Picnic Sites in Suffolk

Who doesn’t love a good picnic? Stretch out in the sun with a good book while the whole family can enjoy exciting outdoor activities. Picnics in Suffolk are sure to make for unforgettable memories.

Suffolk Picnic Sites

Bramford Picnic Site
Conveniently located near Ipswich, this spot offers lovely views of a series of traditional water meadows with drainage ditches separating the waters following the River Gipping’s path.

Take a relaxing stroll through the meadows and take in the mesmerising surroundings of colourful butterflies. Keep an eye out for Otters that may be visiting the river, spend the day fishing at one of the three available fishing platforms, and be sure to make your way over the bridge to find the majestic Bramford Church.

Find a parking spot off Ship Lane in Bramford.

The toilets will be open from the 31st of October to the 31st of March on the weekends and every day from the 1st of April to the 30th of October.

Bramford Picnic Site, Bramford River, Bramford

Country Parks in Suffolk

Picnic Sites in Suffolk
Tim Marchant / Orwell Country Park

There are numerous Suffolk Country Parks that all boast beautiful surroundings and serve as the ideal locations for relaxing walks, picnics, jogging, and outdoor fun for the whole family.

Picnic Sites – relax in nature

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Cattawade Picnic Site
Found on the edge of the Stour estuary, this picnic spot is the perfect location for eventful bird-watching. From here, you will see lapwings, oystercatchers, and redshank breeding on the Cattawade Marshes’ pastures.

If you are fond of canoeing or fishing, there are platforms specifically built for this purpose. Start your 60-mile journey from Stour Valley Path to Newmarket from the car park.

Find your parking spot at the junction of B1070 and A137 at Brantham.
Grid ref: TM1033
Get in touch with the Countryside Officer for more information;
Countryside Officer, Countryside Service, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX

Walking in Suffolk

Picnic Sites in Suffolk
Boardwalk, Bridge Wood, Orwell Country Park by N Chadwick, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The county of Suffolk is so beautiful and offers so many unrivalled sights and great things to do. The best way to explore the country is by strolling through the wide-open countryside and charming villages.

Alfresco dining in Picnic Sites in Suffolk!

Iken Cliff picnic site

Picnic Sites in Suffolk
The Suffolk Coast Path at Iken Cliff by Trevor Harris, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Showcasing breathtaking views of the River Alde, this spot is the perfect location for a picnic out in nature. The salt marshes and mud plats serve as globally significant migration sites and feeding grounds for wildfowl and waders. You may be lucky enough to spot Avocet, Redshank, and Shelduck. When you wrap up your picnic, take a short walk to Snape Maltings or the beautiful Iken Church for some culture.

Two miles south of Snape, on the Iken road.

Nacton picnic site

Picnic Sites in Suffolk
Bob Jones / Bank of the River Orwell

The River Orwell offers some of the most extraordinary views of Suffolk. Take in the sights of ships finding their way up the narrow channels toward Ipswich from your picnic spot.

The mudflats of Orwell serve as a valuable source of food for a wide range of wintering bird species. The bird-watching scene is truly something to behold between the months of December and March.

Nacton Village signposts the picnic site well. You will find a barrier of 2.2 metres high at this picnic site. The car park will be open during the following times:

The car park is closed after 8 pm from the 1st of April to the 31st of October
The car park will be closed after 4:30 pm from the 1st November to the 31st of March

Ramparts Field Picnic Site

Picnic Sites in Suffolk
Breckland heath and wood near Mildenhall RAF base by Bikeboy, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

If you look closely, you may find a wide variety of beautiful plant species, including thyme and harebells, as you walk through Breckland heath.

The ancient gravel working site is occupied by mesmerising gorse and serves as a great starting point for discovering the beauty of King’s Forest. Furthermore, it is also home to the West Stow Country Park with its interesting nearby Anglo-Saxon village.

Find this site one mile south of Icklingham and five miles north of Bury St Edmund, just off the A1101. Get in touch with the ranger by calling 01953 688265 to find out more about Ramparts Field Picnic Site.

Cycling in Suffolk

Picnic Sites in Suffolk

What better way to burn your daily calories while being captivated by the beautiful scenes of Suffolk than cycling through its many Country Parks and cycling trails from the Visitor Centres. To learn more about the cycling scene in Suffolk, click on the link above.

Rodbridge Picnic Site
Whether you’re looking to walk 3-miles to Sudbury or simply picnic in a scenic location, this is the place for you. Stroll along the beautiful river banks while enjoying the shade the willow trees cast. Anglers are also fond of this spot.

Two miles north of Sudbury at Rodbridge Corner, just off the A134

Barham Picnic Site

Picnic Sites in Suffolk
Bob Jones / Picnic site at Barham

Looking for a place close to the River Gipping to sit back and relax on sheltered, soft grass? This spot offers stunning views of the nearby lakes with their abundance of wildlife, and the rivers make for great angling locations.

Through Claydon village, this site is signposted from the A14.
You won’t be able to access to car park after 4:30 pm from the 31st of October to the 31st of March or after 8 pm between the 1st of April and the 30th of September.

Public Gardens in Suffolk

Open Gardens is one of the most scenic picnic spots you’ll find. Suffolk offers a wide range of awe-inspiring gardens for visitors to explore and admire, filled with rare and common plant species, trees, and colourful flowers. Click on the link above to learn more.

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Beaches in Suffolk

RSPB Suffolk

Horse Riding in Suffolk

Fishing in Suffolk

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