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The Best BBQ Spots

Written by Lottie

Let’s have a BBQ to soak up this summertime sun,
Grab a burger, cheese and ketchup and put it in a bun!
If you’re still looking for the perfect place to go,
Here’s our best bbq spots to keep you in the know!

London Field, Hackney, London


In the heart of the big smoke, London fields has a designated BBQ area, as well as a cricket pitch, heated 50m lido and lido cafe, grass areas, a BMX track, tennis courts, a table tennis table and two children’s play areas! Find out more.

New Forest, Hampshire


Originally a royal hunting preserve, the thriving working forest that you see today has survived for nearly 1,000 years. BBQ’s are welcome in the picnic areas at Bolderwood, Blackwater and Wilverley. If you are catering for bigger parties, then there are also two sites for hire in the New Forest at Anderwood and Wilverley. Both these sites have BBQ’s that will cater for up to 100 people and are a great for large family get-togethers.

Note: When fire risk is ‘extreme’ the use of BBQ’s, anywhere in the New Forest is prohibited – So call ahead to check. Find out more.

The Meadows, Edinburgh, Scotland


The Meadows and Bruntsfield Links in Edinburgh are the place to be on a sunny afternoon for visitors and townsfolk alike! There area has over twenty BBQ spots across its expanse to ensure that you can enjoy a BBQ in this glorious spot, whilst only being a stones throw from the sights and sounds of this beautiful city. Find out more.

Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumbria


Home to the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and, at over 250 square miles, Kielder Water and Forest Park is the perfect BBQ spot for nature loving families! There are three great visitor centre’s, at Tower Knowe, Leaplish or Kielder Castle. Leaplish Waterside Park has a designated BBQ site with panoramic views of the reservoir. This is the ideal base to recharge and refresh with your friends, family and favourite flamed foods! Find out more.

Constantine Bay, Cornwall


With its breathtaking beaches and dunes, Constantine Bay is an amazing spot to have a family BBQ! Take in the beauty of the wild Atlantic whilst enjoying the grilled delights of fresh fish from the nearby fishing village of Padstow. Find out more.

Pembrey Country Park, South Wales


Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Gower Peninsula, this glorious 500 acre parkland overlooks the coastal scenery of Carmarthen Bay! There are a number of designated BBQ sites throughout the park. Find out more.

Derwent Water, Lake District


Derwent Water has a number of pretty little beaches hidden along the lake’s shore.  Parking areas often have BBQ facilities where you can griddle, cook and sauté to the sound of birds singing and water lapping the shores of this beautiful lake. Cumberland sausages are a must in this region! 

Balloch Castle Country Park, Loch Lomond, Scotland


Loch Lomond is the UK’s largest freshwater loch measuring 23 miles long and up to 4 miles wide! With picturesque islands and beaches lined with trees, as well steep mountain faces, this is the perfect spot for a family BBQ. Find out more.

The garden… at home!


This has to be the most popular BBQ site in the UK! Why not make it special? Have a themed BBQ, invite the neighbours or try something fancy or different on the menu. We held our own sausage festival last year, with twenty different types of sausage, flavoured sausages, snags from across the globe… and of course silly banger themed games and fun!

Picniq BBQ Tips

  • Make sure there are no restrictions where you intend to cook.
  • Take care in the hot dry part of the year that you don’t cause fires.
  • Don’t leave the BBQ unattended.
  • Keep a close eye on the kids.
  • If using a disposable BBQ, let it cool down before removing.
  • Take all litter home and leave the area as you found it.

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