Nothing says summer like a picnic on a sunny day. Whiling away a lazy afternoon where the hardest decision is whether to sit in the sun or the shade and who gets the last Scotch egg – what could be better? We reckon we’re in for some warm weather, so grab your wicker baskets and gingham blankets and head off into the great outdoors. Just be sure to take all your rubbish with you so that others can enjoy the space too.

*Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of these venues and attractions have made changes to their opening hours, facilities and menus etc. We recommend that you check each venue's website and social media when planning a visit.

Here are our top picks for picnics:

Crew Yard Café and Bistro and Rufford Abbey

Budby’s worst kept secret, the Crew Yard Café and Bistro, are now offering takeaway afternoon tea and picnic platters for those who are feeling just a little bit fancy. These bespoke packages can cater to virtually any dietary requirement, and everything is freshly made to order with seasonal and local ingredients. Savouries include such delights as bite-sized lemon, honey and garlic drizzled chicken on rye bread or roasted vegetable quesadillas with mint dressing, whilst desserts could include hazelnut and vanilla meringues or mini scones. At just £14.50 per person, it’s a bit of a bargain too.  

Take your flavoursome feast to the nearby Rufford Abbey, a former 12th century Cistercian Monastery and country house and one of the main country parks in the Sherwood Forest area. Take a gentle stroll around the lake, check out the gorgeous gardens and then find your perfect picnic spot on the large grass area at the side of the magnificent abbey.

Delilah Fine Foods and the Arboretum

If you’re looking to impress a loved one, you can’t go wrong with one of the ready-made hampers from Delilah Fine Foods. We recommend their tapas hampers, which are jam-packed with a range of delectable Mediterranean goodies such as olives, charcuterie, paté and hand-baked bread to make your partner feel truly special.

Head through town to Nottingham’s Arboretum, a historic, beautifully maintained park which is home to an important collection of over 800 trees and is rumoured to have been the inspiration for J.M. Barrie’s Neverland. Throw down your picnic blanket on one of the glorious rolling lawns surrounded on all sides by beds of brightly coloured flowers, and listen out for the calls of the exotic birds in the aviary. Bliss!

Welbeck Farm Shop and Sherwood Pines

Why not visit the famously charming Welbeck Farm Shop, browsing their superb range of traditional artisan food products and sampling as you go? Fill your bags with a selection of cheese, crackers and chutneys, seasonal fruit and irresistible handmade chocolates for the ultimate posh picnic.

Once you’ve filled your boots, a short drive through the stunning Nottinghamshire countryside is Sherwood Pines Forest Park, the largest forest open to the public in the East Midlands with over 3,300 acres to discover. Depending on your fitness level, you can choose from one of several trails through this beautiful woodland and settle down for a picnic in the shade of the ancient trees.

Thaymar Farm Shop and Highfields

Treat yourself to a Take Home Afternoon Tea from the gorgeous Thaymar Farm Shop. For just £11 per person, you'll get a selection of sandwiches including ham and mustard, cheese and chutney, tuna and cucumber and smoked salmon and cream cheese. You'll also get to choose some cakes for after, including caramel shortbread or Victoria sponge, as well as homemade fruit scones. Pop their Taylor's breakfast tea bags into a flask and off you go!

Take your afternoon tea to the stunning Kelham Hall & Country Park - a beautiful Victorian stately home located in the Trent Valley near Newark. Wander through the woodlands and beside the river Trent to find the perfect spot to pitch up within the stunning 42 acre grounds.

This blog was written by Sophie Milne, Communications Executive at Visit Nottinghamshire.


Delilah Fine Foods
Delilah Fine Foods

This traditional delicatessen, combined with a tapas style food offering, provides an opportunity to taste, buy and sell thousands of fine foodstuffs, and to demonstrate how these products can be used to create great dishes.

Nottingham Arboretum
Parkland / Woodland Garden
Nottingham Arboretum

A historic, beautifully maintained park that is home to an important collection of over 800 trees, award winning Nottingham Arboetum is Nottingham's oldest public park and the closest park to the city centre.

Welbeck Farm Shop
Farm Shop
Welbeck Farm Shop

The award-winning Welbeck Farm Shop is found at the heart of a vibrant artisan food community. Two thirds of the shop’s impressive product range is sourced from or prepared at the historic Welbeck estate, described by the Great Food Club as ‘the capital of Britain’s artisan food and drink movement’.



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