There is nothing better than a leisurely picnic on a lazy summer's day in Salisbury.
Whether it’s for the whole family or a romantic lunch alfresco for two, Salisbury has the perfect options for a picnic in the park.
Enjoy a sandwich or two on the banks of the River Avon at Queen Elizabeth Gardens. There are perfect picnic areas laid to lawn amongst planted beds that are full of flowers during the spring and summer. Let the kids exhaust themselves in the play area while you watch on and absorb the atmosphere. Take a walk along the Town Path through the water meadows where you get an uninterrupted view of Salisbury Cathedral and see wildlife at play.
If you like a picnic with a view then you can't get much better than the lawn at Salisbury Cathedral. Sit back and marvel at the tallest spire in the country while tucking into your nibbles. There is plenty of green space for the children to run around, and if you want to add an ice-cream or hot coffee to your picnic then the Bell Tower Tea Room offers many take-away options during the summer months.
For families, Churchill Gardens has it all: grass areas for games, two play areas (one for the younger children and one for the older children), a skate park and some outside gym equipment. It is also framed by the River Avon, which creates an ideal location for riverside picnics, looking out for wildlife, and having fun.
Visitors are welcome to picnic anywhere on the English Heritage's Old Sarum site; both the inner and outer baileys are covered in grass making them ideal for a gathering of friends or family. A particularly lovely spot to stop is under the ash tree by the bottom of the bridge, where you can enjoy a bit of shade on hot days whilst admiring the view of Salisbury and the tallest spire in England.
Harnham Recreation Ground is a beautifully tranquil spot with stunning views towards the Cathedral. The River Nadder, which flows through the grounds, and a wildflower area enhance the natural beauty of the area and make it a perfect setting for a picnic and afternoon stroll to spot wildlife. It is just to the south west of the city and can be easily reached via the Town Path from Queen Elizabeth Gardens.
Another hidden gem that is easy to miss. Arundells in the Salisbury Cathedral Close is the former home of the late Sir Edward Heath, who was the UK Prime Minister in the 1970s. There are brilliant views of Salisbury Cathedral from the two acres of garden, with both the River Avon and River Nadder running through, lush borders and mature trees. A perfect place for a picnic! It is now even easier to enjoy the beauty of the site with a new annual garden membership for visitors.
And, please remember to either put your picnic rubbish in a bin or take it home with you because we love our city and want to keep it looking beautiful.