Nothing beats a good picnic - be it a simple affair with sandwiches, and a little red-and-white picnic blanket, or a proper feast with sausage rolls and the entire works and there aren't many places better to have one than in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.
Okay, so the everchanging British weather situation, has to be wrestled with. But if you check the forecast before you set off, then you are generally sure to get a nice day out.
Pick the right day when the sun is shining and you can have a truly memorable picnic with family and friends, or if a bit of solitude is what you are after then - alone - just you and a cheese sandwich or two - perfect with some amazing food and drink.
Remember with all of these venues you may have to book, so check their websites or give them call before you set off.
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And there are lots of spots in and around Staffordshire and Derbyshire which are perfect for a picnic. Here, we look at some of the best places to go.
Calke Abbey (Address: Ticknall, Derby DE73 7JF)
Calke Abbey, near Ticknall in Derbyshire, is a classic English country house and part of the National Trust.
The building had stood untouched for more than 100 years when the trust took it over in 1985.
The interior design of the building is almost identical to the standard it would have been when it was taken into the Trust's hands in 1985.
The grounds are absolutley beautiful and perfect for a picnic.
Foremark Reservoir (Address: Milton, Derbyshire, DE65 6EG)
The reservoir in South Derbyshire is surrounded by areas of woodlands just waiting to be explored. There is also a Jack and Jill willow sculpture and varied wildlife to see plus great views of the Carvers Rocks Site.
The reservoir, located in Repton Road outside of Ticknall, also features a refreshment kiosk that opens in the summer months.
The beach is perfect for sitting with a picnic and watching the wildlife on the waterside. It gets busy here so maybe go on a weekeday?
Burton Washlands/Stapenhill Gardens, Burton town centre
Located just a short walk away from Burton town centre, the Washlands provide a variety of habitats for a range of wildlife including herons, dragonflies and damselflies.
Stapenhill Gardens are a picture at this time of year. You will be able to sit by the river and watch the swans glide by.
The large grasslands and the sculpture trail make it the perfect place for a walk and a picnic on a hot summer's day.
Stafford Castle (Address: Newport Rd, Stafford ST16 1DJ)
The castle dates back to 1100AD and was believed to have been ordered by William the Conqueror as a defense against a still hostile and rebellious native community in Stafford.
The site itself now extends to over 26 acres and consists of Keep, inner bailey, outer bailey, woodland, herb garden, visitor centre as well as large fields and forests which are perfect for exploring and for picnics.
Doxey Marshes (Address: Wootton Drive, Stafford ST16 1PU)
Doxey Marshes just outside of Stafford is a wetland oasis and hub for wildlife - making it one of the country’s best bird watching sites and the perfect place for a picnic.
It is perfect for a stroll and picnic alongside the river and amongst the marshes, as it is home to a wide range of beautiful birds.
But it’s not just home to beautiful birds, it also has otters, harvest mouse and water shrew for you to try and look out for, although watch out for them trying to nick a sandwich.