Staffordshire is blessed with acres of gorgeous wide open spaces, so what better way to mark National Picnic Week (June 22-28) than with a visit to one of these stunning spots?

The Trentham Estate, Stoke-on-Trent

The award-winning Trentham Estate in Stoke-on-Trent is one of our favourite places for a family day out.

There is so much to see and do, and the stunning surroundings are perfect for a picnic.

There are picnic tables set up near the fabulous Adventure Play Area and in amongst the beautiful Meadows of Grass or, if you take your own picnic blanket, there are lots of places where you can sit down and set up your own little picnic space.

Two favourite spots for picnickers are beside the Show Gardens, or on the gentle slope leading down to the Lakeside Amphitheatre, overlooking Capability Brown’s beautiful mile-long lake.

Once you’ve finished your picnic you can then burn off the calories exploring everything that The Trentham Estate has to offer.

We love walking round the Italian Gardens, braving the Barefoot Walk (whatever the weather!) and searching for the beautiful wire fairy sculptures hidden around the site.

To find out more about The Trentham Estate, you can check out our “Top 5 Things To Do at Trentham Gardens” post.

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Please note: while The Trentham Estate has now reopened after the lockdown, there are some restrictions in place to ensure social distancing, and you need to book your trip in advance.

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Tittesworth Water, Staffordshire Moorlands

With the Roaches as a backdrop Tittesworth Water is hard to beat for its location.

Just outside Leek, in the Staffordshire Moorlands, it makes a quick and easy day out for us and I’m guaranteed that my boys will love every minute. 

At one time I used to enjoy walking all the way around the reservoir taking in the scenery and wildlife. Nowadays however, our time spent here is very much centred around the huge playground and visitors centre area.

The Waterview Restaurant backs on to a grassed area with stunning views of the water.

We have enjoyed countless picnics, eaten ice-creams, rolled down the grassy bank and kicked a ball about on that field. We have also walked around the reservoir path as far as the 'halfway bench', played pooh sticks at the bridge and paddled in the River Churnet.

There are also some large wooden chair and sofa sculptures which make for some fun photo opportunities.

Tittesworth Water is free to enter with onsite pay and display parking.

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Seven Springs, Cannock Chase

One of my favourite picnic spots is the rather beautiful Seven Springs situated on Cannock Chase.

In the summer months the first enclosed spring water area makes an ideal paddling plot to have hours of supervised water fun.

There are more springs to explore along a winding woodland track - but these aren’t ideal for paddling or bathing in, so do take care with little ones.

With plenty of free parking and woodlands to explore - Seven Springs really is the ideal adventure on a sunny day.

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National Memorial Arboretum, Lichfield

The huge National Memorial Arboretum site is perfect for a family day out, with loads of room for picnics.

One popular spot is at Watersmeet, a riverside wood beside the River Tame, home to scores of silver birch, black poplar and willow trees, but you are spoiled for choice with 150 acres to explore.

After your lunch, admire the thought-provoking memorials, burn off some energy in one of the children's play areas, or wander the dog-friendly and wheelchair-accessible pathways.

And it's free to enter too, although there is a small charge for parking.

Please note: the National Memorial Arboretum is currently open for pre-booked visitors only. Find out more at

Kinver Edge and the Rockhouses, South Staffordshire

There are few picnic spots quite like this one, at Kinver Edge in South Staffordshire.

Carved into the sandstone are the last troglodyte dwellings in the country, which were inhabited right up to the 1960s.

Now looked after by the National Trust, the eye-opening site is part of a wonderful park providing stunning panoramic views of four counties.

Once you've polished off your sandwiches and scones, explore the Iron Age Hil Fort, or see if you can spot the bats, adders and kites which call Kinver Edge their home.

Please note: booking is required before your visit to Kinver Edge. For more information, visit

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So, there you have it! Our guide to the best Staffordshire spots for a picnic with someone special this summer!

If you're out and about for a picnic, don't forget to let us know about your day, and send us your pics! 

Email them to, or post them on social media and tag us in. We are @enjoystaffs on Twitter and @enjoystaffordshire on Instagram.

Thanks to Staffordshire bloggers Dirt, Diggers and Dinosaurs, Typical Mummy and Childcare is Fun, for sending us their suggestions.


Tittesworth Water
Tittesworth Water, Kayaker

An ideal part of a great day out in the Peak District National Park. There's something for everyone to enjoy; visitor centre, restaurant, gift shop, children's play area and easy access walks.

Kinver Edge
Viewpoint/Beauty Spot
Kinver Edge

Without doubt, most of the visitors come to Kinver to see the Edge - 200 acres of open access land owned, with the renowned rock houses, by the National Trust.

Cannock Chase Forest
Forest or Woodland
Cannock Chase Forest

Action and adventure in the heart of Cannock Chase. Cannock Chase Forest at Birches Valley is an excellent starting point for an exhilarating woodland adventure on Cannock Chase. From the Midland’s best mountain bike trails or leisurely woodland walks, get the kids to let of some steam on one of the adventure play areas or take in the scenery up high from the platforms of Go Ape, Cannock Chase Forest has something for all the family. A particularly popular location for Mountain biking, Follow the Dog, The Monkey Trail and Stile Cop bike park offer the thrill-seekers the perfect routes to hone their off road biking ability.

National Memorial Arboretum
National Memorial Arboretum

Winner - Gold Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Business Events Venue of the Year 2019. The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance. The 150 acre site, located in Staffordshire, features over 330 thought-provoking memorials for both military and civilian associations in  more than 150-acres of maturing woodland and gardens.

The Trentham Estate
The Italian garden with lake beyond at the Trentham Estate, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Peace and quiet, fun and action - there's something for everyone at The Trentham Estate with stunning Gardens, a Shopping Village and the Monkey Forest.