5 Best Summer Picnic Spots in Oxfordshire
It’s officially August (how did that happen!?), which means the school holidays are well and truly underway. We’ve shared lots of fun ideas to make the most out of the summer on your family holiday, but what about those days spent at home? When the novelty is beginning to wear off and September feels far away, we’ve got the perfect solution; get the kids outdoors for a picnic! Young or old, everyone loves a picnic, and we’re lucky enough to have lots of great picnic spots to choose from right on our doorstep. We’ve rounded up five of the best places to picnic in and around Oxford, nestled among beautiful countryside and impressive architecture.
#1 Greys Court
We couldn’t list Oxfordshire’s best picnic spots without mentioning Grey’s Court. This 16th century mansion boasts beautiful walled gardens and an expansive estate, perfect for walking and enjoying the views of the rolling Chiltern Hills. There’s loads of places to picnic at Grey’s Court during the summer months and as a National Trust property, there’s even more activities to keep the kids learning and exploring. Perfect.
#2 Harcourt Arboretum
Harcourt Arboretum belongs to Oxford University, although it’s located outside of the city in the pretty village of Nuneham Courtenay. Covering a vast 130 acres, there’s plenty of space to picnic amongst Oxfordshire’s finest trees and some of the UK’s oldest redwoods. Then enjoy a walk through the Arboretum’s 30 acres of beautiful wildflower meadows. But watch out for the local peacocks!
#3 Cutteslowe Park
For a fun-filled family day out, Cutteslowe Park is a great option. As Oxford’s largest park, located north of the city, there’s plenty of space to play and so much to do to keep the kids busy. With mini golf, various play areas, a miniature railway and the newly opened Splash Park, they’ll never want to leave!
#4 Shotover Country Park
Shotover Country Park in Headington is another great picnic spot for nature lovers and mini adventurers alike. Due to its diverse habitats, most of the park is a Site of Specific Interest, making it perfect for exploring and dog walking. The view from the top of Shotover Hill is also well worth the walk.
#5 Oxford University Parks
If you don’t want to stray too far from the city centre, the well-maintained Oxford University Parks are the perfect choice. Soak in the city’s history on one of the many walks around the parks before stopping for a picnic below the spires.
What To Take On Your Picnic
That’s next week’s day out sorted, then! Wherever you decide to go on your picnic, we’ve got some great picks for a summery day out in our Outdoor Living collection. Check out our range of Rice picnicware, which is completely child-friendly being made from sturdy melamine. These cups, plates and bowls also come in lots of fun colours and designs, and even better, they can be thrown in the dishwasher when you get home.
That’s definitely fuss-free picnicking, but don’t forget the blanket!