So it’s currently 9.30pm and 27 degrees. Now for England, that’s not normal. We’re used to rain and cloud. We’re used to chilly nights even throughout the summer. But it’s 27 degrees and I’m sat here absolutely sweating. I love heat, but this is different – it’s so incredibly humid. I find 40 degrees abroad is so much more bearable that this humid and sticky heat. I’m being a compete and utter typical Brit right now; complaining about the weather. On another note, I live in a beautiful county called Hertfordshire and wanted to share our five favourite places to go for a picnic. What better than preparing some home-made food or grabbing something from your local shop whilst setting off for a nice relaxing lunch in the sun. It gets busy in this area sometimes – as soon as the sun is out… everyone is out. But if you find the right spot, then there are some gorgeous places to picnic in Hertfordshire. So here goes..
Howard Park and Gardens, Letchworth
We love it here – Howard Park and Gardens have a large adventure playground which includes a little splash park section! During the summer this is the perfect place for a picnic. It’s best to bring a swimming costume if you go during the warmer months and a change of clothes along with a towel. There’s a climbing forest for children over 7, a picnic area, varied seating options and accessible trails around the rest of the park – perfect for a little stroll after lunch. There’s also tractor swings plus a great slide and see saw which is perfect for younger children.
Knebworth House garden and Parks, Knebworth
We previously wrote a review about Knebworth House and Gardens as we love this place so much. You have to pay to get in, but once you’re in it’s so pretty and has so many little places to visit. There’s a huge dinosaur playground, adventure trail, a maze, terrace gardens, Dinosaur trail and beautiful gardens. This is probably my personal favourite place to visit for a picnic – there’s so many lovely places to sit and enjoy the scenery whilst also letting the kids run off some energy.
Cassiobury Park, Watford
Cassiobury Park in Watford is great if you’re on a bit of a budget. With 190 acres of green space to explore, it’s the largest public open space in Watford. There’s so much for children to do including the splash park, playground, zip wire, trampolines, a granite stone maze and lots of other different slides. There’s also the ‘cha cha cha playground’ which is suitable for smaller children and toddlers. This is an all round great spot for a picnic – with so much to do and so many lovely spots to sit and enjoy lunch – what better way to spend an afternoon?
River Mimram, Tewinbury
The River Mimram rises from a spring to the north-west of Whitwell, in North Hertfordshire and makes its confluence with the River Lea near Horn’s Mill in Hertford. Now, we go here a lot as it’s so close to us – not only that but it’s a beautiful spot for a picnic – it’s not the easiest to get to and you may have to walk a little to find the perfect spot but when it hasn’t rained a while, the River Mimram is a perfect spot for a picnic – paddle in the water, go for a walk and spot wildlife and see the cows roaming free. (Just obviously be careful! – they scare me haha!)
Layston Court Gardens, Buntingford
Buntingford is a small historic town located in the North East of Hertfordshire. It runs along the River Rib and has a beautiful village setting. Layston Court Gardens is located just off the high street and is easily accessible by foot. It is well looked after with beautiful flower beds, a park and a few benches. It’s quiet and well kept – no ball games are permitted and dogs are only allowed on leads – making in the perfect little location for a peaceful family picnic.