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Celebrate National Picnic Month in Kent’s Top Picnic Spot

If you’re looking for picturesque scenery, a fantastic play area and plenty of sunny spots fit for a little al fresco, blanket-based action, Bewl Water makes for the perfect place. A family favourite located on the Kent/Sussex border, our 800-acre site is packed full of picnic worthy patches and when better to visit than during National Picnic Month?

When is National Picnic Month?

Brits up and down the country are celebrating as July has officially been named as National Picnic Month. The annual event encourages those of all ages to get out in the sunshine and reconnect with the outdoors whilst enjoying some great food with great company.

Types of picnics

From traditional to romantic, luxury to trendy, the expansion of picnicking has created endless ways for families, friends, and couples alike to enjoy lunching under the sun. Whether enjoyed in one of Kent’s beautiful parks or in your back garden, planning is key when deciding what style to go for…

Simply British: Sausage rolls, fresh strawberries and Scotch eggs are considered classic picnic treats for a reason – they’re finger foods that travel well and are all hallmarks of a great British lunch. Combine these tasty favourites with a few blankets to sit on and some trusty cutlery and you’re set to go. It really is that simple!

Date Night: Pulling off the most romantic picnic is all about creating the perfect atmosphere. A bouquet of roses or twinkling lights are both perfect for setting the scene. When it comes to food, you’ll want to choose recipes you don’t make very often or feature higher-end ingredients. Swap apples for fresh cherries, squash for Champagne, sandwiches for a charcuterie board…you get the gist. And don’t forget, presentation is key. Bring silverware and avoid any plastic utensils!

Posh Picnics: If you’re picnicking to impress, be sure to pack a stylish hamper to not only carry your food, but to safely carry essentials such as china crockery, silver cutlery and wine glasses. When it comes to getting comfy, a blanket certainly won’t be enough. Cosy cushions and plenty of throws are a must, and if you want to really elevate your seating position, why not invest in a foldable table and chair set? Combine these fancy essentials with tea lights, bunting and a little music and get ready to enjoy the ultimate posh picnic.

The location

Whether you’re after a secluded spot, a hub of activity or a scenic waterfront, choosing the right location is vital for creating the perfect picnic.

Going green: Whether it’s your local park, a beautiful forest, or a grassy meadow, going green will give you plenty of space to invite the whole family (including your fury friend) and act as the perfect spot for a host of outdoor games.

Bright blue waters: There’s something magical about settling down for a spot of lunch beside a beautiful reservoir or sandy beach. A backdrop of calming water consistently tops the polls as a popular summer picnic destination, and there’s no surprise why!

Garden style: Who said picnics have to be extravagant? As long as there’s tasty food and great company, some pretty good memories are sure to be made. Whether it’s a laid-back lunch or a luxury brunch, heading into the garden makes for the perfect patch for those looking for something a little more intimate.


We all love a picnic, but unpacking your hamper and realising you’ve forgotten an essential – not so much. Now you’ve chosen your style and agreed on a location, take a read of our packing checklist to ensure your picnic is as fantastic as can be:

  • Food and drink
  • Condiments
  • Ice bags
  • Picnic blanket
  • Utensils (including a cutting knife)
  • Napkins
  • Plates
  • Glasses
  • Bottle opener
  • Rubbish bag
  • Sunscreen

Picnicking at Bewl Water

Picture this, you’re sat on tranquil grounds with a slight breeze in your hair, sandwiched between views that go on for miles and beaming sunshine – sounds idyllic, right? Each year, this is what hundreds of people get to experience here at Bewl Water. Our 12 ½ mile scenic route of vibrant forest paths and winding country lanes offer a five-star menu of picturesque picnicking spots all overlooking stunning views of our reservoir. Whether you opt for a romantic lunch for two or a feast for the family, our home of outstanding natural beauty is the perfect spot for pork pie, piccalilli, and all things alfresco this National Picnic Month.