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National Picnic Month

Did you know that July is national picnic month? No neither did I until recently but I sure do love a picnic.

The humble picnic, the novelty of eating a sandwich and a few nibbles on a picnic rug or bench always seems strangely appealing.


As lockdown restrictions begun to ease it became a regular occurrence in most households as we all began to explore the outside and our local areas a little more. Did you find a new favourite spot? We certainly did.

As restrictions begun to lift regarding meeting family and friends outdoors the humble picnic blanket became a way to safety meet with loved ones whilst keeping the appropriate distance.


With this in mind we've decided to blog about some of our favourite local spots for a picnic and some lovely local services too.


In no particular order...


Family Photoshoot at Barclay Park (mini sessions £199 inc 10 digitals)




Barclay Park

Based in Hoddesdon Barclay park is a real treasure. With ample space to roam and play, bike and buggy friendly paths and a pond with lots of ducks there is plenty of room for you to have a picnic and enjoy some wildlife.


Family Photoshoot at Cedars Park (mini sessions £199 inc 10 digitals)



Cedars Park

Cedars park is based in Waltham cross Hertfordshire and is a real treasure. Set in the grounds of the ruins of James 1st palace there is acres of land to explore, a play trail, buggy and bike friendly paths , toilets which are open, a café serving take away food and drinks and even Cedars Nature Centre (prebookable) where you can get up close and personal with some Meerkats, Skunks, Armadillos, Owls, Reptiles and more. Car parking is free but can get busy. Ample places to take some beautiful photographs too like the ones Kayleigh (Olivia's PA) took below on her smart phone.



Hertford Castle

Recently Kayleigh took her youngest son for a picnic in the grounds of Hertford Castle and was quite overcome with its beauty. She had visited the castle park plenty of times before and wandered though the grounds hundreds of times but never once thought to bring a picnic along to the grounds. It really is a beautiful spot for a picnic and a photograph. There are no toilets or parking at the castle but you can park in town nearby and there are public toilets by The Six Templers.



Kayleigh also took the opportunity to sample the delights of local café Serendipity Hertford's picnic boxes you can find out more on that here.


Ware Priory

Another local spot we love for a picnic are the grounds of Ware Priory which we love to team with a walk along the river. Ware Priory is home to Bridgets Tea Room, where you can get food and drink to eat on the picnic benches outside and more recently The Pub at the Priory offering a variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks and food.




So whether is a humble sandwich in the park that takes your fancy or a full on luxury spread or G&T in the park we hope these few suggestions may give you a few ideas to try this summer. Where is your favourite picnic location be sure to let us know.


For more info on what's good visit https://www.mumsguideto.co.uk/hertford/


For more info on family mini sessions visit https://www.oliviaroccophotography.com/seasonal


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Olivia Rocco Photography

Hertfordshire Award Winning Photographer

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