While we are still in the summer season – and what a summer it has been so far! – it’s the ideal time of year to take advantage of the weather and enjoy some al-fresco dining.
There’s nothing quite like packing up the hamper and heading to a green spot and, happily, there are a few stunning locales within reaching distance of Clayton Hotel Cambridge. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the best spots for a picnic nearby in Cambridge this summer.
If you’re looking for a picnic destination that feels and looks like the countryside but isn’t far away, then Coe Fen is the ideal spot. It’s only a short walk from our hotels in Cambridge UK, so you won’t have far to haul all your treats and goodies.
Coe Fen is a park, yes, but it’s also a local nature reserve, which means the focus is on encouraging wildlife and flora. For your picnic, that means idyllic, beautiful surroundings that feel a million miles away from the city. You may well spot some local cows enjoying the grass as you munch away on your sandwiches and, as a bonus, you can also hire punts right at Coe Fen. It’s a stunning place and perfect for a mid-summer picnic.
An open, leafy space, Parker’s Piece is a great place to go for your picnic if you only fancy a short walk and somewhere beautiful and peaceful.
A wide-open, green space ringed with trees, Parker’s Piece is a favourite local picnic spot, and it’s easy to see why. Centrally located in the city centre of Cambridge, and offering respite from the bustle of the city, Parker’s Piece is the ideal place to get some lunch and simply laze on the grass. Only a five-minute walk from Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, you might even catch the local cricket team at the weekends – and what’s better about the British summertime than a picnic and a game of cricket?
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Perhaps the most beautiful green space in all of Cambridge, the University Botanic Garden is a wonderful place in its own right and even better if you’ve got a picnic to enjoy.
A vast area, there are a range of different environments and gardens to enjoy so you’ll be spoilt for choice when picking a place to get comfy. Cambridge University Botanic Garden also features a huge array of flowers and plants – some exceedingly rare – and you’ll most likely want to have a good walk around before settling down because it’s a place worth checking out just on its own merits.
It’s the type of place where you could easily pass a good chunk of the day, with lots of shady spots that are perfect for just lazing about and watching the world go past.