A journey through the Cotswolds and beyond
A visit to Blenheim Palace offers an unforgettable experience, with its rolling hillsides, ornate bridges and well-kept lakes. With over 2000 acres of parkland to explore, you will find plenty of beautiful spots to picnic with your family and friends. From the Woodstock Gate, regarded as one of the most striking views in England to the banks of Queen Pool lake, dine outdoors and take in the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dedicated to growing and producing seasonal, organic food, Daylesford Organic Farm have created the ultimate foodie experience. Located near Kingham, the award-winning farm shop takes full advantage of its rural location with an abundance of fresh organic produce right at its fingertips. From seasonal vegetables, fruit and herbs picked from the market garden; to artisan bread and sweet cakes, fresh from the bakery, you’re sure to find something delicious to take on your picnic.
Oxford University Parks
Located in the heart of the city, is the 70 acres of green oasis offered by Oxford University Parks. This beautiful space, originally owned by Merton College, was purchased by the University of Oxford in the 1850s.
With something to please everyone, the park is open to the public almost every day of the year from dawn until dusk, boasting picturesque walks, a large collection of trees and plenty of space for exercise, outdoor games and picnics.
The Muddy Duck Pantry
Bring the mouth-watering and rustic restaurant experience into your home with The Muddy Duck Pantry, offering fresh, seasonal and locally grown produce. Located in the village of Hethe, this is the perfect place to stock up on those picnic essentials.
Plus, for all those with green fingers, make sure to stop by the Potting Shed and browse the selection of seasonal flowers, bedding plants, herbs and more.
Waddesdon Manor Wine Cellars and Gardens
If you’re planning a day out with family or a picnic with friends, why not make it an occasion with a bottle of wine from the world-famous Wine Cellars at Waddesdon Manor. The vaults contain an unrivalled collection of Rothschild wines with around 15,000 bottles. You can try one of these delicious wines for yourself through Waddesdon’s online shop or, if you’re visiting the grounds of the House, why not pop into the Manor Shop.
There is plenty more to discover on your next visit. The gardens at Waddesdon Manor are renowned for their natural beauty and hidden treasures, from the winding trails bursting with green to the flourishing wildflowers and the beautiful cast-iron aviary.
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