If you didn’t know already, it’s National Picnic Week, so grab a blanket this weekend, fill the boot with food and do what us Brits do best when the weather’s nice – soak up every single sliver of sunlight!
At Delicious HQ we know we’re super lucky to have the incomparable Yorkshire Dales AND Yorkshire Moors right on our doorstep. So for all our friends who live a lifestyle that’s a little more urban, here are our picks for the best parks to have a picnic in the big UK cities.
Greenwich Park, London
The oldest of the Royal Parks, this is a beautiful setting for a relaxed day in the sun. Fab views of the Thames can be found from the slight vantage point on the hill, and the University buildings and the Royal Observatory set a very pretty backdrop for a picnic – you’ll be spoiled for choice at Greenwich Park.
Richmond Park / Kew gardens, London
Whenever the capital’s blessed with sunshine, Richmond park is a popular destination for the locals but you needn’t worry about the crowds. As the largest of the Royal parks (2,500 acres!) there’s always plenty of space to spread a large blanket, play some games as well as enjoy the scenery.
If the expanse of Richmond Park sounds daunting, the equally picturesque Kew gardens is just next door. If you jump on the train and aim for Richmond station you’re well on the way to finding the perfect picnic spot.
Heaton Park, Manchester
For a hot summer’s day in Manchester, Heaton Park ticks all the boxes. Wide open spaces to accommodate all picnic-goers, an amazing listed country house and a long list of activities to suit all the family. With woodland walks, a boating lake, an animal farm and ornamental gardens (plus loads more), you could revisit Heaton Park again and again and always find new things to do!
Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds
Kirkstall Abbey is such an incredible location to relax on the lawn and learn about the Medieval history of the Cistercian abbeys (don’t worry we had to Google that one too!) There are regular markets held inside the ruins, so you can enjoy some fresh street food within the walls of a Grade I listed building – not your average picnic setting!
Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh
Dalkeith Country Park is certainly a special place to spend a summer’s day. With over one thousand acres to explore you can easily find a secluded picnic location. There’s also beautiful walking trials, an adventure play park and a wood with oak trees over nine hundred years old. Located just outside the city centre, it’s a taste of the Scottish wilderness without the need to travel.
Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses, Birmingham
In the vast city of Birmingham, the botanical gardens offer a leafy refuge from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The main lawn is a perfect picnic spot – amphitheatre shaped and facing a south-westerly direction, the lawn naturally traps the sunshine. Add to that a Victorian bandstand, beautifully kept beds and fountain, this is a such a great spot to enjoy your lunch al fresco!
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