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10 of the best picnic spots in East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 15:18 21 June 2017

Enjoy a picnic at Ickworth Park. Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Enjoy a picnic at Ickworth Park. Picture: PHIL MORLEY


Lay out your blanket and basket during National Picnic Week at these 10 best picnic spots in East Anglia.

Soak in the views at Flatford Mill, Suffolk. Picture: PAUL BURNS Soak in the views at Flatford Mill, Suffolk. Picture: PAUL BURNS

Grab a blanket and a basket full of your favourite picnic foods and head to one of these fantastic picnic spots during National Picnic Week.

Flatford Mill, Suffolk

In the heart of Constable Country and the beautiful Dedham Vale, Flatford Mill is the perfect spot to tuck into a picnic. Lay out your blanket and tasty picnic supplies by the river and soak in the views that Suffolk artist John Constable spent his years admiring. Why not even hire a rowing boat whilst you’re there?

Ickworth, Suffolk

Dine al fresco at Brancaster Beach. Picture: FAY COLLINS Dine al fresco at Brancaster Beach. Picture: FAY COLLINS

In Ickworth, head to the Walled Garden and the lawn just outside of the summer house. Here you can enjoy your picnic with a view across the Fairy Lake. Adults can relish in the history and heritage of the area while children can let off steam in the nearby adventure play area.

Brancaster Beach, Norfolk

Set up a spot on the sand and enjoy the endless golden sands and uninterrupted views of Brancaster Beach. After a homemade picnic why not wander through Brancaster Staithe and observe the wildlife of the saltmarsh?

Covehithe Beach, Suffolk

The Plantation Garden, Norfolk. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The Plantation Garden, Norfolk. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Only accessible by foot, this remote stretch of beach is surrounded by cliffs and is sure to spark the imaginations of young lunchtime explorers. This stunning location has even been voted as one of the best picnic spots in the UK.

The Plantation Garden, Norwich

Sometimes referred to as ‘The Secret Garden’, The Plantation Garden in Norwich is a wonderful spot for al fresco dining. The garden boasts woodland walks, a rustic bridge and an Italian terrace and is ideal for a romantic picnic with a loved one.

Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Explore Bawdsey Quay and tuck into a family picnic on the shore. Picture: STEPHEN SQUIRRELL Explore Bawdsey Quay and tuck into a family picnic on the shore. Picture: STEPHEN SQUIRRELL

You’ll be spoilt for choice for where to set up camp for the day in Sheringham Park. Spend the day here exploring 1000 acres of woodland, parkland and cliff top, look out for wildlife and climb to the top of the towers to experience breathtaking views of the beautiful landscape and the North Norfolk coast.

Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Located in the idyllic National Trust village of Blickling, this estate is bursting with history - it is thought to be the birthplace of King Henry the VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn – and with nearly 1000 acres of woodland truly is a stunning location for outdoor dining.

Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk

Find a place amongst the trees to lay your blanket or grab one of the site’s fought after BBQ spots if you fancy tucking into more than just a simple sandwich. With a UFO trail to explore and a play area to run wild in, adventure awaits.

Bawdsey Quay, Suffolk

Bawdsey Quay, situated at the mouth of the River Deben, has everything you need for an unforgettable picnic. Take in the views of boats bobbing on the water while sunning yourself on the sandy beach or the grassy verge behind.

Pensthorpe Natural Park, Norfolk

With around 700 acres of land, made up of flowers, wildlife and a sprawling lake, to explore at Pensthorpe, you’re bound to find a great spot to serve up some tasty treats. Look out for flamingos, cranes and red Squirrels during your stay as well as larger than life bugs on the Bug Trail.

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