Top 4 picnic spots in Sussex

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It is safe to say there is no tradition more quintessentially British than enjoying a the perfect picnic in the great outdoors. Whether you are at the beach listening to the sounds of the ocean, in the countryside surrounded by nature or simply in your own back garden with friends and family, alfresco dining delights all who partake. Or why not take the picnic indoors if the weather has other ideas?

Location, Location, Location...

There are many things that go into curating the perfect picnic – first off location, location, location. From a day at the beach with the family, to a hilltop with stunning views and great company or a relaxing break in the local park – the great thing about picnics is you can take them anywhere. There are no rules, you may even want to stay a little closer to home and simply venture out into your back garden, lay down a blanket, grab your favourite book and merely enjoy your own space.


If you’re local to Sussex, or planning a staycation this year, why not picnic amongst the vines at Bolney Wine Estate, and make the most of our blissful picnic areas surrounded by nature on all sides.

Here are some of the perfect picnic spots in Sussex: 

Bolney Wine Estate Picnic Gardens

The perfect location for everyone. Whether you are having a family day out, with your significant other or just catching up with friends, we have a number of picnic gardens located around our estate for you to enjoy. Why not pick up one of our Bolney picnic baskets and a glass of English Wine.


Ashdown Forest

Ashdown Forest, known as the ‘home’ of Winnie the Pooh, is one of the largest free public access space in the South East and the perfect spot for a walking picnic. Pack up your backpack (not forgetting the ice packs) and head out across the vast forest enjoying the spectacular views across the Sussex countryside.



A quiet, picturesque spot that’s perfect for couples and nature lovers. with 500 acres of wild woodland and the worlds largest conservation project at the Millennium Seed Bank there are plenty of beautiful spots at Wakehurst Place to stop for a spot of alfresco lunch.


Southwater Country Park

If you’re planning a family picnic with children then this is the place for you. With watersports, cycling and even a dinosaur island there are plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained whilst you enjoy family time in the great outdoors.


All about the wine...

Secondly a picnic would not be complete without the delicious food and drink that make dining in the great outdoors the treat we know and love. In our opinion the most important (although we may be slightly biased) is wine. What tipple will you take to perfectly top off your picnic? Our favourite would have to be a fresh and elegant sparkling rosé such as our Cuvée Rosé – with its salmon pink colour and notes of red apple and cranberry this is the perfect accompaniment to your picnic. If sparkling rosé isn’t your thing, then how about a crisp and citrusy white wine such as our Chardonnay, with flavours of peach, baked apple and citrus notes – perfectly refreshing on a warm summer’s day. Or why not try something completely different and take along our Cuvée Noir, a unique sparkling red wine that is best served chilled. With its aromas of red cherry, redcurrants, and sweet blueberries this will truly elevate your picnic – and delight your fellow diners.

Don't forget the food...

Lastly, but by no means least, one staple of a successful picnic has got to be the food, and when it comes to the food it’s all about the preparation. Whether you go for an all out spread, or some simple light bites, be sure to prep in advance and make more than enough to feed you all twice over, as that’s the beauty with a picnic – you can keep coming back for more. Here at Bolney we have taken the hassle out of the picnic prep by creating perfectly paired picnic bundles, as well as our popular Picnic Hamper, each bursting with the ultimate treats that can be delivered straight to your door ready for you to take on your adventure. Or if you are looking to visit our Bolney Wine Estate then why not pre-order the perfect picnic basket to be enjoyed in our grounds. With a mix of freshly made Bolney treats accompanied by delicious, locally sourced produce, we’ve even included bamboo cutlery and plates. All you need to do is add on your favourite Bolney wine and we will do the rest.


So grab your picnic blanket, pack up your nibbles, and of course your chilled wine, and explore your local surroundings this summer.