It’s a shame to eat indoors when the weather is this glorious. So why not pack up a picnic, grab your rug and head for one of the many delightful picnic spots scattered around Shakespeare’s England?

You can take your pick from numerous country parks and large outdoor spaces, such as The Big Meadow in Bidford-upon-Avon or the riverside Recreation Ground in Stratford-upon-Avon. Both of these locations are fantastic places to spend the day – combining a relaxing lunch with some fun sporting activity with family or friends.

The region’s many stately homes and historic houses provide an alternative option for would-be picnickers. Compton Verney, Ragley Hall and the various National Trust properties all welcome picnicking, either within their grounds or in a dedicated picnic area near the car park. After tucking into your sandwiches, sausage rolls and strawberries – or whatever makes it into your hamper – you can then walk it all off in attractive surroundings.

If you fancy a picnic with a difference, you’re sure to enjoy Anne Hathaway’s Big Picnic Day on Saturday 23rd July. With free musical entertainment and activities for all the family – ranging from a best-dressed teddy competition and balloon modelling to ten pin bowls and hula hoops – this is the perfect excuse to venture outside and enjoy the beautiful gardens at their very best.

Teddy can have another day out at Hill Close Gardens Teddy Bear’s Picnic on 28th July. Simply bring along your teddy and a picnic to take part in this special family afternoon event within the restored Victorian gardens.

Wherever you choose to lay your rug this summer, we hope you’ll have a fabulous time.

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