Life’s a picnic


You may not be able to rely on the sunshine during a typical British summer, but you can bank on the picnic as a unique pleasure. But where to go? Try these spots…

Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, Northumberland: One of the largest areas of ancient semi-natural woodland in Northumberland, this is an ideal place for a picnic on the wild side. Sit outdoors under the trees, at a picnic bench or on the lush grass in a woodland clearing.

Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland: There was a good reason why the Victorian inventor and industrialist Lord Armstrong chose Cragside to build his county residence – the views across the Coquet Valley to Simonside and the surrounding moorland are stunning and outdoor picnicking sites range from lakeside to woodland.

Gibside, Tyne and Wear: A taste of the country on the edge of the city, Gibside features wonderful Derwent Valley views, winding walks, refreshing open spaces, historic buildings and wildlife aplenty.

Hadrian’s Wall: Lace up your walking boots and work up an appetite on the way to Sycamore Gap, made famous in the Hollywood blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, or one of the many vantage points offering panoramic views north and south of the wall near the National Trust’s Housesteads Fort.

Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Northumberland: Picnic spots don’t get much more romantic or secluded than Holy Island, and the grassy bank below the castle looking out across the sea towards the Farne Islands and another of Northumberland’s famous fortresses, Bamburgh, is a stunning outdoor dining setting on a summer’s day.


Ricotta and cherry tomato fingers 

Italian aperitivo

Smoked salmon tart

Shallot Dartois

Focaccia with British asparagus, olives and sun-dried tomatoes

Italian bread salad

Beetroot, walnut & herb dip with pitta crisps

Wasabi salsa with radishes and homemade tortilla chips

Radish and Citrus Chinese Leaf Salad

Strawberry and Pimm’s jellies

Apple cake with hazelnut caramel topping

Sign up to our news
You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us.