Studland Beach one of the UK’s favourite picnic places

Studland Beach is one of the UK’s top 10 picnic spots, according to a new parents’ poll. The research, commissioned by digital entertainment service DisneyLife, involved a panel of parenting and travel experts creating a shortlist of their top family picnic locations across the country, taking into account views and surroundings, accessibility, facilities and parking.  This was then put to a public vote of 2,000 British parents.

Studland Beach, recently championed by travel journalists in The Times, is much-loved for its views across the bay, clear sand, clean water and National Trust protected facilities.

The top 20 family picnic spots in the UK, according to the poll, are:
1. Three Cliffs Bay, Gower, Wales (22%)
2. Padley Gorge, Derbyshire (21%)
3. Aperporth Beach, Cardigan Bay, Wales (20%)
4. Roundhay Park, Leeds (19.6%)
5. Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park, London (19%)
6. Jubilee Gardens, Beer, Devon (18%)
7. Richmond Park, London (17%)
8. Whiterocks Beach, Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (17%)
9. Studland Beach, Dorset (17%)
10. Dolbadarn Castle, Snowdonia, Wales (16%)
11. Tarn Hows, Lake District (15%)
12. Stone Circles at Avebury, Wiltshire (15%)
13. Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire (15%)
14. Flint Castle, Flintshire, Wales (15%)
15. Dovedale, Peak District (13%)
16. Birches Valley Forest Centre at Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire (13%)
17. Christ Church Meadow, Oxford (11%)
18. Boden Boo woodland, edge of the River Clyde by the Erskine Bridge, Erskine, Scotland (10%)
19. Bewl Water, Lamberhurts, Kent (10%)
20. Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (9%)

Chiara Cipriani from DisneyLife said: “Everyone needs a little bit of inspiration and Grace’s themed picnics are a lovely way to add a bit of DisneyLife magic to some family time.  We hope this list of perfect picnic spots will encourage families to go on an adventure, and the journey made a bit more fun with the help of DisneyLife as they re-discover their Disney family favourites in and out of the home.”

Creative food blogger and mum Grace Hall said: “My kids and I love trying out new places for a picnic, and the locations on the list have certainly given me some ideas for fresh places to try out.  I’ve loved designing the picnics inspired by just some of the movies and series available on DisneyLife, which will hopefully bring that extra something special for kids to enjoy on the day too – I’m looking forward to packing one up to enjoy ourselves soon!”

Here are some themed picnics you may like to try before the summer is out:

  1. Winnie-the-Pooh – take your little Tiggers down to a perfect Poohsticks/woodland spot: Videorecipe
  1. Finding Nemo – why not enjoy beside the seaside: Videorecipe
  1. Beauty and the Beast – best enjoyed within an enchanted forest: Videorecipe
  1. Cars – ‘park up’ for your picnic with an urban city view: Videorecipe
  1. Tangled – perfect for a castle-view: Videorecipe



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