The best picnic spots in Northumberland

Today I am sharing with you our favourite picnic spots in Northumberland. We LOVE a good picnic and would love to hear if you have any suggestions.

The best picnic spots in Northumberland

Plessey Woods

Plessey Woods near Morpeth is one of our favourite places to spend a Summer's day with friends. There is a small cafe, visitor centre and gift shop (although check opening times), ice cream van and little play park near the entrance which is surrounded by fields of grass perfect for ball games. You can then walk through the woods following the various trails through the meadows and by the River Blyth. Parking is now free too. Read all about our last visit to Plessey Woods and their free art trail here. 

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | Plessey Woods

Carlisle Park

Carlisle Park in Morpeth is a lovely place to spend a hot day with rowing boats to hire, ducks to feed, a large outdoor paddling pool and sandpit, 2 play parks and various sports pitches as well as the more formal William Turner gardens, 'Ha Hill' and aviary and woodland walks, there is so much to keep you entertained.  Carlisle Park Website.

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | Carlisle Park, Morpeth
Love this photo from Carlisle Park from New Girl in Toon 


We are actually heading to Cragside for a picnic this weekend as hubby has decided he would like a 'picnic by a lake' for his birthday. The grass by the lake outside of the tearooms at Cragside makes a beautiful setting, especially when the fountains are set to 'dance'. Afterwards, we like to climb the hill to the lovely play area (you can drive if you're not feeling up to the hike) where the children can burn off some energy and we can enjoy a nice cup of coffee as we watch. Entry fee's apply. 

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | National Trust Cragside, Rothbury

Druridge Bay Country Park

If you take a trip to Druridge Bay Country Park you will have the best of both worlds - you can enjoy the nature and countryside setting next to the Ladyburn lake where you'll also find a visitor centre, cafe and play area or pop across the car park to the glorious beach which goes on for miles and is often deserted. Read all about our last trip to Ladyburn Lake here. 

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | Druridge Bay Ladyburn Lake

Wallington Hall

Wallington Hall is another National Trust property where you can enjoy a perfect picnic. The walled garden near the entrance is a lovely sheltered place to enjoy a picnic and play games and the lawn beside the main hall provides glorious countryside views. Afterwards yo can take a stroll around the lake, build dens in the dedicated 'den zone' in the woods, enjoy the indoor play zone or play in one of the three fantastic parks dotted around the grounds. Entry fees apply. Read all about our last trip to Wallington Hall here. 

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | National Trust Wallington hall near Morpeth

Alnmouth Beach

We have only recently re-discovered Alnmouth beach but oh what a gem it is! Miles of deserted beaches with picnic benches and an ice cream van dotted along the grass verge - we will definitely be packing a picnic and spending the day at the beach this Summer. Alnmouth Beach Website.

The best picnic spots in Northumberland  | Alnmouth Beach

Warkworth Castle

We've already enjoyed a picnic at Warkworth Castle this year and find it's grounds to be particularly suited to al fresco dining. The grass in front of the Castle keep really is the perfect setting to enjoy a Fentimans lemonade (available chilled from the gift shop). Entry fee applies. Warkworth Castle Website.

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | Warkworth Castle

Alnwick Garden

Although there are some fabulous dining options available at Alnwick Garden (the Treehouse and Pavillion cafe are both fantastic), a picnic should not be overlooked. It is wonderful sitting on the grass outside the Grand Cascade and enjoying a scone whilst watching the fountains dance. Some friendly ducks will probably waddle past and your children can play on the garden tractors as you pack your picnic away before exploring the rest of the garden. Entry fees apply. Alnwick Garden Website.

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | Alnwick Garden

Hadrian's Wall

Our favourite spot for a picnic on Hadrian's Wall is Chesters Roman Fort. There are plenty of picnic tables near the entrance and the countryside setting is gorgeous. Plus you can grab a hot drink from the recently opened tearoom. I love walking down to the viewing platform by the river too. Entrance fees apply to some sites. Take a look at our post featuring 10 places to enjoy a picnic along Hadrian's Wall for more suggestions of where to stop for a bite to eat. 

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | Hadrian's Wall

Dunstanburgh Castle

Pack a picnic, park your car at Craster and enjoy the scenic walk along the coast towards Dunstanburgh Castle. You'll have worked up an appetite and there are a few picnic tables dotted around the castle for you to enjoy your sandwiches whilst taking in the spectacular views. Admission charges may apply. Read more about our walk to Dunstanburgh Castle here. 

Warkworth Beach

Warkworth beach features miles of long sands and is a lovely place to enjoy a walk. There are picnic tables in the dunes or near the car park - both ideal places to stop for a bite to eat. Read more about our trip to Warkworth Beach here.

Blyth Beach/Ridley Park

Blyth Beach is a fantastic spot for a picnic. There's an ice cream van (alongside an ice cream parlour and fish and chip shop), two large play parks, good toilet facilities, lots of grass to run around on, picnic tables, beach huts to hire and of course the beach. 

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | Blyth Beach huts and park

Walk a mile or so along the sea front towards Blyth and you'll find Ridley Park which is a fantastic place to spend the day with the kids. There's a large water play area to play in, a cafe, 2 play parks and loads of space to run around in. It's a real sun trap on a sunny day and very popular - make sure you pack swimsuits! 

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | Ridley Park, Blyth

Our guide to the best picnic spots in Northumberland including Ingram Valley, Bamburgh Castle and Plessey Woods | Ridly Park Blyth


When you visit Kielder, you do feel as if you could be in the middle of nowhere. If you're looking for a peaceful picnic spot, this could be the place for you. Whether you choose one of the picnic spots by the reservoir, a table by Kielder Castle or a spot in the forest, pretty much everywhere in Kielder is beautiful. Read more about Kielder here. 

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | Kielder Reservoir Castle

Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle has to be one of the most picturesque spots in the North East. It's famous too! You may have spotted the castle in Macbeth, The BFG and it will make an appearance in the upcoming Transformers movie. The best place for a picnic is outside the castle walls so you can admire both the coastal and castle views but don't forget to visit the castle once you've eaten. It's truly stunning inside with lots of treasures to discover.

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | Bamburgh Castle

Ingram Valley

Ingram Valley in Northumberland National Parks offers neverending countryside views and is a lovely place to spend the day. I have fond memories of spending weekends here as a child and paddling in the river Breamish. Find out more about visiting Ingram Valley here.

The best picnic spots in Northumberland | Ingram Valley


Northumberlandia is a unique sculpture not far from the A1. This special lady in the North has been sculpted using materials from the nearby Quarry. There are a few benches dotted around the walk which are an ideal place to stop for a cup of tea and some sandwiches. There are also a few picnic tables at the site entrance. It's FREE to visit (car park charges may apply).

Our guide to the best picnic spots in Northumberland including Ingram Valley, Bamburgh Castle and Plessey Woods | Northumberlandia

Holy Island

My last suggestion for a picnic in Northumberland is Holy Island. Make sure you check tide times before crossing the causeway. Holy Island is cut off from the mainland twice every day and is a lovely place to escape and get away from it all. You can visit Lindisfarne Castle and Priory and try some of the island's favourite mead before finding a nice quiet picnic spot. You'll probably spot lots of wildlife during your trip - we noticed lots of seals basking in the sunshine during our last visit.

Our guide to the best picnic spots in Northumberland including Ingram Valley, Bamburgh Castle and Plessey Woods | Holy Island Lindisfarne Castle

So that concludes our guide to the best picnic spots in Northumberland. Have I mentioned any of your favourites or missed any?

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  1. I don't think we've had a proper picnic for 2 Summers, which is just wrong! I like to go to the Fenwicks Food Hall to stock up on goodies for our basket!

    Hope you have great picnic weather tomorrow x

    1. Thanks - after a shaky (aka rainy) start we are going to head out soon - we will have to organise a picnic together over Summer x

  2. allenbanks. It's free. And beautiful. and the kids can play in the river after the eating is done.

    1. Yes! That was on my original list but I didn't have a photo :-( Love it x

  3. What a fab list, I've not been to plessey woods in ages, we should have another picnic meet at one of these lovely places

  4. We got a beautiful wicker pic nic basket for Christmas so dying to use it this summer, it even had a chilled compartment for your wine! Cragside and Alnmouth both look lovely! X

  5. We went to Belsay hall,castle and gardens you can stay around the hall and picnic on the surrounding grass or walk up to the castle ruins,through the woods and and sit under the castle,there is refreshments there up at the castle,you can climb to the top of the castle and explore the ruins,kids activities on most days we planted a pumpkin seed and are growing it,for those who are successful to return in October to carve it,But if that fails you can get one off them or buy your English heritage propriety to entrance fee apply for non members...


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