What better way to spend a summer's day than laying on the grass having a picnic with family or friends?
Where: Mardle Street, Norwich, NR5 9HU
Nestled between the housing estate of Three Score and Colney in West Norwich is a nice spot for a quick dog walk, picnic or just a family walk along the river. If using a Satnav like Google, simple type ‘Bowthorpe Southern Park Car Park’ or the address ‘Three Score Rd, Norwich NR5 9HY’ to take you to the free car park.
There are lots of horses in the area which tend to be quite friendly and perfect if you’re an animal lover. There are a few picnic benches around and plenty of space to lay down a blanket to have that peaceful picnic upon nature.
Situated by the River Yare, it is a wildlife haven, and there is the opportunity for a walk or room for some games if you want to stretch your legs.
Where: South Park Avenue, Norwich, NR4 7AU
There is plenty to do in this park as it is a sporting and recreational park. From tennis court and parks for little ones, to crazy golf and the skate park. There is something for everyone. Eaton Park has acres of space to explore and enjoy. There are shady tree-lined avenues and benches for resting, elegant grade II listed buildings and glorious flower beds.
At the heart of the park is the rotunda, a domed bandstand surrounded by four colonnaded pavilions. If you don’t want to pack your own food, there is a café called the Eaton Park Cafe and Deli to buy takeaway from, with delicious cakes and hot and cold lunch items and open 7 days a week. Elsewhere in the rotunda there are changing rooms and toilets. If you did want to pack a picnic there is plenty of space within the park to pick your most desired spot.
In the summer the bandstand and other areas of the park host concerts and other events. The boat pond is one of the finest in Europe and has it’s own beautiful pavillion. Anyone can bring a model boat and sail it here. There’s also a great programme of regattas and events organised by Norwich Model Boat Club.
Where: Norwich, NR4 7TQ
Sit down by the river and have a paddle in the shallow water, at the top of the hill with a view across the park, or within the woodland area for some dappled shade.
There is a café if you want an ice cream or a hot drink to accompany your packed picnic.
A circular walk to the UEA lake takes you through marshland and alongside the river.
Paid parking is available on site although in the summer months it can be particularly busy due to the popular location of the Norwich university (UEA)
Where: Cotman Fields, Norwich, NR1 4AA
Sit alongside the Wensum next to Cow Tower – one of the earliest purpose-built artillery blockhouses in England, built in 1398. The interior of the tower is not open to visitors but the exterior of the tower is easily accessible on flat paths.
With plenty of shade, it is the perfect place on a hot day, watching wildlife come and go at one of the prettiest spots in the city. There are no facilities on site but it is close to the centre of Norwich where there are public toilets, shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs and other amenities.
No parking on site but there is charged short stay parking available at Norwich Railway Station or in a multi-storey car park over the road from the station.
Where: Whitlingham Lane, Norwich, NR14 8TR
Watch people enjoy the water on Whitlingham Broad as you settle for a picnic anywhere around the broad. There are benches scattered around the broad and ample space to lay a blanket down on the green near Flint barn Café. The café sells hot and cold food to eat in or take out for your perfect picnic. They also have Vegan and Dairy Ice Creams for those particular hot and sunny days.
There are toilets within the café and in the car park and plenty of onsite parking.
Enjoy a walk around the lake or woodland if you feel like stretching your legs after eating.