Are You Looking For The Best Picnic Spots in Surrey and Hampshire?
Below you can find a list of ideal picnic spots in Surrey and Hampshire. Whether you are looking for a location easily accessible by car or somewhere a little more secluded I hope you will like my list.
1) Frimley Lodge Park or Basingstoke Canal Centre
Both of these locations are accessible by car and both are located adjacent to the Basingstoke Canal in the Frimley/Mytchett area of Surrey. Frimley Lodge Park consists of:
- Three large playing fields perfect for a picnic spot
- Pitch and putt golf course
- Outdoor exercise trail (trim trail)
- Outdoor miniature railway for children
- Cafe and plenty of car parking spaces
- Row boat and canoe hire at the nearby Canal Centre
You shouldn't experience any difficulties finding a picnic spot within this 24 hectare site. There are also several woodland walks nearby and the Basingstoke Canal Footpath runs through some of the most picturesque parts of Surrey and Hampshire.
The Basingstoke Canal centre is only a short walk from Frimley Lodge Park and is also an idyllic picnic spot, affordable boat hire (inc row boats and canoes) and learning about the history of the waterway via the informational centre. There are several places along the canal route where one can enjoy a quiet picnic such as at the Odiham Castle ruin.
"The Basingstoke Canal is of national importance for its wealth of wildlife. Most of the waterway has statutory protection as a Site of Special Scientific Interest..."
Quoted from - Basingstoke Canal Authority
Find out more about the Basingstoke Canal route here.
2) Alice Holt Forest in Farnham/Waverley (Surrey)
Located near Farnham in Surrey is the picturesque forest of Alice Holt, the old oak trees here were once used for the construction of naval ships. Now the area is under the control of the Forestry Commission and is a great place for picnics, woodland walks along the marked trails, cycling, activities (such as GoApe zip wires and rope climbs etc) or just as a place to relax. There is parking and a cafe open to visitors most of the year.
3) Stoke Park Guildford (Surrey)
Located opposite the Guildford Spectrum Sports Centre is Stoke Park, a local government owned expanse of grassland suitable for picnics. Woodlands can also be
found around the park as well as an ornamental garden, skate park, tennis courts and paddling pool. The park is easy to reach by car or via public transport.
Guildford town centre is only a twenty minute walk away
4) The New Forest Picnic Spots (Hampshire)
The New Forest is a popular place for those wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, there is so much to do and see in this part of Hampshire that I couldn't possibly fit it all on this page. Think cycling, walking, idyllic picnic spots, horse and pony riding, visiting wildlife parks and farms plus much more. With mile after mile of woodland paths and secluded spots, this is a great place for families, best to plan your day out and pre-book pony/horse hire, especially in summer months.
Here you can find the official website of the New Forest, it is worth exploring in detail.
5) Manor Farm Country Park (Hampshire)
Manor Farm Country park is owned by Hampshire County Council through their Countryside Service. The area consists of 400 acres of land, historic buildings and an active farm. Here you will find a network of walking and riding trails and a play area. Picnic spot benches can be located throughout the farm and there are 6 barbeque bearths for hire. Onsite facilities include a pantry shop, parking and toilets. There are three main areas to explore; the riverside, the farm and the woodlands.
Please note that barbeque hire may need to pre-booked. Horse riders must have suitable public liability insurance and dogs are not allowed in all areas of the site.
6) Winkworth Arboretum (Surrey)
At the Winkworth Arboretum one can wander around this tranquil hillside with over 1,000 shrubs and trees on display in a natural setting. The Arboretum is a perfect place to visit all year round but make sure you don't miss the colourful blossoms in springtime (azaleas, magnolia, rhodies and a sea of bluebells) and the unique red and brown colours that transform the hillside during autumn.
There is also a lake which is best viewed from the boathouse and a wetland walk nearby. Plenty of children's trails can also be found at the Winkworth Arboretum. Facilities include a tea room and shop, free parking and toilets.
7) Llama Walking (Surrey)
One of the more unusual activities held in this county is the Llama walking which takes place through the Surrey Hills. You cannot ride on these animals but they can be trekked through the hills. Great for families or couples. This would make a great relaxing day out with plenty of picnic spots nearby or you could have lunch at one of the local pubs. Treks are organized in small groups throughout the year. Different routes are taken each week through the Surrey Hills.
"We could not have asked for nicer companions or a better venue. The day was simply one of the most enjoyable we have ever spent, with laughter, romance and even perfect weather!!! Thank you all so very much"
Quoted from - Dawn Gemmell, Grayshott, Hampshire
Plenty more information about Llama walking can be found here.
8) Portsmouth Historical Dockyard (Hampshire)
A truly fantastic day out awaits you at the Historical Dockyard in Portsmouth where you can climb aboard two vessels, the HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860 and learn about the history of the Royal Navy. There is also a harbour tour where you can see many of the ships in dock, there are also various buildings in the harbour containing displays.
The new Mary Rose museum is due to open in 2012 and currently the ship is not on display although there is a temporary museum displaying many of the artifacts that have been recovered from the seabed. You can lunch at one of the nearby restaurants or bring a pack lunch for a picnic.
Here you can find more info about the historical dockyard.
9) Devil's Punch Bowl (Surrey)
Located in Surrey near the small town of Hindhead is the Devil's Punch Bowl, designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) and formed from spring water cutting into the soft rock. The area is now a natural amphitheatre and is covered in heath, heather, wild grasses and other lowland plant life. This really is a perfect place for a ramble and picnic, the bowl and nearby Hindhead common encompass 1600 acres.
Car parking facilities are available at low cost and free for members of the National Trust.
10) Kew Gardens (Surrey)
With several glass houses, an 18 metre high tree top walkway, themed plant collections and 300 acres of botanical gardens, Kew has much to offer for anyone wanting for a day out. You will struggle to find a more beautiful place for a picnic. Plenty of facilities here, including cafe, shop, toilets, disabled access to almost all areas and more.
Don't forget to check out the aquatic garden and "travel the world with Kew" themed areas. More information including directions can be found on the official website of Kew.
11) Fleet Pond and Nature Reserve (Hampshire)
I initially only planned to list 10 places to picnic in Hampshire and Surrey but as there are so many great spots I will expand this page.
Fleet nature reserve consists of a 52 acre lake set against a backdrop of protected SSSI status dry-lands, wetlands and marshes. There are three colour coded walking/cycling routes and a picnic area. Plenty of parking on-site or at the nearby railway station.
More information about this wildlife reserve can be found on the Fleet pond page.