1. Hastings

Hastings is filled with many perfect spots for picnic goers when the sun’s out. It’s famous beach provides a refreshing and traditional seaside atmosphere; both the East and West hills have stunning views; Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve is a great spot for wildlife; and the tranquil and beautifully designed Alexandra Park – Hastings is a one-stop shop for all your picnic needs.

2. Southover Grange Gardens in Lewes

Often described as the ‘hidden gem of Lewes’, the secluded Southover Grange Gardens are a delight in any season, featuring a variety of plant life, including a magnificent Mulberry tree.
The beautiful gardens are divided into two parts by the Winterbourne stream, and are maintained by Lewes District Council.

Hastings Country Park and Alexandra Park in Hastings. Images from Jonny Thompson and 1066 Country Marketing.

Hastings Country Park and Alexandra Park in Hastings. Images from Jonny Thompson and 1066 Country Marketing.

3. Cuckmere Haven

Situated between Seaford and Eastbourne, Cuckmere Haven is a stunning area of flood plains, where the South Downs meet the English Channel.
The River Cuckmere twist and turns through the valley, which opens out at a shingle beach offering dramatic views of the Seven Sisters – towering white chalk cliffs that drop into the sea.
The route offers some of the best scenery in the county and is a great spot for birdwatching.Visit
Cuckmere Haven for more details.

4. Sheffield Park and Garden in Uckfield

This big outdoors estate with four lakes in its centre is a great space for the kids (and adults) to run around and enjoy the summer months.
Cast aside the fatigue of work and relax; sit down for lunch amongst beautiful summer flowers, play some outdoor classics like frisbee and cricket on the historic pitch, or just explore the garden with the parkland trails. Visit Sheffield Park  for more details.

5. Forest Way Country Park

The Forest Way runs alongside an old railway line from East Grinstead to Groombridge, and passing through Forest Row, Hartfield, and Withyham.
There are seats and picnic benches along the entire route, and visitors will be surrounded by wildlife in this ‘green corridor’; which includes pond life, such as dragonflies and newts; deer, foxes and badgers; and a variety of birds that bring the park to life with their songs.

6. Fountains at De La Warr Pavilion

On a sunny day in Bexhill families pack a picnic and spend the day out on the lawns in front of the iconic De La Warr Pavilion. There are vast stretches of accessible space, all with views of the sea and within a minutes walk of toilet facilities. As well as grass, the new fountains provide the perfect water playground for young children to be independent and play. Small and gentle squirts of water jump up unexpectedly and delight children and adults of all ages.

7. Princes Park in Eastbourne

A step back from the seaside promenade in Eastbourne sits Princes Park, first opened in 1922, which has a Green Flag Award. The park boasts a large area of grass just right for picnicking, a play park for children, toilet facilities and a lake with plenty of wildlife. Help children hunt down the aromatic herb garden and identify different smells or organise a game of rounder’s where there is lots of space.

8. Farley Farm House, Muddles Green

The sculpture garden at Farley Farm House  in Muddles Green makes the perfect spot for a picnic. Open on Sundays, the garden layout was designed by Roland Penrose and it houses sculptures from both the permanent collection and guest artists. The Downs are also visible on a clear day.
Tickets for the sculpture garden is £2 per person and they are open from 10am until 4.30pm, from April until October.