Bristol’s best parks for a (socially distanced) picnic

By 22nd June 2020 Areas of Bristol

We have another few weeks of sunshine and warmth ahead, and that means many people in Bristol will be heading out to enjoy the city’s parks and green spaces. Although we still have to stay 2 metres apart and only meet in small groups, we are spoiled for choice with beautiful, spacious parks that will allow us to enjoy a picnic in the sunshine. With that in mind, here are a few of Bristol’s best parks to get out and about in this summer.

Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill is a pretty, leafy park just off Park Street in the centre of town. It is quite steep, but the climb to the top is well worth it as you will be rewarded with some fantastic views over the city. The iconic Cabot Tower is currently closed because of lockdown, but you can still enjoy the park’s winding paths and interesting streams and ponds.

The Downs

The Downs in Clifton may not be playing host to any concerts or festivals this year, but you can still enjoy these wide, flat green spaces if you’re looking for a breath of fresh outdoor air in the heart of the city. Together, Clifton Down and Durdham Down comprise 400 acres of open space, perfect for picnics in the sun, jogging or outdoor games.

Blaise Castle Estate

Blaise Castle Estate is situated in northwest Bristol – it is a 650-acre park with a spectacular Gothic-style castle in the centre. The cafe there is currently open, and there’s also plenty of space for a walk around the estate and stunning views over Clifton Gorge.

Greville Smyth

Greville Smyth is a large, grassy park in Ashton Gate in west Bristol. A very popular outdoor space with locals and families, this park has a flat, spacious expanse of grass for playing and picnicking, as well as some leafy areas if you’re after a spot of shade. The children’s play area isn’t open at the moment, but you can still spend a few happy hours here is a family!

Ashton Court

Just beyond Greville Smyth Park is the expansive Ashton Court Estate – 850 acres of rolling green countryside and forest, all belonging to the Ashton Court stately home. The estate closed for a while at the peak of lockdown, but the parkland has reopened in a limited way since June. This is the ideal spot to cycle, spot deer or really stretch your legs if you need a long walk.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a haven of green in Bedminster in South Bristol. The park is a little hilly, but the slopes are not too strenuous and from the top there are good views of the surrounding city. And if you’re in the mood for some sport, the tennis and basketball courts are open.

Eastville Park

Eastville Park is a pretty green space in East Bristol, bordering the River Frome. This leafy park offers plenty of opportunities for picnicking under the trees, and there is also a fishing lake where you can watch the ducks and enjoy the water!


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Ashton Court photo by Martyna Bober on Unsplash
Blaise Castle photo by Ryan Searle on Unsplash

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