Is there anything better than being in the beautiful outdoors, snacking on delicious picnic food and sharing laughter with your family and friends? We think not! (apart from maybe doing those things on a white sandy beach with turquoise waters, of course)??
At Spotstar, we’re incredibly conscious about the importance of a healthy work-life balance and the effects it can have on your personal well-being. I’m sure you’ve seen a few of our other blog posts discussing the benefits of taking time out to enjoy yourself, and what better way to do this other than food in the sunshine?
To celebrate National Picnic Week which ran from 15th – 24th June, we posted a work-life balance themed competition and gave one lucky winner a Vonshef 4 person picnic backpack – we hope you enjoyed your picnic! But it doesn’t have to be National Picnic Week to go and have the best picnic day ever, right?!
We’ve rounded up our favourite picnic spots below, so close down those work emails and start planning what’s going inside your picnic baskets…
Arguably, Sefton Park is the most loved park in Liverpool. Along with lots of fun activities and events ranging from food festivals to concerts, there’s always something going on! There are beautiful pathways, delightful blooms, and gorgeous lakes. It won’t be hard to find a picnic spot here! The park is also home to the Palm House which is a huge glass dome-shaped building which hosts everything from weddings, dance and music events and even craft markets. (There’s also a plethora of beautiful foliage inside, too).
There’s also a cafe which sells the most delicious homemade ice-cream – try the salted caramel, it’s divine.?
So, pack up your picnic baskets and head to Sefton Park!
Vist here for more information about Sefton Park.
There’s SO much to do in this beautiful park – and lot’s of activities for the children, too. The ancient deer park and beautiful rose garden are loved by everyone. (Tip: see how many deer you can spot and make it into a fun game for the children.)
Dunham Massey has an on-site cafe and restaurant serving a variety of savoury dishes and sweet treats, but picnics are so much more fun, right? And with gardens as beautiful as Dunham Massey’s, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to pick your spot. If you have children, make sure you visit here over the summer holidays as there are lots of events to take part in (including prizes)!
Vist here for more information about Dunham Massey.
Fell Foot Country Park
Situated right beside Lake Windermere with views across the lake to the mountains ahead, this park is such a perfect picnic spot to spend the day with family and friends. Don’t forget to pack your swimming costumes either, think: paddle boarding, canoeing, swimming, paddling, and boating (rowing boats and kayaks can be hired)! Oh, and don’t worry if you’ve not packed enough sandwiches in your picnic basket as there is a boathouse cafe, too.
Vist here for more information about Fell Foot Park.
Hare Hill, Cheshire
Who doesn’t love a beautiful parkland scenery, bursting with colour? Hare Hill Park is a great place to relax and roll out your picnic blanket due to its tranquil vibe, and pretty walled garden. The ‘Hare Trail’ which follows the woodland pathways is a fun activity for families to do together – the aim is to find all 13 carved statues!
There is actually an event called ‘Family Fridays’ running on the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st of August for you to enjoy nature and take part in some fun summer activities – follow this link to book.
Hare Hill park is definitely worth a visit, and you can venture into Alderley Edge afterwards as it’s not far away. There’s always room for another bite to eat, right? Slice of cake, perhaps?
Vist here for more information about Hare Hill Park.
RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate
This spectacular 58-acre garden is utterly beautiful and has ‘perfect picnic spot’ written all over it! From leisurely woodland walks (surrounded the most intriguing blooms) to outdoor theatres and discovery trails, there’s something for all the family! You might even find yourself in the mix of a food and drink festival which is always fun! Being one of the most innovative parks in England, it’s definitely worth a visit!
Vist here for more information about Harlow Carr.
Thurstaston Beach (possibly our favourite picnic spot of all!)
Situated in The Wirral, Thurstaston park and beach is perfect for a picnic. You’ve got sand, a beautiful park, wildlife, wonderful views overlooking the Dee Estuary, cycle paths, farm animals and a delicious cafe. What’s not to love?
Follow the path down to the wooden steps and down to the beach, or if you’re not a fan of sand – unload your snacks onto the picnic tables up at the top! Extra points for the first person to spot the Blackpool Tower on the horizon…
Thurstaston is a personal favourite of mine and trust me when I say those cakes in the cafe are worth the visit alone!??
Vist here for more information about Thurstaston Beach.
Well, I hope you loved our breakdown of favourite picnic spots, and remember – always take time out to enjoy yourself and relax. A healthy mind = a healthy life! Now go and enjoy a picnic day!
Pop back soon for our top 7 activities to do this summer…