Best Parks in your University City for National Picnic Month

By on July 14th, 2023




This month is National Picnic month, and to coincide with Love Parks Week 28th July-6th August, we have put together a little guide to the best parks in your university city.


The Meadows, Edinburgh

A hidden gem right by the university and just a few minutes’ walk if you are living  with us at The Mont. The Meadows is great for relaxing or participating in sports activities. You can even enjoy the views of Arthur’s Seat whilst enjoying a picnic.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Home to one of the largest and most diverse plant collections, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh offers visitors a chance to explore stunning landscapes, discover unique plants, and join in educational workshops and events. Whether you’re a nature lover, a plant enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, a visit to this botanical gem is sure to leave you inspired by the wonders of the natural world.

War Memorial Park, Coventry

Keen on history? The War memorial park holds historical value featuring an 87-foot-high tower dedicated to those in World War One. It spans 120 acres and is situated on the main approaches to the city from Warwick, Leamington, and Kenilworth.  In addition, the park recently hosted Godiva Festival including Rudimental and Ella Eyre with regular cultural events all year round.

Hyde Park, London

There are so many notable features in Hyde Park to enjoy including beautiful gardens, open meadows, cafes, and famous landmarks including the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial fountain. Hyde Park has even hosted some of the most iconic events in history featuring The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Pavarotti. If you are living in Atlas or The Lyra, Hyde Park is a must, just a 30-minute train ride away.

Regents Park, London

Along with Hyde Park, Regents is one of eight Royal Parks. This scenic park is a popular leisure area offering an artificial lake, tennis courts, cricket ground, and the London Zoo, which lies on the north side of the park.



Sefton Park, Liverpool

Just outside of the city centre, Sefton Park is a great place to venture out of city life for the day. You can enjoy peaceful walks around the park, visit the Palm House (a popular tourist attraction and botanical heaven), look out for the Peter Pan statue and more. Summertime is a great time to visit with plenty of local festivals happening including Africa Oye.

Wavertree Botanic Gardens, Liverpool

Wavertree Botanic Gardens is a historic  park located in Liverpool, England. It is known for its beautiful green spaces, botanical collections, and rich history. The gardens host a variety of events and activities throughout the year, including guided tours, educational programs, plant sales, and seasonal exhibitions. It is also a popular spot for picnics, walks, and recreational activities for locals and tourists alike.

Roundhay Park, Leeds

Take a leisurely stroll around Roundhay park. Covering 700 acres of parkland with lakes, woodlands, and gardens, escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a picnic with friends. You can even make a day of it by visiting Tropical World which is right next to Roundhay Park, an indoor wildlife park with meercats and more.

Top picnic tips

  • Travel light- you never know when the weather will change and you
  • Invest in a foldable picnic blanket!
  • Salad jars- are super popular, healthy and stay nice and fresh!
  • Use reusable zip lock bags to seal you snacks and treats
  • Create your own baguette parcels– nobody loves soggy sandwiches, and these are the perfect selfie sandwich!


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