Picnic Perfection with National Picnic Week

Is there a better summer pass time than going for a picnic? National Picnic Week, Friday 16th June- Sunday 25th June, is a perfect excuse to gather friends and family for a day out in the great outdoors and enjoy the pleasures of a picnic. Exeter has many great picnic spots to throw down a rug and we have put together a couple of favourites.

Arguably one of the very best views in the city is that of the Cathedral from the green. There is no place you would rather be to enjoy a picnic get together with friends and still be in the vicinity of the city to grab any last minute picnic must haves… who’s bringing the pork pies?

Just a short walk from the Cathedral, tucked behind Princesshay, you’ll find Southernhay Gardens. A quiet inner city green space surrounded by beautiful trees, perfect for a gently shaded picnic.

Located near Exeter Central Station are the Rougemont and Northernhay Gardens, a hidden gem and tranquil oasis in the centre of the city. Incorporating the major historic features of the Roman city wall, they are carefully maintained for the public to enjoy.


With a city buzzing full of excellent eateries, there are some great picks to give you a helping hand to put together your picnic hamper full of delicious treats.

For the very best foundation for your sandwiches, grab a loaf of sourdough from The Exploding Bakery on Queen Street. Everything is made and baked at their Devon Bakery, and you could even pick up some tasty cakes while you’re there!

For the ultimate convenience and indulgence, order one of Carluccio’s picnic hampers and enjoy your very own Italian feast in the great outdoors. Ordered up to 4 hours in advance you can choose between classic or vegetarian, and be ready to head to the park in no time at all!

With a simple ethos of ‘good food’, Chandos Deli pulls out all the stops when it comes to the very best selection of sandwiches, cakes, salads and more for your picnic hamper. For the adults, check out their selection of wines, even stocking bottles from England; cheers!

For a picnic with a difference, visit The Plant Café in Cathedral Yard. Surprise your friends and family with a vegetarian selection of tasty treats, and conveniently located next to the Cathedral, you won’t have to walk far to lay a rug and relax.

For further tips, recipes and information about National Picnic Week, visit their website here. 

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