You don’t need an excuse to pack up a pork pie and fill up a flask, but it’s National Picnic Week this month – and if that’s not a reason to roll out a blanket and share out the sandwiches in the sunshine, we don’t know what is.

Leicestershire’s parks and open spaces provide the perfect setting for a picnic – so whether you’ve got a bottle of pop and a bag of crisps, or a posh hamper full of treats, here are our top tips for al fresco summer dining…

Top picks for Picnics

Abbey Park

Leicester’s magnificent Abbey Park has plenty of space for picnicking, so you’re bound to find a peaceful spot away from the crowds. Close your eyes and enjoy the silence – but keep your sandwiches close by – you don’t want your lunch to end up as duck’s dinner! If you've not done your best packup and forgotten those all important sweet treats, you can always cheer yourself up with a takeaway cake, or a nice cup of marshmallow topped hot chocolate in the Peppercorns cafe. 

Museum Square, New Walk

It’s only small, but there’s plenty of shade under Museum Square’s giant horse chestnut tree on a hot summer’s day. Pick up a lovely big sandwich and snacks on a quick walk through the city centre, and enjoy the stroll up leafy New Walk. 

Aylestone Meadows

Want to build up an appetite for your picnic? Take a brisk walk on Leicester’s riverside and head south along the River Soar. Look out for coots and moorhens, herons and hares and – if you’re lucky – Premier League footballers parking their cars at the King Power stadium. By the time you reach Aylestone Meadows – about two miles from the city centre – you’ll have earned a nice sit-down with your sandwiches. 

Foxton Locks

Got wheels and want to explore more of the glorious Leicestershire countryside? Throw your picnic hamper/supermarket carrier bag (delete as applicable) in the car and head out of the city on the A6. Just 13 miles from Leicester city centre you’ll find Foxton Locks – an extraordinary feat of Victorian engineering. With its 10 locks – the longest set of staircase locks in Britain – and colourful narrowboats, it’s the perfect place for picnickers. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take a boat trip on the Grand Union Canal, or just while away the day watching the wildlife around the locks. 

Market Bosworth Country Park

Go west, sang Village People – but were they referring to Market Bosworth Country Park? Just 12 miles west of Leicester, the park is a delightful mix of open space and woodland, with plenty of space for a picnic. There’s a large lake, lots of wildlife and a popular children’s play area. Grab a picnic table, spread out your spread, and feast like a king. 

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Foxton Locks
Foxton Locks

Foxton Locks is home to Britain’s longest set of staircase locks.

Aylestone Meadows
Municipal Park
Aylestone Meadows - Parks, Sports and recreation in Leicester

For over 100 years Aylestone Meadows has been a popular location for the people of Leicester to spend their leisure time. It is still used today for walking, cycling, picnics, fishing, and boating.

Bosworth Battlefield
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Bosworth Battlefield

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre is a colourful multi award winning interactive exhibition telling the story of the Battle of Bosworth



  1. Hemant
    I think it sounds, looks and feels very inviting the places that are mentioned. I will try one or two out over the next couple of weeks while the weather lasts.

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