Beaulieu River, New Forest
Nestled in the New Forest, the charming riverside village of Beaulieu is a perfect place for a picnic by the picturesque river where you can relax and enjoy the view and watching the New Forest Ponies and Donkeys in their natural habitat.
Home to the award winning National Motor Museum where you can see an array of icon motor vehicles from the past, the stunning Beaulieu Abby and many quaint shops on the high street, it has plenty of things to do to make a day out of it.
Free to enter, the stunning architecture and Medieval history of these ruins give a romantic setting for an afternoon picnic. There is a small carpark onsite, however there is more parking and WC facilities down the road just a 5 min walk away.
After your picnic you can stroll around the grounds, or head down the road towards to Solent shoreline where you can see the boats coming and going.
It’s a good idea to check online when the Abbey is open however, as this can vary depending on the time of year.
Crystal clear water and riverbanks full of wildlife – a walk along the River Itchen will never disappoint. Find a nice sandy spot to set out your picnic blanket and enjoy alfresco dining in an idyllic setting. There are plenty of spots to have a paddle so don’t forget to take a towel!
Ornamental Drive & Tall Trees
Situated near Brockenhurst in the New Forest, Ornamental Drive boasts an impressive array of Rhododendrons, Redwoods and Douglas Firs that were planted here in 1859 when Rhinefield House was a privately owned mansion. Enjoy the drive through here and park in Blackwater car park and head to Tall Tress where there is plenty of walks of varying lengths through the tallest trees in the New Forest.
The Car park is free and there are WC’s nearby. The paths are very accessible and there are picnic benches too so you can enjoy lunch after you’ve worked up an appetite exploring!
Barton on Sea
Colourful beach huts, stunning rock formations in the cliffs and views of the Isle of Wight, Barton on Sea is a hidden gem on the edge of the Hampshire border.
Although mostly stony, there are patches of sand where you can set up for a picnic. Even on the hottest of summer days, this beach has plenty of space for everyone and is a great alternative to the likes of Bournemouth and Sandbanks beaches where it can get very crowded when the temperature soars!