The summer holidays are here and there’s no better time than to pack up some tasty treats and head out with the family to enjoy a day of picnicking in the sunshine.

Liverpool City Region has some great spots for you to enjoy. We’ve highlighted our favourites below:


Formby Natural TrustFormby National Trust

Formby’s glorious beach and the sweeping coastal pinewoods surrounding it make for a great picnic spot. Discover red squirrels, natterjacks, prehistoric footprints and miles of coastal walks before sitting down to enjoy your food whilst enjoying breath-taking views.

There are three picnic areas easily accessible for families. Plus, during peak periods, ice-creams, soft drinks and coffees are available from a mobile van.

Find out more here.


Liverpool Festival GardensLiverpool Festival Gardens

The Festival Gardens at Otterspool is a great place to share a picnic with friends and family. Take a stroll through the woodland trails, relax in the oriental gardens and look out for the many animals and birds that have made the Festival Gardens home.

Between May and September the gardens are open between 8.30am and 8pm. There’s also usually lots of exciting events for all the family happening over summer, so keep an eye out!

Find out more here.


Wirral Country ParkWirral Country Park

At Wirral Country Park you can see magnificent views of migratory birds over the River Dee, take a walk on the beach or cycle the inland Wirral Way, before enjoying your picnic in the quiet grasslands overlooking the estuary.

There are numerous picnic areas in the park, as well as an enclosed BBQ area (booking required). You’ll also find an outdoor snack bar and a café.

Find out more here.


Sefton Park LiverpoolSefton Park

Sefton Park is arguably the best known and most loved picnic spot for locals. The magnificent 200-acre park looks like a natural landscape, rather than a man-made park. Amongst it's many features are the boating lake, replica statues of Eros and Peter Pan and the famous Palm House.

You’ll have a great time relaxing on the grass with a picnic after taking a leisurely stroll around the lake. You’ll also find a café if you fancy grabbing an ice cream or cold drink.

Find out more here.


Speke Hall LiverpoolSpeke Hall

Speke Hall is a beautiful Tudor timber-framed manor house in a most unusual setting on the banks of the River Mersey. The estate provides an oasis from the hurly burly of modern life, with the hall surrounded by beautiful restored gardens and protected by a collar of woodland.

The grounds are perfect for a picnic and you’ll find plenty to do with woodland walks, a children’s play area and the available children’s and families trails.

Find out more here.


Calderstones Park LiverpoolCalderstones Park

Calderstones is a stunning 94 acre park in South Liverpool boasting beautiful woodland, fields and lake, plus the Harthill Botanical Gardens, ornamental gardens and Mansion House. The park is named after the ancient megaliths there, which are said to be older than Stonehenge.

Calderstones Park has a picnic area, plus café and public toilets. There’s also a children’s playground and tennis courts to keep you entertained.

Find out more here.


Chavasse Park LiverpoolChavasse Park

Chavasse Park, nestled in the heart of Liverpool ONE, is the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic in the city centre. Situated within five acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, Chavasse Park regularly plays host to a fabulous array of one-off and seasonal events.

The park is fully accessible and close to an abundance of city-centre shops, just in case you’ve forgotten any essential picnic bits! It’s also an excellent sun trap in the summer.

Find out more here.


Birkenhead ParkBirkenhead Park

Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, Birkenhead Park is thought to be the model for Central Park in New York. You’ll find the park a beautiful landscape of open meadows, naturalistic woodland belts and stunning lakes, with views to features such as the Boathouse and Swiss Bridge.

It’s truly a beautiful setting for a family picnic, with plenty to see and do. There’s a large adventure playground for children, football pitches, tennis courts, and more!

Find out more here.


St James GardensSt James Gardens

Formerly a cemetery, these sunken, secluded gardens are an oasis hidden alongside the magnificent Anglican Cathedral. Grade I listed by English Heritage, the garden is an ideal place to relax and take in the beauty of the historical architecture which surrounds it.

Historical features include the Huskisson memorial, a system of broad ramps lined with catacombs, plus a natural spring - perfect for relaxing alongside on a sunny day.

Find out more here.