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10 pretty picnic spots in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 11:39 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:57 06 July 2017

'Picnic basket in a field' lorenzoantonucci. Thinkstock

'Picnic basket in a field' lorenzoantonucci. Thinkstock

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As summer finally begins to set in now is the perfect time to pack up a hamper, grab some blankets and find the perfect picnic spot near you.

1. Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad

Situated in the very heart of Oulton Broads surrounded by a plethora of stunning gardens and vast vistas of the beautiful broads Nicholas Everitt Park is a fantastic place to have some fun when the sun is shining. There is plenty to do in the park for both adults and children with tennis courts, a bowling green and the bandstand which plays host to a traditional brass band for their Sunday concerts. There is a huge selection of children’s pay equipment, as well arcades and crazy golf. The vast open spaces make an excellent spot of a picnic and if you’re lucky you’ll snag a spot with the boating lake in view to sit back and watch as the boats sail by.

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2. Rendlesham Forest

Rendlesham Forest is 1,500 hectares of mixed woodland and a haven for nature enthusiasts, walkers and bird watchers alike. As well as having an excellent BBQ-friendly picnic area there are two circular walking trails and two cycle routes. Each offer different degrees of distance and difficulty and cover all of the incredible view points in the forest. Explore the plantations, heathland & wetlands and the famous UFO trails that are connected to the well known 1980 UFO sightings in the area. If this doesn’t interest the kids don’t panic, there is also a superb play area with a climbing wall, obstacle course, slide, swings and a zip-line!

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3. Beccles Quay

Surrounded by the picturesque scenery of the River Waveney, Beccles Quay is large and open with lots of picnic benches that are simply wonderful for enjoying a homemade feast whilst watching the boats. Keep the kids entertained with the children’s play area located nearby, or explore the local area on one of the many walking routes. For a real treat time your visit to be on the 3rd weekend of August when the Beccles Carnival takes place.

4. Covehithe Beach

As one of Suffolk’s best kept secrets Covehithe Beach is a great place if you’re searching for somewhere to have romantic picnic for two. Only accessible by foot or bicycle the beach materialises at the end of a secluded footpath. Flanked by sand dunes and offering stunning views, Covehithe is peaceful and very rarely busy. There’s not much on offer in terms of refreshments or entertainment but the ruins of the nearby church make a great sight for some exploring. It’s also dog friendly so Fido is welcome to come too!

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5. Bawdsey Quay

Found at the mouth of the River Deben, Bawdsey Quay is a top destination for anyone who loves the water. With excellent fishing and sailing and an abundance of wildlife there’s plenty to see and do. There is also a fantastic stretch of sandy beach that’s ideal for a family picnic. Take a blanket and some deck chairs and set up shop on the sand whilst the kids play nearby.

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6. Clare Castle Country Park

For a spot oozing culture look no further than Clare Castle Country Park. Find a spot to dine al fresco on the grass with the magnificent 13th Century castle in view. With huge grounds to explore as well as the castle itself and its 70-foot high motte that enjoys stunning views of the town, this will be a summer day out you won’t soon forget.

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7. Iken Cliff

The picnic site at Iken Cliff is peaceful and secluded with an abundance of wildlife to admire. You’ll find breathtaking views of the River Alde to one side and vast corn fields and meadows on the other – a picnic really takes you back nature. There is plenty of parking space nearby and the area is great for long walks with the dog!

8. The Brecks

The Brecks is an area of Suffolk and Norfolk that spans approximately 390 square miles being made up of heathland, farms, wetlands, pine forest and inland sand dunes. Because of this varied mix of different landscapes the wildlife living in the area is hugely diverse featuring a large number of bird species, Stone Curlew and even the occasional roaming deer. The stunning scenery, fresh air and tranquillity of the area make it perfect for a family or romantic picnic.

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9. Aldeburgh Beach

As one of Suffolk’s best known beaches, this sand and shingle paradise backs onto the charming seaside town of Aldeburgh. The pretty pastel blues, yellows and pinks of the seafront houses lend lots of character and quirkiness to the area and make a great backdrop for a family picnic. Take a nice think blanket to lay over the shingle and treat to yourself to a delicious fish and chips by the sea.

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10. Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds

The Abbey Gardens are set in the centre of Suffolk’s historic gem Bury St Edmunds and are delightful for a summer picnic. With the grandeur of the Abbey in the backdrop sit amongst the vibrancy of the flower gardens and enjoy a homemade picnic with all the family. Afterwards spend some time exploring the different gardens and monuments – the water gardens, rose gardens and sensory gardens are all worth a look!

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