National Picnic Week has chosen the top locations around the country for enjoying a meal al fresco. These locations have been chosen due to their outstanding natural beauty and historical significance. They offer a broad range of settings, with something for everyone. The overall winner was the Jubilee Gardens in Beer, Devon, chosen for the stunning view of the beach and village from atop an idyllic hillside.
Adam Cox, founder of National Picnic Week, says: “It was a difficult choice to choose the winners and runners-up throughout the UK as we are always inundated with nominations. The winners were chosen due to variables including their scenic locations, cultural significance and either popularity or reputation as being a ‘hidden gem’.
“National Picnic Week was created to inspire families, friends and couples to celebrate our outdoor locations by taking a picnic. The best days out are a combination of good people, good food and good weather. Luckily we’ve been having fantastic weather so far this National Picnic Week, so if you haven’t already had a picnic this year, get out there while the weather is still good!”
Here are National Picnic Weeks regional winners:
Scotland: The Fairy Pools in the Isle of Skye, chosen for its breath-taking views.
Northern Ireland: Carrick-a-Rede, chosen for dramatic vistas you can’t get anywhere else.
Ireland: Loughcrew in Co Meath, chosen for its Neolithic tombs.
Wales: Barafundle Bay Beach, boasting a huge amount of space to enjoy the view of the ocean.
The North West: Saint Herbert’s Island in Cumbria, thanks to the local history of Saint Herbert himself, and the natural beauty of the area.
The North East: Gibside in Newcastle, chosen for its historic Gibside Hall, and maze.
The East Midlands: Padley Gorge Trail, an almost mythical forest to get lost in.
The West Midlands: Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa, thanks to its flowerbeds and 14 acres of garden.
The East: Wimpole Estate, chosen for its gothic architecture. A visit there is like travelling back in time.
Yorkshire: The regal Rievaulx Abbey, a stunning piece of history.
London: The world famous Hyde Park, perfect for people watching in the summer.
The South East: Corfe Castle, thanks to the enduring ruins you can explore.
The South West: Lydford Gorge, chosen for its spectacular 30-foot waterfall.
There are stunning places to picnic all across the UK and Ireland, and it’s one of National Picnic Week’s aims to promote these areas, and get people out enjoying the summer with friends and family. For more information, visit www.nationalpicnicweek.co.uk
Before you set off on your picnic, have a look at our Back British Farming section for great ideas on Red Tractor foods to enjoy.
And while you are out and about, why not cool down with a gorgeous, freshly-made ice cream, straight from the farm. To find an ice cream farm near you, click here for our fantastic ice cream map