Enjoy the great outdoors – fresh air, fun and a picnic

July is National Picnic month

Now that we’re  allowed to spend more time outdoors, families and couples will be more than keen to throw off the past few months of lockdown, ditch the technology and get out into the fresh air of our parks and beaches…and what better excuse is there to have a picnic.

With no restrictions on how far you can go to get to the countryside, National Parks and beaches in England, the world has opened-up again for a great day out

Social distancing rules still apply and should be observed, and if you do plan to visit one of the attractions across our region, do check in advance to make sure they are prepared for visitors.

Meaning of picnic

The Picnic was originally a 17th Century French word, picque-nique. Its meaning was similar to today's meaning: a social gathering where each attendee brings a share of the food. The French piquer may have referred to a leisurely style of eating ("pick at your food") or it may, simply, have meant, "pick"

Whatever you do, enjoy your alfresco eating but remember, this is Britain so it may be a good idea to also pack an umbrella, along with the sandwiches, pies -and flask of coffee!

Check out our healthy picnic recipes, and enjoy - happy eating!

Where to go?

Here we share a few suggestions of the great places across our region that you might like to visit but remember to check individual venues for opening arrangements as restrictions may vary.


1. Lullingstone Country Park

Lullingstone Country Park is home to hundreds of ancient trees, some of which are thought to be 800 years old! With beautiful grassland speckled with wild flowers throughout the summer months, this picture-perfect country park is the ideal spot if you’re looking for stunning Kentish countryside. 

2. Trosley Country Park

Covering 170 acres of woodland and chalk downland, Trosely Park is the perfect choice for stunning views of the Kent Downs. There are 3 walking trails if you fancy stretching your legs before settling down for a picnic (including the Trosley Trail which is an easy access route). 

3.  Shorne Woods Country Park

Shorne Woods Country Park is one of the most popular country parks in Kent. With 300 acres of woodland, meadows and wetlands to explore, it’s easy to see why! Take a walk around the natural haven by following one of the walking trails and bring out the sandwiches in an idyllic private spot.  

4. Brockhill Country Park

The peaceful Brockhill Country Park surrounds a stunning river and lake, the perfect recipe for a picnic! There is also plenty of wildlife and flora and fauna to spot at the park, alongside woods, meadows and dedicated picnic and play areas. 

5. Penshurst Place Parkland

Go for a picnic with a view at Penshurst Place Parkland! After exploring the stunning Penshurst Place, you will end up wandering through the vast parklands surrounding the manor house. With cycle routes that have been featured in the VisitEngland top 10 scenic routes in the country, this is certainly a grand spot for a picnic!

Find opening times and admissions prices here

6. Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Yet another grand garden to add to your list, Sissinghurst is a favourite for avid picnickers due to the panorama views of the Kentish countryside that can be seen from the dedicated picnic spot.

Find opening times and admission prices here.

7. Chartwell

The grassy meadow of Chartwell is the perfect picnic spot. With views of the Kent Weald on one side and the majestic home of Winston Churchill on the other, it’s got something for everyone! Explore the house, roam around the beautiful gardens and enjoy a walk across the estate. 

Find prices and opening times on the website.

Published on 06 July 2020