Awesome Spots For a Picnic in East Sussex

Did you know that July is National Picnic month? In celebration, here we reveal our five favourite spots for a picnic in East Sussex.


Alternatively, view our suggestions for great picnic locations in West Sussex here.  


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Published: 10/07/20



This enormous, yet beautiful park spans 2.8 km end to end! Head to the lower park, by the bandstand for a picnic on one of the large lawns, then head to the northern end of the park (known as Old Roar Gill) for a picturesque walk, scoot or cycle around one of the reservoirs. 

* Pack a picnic blanket

Current COVID-19 restrictions:

* Cafe open for takeaway food + drinks

* Toilets open


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Glynde (Nr. Lewes)

Treat the family to a short hike to the top of this Iron Age hill fort (just over a mile each way). Standing at 146m, Mount Caburn offers spectacular panoramic views and is often breezy, making it a lovely spot for a picnic on a hot day.

* Pack a picnic blanket

Current COVID-19 restrictions:

* Toilets (by car park) not yet open

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Picnic alongside the impressive remains of this 11th century monastery. Lay out a blanket and soak up the sun in the beautifully landscaped grounds. Super-smooth paths are wheel-friendly and perfect for toddlers! Detailed interpretation panels help you to imagine how the buildings once looked. 

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* Pack a picnic blanket. NB: There is little shade



Friston (between Seaford + Eastbourne)


You’ll need to walk a little way to reach the best picnic spot here, but it’s worth it! The route from the car park to the coast is approx. 1.5 km and slopes gently downhill the whole way. Sea air and sparkly white chalk cliffs provide the perfect backdrop for a picnic and there are wide grassy paths for children to run free.


*Pack a picnic blanket

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Whilst this enormous (853 acre) nature reserve comprises ancient woodland, heathland, grassland and farmland, it is the 5 km of dramatic sandstone cliffs and coastline which make the park spectacular! Head to one of the ‘access for all’ paths for picnic tables with stunning viewpoints. Or take a picnic blanket and choose your own spot to relax and take in the incredible vista.

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