National Picnic Week is an annual event that takes place every June and this year falls between 19th and 27th June. If you are a picnic fan and fancy dining alfresco during your visit to Sidmouth, here are some of our favourite places in the East Devon area to set up your blanket and hamper and enjoy!
If you don’t want to venture too far out of Sidmouth, the Byes makes a good spot for enjoying a picnic or too. Located between the Toll House in the town and the village of Sidford, this is the place to go for beautiful riverside walks, meandering around meadows and areas of wild greenery.
Another option is Blackmore Gardens. The gardens are full of seasonal plants and there are plenty of places to hide away with your picnic if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the town centre for a while.
If you fancy exploring the wider East Devon area, why not head to Beer Head? There is a popular walk between Beer and Branscombe where you can stop off at the pebble beach to enjoy your picnic, or if you work up an appetite on route, there are loads of grassy areas along the coastal path for you to stop off.
For those of you who like the sound of a picnic on the beach, head to Budleigh Salterton. The beach is 2 miles long and as it is pebbles, you won’t get sand in your sandwiches! The town of Budleigh Salterton is a little further along the Jurassic Coast and is a lovely place for a day trip from Sidmouth.
If you have a favourite picnic spot in East Devon, make sure to let the team behind National Picnic Week know, you can submit your favourite places on their website here https://www.nationalpicnicweek.co.uk/
If you do head out for a picnic this summer, make sure to take all your litter with you and to leave the areas as you found it and to continue to follow any government guidance surrounding social distancing and mixing.