Top 10 Picnic Hotspots in Kent

To help you celebrate National Picnic Week between 16th and 25th June 2017 we have compiled a list of some of the best places to picnic in Kent. So grab a friend, make your sandwiches, pack your bag and get your picnic on!

Shorne Woods Country Park (Gravesend) is one of the most popular country parks in Kent with 292 acres of stunning and ancient woodland, meadows and wetlands that date back as far as 12,000 years. The site is home to an eco-friendly visitor centre, sensory garden, fishing lake, play and picnic areas where you can settle down and enjoy your homemade picnic.

Lullingstone Country Park (Eynsford) was originally part of the grounds of Lullingstone Castle and is famous for its collection of ancient trees; some are thought to be 800 years old. In the summer, the meadowlands come alive with beautiful wildflowers and orchids. So what are you waiting for? Grab your picnic blanket and pick your spot to relax in the afternoon sunshine. 

Trosley Country Park (Meopham) is located in the heart of the beautiful Kent Downs and is home to a variety of wildlife. You can bring your dog along and follow one of the three walking trails that will lead you to the most beautiful parts of the park before settling down with your yummy picnic. If you are feeling adventurous you can try the Coldrum Trail which will take you to the ancient Coldrum Stones.

Sandwich and Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve (Ramsgate) is known as a site of international importance because of its bird population of waders and wildfowl. The reserve is a lovely place to bring a picnic to enjoy the peace and quiet and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Make sure you pack your binoculars so you can spot the birds, insects and flora that surround you at this peaceful wildlife haven.

Penshurst Place (Tonbridge) is a stunning stately home where you can explore the house, gardens and the vast parklands that surround the manor house. Take your picnic along and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the gardens or for more active picnickers the cycle routes at Penshurst Place have been featured in the Visit England top 10 scenic cycle routes.

Botany Bay (Broadstairs) is a hidden gem in Kent which offers amazing views across the white cliffs and the beautiful chalk stacks. The bay supposedly got its name when those found in possession of smuggled goods were deported to Australia’s Botany Bay; you won’t find any smugglers any more but it sure is a great place to have a picnic! You can also do a spot of fossil hunting and rock pool exploring when the tide is out which makes it the perfect day out for all the family.

South Foreland Lighthouse Walk (Dover) is at the entrance to the White Cliffs Visitor Centre and this section of the cliff top was an important part of England’s defences in World War II. There are lots of historical wartime structures visible along the path whilst getting your steps up on the 4 mile walk. You can download the full walking route here

Bough Beech Nature Reserve (Sevenoaks) is one of the south east’s finest birdwatching reserves and has a lovely reservoir, ancient woodland area and a pretty orchard. There is also an oast house visitor centre with displays of local history and wildlife and a lovely picnic area to enjoy.

Leeds Castle (Maidstone); well you couldn’t have a list of Kentish picnic hotspots without including the iconic Leeds Castle! There is plenty to do there including the maze, falconry displays, tours of the castle itself and a castle themed play area. Sit back and relax and enjoy the fantastic views of the castle whilst enjoying your delicious lunch.

Blue Bell Hill Picnic Site (Walderslade) is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with fantastic panoramic views across the Medway Valley. The site has also been classed as an area of scientific interest as it is home to a wide variety of insects and rare plant species. 

If you are searching for other days out in Kent check out our list of historical themed events we compiled for Local and Community History Month

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