Bristol picnic spots to make the most of this summer

-Credit: (Image: James Beck/BristolLive)
-Credit: (Image: James Beck/BristolLive)

Picnics are one of the best things about summer. Few things beat time with friends and family with the smell of freshly-cut grass in the air and delicious food.

Here is a round-up of some of the best picnic spots to try this summer in and around Bristol.

Three Brooks Nature Reserve, Bradley Stoke

I am very lucky to have this one on my doorstep. The name comes from the three brooks connected to The Three Brooks Lake: Patchway Brook, Bradley Brook and Stoke Brook.

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Popular with dog walkers and cyclists, there are various dusty paths you can take. The reserve backs onto the main road but the hum of traffic is completely drowned out by tweeting birds and thick woodland.

I recently made some focaccia bread inspired by wildflower meadows to take on my latest visit to the nature reserve. It is coming up to the time of year where there is also fruit free to pick from the communal orchard.

Victoria Square Gardens, Clifton

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-Credit:Zoe Glascow

Clifton has some fantastic food spots so you don't actually need to bring a picnic with you. The square is split into two patches of grass separated by a cobbled walkway into Clifton Village.

Saffron serves wonderful ciabattas and Eat a Pitta just around the corner serves colourful falafel boxes. After lunch, Victoria Square Gardens is perfect for a game of frisbee or a quiet sunbathe.

St Andrews Park, Bishopston

St Andrews is large park just a short walk from Gloucester Road. The much-loved paddling pool has recently reopened, which is perfect for kids to play in before enjoying an ice cream from the park's café.

There is also a large play area, complete with swings, slide and a sandpit, making this a great picnic spot for families. Toilets are on site, and the various paths make it accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

St George Park, St George

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-Credit:Bristol Post

St George Park is a classic example of a Victorian suburban park. The original gate pillars remain, giving a grand entrance to visitors and the banjo-shaped lake is home to many ducks and swans.

There is a skatepark, tennis courts as well as a bowling green available to hire. The dog-free children's play area, toilets and café kiosk makes this spot another great option for families.

Brandon Hill

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-Credit:Chas Breton

Probably the most spacious of all the spots on the list is Brandon Hill. Much like College Green, Bristol's sense of community on a sunny day at Brandon Hill is unmatched.

After your picnic, you can take a trip up Cabot Tower, free of charge, and marvel at a view of the whole city. Or, take a bag of monkey nuts and feed the very tame squirrels, who will take them straight from your hands!

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