The Essential Picnic Guide

© Jennifer Causey


All it needs is just a hint of  golden sun to come out to play in Blighty, and the masses head to the great outdoors armed with a delectable selection of the nation’s favourite seasonal treats, an outdoor game or two and a radio sounding out some summer anthems.

There’s something about the thought of a crusty baguette with cheese and a bottle of elderflower cordial that inspires our great love for a summer’s day out, sprawled on a picnic rug and surrounded by friends, family and an idyllic setting. With delicious fare ‘pon the mind, hunger in the belly and nature’s most picturesque spots in our day dreams, we’ve hunted high and low, near and far to come up with Zero2one’s Ultimate Picnic Guide for the perfect places to partake in a picnic.

Indulging in one’s sarnies and sausage rolls doesn’t have to be a trip to the local park. If you’re looking for a memorable day of munching within easy commute to London, the following hangouts are sure to satisfy this summer.

Horniman Gardens, London

Situated in the aptly named Forest Hill, this six hectare traditional garden hideout offers a spectacular panorama of our capital city. With free bandstand shows for children throughout July and August, and museum to entertain the cultured, there’s something for all in SE23. 

Horniman Gardens, Forest Hill, London SE23

Headley Heath, Surrey

A haven for ramblers to rest, and picnickers to polish off their delicacies, Headley Heath is a Surrey gem.  Don’t be surprised if deer or highland cattle trot over to have a nibble of your lunch, as both roam free around this open heathland. Lying on the summit plateau of the North Downs, and with picnic tables aplenty, taking a trip here is well worth a visit.

Headley Heath, Headley Heath Common Road, near Leatherhead, Surrey

Stanmer Park, East Sussex

With a journey time of under an hour, Brighton is always a favourite for city dwellers to descend on as soon as the sun comes up. Once the 200-hectare estate of the Earls of Chichester, Stanmer Park is now a top destination for families, thanks to its woodland and park areas that are great for picnics. Mum and dad can rest their limbs it under the shade of a majestic cedar tree near Stanmer House, whilst the kids play ball, or climb on a sculpted log nearby. For the History buffs amongst us, the old church and a tiny village on the estate with houses and barns that date back to the 1850s are great to explore.

Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, Brighton

So there you have it, Zero2one have opened our little black book and let you in to what were once, our own Secret Gardens. Whichever you choose to take a peek at, you’ll be in need of some picnic essentials to take with you, and for that – we have just what you need!

1) Birchwood Disposable Cutlery; Drinkstuff  

2) Taupe & Fuschia Traditional Fouta; Febronie

3) Gisela Graham Cold Drinks Bucket; Gifts From Handpicked

4) Set of Four Plastic Wine Goblets; The Gifted Penguin

5) Two Person Chiller Hamper; Cotswold Trading

6) Willow Basket Bottle Holder; Mollie & Fred



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