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10 perfect picnic spots in Leicestershire & Rutland

Dust off your wicker basket, roll out your tartan blanket and and head to one of these outdoor beauty spots across Leicestershire and Rutland to enjoy lunch al fresco.

A beautiful wicker basket packed with fizz and crustless sandwiches or a glorified packed lunch with mountains of Tupperware and sausage rolls (guilty!). Fear not, our Muddy guide to lovely picnic spots will at least ensure the location is perfect and so is the food with £500 of free Ocado deliveries (well hello M&S Deli range).

Market Bosworth Country Park, Bosworth

Pic Credit: https://www.leicscountryparks.org.uk/

With its gorgeous open grassland, this park is perfect for family activities (bring your own ball) plus, there’s designated area for picnics and benches if you don’t fancy a soggy bottom from sitting on the grass. If you’re tempted to walk off your food, there’s heaps of popular tracks including one that leads straight to the pretty village of Sutton Cheney.

Rutland Water, Rutland

Pic Credit: Discover Rutland

You’ll be spoilt for idyllic picnic spots at Rutland Water. Set in 4,200 acres of open countryside, you can grab some food from the Waterside Cafe on the south shore near Normanton Church (pic above). If you’re near Whitwell, there’s a car park here and a play area for the kids. You can hire bikes, jump on the Rutland Belle or follow one of the scenic walks.

Welland Park, Market Harborough

Pic Credit: https://www.facebook.com/thecafeatwellandpark/

Another luscious local green park to enjoy with tonnes of fun facilities for the kids including a skate park, tennis courts, table tennis zone and more – enough to make a day of it we think. Don’t miss the rose and sensory gardens after which you can stop off in the open green spaces to enjoy those pesto halloumi kebabs or pick something from the Cafe at Welland Park of course!

Abbey Park, Leicester

As far as city park go, this one ticks all the boxes. Split in two areas by the River Soar, find a spot on the grassy island in the middle of the park, or go over the bridge and tuck into your picnic. While it might be tempting to sit near the lake, we advise against it unless you want to be fighting for the last bite with the local resident ducks and swans. If you’ve got kids in tow, let them burn off energy in the play areas, explore Abbey ruins or admire the fluffy rabbits and birds over in Pets Corner. Fancy elevating your picnic? The Hondurian marinated king prawns and Natoora Sicilian tiger plum tomatoes should do it! 

Beacon Hill Country Park, Woodhouse Eaves

Pic Credit: https://www.leicscountryparks.org.uk/

Enjoy wonderful view across Leicestershire, from the top of this popular park. At 248m, the summit of Beacon Hill Country Park near Loughborough is the second highest spot in Leicestershire so of course, boasts gorgeous views across the county and beyond so well worth the trek. It’s also a pretty magical spot to unpack your picnic basket (if you make it). If the dizzying heights don’t appeal, there’s lots of nice picnic spots further down too.

Cutts Close Park, Oakham

Credit: Discover Rutland

A heritage site which used to be part of the nearby castle. It’s always busy in the park during the summer months as it’s the largest park in town and there’s lots for the kids to enjoy. Every weekend in summer there’s a concert in the park every Sunday making it an ideal spot for a picnic.

Queen’s Park, Loughborough

Pic credit: Charnwood Gov

Boasting Green Flag status – a mark of excellence awarded to parks and green spaces – there’s plenty to admire while tucking into your sausage rolls. First opened in June 1899 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, the park has lots of facilities to enjoy including the swan maze, Charnwood museum, a bowling green, aviaries and more. If you don’t want to lug around a picnic basket, stop off at the Queen’s Park Cafe to order some tasty goodies.

Bradgate Park, Newton Linford

Pic Credit: Bradgate Park Trust

Tuck into a picnic while enjoying glimpses of the resident deer here. Recently voted among the top 50 most beautiful places in the country to take a stroll, there’s 830 acres to enjoy here before hiking up the hills to enjoy the views, the rugged wilderness and the historic ruins of Bradgate House.

Watermead Country Park, Thurmaston

A great place to go for a bike ride, walk and picnic. It’s peaceful and pretty with great lake views, wildflower meadows, a thriving nature reserves and woodland walks where you can scramble around with the kids/dog/on your own and feel at one with nature. All-day parking costs £2.50.

Saltersford Valley, Swadlincote 

Pic creditL https://www.nationalforest.or

This seven-hectare site tucked away in The National Forest has lots of open water areas known as ‘flashes’ as a direct result from mining subsidence that caused the brook to flood. That was then, but now it’s a safe and peaceful haven with a lush picnic area by the lake plus, free car park. Bonus! If you’ve come on a whim and not bought a basket of goodies with you, stop off at Grounds Cafe where you can grab some paninis and cakes.

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