Bath named one of UK's best picnic spots with je ne sais quois

Bath's Royal Crescent
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A well-known Bath location has been named one of the UK's best picnic spots. The Royal Cresent is on the list for the finest outdoor dining spot in the South West. The summer sun is coming and with it, crowds flocking for some al fresco dining. Thanks to the half-term holidays looming and the cost of living crisis, picnics are a great way to plan some family fun without breaking the bank.

The team at homeware brand Hillarys has analysed where you can find the best picnic spots in the UK to have a Parisian-style picnic, in celebration of the launch of its new Parisian Edit. With the Parisian picnic spots tool, picnic goers will be able to find the top three picnic spots in each region where they can enjoy a taste of Parisian summer, closer to home.

The iconic Royal Crescent, which came out on top in the region, was noted for evoking a sense of Georgian elegance reminiscent of French town squares. Its well-maintained gardens and grassy areas were deemed perfect for spreading out a picnic blanket.

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Researchers also picked out the Victoria Obelisk standing tall at the park's highest point, offering panoramic views and serving as a recognisable landmark.

Second in the South West was the aptly-named French Weir Park in Taunton. Somerset was back at number three, however, in the form of The Newt in Somerset.

The parambola in the gardens at this luxury hotel in Somerset
The parambola in the gardens at this luxury hotel in Somerset -Credit:Western Daily Press

Hillarys said it "offers a unique and luxurious picnic experience with a distinct French influence and beautifully designed gardens". There are designated picnic areas scattered throughout the gardens and stunning vistas of the surrounding countryside.

In the rest of the country, Greenwich Park was found to be the best Parisian picnic spot in the South East. Dunham Massey House and Gardens in Cheshire was the north's pick, while Midlanders were alerted to Cotswold Lavender.

In Scotland, Culzean Castle and Country Park in South Ayrshire was the pick, while in Wales, go west to Aberystwyth Castle.

Other Bath picnic spots - French vibes not included - include Parade Gardens, Royal Victoria Park, Alexandra Park, Bath Skyline, Sydney Gardens, Queen Square and Prior Park.

To find the perfect Parisian picnic spots Hillarys looked into the following criteria:

  • French Influence: The location has a historical or architectural connection to France (e.g. gardens designed by French landscape architects, buildings with French architectural styles, or areas with a strong French cultural presence).

  • Transport Connections: Picnic locations should be close to public transport or have a car park on site. Consider locations within easy reach of major cities in the UK, ensuring accessibility for your target audience.

  • Picnic-Friendly Amenities: The location should be suitable for a picnic, ideally with green spaces for laying out a blanket.

  • Landmark or Viewpoint: Paris holds a view of the Eiffel Tower; therefore, each location must share a famous landmark or a scenic view for people to see as they picnic.

  • Local Shops: Patisseries/Cafe

  • Location should be in walking distance of a local bakery for picnickers to buy French delicacies.