A favourite summer tradition here in the New Forest is a picnic filled with food, family and fun. It’s the perfect way to see the beautiful views of our heathlands, enjoy quality time in the sunshine with friends and family and delight in delicious foodie treats. Below we’ve rounded together our top 5 picnic spots.
- Wilverley Plain is situated in between Wootton and Brockenhurst on Burley Road, with free car parking, toilet facilities, picnic tables, BBQ hire and masses of open heathlands and woodlands it make for the perfect spot for all the family, including the dog too! Start off with a walk around the woodlands before finding just the right spot to settle down for the afternoon. Enjoy your lunchtime favourites and maybe even a Mr Whippy when the ice-cream van stops by – Delicious!
- Lepe Country Park situated on the coast within the national park featuring stunning views across the Solent waters and across to the Isle Of Wight. It consists of over a mile of beaches, pine fringed cliffs, historic D-Day remains and wild flower meadows. It’s one of the top places to visit if you want to relax and take in the beautiful views. Lepe is also home to lots of wildlife that you are free to explore. Discover what lives along the shore, bird watch over the North Solent Nature Reserve. If you’re after a picnic with plenty of wildlife extras then this is the spot for you!
- Whitefield Moor is a lovely sunny location perfect for sporting games or even to just let the kids run off some steam, there is also a marked walk called the Ober Water Trail suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users. This picnic spot is great for those who wish to play a family game of rounders, fetch with the pup or a little game of football. You may even spot our forest neighbours grazing away happily on the heathlands.
- Knightwood Oak is a popular walking route in the autumn but also makes for a beautiful picnic spot throughout the summer. Situated near Bolderwood it’s a little woodland perfect for enjoying a picnic under the canopy of some of the oldest trees in the New Forest.
- Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary is the best place to see the deer from the purpose-built platform which overlooks a large meadow. This is a great pace for getting photos of these wonderful creatures as well as learning all about them. The deer get fed daily during the months of April and September between 12:30pm and 2:30pm. As well as the deer viewing platform, Bloderwood has a large designated picnic area which is amongst the trees. With picnic tables allowing space for disposable BBQs too. There is also a large grassy area by the car park perfect for a game of cricket, rounders or football – Let the games begin!
So gather the family, grab a picnic blanket and some foodie treats, it’s time to head outside and enjoy the picnic season!