Family picnics are the back drop for many a childhood memory.
In a world where we live our lives increasingly indoors, and where families are eating together less and less, picnics are perfect for bringing everyone together and enjoying some al fresco fun in the sun.
Even if you get that famous British weather, you can have fun all the same. The sun doesn’t have to be shining for picnics to be a great place to play, live and laugh.
There aren’t many better ways of making the most of the summer.
So, check out our top picnic hot spots across the UK:
1. Avebury, Wiltshire
Avebury Stone Circle in the Wiltshire countryside makes for a truly unique picnicking spot.
Pack your cucumber sandwiches and jam roly poly’s and explore Europe’s biggest stone circle. Avebury is thought to be over 4000 years old, and can be the perfect backdrop for a family picnic.
Reenact great battles of old or just through the frisbee about, picnic locations don’t get more unusual than Avebury.
2. Ragley Hall, Warwickshire
Ragley Hall in Warwickshire provides a fab spot for a family picnic with a little culture thrown in.
There are over 400 acres to play in, an adventure playground, with it’s very own maze to get lost in, as well as climbing frames and a trampoline the kids will simply love it at Ragley Hall.
Our top tip at Ragley, spread out your picnic blanket by the lake. Its’ nice and peaceful with plenty of space for the kids to run around, and you may see the odd peacock strutting it’s stuff!
3. Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
The heather and bracken of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall offer a playful backdrop for a fun picnic.
In just a matter of miles the big sky and big panoramas of the high ground give way to a tranquil, blooming eucalyptus trees, ripening strawberries and trickling creeks in Bodmin Moor.
Unroll you blanket and set up base by the strawberry fields, but just don’t forget your cream!
4. Brownsea Island, Dorset
Halfway along the South Coast of England, at Poole in Dorset, is the world’s second largest natural harbour. Just inside the entrance to that harbour lies the largest of its five islands, Brownsea Island.
Kids will love the scouting exhibitions and taking part in the Smuggler’s Trail to the treasure chest, and there’s a new cliff-top walk which has created ideal picnic spots.
The kids can hunt for treasure while Mum and Dad enjoy those incredible views.
5. Somerset House, London
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of London for a picnic with your family, Somerset House is the place to go.
There’s plenty of space for the kids to run around and make friends – they’ll love ducking in and out of the fountains, especially on a hot day.
Once you’ve finished eating your strawberry tarts and sausage rolls, take a look around the spectacular house and enjoy the exhibits and collections that can be found inside.
With so much to enjoy, what are you waiting for? Pack up your picnic basket this summer and head off to enjoy the best of what the UK has to offer.
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