Days Out Ideas

Perfect Parks for Picnic and Play

Written by Rachel Cave

Let’s go to a park for some picnic fun and play,
With these amazing spots, you’ll want to stay all day!
From Bute Park, Richmond and Ashton Court too,
There’s so much to be explored by you!

Greenwich Park, London

Take in spectacular views over London from the top of Greenwich Park hill. There’s plenty of space for the little ones to run around and burn off some energy, before sitting down for a yummy picniq! While you’re there, why not visit the Royal Observatory which is also at the top of the hill?

Bute Park, Cardiff

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Right in the heart of the central business district in Cardiff is this beautiful park. There are numerous natural play areas, acres of green space, trails to follow and even three café’s to grab some refreshments. If you are visiting the city it’s well worth a visit, you can spend fifteen minutes or even a whole day here. Find out more.

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

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Not far from Old Town in Edinburgh is this piece of the ancient Scottish countryside. The family can hike around the park exploring the expanses of wilderness where you will find crags, cliffs, lochs and the famous Arthur’s Seat. Find out more.

Boscombe Coastal Activity Park, Bournemouth, Dorset

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Stretching one kilometre either side of Boscombe Pier you will find the Coastal Activity Park. You can walk along the beach, join in with the organised activities or even have a go at the free swingball, table tennis and bouldering. Find out more.

Richmond Park, London

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Richmond Park is the largest of the Royal Parks in London (2,500 acres) and has hills, fields and woodlands full of wildlife. The family can try to spot some of the 350 Fallow Deer or 350 Red Deer among many other creatures that call the park home, or even play in the playgrounds or follow the cycle paths that criss-cross the park. Find out more.

Heaton Park, Manchester

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There’s plenty to see and do at Heaton Park! Visit the animal centre to meet cows, alpacas, goats, rabbits and many other adorable animals or have a go at one of the of the many activities on offer. You can hire a rowing boat, play a game of golf, hop onto a tram or you can grab some refreshments in the tea room. Find out more.

Ashton Court, Bristol

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This huge park of 850 acres once belonged to the Smyth family, now it’s a historic park with woodlands and grasslands ready for you to explore. There are grazing deer to spot, mountain bike tracks of different difficulty levels, two 18-hole pitch and putt courses and a miniature railway. You will also find many walks that the family can take, panoramic views and plenty of space to play games. Throughout the year there are events held in the park including the International Balloon Fiesta. Find out more.

Lower Leas Coastal Park, Kent

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This park is split into three broad recreational zones. There’s the largest free playground in the southeast of England with slides, a spiral helter-skelter, aerial runway and even a large toddler’s sandpit, plus there are landscaped gardens and wildlife zones. It’s a great place to spend the day having a picnic, playing or enjoying a gig at the outdoor amphitheatre. Find out more.

Great Notley Country Park, Essex

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Great Notley Country Park has over 100 acres of open space for the family to explore. There are two fantastic wooden play areas for the children to let off some steam, football pitches that can be hired, fishing is permitted and there is a range of great walks. Find out more.

Crawfordsburn Country Park, Helen’s Bay, Northern Ireland

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Located just outside Belfast with beautiful views over Belfast Lough is Crawfordsburn Country Park. There’s plenty to see and do as the park has two popular beaches, tranquil walks, peaceful glens and even a waterfall. Find out more.

Abington Park, Northampton

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This popular family park has plenty to keep you and the kids entertained. Why not visit the Abington Park Museum for a little history lesson. The park also offers lots of sporting facilities, a play area, a fitness trail and two lakes. A highlight of the park are the remains of a medieval village with some buildings still surviving! Find out more.

The New Forest National Park, Dorset

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There are lots of hidden gems in the New Forest. Chocolate box villages, picturesque landscapes and plenty of open spaces for little ones to run around in. They’ll love seeing the horses up close! You can also hire bikes in many places so exploring this National Park can be even easier! Find more activities here.

The Peak District National Park, Derbyshire

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The Peak District was declared the UK’s first National Park in 1951 and is packed full of opportunities for fun! You’ll find breath-taking views and can explore further with cycling, walking and wildlife watching. Find more local activities here.

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