Norfolk is beautiful in all seasons, but in our opinion Summer really is the best – is there anything better than sitting in a beautiful spot with a picnic and a cold beer?
There’s something in Norfolk for everybody, from beaches to woodland, parks to broads, and after the year we’ve all had, we’ve definitely earnt the right to relax in them all.
With meeting one person outside in public spaces now being permitted and the warmer months drawing ever-closer, we thought it a great time to provide you with a rundown of Norfolk’s top picnic spots, chosen by you! So grab your mate, a couple of sarnies and maybe a bottle of Wherry (if the location allows it!), and let’s go…
Let’s start with the obvious… The Norfolk Broads.
Famed for their beauty, the Broads are the perfect picnic spots for any occasion, and are great for spotting some wildlife while you’re at it!
Salhouse Broad is host to over 40 acres of natural beauty, and with boardwalks and so much nature to explore, as well as only being down the road from us – making it a definite favourite round here!
Ranworth Broad and Marshes are only 20 minutes from Norwich City Centre, so perfect for any city-dwellers looking for an escape. It also features a floating visitor’s centre – exciting, right?
Whitlingham Country Park goes without saying as a favourite – walkable from Norwich City Centre, great fun for all the family, and even has its own little cafe (perfect for that mid-picnic ice cream). Thanks neilbowers73 on Instagram for the suggestion!
Commons and Greens are a perfect way to see the beauty of Norfolk while relaxing…
Coltishall Common and riverside offers beautiful vistas along the River Bure, perfect for a lazy Sunday outside, but honestly, it’s pretty idyllic at any time of day!
Hunstanton Green (Sunny Hunny – thanks n0rfolklife on Instagram!) is well-worth a mention. Looking out onto the sea, is there really a better way to pass the time? We also highly rate the fish and chips from (place).
It goes without saying that the parks in Norfolk are second-to-none for picnics.
Catton Park, north of Norwich, is a stunning country park for a picnic. With both a wildflower meadow, and woodland to explore, there’s something for everybody at this spot.
Sheringham Park is a National Trust wonder, and really feels like a slice of heaven, especially if you manage to visit when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. (Did we really just say that? Yes. We did.)
An honourable mention of course also goes to Thetford Forest…
The largest lowland pine forest in Britain, straddling Norfolk and Suffolk, Thetford is the perfect place to get lost for a day.
The Pingo Trail as suggested by eastanglianbushcraft on Instagram is definitely worth remembering – a beautiful circular walk with ever-changing scenery, with loads of great picnic spots along the way.
And finally… The spots of beauty…
Burgh Castle Roman Fort (not far from Great Yarmouth / Gorleston-On-Sea). Not only is this a slice of history, but it’s also incredibly beautiful – look out onto panoramic views over Breydon Water while you eat your crisps.
Holkham Hall is well-worth a visit if you’ve never been – explore the hall and walled garden when they reopen, and then picnic in Holkham Park (spotting some deer!) or Holkham Beach? Sign us right up.
Mousehold Heath and Ketts Heights… Would it really be a rundown of the top Norfolk spots without them? Offering stunning views over Norwich from the viewpoint (we highly recommend watching the sunset from here!), but also amazing woodlands to explore in the daytime, Mousehold and Ketts are a dream for picnicking.