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BBQ & Picnic Spots

Whether you are looking for a chilled-out BBQ on a beach or a gentle stroll with a picnic in the park, the list of the best BBQ and Picnic spots in Dorset highlights some of our favourite locations across Dorset for you to enjoy some quality time with good food and breathtaking views.

Explore our pick of the best BBQ and picnic spots that Dorset and the surrounding areas have to offer this summer...

Wimborne

Little Pickle at the Mill

Little Pickle at the Mill

About: There are multiple great spots for picnics in and around Dorset, but one of our favourites is the Little Pickle at The Mill. 

They provide freshly made smoothies, homemade sausage rolls, and delicious sandwiches. 

Plus their picnic boxes are available for both adults and kids to grab and go or settle down by the river.

Pop in and spend this sunny Sunday with The Little Pickle at The Mill, they're open from 10am - 4pm on Sundays for picnics. 

*sandwich, crisps, drink, sweet treat, valid on selected items only.

Price: 

  • Adults £12.50
  • Kids £6.50

Address: Walford Mill Crafts, Knobcrook Road, Stone Lane, Wimborne, BH21 1NL

Telephone: 07961 347721   

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Poole

Sandbanks picnic spot

Sandbanks (Ferry Side)

This beautiful spot has everything from the sea to a stunning view. You can sit down and enjoy your picnic or BBQ here without being disturbed during the peak hours of the main Sandbanks beach.

There is a small car park next to the Haven Hotel, however you can park down the side roads, where the walk will be a bit longer, depending on how busy the beach is that day.

Once you are finished, you may decide to take stroll; the Bournemouth Pier is only a 90 minute walk away.

You can also take the 60 or 40 Breezer bus which will take you straight to Swanage.

Postcode: BH13 7PJ

Lake Pier Poole

Lake Pier

Lake Pier in Poole is a popular spot for many people whom take part in watersports; from kayaking to paddle boarding. During peak hours, the pier is very busy, but if you take a 5-minute walk down to Lake Beach, which is on the right, you will be able to find plenty of spots to set up camp and have yourself a small picnic or BBQ.

Not only this, but once you are done there are several walks you enjoy around the local area. Our favourite one is to walk around Ham Common, which has a beautiful lake in the centre.

The parking space at Lake Pier is limited but if you arrive early morning or evening you should be able to find a space. If not, there is always roads on the outside of the entrance which you can park on and take a small walk down to the pier.

Postcode: BH15 4LR

Poole Park

Poole Park

One of the most famous spots in Poole for a picnic is Poole Park, you will easily be able to find a space to park your car, or lock your bike up, and then finding a spot for your picnic or BBQ will be easy. There is an open field next to the park and around The Ark (which is a soft play centre, ice rink & café). There are also multiple benches place around the park which you will be able to sit down on and enjoy your lunch.

Once you have finished your picnic or BBQ, you may want to take a stroll around the beautiful Parkstone Bay, walking along the path through Baiter and then into Whitecliff, which is our next spot for your lunch!

Postcode: BH15 2SF

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Whitecliff Harbourside Park

Whitecliff Harbourside Park

If you have children and are looking to go on a day out with a picnic or a BBQ in Poole, Whitecliff Harbourside Park may be the perfect spot for you. There is a vast field you can sit down on, and if you wanted to bring a ball there are multiple goals placed around the field for everyone to play in.

There are a good parking spots at Whitecliff, however the car park is quite small. If it's full, it's worth trying Baiter Harbourside car park, and then taking the 10-minute walk to the park.

Postcode: BH15 1TQ

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Hamworthy Park

Hamworthy Park

This is one of the most perfect places to go on a cool summer’s day. Hamworthy Park features a football goal, basketball court, community paddling pool & a small beach all within a 5-minute walk from each other so there is plenty to do and to enjoy.

You can set-up your picnic or BBQ in the field which is directly in the middle of all of these spots. The parking is limited, however if you visit during off-peak hours you will be fine. The car park is right next to the field, which is perfect for carrying a lot of food!

Postcode: BH15 4DH

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Wareham

blue pool

Blue Pool

Blue Pool is an ideal spot for a picnic, offering a calming and picturesque setting, especially in the dry seasons. Surrounded by lush woodlands, this peaceful location would be a great spot to sit down with a picnic and a book! Picnickers can enjoy their meals amidst the surrounding nature, with plenty of benches and picnic tables available for seating. Additionally, there is the opportunity to explore the surrounding nature trails, adding to the appeal, making Blue Pool a delightful destination for a memorable picnic experience.

Postcode: BH20 5AR

Weymouth

sandsfoot castle

Sandfoots Castle

Sandsfoot Castle offers a captivating backdrop for a fun picnic experience in Weymouth. Set against the soothing sounds of the coast, the castle ruins provide a unique atmosphere for outdoor dining. With great views of the surrounding sea and coastline, picnickers can soak in the beauty of their surroundings while enjoying their spread of food. The park surrounding the castle features both greenery and benches, giving you the option of a classic picnic on a blanket or a more comfortable seated experience. 

Postcode: DT4 8QE

Shaftesbury

Frontmell Down

Fontmell Down

Fontmell Down is a perfect spot for a picnic near Shaftesbury. Its expansive chalk grassland provides plenty of open space and picturesque backdrops for outdoor dining. Picnickers can spread out a blanket amidst the wildflower meadows, enjoying the calming nature while surrounded by the beauty of the Dorset countryside. The gentle slopes of the downs offer numerous spots for picnicking, each with its own view of the landscape. Fontmell Down's peaceful ambiance, stunning views, and natural beauty make it an excellent choice for those seeking a relaxing and scenic spot to enjoy a leisurely picnic with friends or family.

Postcode: SP7 0DT

Swanage

Dancing Legde

Dancing Ledge

Dancing Ledge offers an enchanting setting for a memorable picnic in Swanage. Providing a dramatic backdrop, with the sound of crashing waves and the salty sea breeze creating an invigorating atmosphere, locals flock here for picnics. Find a cozy spot on the rocky platform or spread out a blanket on the nearby grassy areas, surrounded by views of the sea and cliffs. Additionally, the opportunity to explore the surrounding coastal paths and discover hidden coves enhances the adventure of the outing. Whether enjoying a meal with friends or a romantic picnic for two, Dancing Ledge offers a unique and picturesque location to savor delicious food amidst the wonders of the Dorset coastline.

Postcode: BH19 3LD

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