Find the very best picnic spots in Guildford town and surrounding countryside.
We all love to picnic. Whether it's a sandwich in our lunch break or family fun with children playing games in the sun or even a posh picnic with tablecloth and glasses of Prosecco - here are some suggestions:
Countryside and hidden gems in town
- The Banks of the River Wey - just on the edge of Guildford Town Centre - popular for a lunch break and also with families, especially in school holidays. Watch the boats go by, see the Lock in action, and feed the ducks!
- The Guildford Castle Grounds - the perfect place to take 5 minutes peace! See the stunning flower beds - some seating but a popular place at lunchtime. Look out for evening theatre performances in the summer by the Bandstand where you can bring a picnic. Also Sunday Bandstand concerts. (see events section for more details)
- Stoke Park: plenty of places to picnic - either in the peace and tranquillity of the woods, the expanse of open space or by the boating lake. Find a quiet peaceful corner or full on family games.
- Newlands Corner- you will not be able to resist the stunning views. The area is popular with walkers and dogs, but plenty of space for all. Also a cafe with toilets so long stays in the area are comfortable.
- Riverside Nature Reserve: lovely place teaming with wildlife. Plenty of seating along the route for picnics.
Attractions where you are welcome to take your own picnic
- Albury Vineyard: No entry fee, but picnickers must either be wine tasting (£5 per person) or are required to buy Albury Wine (from £5 per glass) to enjoy with your picnic. Corkage fees apply for any alcohol brought with you. There are toilet facilities and wine for sale by glass and bottle. A quiet spot and definitely a hidden gem.
- Shalford Mill (National Trust) - admission will apply without National Trust membership
- Rural Life Centre- admission fees apply
- Birdworld- admission fees apply - if it's raining there is lots of undercover space too. Plus an excellent cafe if you don't bring enough to eat!
- Bocketts Farm. Plenty of picnic space, plus a huge barn where you can eat if it's raining. Additional catering facilities on site. Admission fees apply
- Dapdune Wharf(National Trust) - admission will apply without National Trust membership
- Denbies Wine Estate - pick up a trail map from reception and head out into the vineyard. Essential to keep to trails. No admission fee but trail map may be charged for.
- Guildford Lido - the ultimate fun in the sun picnic spot for a sunny summer day for family fun. Look out for their open air cinemas in August.
- Hatchlands Park (National Trust)- admission will apply without National Trust membership. Lots of different areas for picnics including Wizard Wix's Willow Warren for the little ones with plenty of open parkland to find a quiet spot. Excellent cafe to top up supplies!
- Painshill Park- admission applies. Huge and varied parkland with a lake - plenty of picnic spots.
- Polesden Lacey (National Trust) - admission will apply without National Trust membership.
- RHS Garden Wisley: plenty of picnic spots across the garden. Also several cafes to top up hot drinks and ice creams. Toilet facilities on site and baby change.
- Winkworth Arboretum (National Trust) - admission will apply without National Trust membership. Cafe at the entrance (famous for its delicious cake) but once you are in the arboretum there are lots of secluded picnic places.