National Picnic Week is back from Friday 15 - Sunday 24 June. Whether you're heading out with the kids or going on a romantic park date for two, we've picked out some of the best picnic spots in the North East.

Jesmond Dene

Located in the heart of Newcastle’s leafy neighbourhood, the Dene is perfect for a brisk walk and a picnic. There’s plenty of pathways for strolls, a farm animal enclosure for the kids and plenty of green spaces where you can unpack your picnic. There’s also a recommended nature trail to follow if you’re looking for a longer walk.



Souter Lighthouse

With dramatic ocean views, glorious green spaces, limestone cliffs, a bird observatory and a wildlife garden, it’s no wonder Souter Lighthouse is part of the National Trust. It’s a perfect picnic spot for all the family and it’s also hosts a weekly Parkrun every Saturday, so why not get involved and then indulge in a picnic as a treat?



Alnwick Gardens

It’s one of the best-loved family days out in Northumberland and you only have to see the stunning garden and woodland areas to understand why. With access to one of the largest wooden treehouses in the world, a woodland walk and the walled garden, online ticket prices are just £12.57 for full day access.




Situated near Dunstanburgh Castle, Embleton Bay is the perfect place to escape to for a few hours. Pack up a picnic, jump in the car and head out to Embleton. Relax on the stunning, sandy shores, play a spot of golf at Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club, or walk along the beach front to Dunstanburgh Castle.




Another National Trust location and voted ‘Britain’s Best Garden’ in 2016, take yourself out to this popular picnic location and escape to The Formal Garden, The Rock Garden or The Pinetum. Take in the breathtaking views of Northumberland while tucking into your picnic this National Picnic Week.




Often mistaken for a country park, Gibside is actually a National Trust landscaped garden. Take your pick for a picnic location with over 600 acres of garden, woodland and pathways to follow.



Kielder Forest Park

Kielder Forest is home to Northern Europe’s largest manmade lake and England’s largest forest, and is ideal for all ages. Escape with the family, arm yourself with a picnic to last the whole day, and explore the never-ending woodland space. You’ll feel completely rejuvenated after spending a day here.



Druridge Lane

After a long, coastal walk with the dogs, settle down on this incredible seven mile long beach stretching from Amble to Cresswell. If you’d rather sit on the green, head to Druridge Bay Country Park which is full of nature reserves, meadows and woodlands.



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