Our Pick of Picnic Spots

We’ve had a few glimmers of sunshine this year and nothing says Summer to us like a picnic. So in preparation for the big warm up, we thought we would round up some of our favourite picnic spots in Reading.

Forbury Gardens

A renowned pretty green space in the middle of the thriving town centre. Free entry and easily accessible. Plenty of nearby facilities with town only a stones throw away so no problem if someone forgets the cocktail sausages!

Caversham Court Gardens

A beautiful Thames riverside spot on the outskirts of Caversham. Not just a beautiful location but also some beautiful horticultural work from the ‘Friends of Caversham Court Gardens’ and also a fascinating floor plan to the original 12th century house. There is a tea kiosk open at selected hours.

Basildon Park

A magnificent Georgian House in some spectacular gardens. Being an National Trust property, this is a paid entrance facility but there is lots to keep the kids and adults alike entertained.

Christchurch Meadows

Located along the riverside between Caversham and Reading Train station, this beautiful green space houses a huge play area suitable for ages 1-early teens. Alongside the play park, in the warmer months the small paddling lido is open for all, just get there early to reserve a pool side spot! All this and a newly opened tea kiosk has arrived for the summer months.

Balmore Walk

Another Caversham choice, but this steep grassy bank is a perfect spot to look out over the views of Reading, you can see all the way to Earley and Prospect Park from this high top verge and it makes a pretty picnic spot to stop and admire our wonderful town.

Prospect Park

A huge expanse of green space in Tilehurst’s borders. This pretty parkland is perfect for a picnic and to give little legs a large amount of space to run around. After they’ve worn themselves out they could check out the miniature railway!

Woodford Park

A lovely park alongside the leisure centre. With a lake and various sports facilities, this picnic can be as relaxed or as energetic as you’d like it to be!



For directions to any of these parks, each title acts as a link through to the Mumsnet Reading Local site page for each park space. Each with full postcode.


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