It’s ‘National Picnic Week’, an event recognises the simple joys of the quintessential English experience. So, what better place to indulge than the ‘English Country Garden’ that is the Pinetum Gardens in St Austell, Cornwall?

Grab your hamper, shake off the blanket, pull your teddy bear out of hiding (we won’t tell anyone) and check out what we believe are among the five top picnic spots going:

On lakeside benches

Those who love their wildlife as much as picnics should head to the water’s edge, to get up close and personal with an array of bird and insect life

Up high above the meadow and lake

Pitch up at what is arguably the attraction’s best vantage point. Then there’s no excuse not to walk around the lake at the end to burn off the biccies

The Courtyard

A crafty escape for picnic lovers who don’t want to get covered in grass. The courtyard comes complete with sturdy benches and a cobbled floor.

On the grass in the Cottage Garden

Those who like a softer landing should crash down on grass, surrounded by beautiful coloured plants in the heart of the Pinetum – Franklin D Roosevelt said trees and forests are “the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ” Reap the benefits while enjoying a cup of tea.

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