It is that time of year again, the sun is shining (we hope, it’s August!) the kids are on their summer holidays and Britain is ready to picnic wherever and whenever the sun shines.
Some 85% of us will go on a picnic at least once over the holidays, according to research for DisneyLife, while a third (60%) of us like to switch up our picnic destinations, and 36% of us are willing to drive more than an hour away for a top al fresco dining experience.
When the sun is shining, there is no better family activity than a picnic. Here are the top 10 spots, according to the parents surveyed...
1. Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, Wales
The award-winning Bay offers a soft and sandy beach next to the rocky coves. Stretch the imagination and explore. Have your picnic on the beach whilst the kids go and play. From pony trekking to water sports and even historical tours, Gower has it all. Why not stay for the night? Three Cliffs Bay even offers a glamping experience.
2. Padley Gorge, Derbyshire
If you love exploring and reaching new heights, this is the place to be. Padley Gorge offers a two-hour circular walk, past the waterfalls, through the woods and around the cliffs. There is no better place to have your munchies in Derbyshire.
3. Aberporth Beach, Cardigan Bay, Wales
Lay your blanket down and set up on the sandy sheltered beach of Aberporth. This Blue Flag award-winning beach is perfect for keeping the kids occupied, with refreshments, lifeguards and toilets on hand.
4. Roundhay Park, Leeds
With more than 700 acres of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens, Roundhay Park is one of the biggest city parks in Europe and has a wide range of activities from festivals to markets and even races this summer. If it does start to rain, you can always dive into Tropical World.
5. Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park, London
One of London’s many historical gems, this TimeOut award-winning location surrounds Holland House, a Jacobean mansion. Koi carp swim at the foot of a waterfall in the Japanese-style Kyoto Gardens, while the park’s 55 acres are filled with dahlia flowers. There’s also a playground to keep the children entertained.
6. Jubilee Gardens, Beer, Devon
From Jubilee Gardens, perched above Beer beach, the views across the bay are simply stunning. The gardens were built to honour Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and there’s a play area next door where kids can burn off their Victoria sponge…
7. Richmond Park, London
Famous for its herds of deer, Richmond Park is close to London but feels a world away. One of London’s eight Royal Parks, it covers 2,500 acres of land and is home to rare species of birds, beetles, bats and wildflowers. So, pack your nature book in your picnic hamper.
8. Whiterocks Beach, Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award, Whiterocks is one of the UK’s best natural coastal locations. Open all year round, you can enjoy the fresh air next to the cavernous caves and arches.
9. Studland Beach, Dorset
Ideal as family picnic spot, the National Trust-owned Studland Bay offers four miles of beaches with sheltered waters. Perfect for unwinding, relaxing and spending quality time with your loved ones.
10. Dolbadarn Castle, Snowdonia, Wales
Perched 80 feet above Llyn Padarn lake, the tower is all that remains of this once great castle, whose grounds make a fab place to picnic. With views as far as the eye can see, you can lunch in true Welsh style here in Snowdonia.
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