7 of the best places to go on a picnic in the UK

Nothing says British summertime like a picnic, so here are some of the best places in the UK to pitch up, whatever the weather.

On a beach, in a park or perched on a hill top, the UK is teeming with beautiful locations that are perfect for a picnic, whether it be with family, friends or that special someone.

With countless places to visit, here is a rundown of some of the best locations across the country - guaranteed to give you a day to remember:

1. Jesmond Dene, Newcastle upon Tyne


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Located just outside Newcastle city centre, Jesmond Dene offers an array of hotspots to throw down the blanket, notably the stream by the old mill. A firm favourite with families, there are plenty of activities including trail walks and a Thomas train that runs during the summer months.

2. The Botanic Gardens, Glasgow


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This beautiful and peaceful retreat has been a star attraction since the ornate Victorian glasshouses were erected in the 19th century. After tucking into your scotch egg, peer through the panes of the Kibble Palace admiring its vast collection of tropical plants and flowers or take a stroll along the River Kelvin.

3. Holland Park, Kensington


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Escape the hustle and bustle of Kensington and head straight to Holland Park for the perfect picnic experience. The park has everything from sport pitches to woodland areas and Japanese-style Kyoto Gardens complete with koi pond and waterfall. The playground is kitted out with climbing equipment, zip wire, giant see-saw and tyre swing, and during the summer months the park stages open-air theatre and opera.

4. Avon Valley Wildlife Park, Bristol


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Just outside of Bristol, Avon Valley Country Park is a mixture of countryside and wildlife. Part nature reserve, its offerings include an indoor barn, quad bikes, a boating lake and the south west’s largest maize maze.

5. Woolacombe Beach, Devon

If you don’t mind the risk of sandy sandwiches, head to the two-time winner of the “Best beach in the UK”. This north Devon suntrap consists of three miles of golden sand, rock pools and sand dunes and is notorious for its surfing scene, thanks to its rolling, unbroken waves.  

6. Aberystwyth, Wales


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The town of Aberystwyth is host to the National Library and Ceredigion Museum, but for an ideal picnic patch, head to Aberystwyth Castle, built in 1277. Although it is now largely ruins, the area still remains a popular picnic spot, thanks to its great views across Cardigan Bay.

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7. Brownsea Island, Dorset


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For those seeking a bit more isolation, look no further than this small island located in the middle of Poole Harbour. Described as one of the last places to see red squirrels, this spectacular nature reserve is a wildlife haven, home to peacocks, lizards and sika deer. Reachable only by boat, this island is the perfect getaway for a relaxed picnic followed by one of the many National Trust nature trails.

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