Picnic Week: The Top Picnic Spots in Uxbridge
Life’s a picnic. Or else, it can be if armed with some decent food, some excellent weather and one or two green-open spaces. Yep, summer is in full swing, what better activity to make use of those warm sunny lunchtimes and long evenings than a picnic? In celebration of National Picnic Week, we thought we’d share a few of our favourite places for a spot of alfresco dining around Uxbridge.
Denham Country Park
Grab your blanket and spread out next to the glistening rivers that run through Denham Country Park, part of Colne Valley. Just a 10-minute bike ride from Adapt, the attractive location is a fantastic spot for a lunch time picnic. Either pack your own sandwiches, salads, and alfresco treats, or grab a cooked meal from The Riverside Café to eat in their designated picnic area outside. You can even walk off the food with a quick stroll along the canal there!
Just a mile up the road, step back in time with a picnic at Fassnidge, a traditional Edwardian park that still features its original bandstand and layout from the 20th century. Pack your basket with goodies from The Rusty Bike, a quaint café serving tasty homemade sandwiches, sausage rolls and cakes, before tucking into your picnic next to the blooming flower beds or under the leafy trees. A good spot for lunchtimes and after work.
Being situated within 50 acres of green parkland means that we have plenty of fantastic picnic spots right here at Adapt. Treat the team to an alfresco lunch and tuck in on the outdoor benches, at the riverside picnic spot, or spread a blanket out on the grass. Stuck for ideas on what to eat? Head to the Clubhouse and grab some tasty snacks to add to the basket.
Black Park Country Park
Wanting to escape bustling Uxbridge and the stress of work? Head for an afterwork picnic at Black Park Country Park, just a 10-minute drive from Adapt. Set in 500 acres of woodland, heathland, and open space the park is brimming with spots to unwind and fill up on delicious picnic treats. Or, if you don’t fancy bringing your own food, pop into the Lakeside Café which serves hot and cold meals, tea, coffee, cakes, snacks and of course ice cream!
This park is a staggering 154-acres! It’s not just large, it’s beautiful too. There are some lovely walking paths and cycling routes, should you need to walk off your picnic. Plus, two orienteering courses for children and a Go Ape High Ropes Adventure Course for the older children and adults. There’s even a family friendly café where you can top-up on supplies. (Five miles from Adapt by Arlington or 10 mins in the car.)
Northala Fields Park
One for fishing enthusiasts this weekend or after work spot is an award-winning location with model boating lake, six fishing lakes and three wildlife ponds – any of which make wonderful picnic spots.
Picnic Hampers: What to Take…
If you’re looking for something a bit extra-special or to make a special occasion of your picnic at the weekend, here’s a couple of ideas for you…
Fortnum & Maison
With a two-day delivery time, you need to plan this with a little bit of notice. There’s nothing more quintessentially British than a Fortnum & Maison hamper. They have curated the best foods found in their Food Halls from the finest cheese and traditional pastries to vegetarian hampers.
Seasonal fresh food hampers cost around £150 for 2
Find out more here.
Check out High Chai. Local to Uxbridge, these folks create the most mouth-watering afternoon hampers with a South Asian twist. Think aromatic scones with cardamom and cinnamon or sticky date scones – each served with thick cream and jam. With a selection of teas including Masala chai and Kashmiri Pink Chai. Everything is homemade and prepared freshly. Great for afternoon tea in the park either with colleagues, family, friends, or couples.
Find out more here.