Roll out the gingham: best picnic spots revealed

Person with picnic blanket

Let's go on a picnic! A lazy afternoon lolling about outdoors with a hamper full of treats (or, hey, just a lunchbox) is a summer must. In fact, it should be a basic human right, frankly. But where to go? National Picnic Week has kicked off with its list of the best alfresco dining experiences in the UK – chosen for 'their outstanding natural beauty and historical significance'.

Broken down by region, the winners are Glenkiln Sculpture Park in Scotland, Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House in Northern Ireland and Colby Woodland Garden in Wales. In England, Saint Herbert's Island takes the title in the north-west, Gibside in the north-east and Roseberry Topping in Yorkshire (which sounds delicious, tbh).

Ryton Pools is the winner in the West Midlands and Sherwood Pines in the East Midlands, and travelling further south you're very much encouraged to roll out the gingham blanket at Sheringham Park in East Anglia, Dancing Ledge in the south-west (party picnic, surely?) and Lilly Hill Park in the south-east. In London, good ol' Hampstead Heath has been declared the best picnic spot in the city.

National Picnic Week 2018 map

National Picnic Week has chosen these locations due to their outstanding natural beauty and historical significance. These locations offer a broad range of settings, something for everyone.

"We've had the hottest May on record so there's already been more picnics so far this year than we normally have," comments Adam Cox, Founder of National Picnic Week.

"With a hot summer predicted we're expecting more picnics in 2018 than ever before. To make the most of your picnic this we're encouraging the nation to have spontaneous picnics. It's so quick to grab a blanket and a selection of foods and just enjoy eating outdoors. It doesn't have to be a well-planned activity, you can even have a quick picnic in your lunchbreak."

He adds: "The UK has some fantastic picnic spots and a picnic can turn a day out into memories that last forever."

National Picnic Week runs from June 15th to 24th 2018.

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