Posted on November 5, 2014

Top Picnic Spots in the Midlands


As a family we love nothing more than a good picnic somewhere beautiful! Be it the woods, the beach, beside a river or at the local park! Whenever we go somewhere we take a picnic, some picnics are planned lovingly with a beautiful hamper of food created and some are very spontaneous… grabbing a french stick and a rotisserie chicken from the local supermarket! Both = totally awesome 🙂

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We love to seek out new places to explore but we also love our old favourites too!

Here are our five top spots to picnic in the Midlands!

1. Chatsworth

I grew up very close to Chatsworth so it holds lots of wonderful memories for me, there are so many different places to discover, you can go back many times and find something new! The kids love everything about it, especially the adventure playground!

2. Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey is a National Trust property and the grounds are fantastic, the kids just loved it and so did we! We adored the flower gardens and the kids loved to creep through the gardener’s tunnel!

3. Wollaton Hall

Wollaton Hall is lovely grounds for a picnic, there is a great new play area too and there is also a good chance you will see the deer roaming around. If you are a Batman fan then you might recognise the hall 😉

4. Sherwood Pines

I love being in the woods, I feel free! I love to wander between trees especially in the Autumn when all the leaves are on the ground! If you go to Sherwood Pines between October and February make sure you join in The Gruffalo Child’s Trail! We cannot wait to do this next weekend!!

5. Attenborough Nature Reserve

There is so much to do at Attenborough from walking around the reserve watching the wildlife to joint in the activities put on in the centre, there is even a monthly wildlife club for kids!

All the exploring can leave the kids feeling quite thirsty so why not add some Vita Coco Kids naturally fruit flavoured water to your picnic basket. It comes in two delicious flavours; Apple & Blackcurrant and Mango & Pineapple and contains less sugar than other juices in the shops.

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My kids think it is delicious and I am sure yours will too 🙂

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Where is your favourite picnic spot and what are your favourite foods to take?

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  • Reply David Northeast November 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    They sound like some deffinate hit lists when my partner and I have our lives on track and we start annual family outings , If you ever travel down south to sussex I highly reccomend you visit the lewes castle, and have a proper look around lewes, there are fields, rivers, woodlands, nature reserves, historic locations all in which to have picnics not to mention the most beautiful of all the southdowns from which you can view most of sussex

  • Reply Stephanie November 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I love going on picnics, I’ll have to keep these spots in mind next time I’m in the Midlands x

  • Reply Angela - Garden Tea Cakes and Me November 9, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I’ve visited both Calke and Chatsworth and agree they are both great places for picnics especially on a sunny day, plenty of room for children to run around.


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