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5 Instagram-worthy picnic spots in the UK to visit

June 11, 2018

From London’s picturesque Japanese Kyoto Garden to breathtaking beaches in Tenby, here’s a round up of the most Instagrammable picnic areas for al fresco dining, no filtered needed.

picnic spread with fentimans sparkling raspberry on red picnic blanket

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If you’re an avid follower of wanderlust-worthy Instagram accounts filled with pretty pictures of Santorini sunrises or the glowing lights of the Las Vegas strip, you may find it hard to believe there is a host of photogenic tourist hotspots a little closer to home.

With over 95 million images posted on Instagram every day and over 300 million stories shared, we’re officially a nation of ‘grammers’ capturing and sharing our daily lives with the world. Getting the right shot to share can be a lot easier if you’re in the right place, but where in the UK could that be?

To celebrate National Picnic Week (15th-24th June), award-winning botanically brewed drinks maker, Fentimans has unveiled the results from its nationwide survey to reveal the UK’s top 10 instagrammable picnic destinations.

So fix up a packed lunch that looks as good as it tastes, get yourself Instagram-ready, and head to one of these scenic picnic spots.

Durdle Door, Dorset

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In the survey of over 2,000 people, Fentimans identified Durdle Door in Dorset, as the UK’s number one picnic destination, with a third (33%) of respondents deeming the South-West location as the most worthy of taking the Instagram crown.

Located in the Lulworth Estate in south Dorset, the coastline was appointment as England’s first natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 due to its geographical importance. It’s also considered as one of the natural wonders of the world, along with America’s Grand Canyon and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Right, we need to visit Dorset now!

Buttermere, Lake District

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In Fentimans survey, Durdle in Dorset was closely followed by Buttermere in the Lake District (32%) as the UK’s top picnic spot. The biggest tourist attraction at Buttermere is its natural beauty. It’s a tranquil woodland area surrounded by animals, and emcompasses three lakes. It’s claimed that the most popular view is looking down the lake towards Fleetwith Pike.

And if you feel like taking a stroll with your camera, Buttermere offers some of the best walks in the country along one of the most scenic routes in Lakeland.

Tenby, Pembrokeshire Wales

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Tenby in Pembrokeshire, Wales took the third spot in the survey to find the UK’s most photogenic picnic area (gaining 31%). As Pembrokeshire’s main holiday resort, Tenby prides itself on the high standards of its beaches which has won various environmental awards, deeming it one of the cleanest holiday destinations in the UK and Wales.

Tenby’s beaches have four main bathing areas including the South beach, which is made up of 2 kilometres of golden sand spanning the shoreline of St. Catherine’s Island to Giltar Point, backed by striking sand dunes. The Harbour beach is a small, beautiful beach sheltered by the rear of the harbour bay. It’s only a short walk from the town centre, and boat trips run from the harbour to Caldey Island at high tide – although, you may want to avoid a wind swept selfie.

Kyoto Japanese Garden, Holland Park

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This charming, serene setting is London’s not-so-secret secret Japanese Kyoto Garden in Holland Park. You can enjoy a peaceful picnic lunch in the park amongst the colourful blossom trees, calming waterfalls, ponds inhabited by koi carp, and Holland Park’s famous peacocks.

Strumble Head Lighthouse, Pembrokeshire Wales

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Sheltered by two sides of sea and a line of green and red topped hills, Strumble Head Lighthouse provides an intimate setting cut off from the hustle and bustle of everday life. The lighthouse sits on a tiny island just off the coast however, as it’s now automated there isn’t any access onto the island.

Don’t let that put you off, the sea views are a certified Instagram-hotspot filled with wondrous wildlife, rocky mountains and lush foliage. You might want to bring your binoculars to see the lighthouse.


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