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Clandeblog The best picnic spots in Northern Ireland

Looking for the best place to enjoy a picnic in Northern Ireland? Look no further! The North Down area provides a feast of picnic spots. Here's our top picks...

1. Gardens - Bangor Castle walled garden & Ward Park

Bangor Castle walled garden

The Walled Garden in Bangor's Castle Park is a hidden gem. Bursting with colourful blooms and alive with the sounds of buzzing bees and singing birds, this garden provides a peaceful setting for your picnic. The walls provide a sense of privacy and peace, making it easy to forget the bustle of the outside world. There's also Ward Park in Bangor for those looking for a picnic area with a children's playground. And if rain clouds threaten to dampen your picnic, take shelter under the bandstand! To discover other walled gardens in Northern Ireland, check out our other blog.

This summer, don't miss out on the Open house Festival Picnic in the Park free event, taking place every Sunday in July and August 2023 from 3-5pm at Ward Park.

2. Beaches - Helen's Bay beach, Seapark & Crawfordsburn

Helen's Bay beach

For the best picnic spot on the beach, visit the North Down coast. The North Down coastal path is home to some of Northern Ireland's best beaches including Crawfordsburn, Helen's Bay, Ballyholme, Seapark and Groomsport beach. Many of these beaches are also equipped with picnic benches and BBQ grills. After your picnic, take a leisurely stroll along the coast to soak up the beautiful views and refreshing sea air.

3. Country parks - Crawfordsburn Country Park, Cairn Wood & Clandeboye Way

Couple on a forest walk

Explore some of Northern Ireland's best picnic spots in forest parks and woodlands. Whether you choose to visit Crawfordsburn Country Park, Clandeboye Forest, Cairn Wood, or Killynether Wood, you'll find the perfect picnic spot to relax in the tranquility of nature. Grab your picnic blanket and sit under the trees to enjoy the fresh air and stunning natural beauty that surrounds you!

4. Scenic views - Scrabo Tower & Redburn Country Park

Scrabo Tower, Earth & Sky Media

Looking for a scenic picnic spot in Northern Ireland? Climb up Scrabo Hill and be amazed by the panoramic views of Strangford Lough and North Down on a sunny day. You can bring your picnic blanket or use the picnic area just below the summit for a more comfortable picnic experience. Another stunning location for a scenic picnic is Redburn Country Park in Holywood. Hike up to the top and you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of Belfast Lough.

5. Bangor city centre - Bangor pier & Pickie Fun Park

Bangor marina, Earth & Sky Media

Bangor Pier is a lovely spot to relax and enjoy the sea views if you're looking for a picnic spot in Bangor city centre. For a family-friendly picnic spot with a playground, Pickie Fun Park is the perfect option. With picnic tables and benches, you can enjoy your picnic the kids are kept entertained with the playground and small rides.

The perfect picnic at Clandeboye Lodge

The perfect picnic package at Clandeboye Lodge

Our gourmet picnic package includes everything you need for a perfect picnic, including an overnight stay, dinner at the Coq & Bull brasserie and breakfast for two, plus a delicious picnic filled with goodies from Bangor's famous The Guillemot Deli. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a day out exploring the local area - just be sure to bring your appetite!

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