Top 5 picnic spots in North Somerset - and they’re all for free!

PUBLISHED: 12:11 20 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:54 28 March 2015

Portishead Lake Grounds

Portishead Lake Grounds


NORTH Somerset has a host of great picnic spots offering great views, activities for children or simply some peace and quiet.

The miniature railway at Salthouse Fields The miniature railway at Salthouse Fields

What can be better on a sunny (or sometimes not so sunny) day than to pack up a host of tasty goodies and visit one of the many beautiful locations in our area to enjoy a picnic in the outdoors?

A tradition and activity that is enjoyed as much today as it was generations ago, having a picnic can be a great way of entertaining children at minimal cost as well as a cheap and fun option when meeting up with friends.

Here are five of the best places to enjoy a picnic in our area:

Portishead Lake Grounds and Picnic Grounds:

At the town’s seafront, off Esplanade Road, the Lake Grounds and Picnic Grounds offer wide open spaces with beautiful views across the Severn Estuary as well as good children’s playgrounds and the marine lake itself nearby. The Picnic Grounds also lead to the coast path of the Severn Estuary, giving access to a number of other picturesque spots including Sugar Loaf Bay and Black Nore Lighthouse.

Watchhouse Hill volunteers celebrating the Green Flag Status Watchhouse Hill volunteers celebrating the Green Flag Status

Salthouse Fields, Clevedon:

Accessible from Elton Road, the Salthouse Fields offer a great open space to enjoy a picnic while also being close to the town’s other attractions including the pier and Marine Lake. During good weather, the Salthouse Fields can be buzzing with visitors enjoying donkey rides or a ride on the miniature railway. The possibility of a walk along the prom is also an added bonus.

Watchhouse Hill, Pill:

Overlooking the River Avon and featuring its own orchard, Watchhouse Hill boasts Green Flag Status which is awarded by Keep Britain Tidy in recognition of how well it is maintained by a group of willing volunteers. It also features a multi-use games area for anyone wishing to enjoy a ball game.

Trendlewood Community Park, Nailsea:

Also with Green Flag Status, the park can be accessed from Trendlewood Way. The area is maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers who keep it in tip-top condition. It has four acres of woodland, 10 acres of grassland and a well-equipped play area.

Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton:

With 850 acres of grassland and woodland to explore, this estate offers numerous spots to enjoy a picnic. It also has a dedicated picnic area located near the stables courtyard and there are plenty of benches outside to sit and enjoy the woodland garden, including a natural play area for children. The estate is open to the public from 8am daily. Admission is free but there are minimal parking charges.

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