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4 of my Favourite Picnic Spots in Kent

By Kirsty Lavender – 18th July 2020
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Known as the Garden of England there is no end to the number of beautiful picnic spots in the county of Kent making this a very hard choice for me! However, I have managed to choose my four favourite spots for you to take that picnic blanket and enjoy an outdoor feast. Each location offers beautiful surroundings and the quiet and tranquillity you would expect from the gorgeous county of Kent!

 

Knole Park

 

This is a great spot if you like getting up close to wildlife. Knole Park is famous for two things; Knole House and the abundance of wild deer. With tonnes of space, this is a great place for the kids to run free safely while you enjoy a picnic taking in the beautiful surroundings and watching the stunning deer grazing, lazily nearby.

Bring your own picnic or grab some food to go from the cafe. Afterwards go for a wander, following one of the many paths around the gorgeous estate.

 

*picnics are not currently permitted due to Covid-19. Check the website for updates.

 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knole

Whitstable Beach

 

You really can’t beat a picnic on the beach (if you ignore the sand in your sandwiches!) It takes me right back to my childhood: sunny days, blue skies, the sounds of seagulls and waves and the excitement at lunchtime of unveiling the picnic basket! Whitstable Beach is my favourite, it’s a beautiful pebble beach which doesn’t get too busy, perfect for a day by the sea with the family. Or for a romantic picnic head over in the evening to watch a gorgeous Whitstable sunset.

Grab some food to go from the amazing Grain and Hearth and a beer or wine from The Offy and you are good to go!

Castle Farm Lavender Fields

 

You have to get in quick with this one! You can buy tickets online to picnic in amongst the gorgeous Lavender fields during Lavender season (usually late June to July). These 2-hour pre-booked slots take place during the afternoon or evening and are of course weather dependent. These slots allow time for a BYO picnic and also a stroll amongst the gorgeous fields with views across the valley. The farm shop offers some delicious locally made goodies including lavender shortbread.

Don’t forget to have your photo taken on the famous bench before you go! 

 

*Castle Farm are currently offering socially distanced picnics. There is also a drive-thru farm shop.

 

https://www.castlefarmkent.co.uk/products/lavender-picnic

White Cliffs of Dover

 

Definitely best for a picnic with an amazing view! Park up and head to the open green spaces for stunning views across the English Channel, watching the ferries come and go. You may even be able to spot France on a clear day! After your picnic, why not enjoy a walk, meandering along the cliffs,  try and keep an eye out for the beautiful grazing ponies.

 

*car park is currently open but with limited spaces. Cafe open for takeaway only.

 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-white-cliffs-of-dover

I hope you enjoy them!

Kirsty x

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