Top 10 picnic spots

Child friendly picnics spots within easy reach of Manchester

 

We’ve got some more top tips for you from guest blogger Victoria. Today it’s our favourite picnic spots!

 

Over to you Victoria ……

Victoria

 

Nothing beats a picnic in the park when the weather is glorious; an al fresco feast of freshly made sandwiches and homemade cakes, with nothing between you and the grass but the stereotypical tartan blanket.

Here in Manchester, picnic weather can be a bit of a rarity, so we’ve taken advantage of the hint of summer for another in our 10 days out series.

 

To make it that little bit easier for you, here are our top 10 picnic locations in the Manchester area.

 

Picnic Hamper

 

10. Tatton Park

 

Kicking off the list is Tatton Park. This beautiful park situated in Knutsford, Cheshire, is home to a historic Tudor Old Hall and hundreds of acres of beautiful gardens.

 

Tatton house

 

With an adventure playground and rare-breed farm it is the perfect environment for a picnic with the kids. The park itself actually hosts Summer Picnic Concerts among many other events. Find out more at: tattonpark.org.uk

 

9. Promenade Park

 

Promenade Park

 

In contrast, Promenade Park which opened in 2012 is quite the opposite. This urban style park is located in Trafford Wharf (opposite The Lowry) and certainly doesn’t boast acres of greenery.

It does however have ‘The Cube’ - a children’s play area, natural sun loungers made from curved grass banks, eating areas and two great sculptures to admire. visitmanchester.com/promenadepark

 

8. Clifton Country Park

 

Easily accessible from the A666 is Clifton Country Park on the outskirts of Salford. In addition to being the perfect setting for a picnic, there are other activities on offer such as fishing, bird watching and orienteering to keep the little ones entertained for hours.  visitsalford.info/cliftoncountrypark

 

7. Heaton Park

 

Heaton Park

 

Heading back to the city of Manchester now for a mention of Heaton Park- perhaps one of our favourites. Following your picnic, take advantage of all the park has to offer including the Animal Centre, orienteering, or enjoy a relaxing row across the boating lake.  heatonpark.org.uk/HeatonPark

 

6. Macclesfield Forest

 

Macclesfield Forest

 

Macclesfield Forest in Cheshire is home to an array of outdoor activities such as horse riding, walks, cycling and fishing. Settle down in the picnic area which is surrounded by beautiful forestry and four active magnificent reservoirs owned by United Utilities used to supply water to the people of Macclesfield. macclesfield-forest.co.uk

 

5. Marbury Country Park

 

Take a historic trip through the ancient woodland of Marbury Country Park for our next destination before sitting down and enjoying a picnic amongst the acres of open parkland. This Cheshire located park also boasts a play area and hosts a range of events year round. northwichwoodlands.org.uk/marbury

 

4. Platt Fields Park

 

The next picnic destination is situated in Rusholme’s Platt Fields Park. The park dates back to Edwardian times so it is full of history including a sunken Shakespearean garden and the more contemporary ‘eco-garden’ used to educate children.

Take advantage of the hilly gardens for the perfect picnic and follow it with a game of tennis or be more adventurous and have a go at BMX biking. plattfields.org

 

3. Daisy Nook Country Park

 

Daisy Nook

 

Take a trip to Daisy Nook Country Park in Failsworth for a great wildlife adventure. You will be spoilt for choice with over 40 hectares of greenery within the Medlock Valley to choose from to set your hamper down. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the foxes, owls, squirrels and woodpeckers! oldham.gov.uk

 

2. Runway Visitor Centre

 

Runway Visitor Park Map

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Our penultimate picnic experience is one with a difference as we head to Manchester Airport to the Runway Visitor Centre. Sit back and tuck into your picnic as you admire the planes taking off and end your day out with a tour of the famous BA Concorde!

Summer holiday prices start at just £5.00. manchesterairport.co.uk/runwayvisitorpark

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1. Wythenshaw Park

 

Wythenshawe Hall

Ending our top 10 is the magnificent Wythenshawe Park in South Manchester. The park which is home to three Grade 2 Listing Buildings has received Green Flag Awards in both 2011 and 2012 making it the perfect destination for the perfect picnic. Check out their events page to make the most of your day out. manchester.gov.uk/wythenshawepark

 

We’re certainly keeping our fingers crossed for a rain-free time! There’s always a first for everything, right?!

 

Victoria x

 

Photographs: WickerfurnitureDavid Smethurst via Wikipedia, Mark Buchan Jones,

 

Other articles by Victoria:

Top 10 places to go and see animals

Top 10 family adventure days out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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