Picnic Spots

Find the very best picnic spots in Guildford town and surrounding countryside.

Picnic by the river

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
Picnic by the river

  • 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
Family 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.

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