Best picnic spots in Cheshire
The school summer holidays are finally here and the struggle to entertain the kids through the long break has begun! Admittedly the great British summertime is proving to be its unpredictable best but keep the faith that there will still be some sunny weather to come. With that optimistic thought in mind, why not plan to pack up the picnic hamper and get out in the great outdoors when the sun decides to pop its head out again. Cheshire has so many wonderful beauty spots which are just perfect for a good-old fashioned picnic.
Here are some of our favourite spots to head to
Beeston Castle is a magnificent example of a medieval castle which boasts stunning views of the Cheshire countryside. Pick a clear day to visit and you may be able to see all the way from the Pennines to the Welsh mountains! And with a staggering 4,000 year history it also has a replica Bronze Age roundhouse to get those imaginations firing. It is situated in a sprawling 40-acre woodland park, so plenty of space to explore, and perfect picnicking spots to be found.
Northwich’s well-known country park is both picturesque and steeped in history. Take a scenic walk around the mere, set the kids off exploring in the woodland and maybe task them with building their own rustic den.
If they still have energy to burn, the play area may help before finding a great spot to settle down and enjoy your picnic. Marbury Park boasts some permanent BBQ areas so you could even take some burgers and sausages and cook them in situ.
We are very lucky to have Tatton Park right on our doorstep. It is described as one of the most complete historical estates in the country. A day out there will give you and the kids plenty to do exploring its Tudor hall, neo-classical 19th century mansion, formal gardens, opulent glasshouses and landscaped deer park. There are plenty of picnic spots dotted around the park, so pick your favourite spot and enjoy!
Delamere Forest is one of the most popular outdoor spots in the North West and, yet again, it’s right on our doorstep. The forest is vast with endless trails to explore – but make sure you keep your bearings so you don’t get lost!
For the adrenaline junkies, Go Ape is a perfect place to let off steam high amongst the treetops, whilst those who prefer a quieter pace can soak in the atmosphere and enjoy the wildlife at the lakeside. Take your pick of picnic spots but if carrying your lunch around the forest does not appeal, fear not, there are two great cafes to choose from.
Arley Hall and Gardens
Arley Hall is another gem. Known as one of the most attractive stately homes in the North West, the elegant Victorian country house is surrounded by eight acres of gorgeous formal gardens. In addition there is a woodland area and a charming wildflower meadow to explore as well as a kids play area. Its also worth remembering that there are events on throughout the year, so check out their website to see what might float your little ones’ boat!
In Cheshire we are spoilt for choice for great places to discover in the great outdoors. So even if the summer hols end up being rather drizzly, go on, put your wellies on and get exploring with the kids. We hope our favourite picks have inspired you, but we are always open to ideas, so we would love to hear about your favourite picnicking spots in Cheshire.
Happy picnicking! X