To celebrate Barbour's 100 Days of Summer the National Trust recommend their top places for a picnic, so you can enjoy some fabulous Al Fresco dining.
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There’s no better way to celebrate summer than packing a picnic and catching up with friends and family. With miles of coastline and acres of countryside, the National Trust has some of the best places in the country for eating al fresco.
Here are some of the top National Trust picnic spots for a family day out:
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Whether it is cycling, orienteering or a gentle stroll in this spacious park, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun with all the family followed by a relaxing picnic by the lake. The kids can also hang out on the climbing forest in the play park, complete some of the ’50 things’ activity list or pick up a family tracker pack to see what they can find. “My favourite spot for a picnic in Clumber Park is on the opposite side of the lake with views of Clumber chapel. On a warm day the sound of the country, the noise of grasshoppers in the grass and the call of swifts as they screech through the air makes it a great place to just sit and watch the world go by.’ - Gareth Jones, ranger
For visitor information and events visit nationaltrust.org.uk/clumber-park
Croome is the ideal place to relax, unwind and let the kids run off all their energy. With plenty of activities to keep the children entertained and exciting walking trails to explore, Croome is great for a family day out and a lovely place to enjoy a picnic next to the beautiful lake. “My perfect spot for a picnic at Croome is sitting on the bank of the lake or in the Island Pavilion as you can listen to birds and wildlife and just relax in the tranquillity.” - Katherine Alker, garden and park manager
For visitor information and events visit nationaltrust.org.uk/croome
Fell Foot Park, Cumbria
Enjoy a scenic picnic on the shores of Lake Windermere in the surroundings of Fell Foot Park. With views of the Lakeland fells, an adventure playground for the kids and rowing boats to hire and splash about in, Fell Foot is a fun place to relax with the family and doesn’t cost a penny to visit.
Make a weekend of it: There are six cottages on the west shore of Windermere, including a former summerhouse in the gardens of Wray Castle, a 1930s log and stone cottage and a pair of cottages just ten meters from the water’s edge. Cottages sleep between four and five.
For visitor information and events visit nationaltrust.org.uk/fell-foot-park
Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex
This big outdoors estate with four lakes in its centre is a great space for the kids to run around and enjoy days out this summer. Sit down for sandwiches amongst beautiful summer flowers, enjoy cricket matches on the historic pitch or explore the garden with family tracker packs and parkland trails.
For visitor information and events visit nationaltrust.org.uk/sheffield-park-and-garden
Studland Beach, Dorset
Take the children for a fabulous day out on this golden sandy beach that stretches four miles from South Haven Point to Old Harry Rocks, with shallow bathing water perfect for the little ones. Be sure to bring buckets, spades and picnics for a blissful day on the sands. You can also visit the nearby ruins of Corfe Castle to discover over 700 years of history and relive childhood memories by seeing the inspiration behind Enid Blyton’s Kirren Castle in the Famous Five. “In the early evening, sitting in the long grass on the slope above Old Harry rocks along Studland, looking at all the boats returning to Poole Harbour, is my favourite place to have a picnic and watch the sun set over the harbour and Brownsea Island. The long grass is full of movement as songbirds and seabirds flit up and down and around the cliffs.” -Emma Wright, staff member at Studland Beach.
For visitor information and events visit nationaltrust.org.uk/studland-beach