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15 perfect picnic spots in Surrey

Pack your scotch eggs and lashings of ginger beer - we're heading to these 15 outdoor beauty spots across Surrey to enjoy lunch al fresco.

A beautiful wicker basket packed with fizz and crustless sandwiches or a glorified packed lunch with mountains of Tupperware and sausage rolls (guilty!). Fear not, our Muddy guide to lovely picnic spots will at least ensure the location is perfect and so is the food with £500 of free Ocado deliveries (well hello M&S Deli range).

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham

The South Lawn at Polesden Lacey is a glorious setting for a picnic. Once you’ve scoffed your feta filled borek, go for a saunter through the formal gardens – the roses are at their best right now.. If you fancy a spot in the shad, the apple orchard has plenty of benches and is great for games; or Home Farm orchard is a lovely and peaceful picnicking place.

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Abinger Hammer Green, near Dorking

Abinger Hammer – between Dorking and Guildford – is your quintessential English village and the green, complete with a small stream running through it, is a pretty as a picture and a lovely spot to catch up on all the goss with your bestie.

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West End Green, Esher

West End Green, Esher, Surrey
West End Green near Esher

West End Green, jus outside Esher, is a lovely oasis of calm. There’s a large green with a pond and plenty of spots for spreading out a large rug and tucking into a posh picnic – Hondurian marinated king prawns and Natoora Sicilian tiger plum tomatoes should do it! It sits alongside West End Common which is a lovely place for walks.

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Lady Neville Park, Banstead

Just off Banstead High Street, this park and recreation ground offers up loads of space to settle in for a cosy natter with a mate. There’s a play area and multi-use space for kids, too – so it’s a good spot for families. Fun fact: the park was named after the wife of a local High Court judge who purchased the land in 1895.

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Painshill, Cobham

The beautiful 18th century landscape gardens at Painshill make for a lovely spot to picnic. Plenty of winding paths lead you to many a perfect spot to plonk down your rug. There are views and vistas to enjoy, the Serpentine Lake and a pretty vineyard.

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St John’s Lye, near Woking

Tucked away in St John’s village, a few miles out of Working, this lovely open space is a great under-the-radar picnic spot (I’m thinking pesto halloumi kebabs). There are woodlands, open fields and a pretty path that runs alongside the Basingstone Canal so if you fancy adding in a walk as well you’ve got options.

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Priory Park, Reigate

Priory Park, Reigate
Priory Park in Reigate. Photo courtesy of Reigate and Banstead Council.

Plenty of options in Priory Park. Stroll through the gardens or around the lake, pull up a pew by the play area or settle with your bestie on a rug on the lawns.

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Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher

Pack your cucumber sandwiches and experience Claremont Landscape Garden as Princess Charlotte and Prince Leopold might have in the early 19th century. There are beautiful picnic spots overlooking the lake and grass amphitheatre. And on the weekend, you can hire boats and go boating on the lake. How very English!

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Runnymede, Egham

With open grassy areas that front onto the River Thames, the Runnymede Pleasure Grounds is a lovely spot for a picnic and riverside stroll to the Magna Carta and John F Kennedy Memorials. Children and dogs can run off steam in the adjacent water meadows where Magna Carta was signed.

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Bushy Park, Hampton

Bushy Park, Hampton Court
Bushy Park. Photo by Amber Evans

With grassland galore and deer roaming free, you’ll feel a million miles away from it all at Bushy Park. Although do be careful, the deer have learned to approach people in search of food, especially in popular areas such as around the pond and car park. 

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Dapdune Wharf, Guildford

Bring a picnic and find a spot away from the hustle and bustle at Dapdune Wharf this summer. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, why not take a stroll along the towpath and find your own grassy knoll to spread out and enjoy the soothing lap of the water.

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Farnham Park, Farnham

Just a few hundred metres from Castle Street in Farnham, you’ll find Farnham Park – a 130ha deer park. As well as being a great spot for a picnic, there’s also the impressive one kilometre tree-lined Kings Avenue – perfect for a stroll.

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Hatchlands Park, East Clandon

With its picture perfect mansion and expanses of grassy parkland Hatchlands is a lovely place to unroll your picnic blanket. For the younger members of the family there are fallen trees to clamber on and acres of parkland to explore. Head to the top of Wix Hill for views of the surrey landscape, down to Sheepwash Pond to sit by the water or grab a seat on the circular bench in the peaceful Courtyard Garden.

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Limpsfield Common, near Oxted

Embrace spring in all its floral glory at Limpsfield Common where the snowdrops have been out, wild primroses are violets can be seen, yellow marsh marigolds are opening up and the wild garlic is also appearing. It’s a lovely spot to settle on a rug and catch up with a mate over a picnic.

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Winkworth Arboretum, near Godalming

Meadows, hillsides and a very pretty lake – there are plenty of enchanting spots to pitch your picnic blanket and enjoy a picnic at Winkworth Arboretum. There’s a natural children’s play area where kids can play, and dogs are also welcome if they’re kept on a lead.

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