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7 of the best places to have a picnic in Kent

There is nothing more quintessentially British than a good old picnic, swatting away the wasps and hoping the rain holds out!
And what better place to enjoy one than the beautiful county of Kent? With its rolling countryside, picturesque parks and remarkable historic sites, there are plenty of places to choose from.
Here are my favourite spots to have a picnic in Kent, perfect either for a romantic picnic or a day out with the family.

Kirsty
June 20, 2022

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Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Probably one of my favourite spots for a picnic in Kent and the most picturesque. Pick a spot on the grass opposite the castle for the best views and enjoy your picnic whilst you watch the swans swimming in the moat.
You’ll have to pay an entry fee for this one however it’s worth it. As well as a stunning location to eat your picnic, you’ll have access to the rest of what Leeds Castle has to offer including exploring the Castle and its beautiful grounds. The kids will love the play park, the obstacle course and the maze and what’s more your ticket allows you free entry for a whole year.

Castle Farm Lavender Fields

You have to get in quick for this picnic in Kent! You can buy tickets online to picnic in amongst the gorgeous Lavender fields during Lavender season (usually from late June to July). The 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!

The White Cliffs of Dover

Definitely best for a picnic with a view! Park up and head to the open green spaces for amazing views across the English Channel, watching the ferries come and go. You may even be able to spot France! After your picnic, you can enjoy a walk meandering along the cliffs, be sure to look out for the beautiful grazing ponies.

Russel Gardens and Kearsney Abbey

This picnic spot is popular with families. Across both parks there are two play parks as well as plenty of space for the kids to run off steam. Mine also love dipping their toes in the shallow waters and looking out for the many ducks and swans.
There is a cafe on site, perfect for grabbing an ice cream.

Parking gets very busy during the summer so arrive early! Entry to the park is free but parking charges apply.

Knole Park

This is a brilliant spot for a picnic in Kent, especially 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 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.

Rochester Castle Garden

Another picnic in Kent with a Castle view, this one with loads of space for the kids to run riot! Although you can access the gardens without visiting the castle, I recommend taking a visit there first, it wont take you particularly long but it is impressive nonetheless. There is usually a kiosk seeling food, drinks and ice cream.

There is very little parking at the site, I’d recommend parking by the station or using public transport.

Mote Park

A great one to head with the kids, there is loads of space for running around and they will love the play park. After your picnic, take a peaceful wander round the lake and perhaps grab an ice cream before you head home.
There are lots of other activities on offer at Mote Park including a dino themed mini golf, a high ropes sky trail, climbing wall and lots of different water sports on offer.

Entry to the park is free but parking charges apply.

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Kirsty
June 20, 2022

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