The top ten picnic spots in and around Cheshire and North Wales
PUBLISHED: 16:57 16 June 2011 | UPDATED: 15:54 26 October 2015
Discover some of the best places in and around Cheshire to lay down a picnic blanket and open a hamper Emma Mayoh reports
Before you go…
Please note, admission and parking charges apply at some locations. Please check details and opening times, where applicable, before setting off.
Tatton Park, Knutsford
This is a picnic with a difference. As well as taking in the beautiful surroundings of the Tatton Park estate, you can also enjoy performances from big name stars at the annual Tatton Park picnic concerts. On this year’s line-up are opera singer Lesley Garrett, who will perform with the world-famous Halle Orchestra on July 30th, and Welsh legend Tom Jones will take to the stage on July 31st. Both shows include a firework spectacular. The best thing is picnic baskets stuffed full of treats are available to buy at the event so you don’t even have to prepare your feast if you don’t want to.
Be surrounded by wildlife in Delamere Forest, Cheshire’s largest wooded area. There are several picnic sites to choose from around the 950 hectare forest as well as plenty of open spaces to lay down your blanket.
And your picnic is an opportunity to find out more about this beautiful area. On June 1st one of the forest rangers is leading a walk around Blakemere Moss, a designated Site of Specific Scientific Interest, to hunt and learn more about the dragonflies there. The walks are being held from 10.30am to 11.30am or at 1.30pm to 2.30pm.
Leasowe Common, near Moreton, Wirral
Leasowe Common is located at the heart of the North Wirral Coastal Park. Moreton Beach, awarded the highest European standard for water quality and recognised in the Good Beach Guide, is located nearby and is manned by lifeguards in peak season. Leasowe Lighthouse, the oldest surviving brick-built lighthouse in Europe, is open to the public on the first and third Sunday of each month from April to September and the first Sunday of the month from October to March.
Lyme Park, Disley
It’s easy to see why this magnificent estate played a starring role as Pemberley in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice. Choose your spot in the 1,400 acre park before exploring the gardens as well as the woodland and the spectacular views on offer from the lantern folly.
Porthdinllaen, Llyn Peninsula, North Wales
The picture-postcard, remote 18th century fishing village is on the edge of a beautiful beach at Morfa Nefyn. It’s ideal for picnics. It’s right on the tip of a headland, with a golf course on the peninsula above. It’s great for a paddle or just enjoying the sight of the crystal blue waters. The only thing you could possibly worry about is getting sand in your sandwiches!
Port Sunlight Village, Wirral
Absorb the history of this model village created by soap magnate William Hesketh Lever for his factory workers in 1888. Spend the day exploring all it has to offer before enjoying a well break. On June 5th, there is a perfect excuse for a picnic. An Afternoon Tea in the Dell, from 1pm - 3pm, is a traditional day out in the Dell, located in this lovely village. A string quartet will accompany you as you dine on food available from a host of producers at the event. Don’t forget your blanket.
Teggs Nose Country Park, Macclesfield
This wild, rugged environment is popular with mountain bikers and climbers but it’s also a great spot for more relaxed pursuits. Take in the incredible views across the Cheshire Plan and there’s ample opportunity for bird watching and walks around the woodland. If the weather changes for the worse while you’re there, there’s an indoor picnic area available.
Where better to stop and take time out? Pick up a picnic basket, visit a nearby farm shop to buy some goodies, and start the climb up the hill at Beeston Castle. Reward your efforts by tucking into your food at the top where you will be able to savour the panoramas overlooking eight counties from the Pennines to the Welsh Mountains. If this seems a little strenuous there are plenty of pretty spots along the Shropshire Union Canal in Beeston.
Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston
Countryside and coast combine here in the
form of large areas of grassland to an adjacent beach. Enjoy stunning views over the Dee
Estuary and walks of varying lengths along the Wirral Way.
There are plenty of picnic benches across the area and if you book in advance, there is a barbecue area. Thurstaston Visitor Centre also provides information on the park.
River Dee, Chester city centre
Watch the world go by on a sunny day on the banks of the River Dee. Often there are entertainers performing to the crowds as well as a few stalls to browse before you settle down to a tasty snack. Treat yourself to an ice-cream from one of the sellers here to cool down on a summer’s day.