Pack up the hamper and celebrate National Picnic Week (18-24 June) and the increasingly warm weather, a series of top accessible parks and inclusive parks throughout Great Britain feature in an inspiring new guide to encourage people with diverse needs to enjoy a day out.
The revamped The Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, now in its 10th year, offers reviews and details of ramps, accessible toilets, and parking spaces for visitors with more hidden conditions such as autism and mental illness. The guide includes reviews of over 180 venues, including great, green locations perfect for an alfresco adventure.
ZSL London Zoo and Regent’s Park promise an accessible day out for the entire family. From May to September the Open Air Theatre puts on high-quality productions for the public to enjoy, in-between morning runs and picnic brunches. There is also free access to the community Wildlife Garden, playgrounds, and The Hub sporting centre. Not to mention the much-loved adjacent animal kingdom, which has been entertaining people of all ages since 1828, the venue is packed with immersive and interactive activities to educate visitors.
In the heart of Northamptonshire the beautiful Brixworth Country Park offers both locals and visitors an accessible space suitable for picnics or strolls in the woodlands. There are two children’s playgrounds onsite with hard gravel paths and ramps. As well as three hard surfaced short circular routes (Kestrel, Lapwing, Skylark) that are all signed and colour-coded for easy navigation.
Sit back and immerse yourself in the grandeur of the lakes wrapped around Grizedale Forest Park in Cumbria. With an abundant volume of woodland environment there’s plenty of choice for your picnic spot and room for eight waymarked paths and five cycle trails, varying in accessibility. Each path guarantees panoramic views overlooking the Lake District, from The Old Man of Caniston to Grizedale Valley.