Top picnic spots in Bath.
We all need a break from our homes. For many, our home has become our office, our place to socialise and our place to sleep. For others, it has become a place of solitude. But now the sun is out, the evenings are longer, and the blossoms have bloomed – so what better way to spend this warm June month than a picnic in Bath?
In honour of ‘National Picnic Week’, we have highlighted a few hot spots for you to check out, all in and around the city centre – as well as some great spots you can get a special picnic hamper!
It is time to get outside, kick those shoes off, feel the grass beneath your feet and enjoy the English landscape once more!
Set in the heart of Bath, this park is one of the city’s most popular spots where you can sit by the river or hire a deck chair.
Opened by the Queen in 1830, this 57-acre park is home to botanic gardens – as well as hot air balloons!
An 11-acre green space that offers panoramic views of Bath, where you can sit out and catch the hot air balloons as they drift across Bath.
4. Bath’s Sham Castle.
Head to this open area of grass for a break from the crowds and some quiet to enjoy a picnic and a read.
5. Two Tunnels Circuit – Fancy more of an adventure? Take this 13-mile’s disused railway walking and cycling loop for a relatively flat walk or cycle. Pause for your picnic in the 18th-century landscape garden Prior Park owned by the National Trust.
Where to get picnic food in Bath?
Now you have picked the perfect spot sorted, it is time to plan the food – and local businesses in Bath have the answer!
For grazing platters and picnic boxes head to Goodness Grazers, who will deliver fresh picnic hampers to your door – all sourced from local, independent suppliers. Delicious treats can include cheeses, charcuterie, pork pies, artisan bread, antipasti, chutney, fresh fruits, as well as sweet treats! [double ‘treats’ – consider revising?]
Traditional Italian café Rosario’s is run by Rosario himself. Collect homemade locally sourced cakes, Sicilian pastries and sandwiches to take away for a lunchtime picnic.
Fancy making your own sandwiches? Pick up some artisan bread at Bertinet’s!
Pop in and collect lunch items from Thoughtful Bakery such as ciabatta rolls, or pre-order a ‘scone bundle’ for afternoon tea in the park. Sourdough scones with homemade strawberry and raspberry jam topped with Bruton Dairy clotted cream sound too good to miss!
Want to make your own?
Try a Caprese salad.
Forget the soggy salad leaves, and slice up some tomatoes and mozzarella – adding some basil and olive oil. The ultimate summer dish.
Get creative with a quiche.
Got some fresh summer greens or some tomatoes? Mix whatever you fancy from the fridge with some whisked up eggs before adding to some pastry (pre-bought puff or filo for a quick fix) and topping with cheese. Serve this warm or cold!
Fancy something with fruit?
Try a watermelon and feta salad the perfect mix of sweet and savoury. Topped with avocado, mint and lime – a refreshing salad.
For a meaty treat cook a piece of ham which tastes just as good cold. Serve with some chunky bread or with a dressed salad.
Looking for a tipple?
Try elderflower and cucumber with or without the G&T for a refreshing spritz. Add whatever flavours you enjoy to tonic or sparkling water and be sure to bring an icebox to keep everything cool.