A family day out doesn't need to break the bank. So pack up a picnic and take advantage of the warmer days now that spring is here!
Our network is full of beautiful green spaces so we have put together some of our favourite spots to inspire your picnicking this summer. Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures on Instagram!
This rare and atmospheric 17th-century house sits on the banks of the River Thames in Richmond. Outside, the open and formal restored 17th-century gardens surround the house. It includes a productive kitchen garden containing many heritage crops, the maze-like ‘Wilderness’, complete with summerhouses, and many beautiful spots perfect for a picnic.
Situated a mere 15 minutes walk from the centre of Weymouth, the Lodmoor Country Park covers 350 acres of land which features a whole host of attractions and activities for all the family.
There’s a enviable array of facilities to keep everyone entertained, it’s even wheelchair friendly. You can even make your picnic a barbecue with plenty of stands available for public use throughout the year.
Other highlights include a free 21 piece adult green gym, along with a smaller children’s version with a pitch and putt for those that like to keep active and a large pirate ship play park complete with a bird's nest swing. The Rio Grande model railway circles the events area at Lodmoor and is open to visitors throughout the summer season. What more could you want from a park?
This castle in Bournemouth is said to be inspiration for Kirrin in Enid Blyton books. Pack lashings of ginger beer!
This thousand-year-old royal castle shaped by warfare is one of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War. A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, all ages are captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck. Discover 1,000 years of its history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner.
This summer, look for our services to Swanage from Weymouth - making it even easier to go car-free!
Chillerton Down and the land around Gatcombe Village is a beautiful area of downland, farmed and wooded valleys hidd away in the middle of the Isle of Wight. It is jointly owned by the National Trust and protected by covenants to preserve the beauty of the landscape.
Take a walk, bring a picnic or try something more adventurous - there's so much to see and do on a day out at Chillerton Down.
A communications mast is located at the highest point of Chillerton Down, visible from nearly all the Isle of Wight.
Whitecroft from Chillerton Down
The views from Chillerton Down in the centre of the Isle of Wight are extensive. Whitecroft used to be a hospital, and is easily recognisable by its tower.
Walking on Chillerton Down
Chillerton Down is a lovely rural spot on the Isle of Wight, and the National Trust have created a 9 ¼-mile (16km) route for you to follow here.
Newlands Corner and Silent Pool are at the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Newlands Corner lies on the chalk ridge of the North Downs at a height of over 170m, which gives glorious views across the Weald to the ridge of the South Downs. Below the slope, from Newlands car park, lies the village of Albury. It’s a popular spot for dog walking, cycling, horse riding and family wandering, so you’ll rarely be alone here. However, the broad expanses of open chalk downland and mixed woodland offer plenty of opportunities to lose yourself in nature.
About two miles to the east lies the Silent Pool, in a shady hollow, surrounded by box trees, which is most probably an ancient quarry which was filled by the water from scarp slope springs in the chalk downs.
Legend has it that the daughter of a woodsman drowned in the pool whilst escaping the seductive advances of King John. In the 19th century it was a popular attraction; and still retains a certain eerie charm today.