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Hastings Direct news: perfect picnic hotspots

Bank holidays are the perfect time to get out and about with the family and enjoy the great outdoors. There is so much to see and do in the great British countryside that it's easy to work up an appetite. And what's the best way to eat al fresco? With a picnic, of course.

From scotch eggs and Victoria Sponge to potato salad and mini sausage rolls, you can create quite a feast — and don't forget the sandwiches!

In fact the humble sandwich is now such an iconic part of British culture, it's got its very own Sandwich Week, celebrated every year!

So that's the food sorted, but what about the location? Where are the best places to throw down your blanket? Here are just six of our favourite picnic hotspots around the UK …

Beach break

Have a break from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool and head to the sandy beaches of Formby. The breath-taking sea views and sand dunes make the perfect setting for a romantic picnic for two.

Scottish sculptures

Give yourself a front row seat to a mixture of nature and art with a visit to the Glenkiln Sculpture Park in Dumfries and Galloway.

River retreat

For a family picnic, head to Avon Valley Country Park in Bristol. Choose a quiet spot along the banks of the River Avon and keep children entertained with the nature trails and boating lake.

Stately surroundings

With a backdrop of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia's mountains Plas Newydd in Anglesey provides a spectacular setting for some al fresco food. With Frisbee golf and a treehouse, there's plenty to keep the little ones entertained, too.

Literature lover

If you love picture-postcard views and literature, then head to Top Withens near Haworth in West Yorkshire. Enjoy a picnic at the ruined farmhouse, said to have been the inspiration for the family house in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights.

Gorgeous gardens

Rowallane Garden in County Down is a hidden gem and is considered to be one of the best picnic spots in Northern Ireland. Just make sure you don't get lost among the gardens within gardens!

To find out some of the best picnic spots near you this summer, head to the National Trust website or pack a picnic, jump in your car and just explore!