We asked some of the people in the This is Durham office to tell us their favourite picnic spots across the county in aid of National Picnic Week (16-25 June).

Combined with some exceptional food and drink available, National Picnic Week was made for Durham.

North Penines AONB

“The North Pennines AONB is just stunning, the landscape is so dramatic and it’s a great chance to stretch your legs and enjoy a well-earned picnic.”

Sarah, Marketing

Durham Heritage Coast

“I love the beach and the Durham Heritage Coast is one of the best places for a sandcastle and a sandwich!”

Joseph, Marketing

It isn’t just lunch spots that Durham has in abundance, the county is full of great local producers and no picnic would be complete without great food and drink. From award winning cheese to craft beers, there is plenty to choose from.

Did you know that the average person has three picnics a year, with the most popular items being crisps and cheese sandwiches!
Whilst the origins of the word are unknown and thought to either stem from the French verb piquer (to pick) or a rhyming of the word nique meaning ‘of little importance’, one thing is certain that they are a favourite British tradition.

Dalton park

“Set across a huge 55 acres, Dalton Park always has something to keep the dogs exploring during a spot of picnic lunch!.”

Amanda, Admin

Wharton Park

“For a break away from the bustling city centre, Wharton Park has some lovely views of the Cathedral, ideal for a lunchtime retreat”

Lisa, Marketing

National Picnic Week runs from 16th – 25th of June and was founded over a decade ago to encourage people to take the opportunity to picnic with advice, tips, recipes and information.

For even more perfect Durham picnic spots, visit our Top 10.




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