Finally… SUMMER IS HERE! Which for me, means spare time is spent with family and friends out in the sun. What better way to enjoy the sights, catch some rays and enjoy some summer treats than… The Great British Picnic.
For International Picnic Day, we have listed some of the best picnic spots near to each Butlin’s resort. For more Picnic ideas why not check out our new Pinterest board – we have filled it with great, family friendly Picnic ideas.
Set in the magnificent 1000 acre Arundel Park overlooking a boating lake, with a backdrop of cliffs and beautiful trees, Swanbourne Lake is always a winner. Just past Arundel Castle, the lake hosts a small café and a number of picnic benches. You can feed the ducks and swans that live on the lake and even hire a small rowing boat. If you follow the path round the lake, there are some great little sun traps, perfect for laying down a rug and tucking in to your treats!
Just a 3 minute walk from the resort, Hotham Park is the perfect place for a Picnic. Set amongst the grounds of Hotham Park House, once owned by Bognor Regis’ founder ‘Sir Richard Hotham’ The park is a popular spot for locals and holiday makers with its boating lake, miniature railway, putting green, children’s play area and a café.
Whilst in Minehead it is worth taking the short journey along the coast to Blue Anchor. Again, this is a vast expanse of beach but almost totally unspoilt. You’ll find it very quiet and picturesque indeed. Its only about 10 minutes by car, but if you want to start and finish your day out in a bit of style, you can make the return trip on the West Somerset Railway. Minehead Station is only a five minute walk from resort, and the journey takes in some beautiful views.
If you don’t like the idea of sand in your sandwiches, then how about the grounds of Dunster Castle for your picnic? It’s no more that a five-minute trip back along the A39 to find this wonderful piece of history which is now maintained by the National Trust. The gardens are vast and magnificent, and you can also look around the castle itself.
Tower Gardens is a beautiful park dating back to 1878. Full of fountains and flowers the park offers a delightful environment to enjoy your picnic. Free entertainment is on offer here all through out the holiday season with Street Performers, puppet shows, music, art exhibitions and brass bands to name a few.
Gibraltar point is a large stretch of unspoilt coastline running southwards from the edge of Skegness to the mouth of the Wash. On a sunny day, Gibraltar Point is the perfect place for a picnic with amenities such as a small catering facility and public toilets.
If you don’t want to venture too far for your picnic at any resort, then there are truly wonderful beaches right on the doorstep of each resort! Cross the road and you will find a huge expanse of wonderful sand at Minehead and Skegness, and a beautiful pebble beach at Bognor Regis. All of which, regardless of the time of year, never seem to get too crowded. What’s more there are well-maintained public toilets nearby, as well as a couple of little kiosks selling cold drinks and snacks. Plus by being on the beach outside the resorts, you are only ever a short walk back to your accommodation.
Happy International Picnic Day!