Enjoying a picnic with family and friends is a fantastic way to enjoy delicious food, spend time with people you love, and get that satisfyingly healthy feeling from being in the great outdoors!
With ongoing changes to government guidelines and social distancing rules, a picnic is a simple way to stick to the rules but have fun doing it! [Please make sure you’re adhering to current guidelines and number restrictions at the time of your picnic].
What’s more, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have some perfect places for picnics within their many great attractions. Enjoy a bite to eat amongst beautiful surroundings and wide-open spaces! Don’t forget to share your favourite picnic spot with us using #hantsdaysout!
Picnic spots near the New Forest
Not only does Paultons Park offer over 70 rides and attractions within the ticket price, the family theme park spreads over 140 acres and offers a great range of beautiful gardens and perfect picnic spots in Hampshire for your family! All tickets must be pre-booked.
Peace, beauty and maritime history… settle back and relax at one of the most peaceful spots in the New Forest. The historic village of Buckler’s Hard once provided ships for Nelson’s Navy but is now a tranquil haven. Sit and wave to passing boats, explore the historic village, and learn about its history in the Maritime Museum.
Fantastic picnic spots in Hampshire
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections is the perfect place for a picnic in Hampshire with 25 acres of garden and parkland. You can picnic with views of the famous Selborne hanger, or nestle in one of Gilbert White’s secret alcoves, and with a great cafe on site if you forget anything the museum has you covered!
The Watercress Line has two glorious picnic areas at Alresford and Ropley stations, both south-facing with plenty of space. You can watch the steam trains chuff past while enjoying your picnic, or treat the children to a delicious picnic box from their buffet at Alresford.
Places for a picnic in Portsmouth
Relax amongst the ancient buildings of Butser Ancient Farm, cosy up beside a roaring fire and enjoy a tasty picnic on one of their many outdoor picnic tables. The small cafe at Butser Ancient Farm offers a selection of take away snacks, cold and hot drinks and ice cream to supplement your feast, plus the farm is dog friendly so four legged family members don’t need to be left out! View more great farms in Hampshire here.
Clarence Pier in Southsea is situated opposite to one of Britains award-winning best picnic spots, Southsea common, with its vast open space. The area is adjacent to the popular seafront promenade and beach, which is ideal for kite flying, picnics and informal ball games. Southsea Common in Hampshire is a great place to hang out with friends or family and enjoy the view of the beach or watch the ships passing. Southsea Common is also a fantastic place to bring the kids to play at over summer, or have a picnic with a couple friends.
Fort Nelson’s picnic benches are set in acres of history, with panoramic views and plenty of outdoor space to explore. Fun family activities include a sandbag maze and dynamite monster hunt. So bring a pack-up and enjoy all the Fort has to offer. Pre-book your free visit.
Southampton picnic spots
The Army Flying Museum’s fabulous airfield views mean you can enjoy watching aircraft in action whilst tucking into your picnic. Why not enjoy some freshly prepared sandwiches and delicious cakes from the Apache Café? There is plenty of outdoor space and a fun children’s playground to keep young ones entertained.
Bring a blanket and picnic within Exbury’s beautiful woodland gardens. Take in the stunning surroundings beside one of Exbury’s many ponds, contemplate the boats on the Beaulieu River from Home Wood, or watch the steam train chug across the top of the Rock Garden. Picnic benches are also available.
Royal Victoria Country Park is the place for a picnic by the water, especially with its stunning views out across the Solent. For those who like to top up their food supplies, River Hamble Country Park has a kiosk full of snacks in the heart of its large fields.
Picnic spots on the Isle of Wight
Discover Robin Hill…88 acres of rolling parkland, natural woodland, and countryside gardens on the Isle of Wight for exploration, adventure, and entertainment. The park’s wide-open spaces sit alongside hidden woodland retreats and make it the ideal Isle of Wight picnic spot for adventure-seeking families!