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Perfect Picnic Spots

With stunning countryside and gardens, there are many beautiful spots in and around the Bury St Edmunds area to lay your blanket down and enjoy a yummy picnic. Here are our picks …

The Abbey Gardens

Whether you're a history lover, a keen gardener or want some peace and quiet, the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds provides a beautiful backdrop in which to enjoy a picnic.

Sit amongst the stunning flower gardens and enjoy a picnic with all the family. Then spend some time exploring the Abbey ruins and gardens. There is even a playground for the children!

If time is limited, you can order your picnic from the The Garden Café in the Abbey Gardens. Picnics prepared in a traditional basket must be order two days in advance and include a selection of finger sandwiches, bite size sausage rolls and crudités, soft drinks, plus mini scones with clotted cream and jam and Pimms jelly pot with fresh strawberries - yum!

The Abbey Gardens. Photo by Shawn Pearce.


Clare Castle Country Park

Clare Castle Country Park is a beautiful quiet area to relax, play, get close to nature and learn about Clare’s fascinating history and heritage.

The park contains the remains of the 13th Century stone castle keep set upon its 60ft high motte overlooking the town, as well as its inner and outer baileys which are ideal areas for picnics. Later see the two large ponds, enjoy a river walk and explore the woodland paths (many are suitable for wheelchairs).


Nowton Park

Popular with nature lovers, this wonderful 200-acre park has its own picnic area.

Afterwards enjoy the arboretum, bird feeding area, maze, ponds and wildflower meadow. There are also football pitches and a large play area to keep the children entertained at Nowton Park.

Nowton Park. Photo by Shawn Pearce.


The National Trust’s Ickworth House, Park and Gardens

The walled garden and seasonal meadow at the National Trust’s Ickworth House, Park and Gardens are especially magical picnic spots during the Spring and Summer. Afterwards wander at leisure across 1800 acres of parkland. For a fun day out with children, the children’s play area is the perfect picnic spot for families to explore without going too far. 

If you are staying at The Ickworth hotel, within the grounds, you can have your picnic made for you by the hotel's expert chefs.

Picnic at The Ickworth hotel. Photo courtesy of The Ickworth.


West Stow Country Park

Perfect for picnics on sunny days, West Stow Country Park which surrounds the Anglo-Saxon Village offers 125 acres of unspoilt countryside, trails, heath and woodland walks

For wildlife enthusiasts there are two bird hides and a bird feeding area as well as a lake and the River Lark with all the life that this attracts. There’s even an adventure playground for children.

West Stow Country Park. Photo courtesy of West Stow Country Park.

Melford Country Park

With its beautiful walks through woodland, lakes, grassland and river views, Melford Country Park is perfect for a picnic.

If a traditional blanket picnic is not for you then they have plenty of picnic tables and benches. After your picnic, why not take a stroll on the Melford Walk, a 2km trail along a former railway line around the eastern boundary of the picturesque village of Long Melford.

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