13,000 guests will be lucky enough to feast on Heston Blumenthal’s five-course picnic at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace this summer, so what pickings are left for the rest of us?
Inspired by the setting for this Jubilee celebration, we’ve compiled our own guide to six more amazing places to picnic and eat outdoors across the UK – and there’s no guest list to hold you back!
Simply mix together family or friends with a short break booked with one of our Summer Celebration holiday park deals, then head off with a hamper packed full of goodies to feast on your picnic in the great outdoors.
The only essential ingredients are a blanket and bottle of bubbly to toast the Great British summer of 2012.
Tower Hill Tea Gardens, Kent
The charming Tower Hill Tea Gardens near Whitstable are awash with dazzling floral displays and beautifully maintained lawns. Musicians and entertainers create a lovely background bustle and the gardens, which sit at the top of Tankerton Slopes, look out on to the pretty Thames estuary. If you’ve any space after your delicious picnic, there’s a thatched cottage serving cakes and ice creams.
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The Naze, Essex
The Naze is a headland on the Essex coast. A small part of which is nature reserve and the area is important for migrating birds. You can picnic at the nature reserve or on the beach at low tide. The cliffs are eroding, so a fossil hunt is a great way to work up a pre-picnic appetite.
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Barafundle Beach, Pembrokeshire
Barafundle Beach is ranked among the best in the world yet, because it can only be reached by cliff-top footpath, it’s little known, quiet and clean. This is an ideal spot for families with shallow waters, soft sand, rock pools and caves. Spend the day exploring, paddling and feasting on your magnificent picnic.
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Brownsea Island, Dorset
Brownsea Island is one of five tiny islands in Poole Harbour, the world’s second largest natural harbour. The car-free island was the birthplace of scouting and is now a peaceful nature reserve, so there is plenty to keep adventurous kids in awe. Catch the short ferry across to the island’s pretty beaches and grassy flats, perfect for picnic. Afterwards, there are scouting exhibitions and a smuggler’s trail to explore.
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Brean Down, Somerset
Spectacular Brean Down has a beach and natural pier jutting into the sea, overlooked by dramatic cliffs and a Victorian fort providing the backdrop to tasty picnics. Trek to the top of the downs for exhilarating views across the Bristol Channel towards Wales and over the Somerset Levels.
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John Muir Country Park, East Lothian
John Muir Country Park is a stunning stretch of countryside covering some of the most spectacular East Lothian coastline from the ruins of Dunbar Castle to the Peffer Burn. The park includes huge beaches, salt marshes and scrub, dunes and pine woods and is popular with a range of breeding birds.
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