I love a good picnic. Hell, I even love a bad picnic. From Feb half term to October half term at least we eat outdoors as often as possible. In my opinion it doesn’t really matter if you’re eating the same sandwiches you’d normally have at home, or go for a full blown hamper, there’s nothing quite like having a meal in the great outdoors. Taking your own food is also a great way to save money on a family day out.
This week is National Picnic Week and the weather from mid-week looks glorious. Here are my favourite places to lay down a blanket and have lunch:
5 – Higginson Park, Marlow, BuckinghAMSHIRE
It’s alongside the River Thames and so it’s perfect for a gentle stroll along the river. There’s also a wetland area where you might even get to spot a Kingfisher!
“there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
There is plenty of green space to sit and enjoy your picnic and there’s also a great kids play area. It’s free to visit and there is parking and toilets on site. For the full map check out their website. https://www.wycombe.gov.uk/pages/Sports-leisure-and-tourism/Parks-and-play-areas/Parks/Higginson-Park.aspx
4 – West wycombe hill, West Wycombe
Towering over the National Trust owned village of West Wycombe is West Wycombe Hill. At the top of the hill is the spectacular St Lawrence Church and Dashwood Mausoleum which can be seen for miles around. It also allows fabulous views of West Wycombe Park. At the foot of the hill you can explore the Hellfire Caves or the village itself. Entry to the village, church and Dashwood Mausoleum are free but it’s £2 to climb the tower. There are additional fees to visit the Hellfire caves or West Wycombe Park. There’s free parking and toilets within the village as well. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/west-wycombe-park-village-and-hill/features/explore-west-wycombe-hill
3 – Stowe House and Gardens, Buckingham
Stowe is the most marvellous of gardens and you’ll be spoilt for choice for picnic spots! You could eat by the lake watching the ducks, by the grotto, near the Chinese House, in the Labyrinth or whilst watching a game of golf. The gardens are dotted with temples and statues and you can even have a walk around with the herd of sheep.
Check out the full review of Stowe gardens here
2 – Wendover Woods, Wendover
If you haven’t been to Wendover Woods recently then you won’t know about all of the changes that have happened recently. The car park, toilets and visitor centre have had a major upgrade. There’s an incredible new play trail as well (check out the video). If you’re lucky enough to get a grill then you can trade your picnic blanket for BBQ as well. If you do still fancy a picnic then there’s plenty of great spots. Entry is free, just pay for parking. You can check out the review of Wendover woods here.
1 – Cliveden House anD Gardens
Fancy enjoying lunch on a bench in the rose garden? How about relaxing whilst the kids scramble around a perfect climbing tree? Picnic on the parterre? Wraps in the water garden? Wandering through the woodlands or along the River Thames after lunch? You can do all of these and more at Cliveden. Hands down this has to by my favourite place to have a picnic because I’ve never had a picnic in the same part of the garden twice and I’ve been a million times!!
Read all about Cliveden here. I’d love to hear where your favourite picnic spot is.
Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with out three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook