sure to send us a picture of your picnic if you visit any of these locations!

1. Corfe Castle – Dorset

Calling all princesses and kings! This 1,000 year old castle is the perfect place to build up your appetite while you explore the historic grounds, then you can sit down and relax with your banquet fit for the royal family.

Corfe Castle Dorset

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2. Devils Dyke – West Sussex

Said to be carved out of the hills by the devil, this location is perfect if you fancy a bit of a view with your lunch. With plenty of open grassy spaces, it’s also the perfect place to take a ball or kite and have some afternoon entertainment!

Devils Dyke - West Sussex

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3. Richmond Park – Surrey

Only 30 minutes on the train from central London, this royal park is the perfect escape. With plenty of activities to do like cycling & horse riding, you’ll be sure to build up an appetite in time for lunch. Careful though – we have noticed some of the deer seem to be partial to a Cheddar Ploughmans!

Richmond Park - Surrey

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4. Brighton Beach – East Sussex

With the water by your side, the town behind you and plenty of amusements only a stone’s throw away (and there are definitely enough stones to throw), Brighton offers the perfect day out. Add in a super tasty picnic and you’re all set!

Brighton Beach - East Sussex

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5. Fountains Abbey – North Yorkshire

Founded in 1132 (seriously old), this abbey is one of the best preserved in the country. It faced ruin when Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the monasteries but it stood its ground and has survived ever since then. Definitely one to visit to if you fancy a feast with a stunning backdrop.

Fountains Abbey - North Yorkshire

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6. Formby Beach – Liverpool

This movie style beach is the perfect place for spending the day out in the sun and having fun by the sea. Prepare yourself for sandcastle competitions – but only once all the food has been demolished!

 

Formby Beach - Liverpool

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7. Lydford Gorge – Devon

This Gorge in Devon is another great place to visit, especially if you’re into adventuring! Walk through the woods and discover the beautiful waterfall, the perfect setting for an alfresco lunch on a sunny day.

Lydford Gorge - Devon

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8. Friars Crag – The Lake District

How could we leave this part of the UK off our list?! This route is child/buggy friendly and you can set down wherever you like along the way, enjoying the stunning views whilst you have your picnic. This one will be a full day’s adventure, so be sure to pack the sun cream!

 

Friars Crag - Lake District

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9. Hardy’s Monument – Dorset

Situated in the heart of Dorset, Hardy’s Monument is a stunning location with lots of history behind it. The views when you reach the end of the climb are definitely worth it, so make sure you pack a basket of your favourite snacks to enjoy once you reach the top.

 

Hardy's Monument - Dorset

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10. The New Forest – Hampshire

Last but by no means least, The New Forest offers a variety of activities for you to do as well as lots of beautiful places where you can settle down to have your picnic. There are even wild horses that you can watch grazing, too.

The New Forest - Hampshire

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