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With some the prettiest countryside in the UK, The Cotswolds is the perfect place to head for a picturesque day out. Pack a blanket, swing by a local farmers’ market or deli, then head to one of these dreamy picnic spots for a memorable al fresco lunch.
Spread out over 40 square miles and with more than 150 lakes set across the Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire countryside, The Cotswold Water Park is packed with excellent picnic locations. However, it’s Neigh Bridge Country Park with its scenic lakeside views and tranquil countryside setting that really brings the charm. Just five miles away you’ll find The Butts Farm Shop, with plenty of home produce to make up a delicious picnic; or head into Cirencester for a huge choice of quality food shops.
Blockley is a real hidden gem of a village. Set in a lush valley surrounded by the distinctive rolling hills of The Cotswolds, it’s a charming place for a summer’s picnic. Find a spot on the banks of the mill stream that winds its way through the bottom of the valley, or head onto the traditional village green, which overlooks the bowling green and pretty Norman Church for a taste of village life. Nearby Moreton-in-Marsh is home to the Cotswold Food Store. Packed full of locally-sourced food and drink, it’s a great place for picnic supplies – plus, it claims to sell the best olives in The Cotswolds!