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UK's 10 best picnic spots for families



Wherever you live, the UK is bursting with parks, gardens and beautiful coastal locations perfect for al-fresco eating! We've selected some of the best picnic spots for families in the UK.

Best picnic spots for families: North

Pollock Country Park

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The award-winning Pollock Country Park in Glasgow offers gardens and woodland spots for your picnic blanket. After you’ve eaten the family can admire the Highland Cattle and, once a month, watch a farrier at work (0141 276 0924).

Oxford Island Nature Reserve

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The Oxford Island Nature Reserve on Lough Neagh in Co Armagh has plenty of entertainment, both pre- and post-butties! Ponds, trails, a marina, play areas and a discovery centre are all on hand, plus a café (028 3832 2205).

Fell Foot Park

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The famously beautiful Lake District affords plenty of spectacular spots for your sarnies. Fell Foot Park near Newby Bridge is a favourite. Gaze at Lake Windermere while you picnic in the designated areas of this free National Trust park (015395 31273).

Sewerby Hall and Gardens

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Sewerby Hall and Gardens in Bridlington has 50-acre grounds which include award-winning landscaped gardens, woodland walks, wild deer and views of the Yorkshire coast. There is an entrance fee, but it’s worth a visit, having been voted the country’s best picnic spot - twice! (01262 673769).

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Best picnic spots for families: Central

Barafundle Beach

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The sand dunes, rock pools and caves of away-from-it-all Barafundle Beach in Pembrokeshire have been described as a best-kept secret, although the half-mile walk from Stackpole Quay car park and location means that it is not suitable for children in pushchairs or wheelchairs (01437 776499).

Rutland Water Park

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Playgrounds, rock climbing, water sports, trampolining, nature trails, boat trips… Just some of the post-picnic activities on offer at the 4,200 acres of Rutland Water Park in Leicestershire (01780 686800).

Verulanium Park

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There is plenty of space for the picnic basket in Verulanium Park in St Albans and after the plates have been packed away, the kids can enjoy the splash park, play area or the crazy golf (01727 819366).

Best picnic spots for families: South

Kynance Cove

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Many consider the white sands and bright blue waters of Cornwall’s Kynance Cove as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, so where better for lunch? Burn off the calories by walking to Asparagus Island at low tide. (01326 561407).

Horniman Museum

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Travel to south-east London to the pretty gardens of the Horniman Museum at Forest Hill. Enjoy some of the best views over the city, where you can see everything from The Shard to St Paul's. Plus there's the excellent free Horniman Museum itself, packed full of natural history and all kinds of weird and wonderful artefacts - plus an aquarium too, giving you plenty of wet weather options should the weather turn (020 8699 1872).

Brockhill Country Park

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In Kent, Brockhill Country Park at Saltwood offers lake views, flora and fauna to gaze on over lunch and plenty of walks for afterwards. There’s also a café to raid for extra refreshments (01303 266327).

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Do check all details ahead of your visit. And if you'd like to share any favourite spots in your area, please add your comments below. Happy picnicking!

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