The month of July is National Picnic month, and what a lovely time of year it is to explore some of the beautiful parks in Hertfordshire and Essex whilst enjoying a picnic.
Hatfield Park is a lovely place to set off for a picnic with its large expanses of open parkland and medieval forest, which offers ample shade on hot days. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Every Tuesday throughout the summer holidays they will be offering pond dipping, where children will be able to enjoy the aquatic habitat.
Pardon Wood Nature reserve is packed full of flora, mini beasts, birds and deer. It’s a great place to not only have a picnic but to explore the many tracks and paths throughout the 900 year old woodland.
Fairlands Valley Park, located in Stevenage is set in 120 acres of parkland it’s free to visit too. You could combine a picnic, walk and perhaps even a spot of sport, as they have an 11 acre sailing lake where you can hire a dinghy, kayaks, windsurfs and much more. For more information please visit their website.
Bishop’s Stortford paddling pools - These paddling pools were renovated in 2015 and offer a great place to picnic and for the children to have a bit of a splash around on a hot day. It’s normally open between 9am and 7pm every day.