The lockdown has hit most of us right now. It has been a severe couple of months and we all need some time off, especially for students. Summer is descending and it is time for us to go out and bask in the sun. To make your choice easier, OK Student have listed out the top 10 parks to go for a picnic this summer. So, grab a sandwich and get down to one of these parks for a light and breezy day.
Wightwick Manor and Gardens
‘The haven of a romantic industrialist’ – The Wightwick Manor and Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in the West midlands. Along with a beautiful garden, there are shops, second-hand bookshops, tearooms for visitors, an open space for fresh air and exercise. The Wightwick is one of the first of the iconic houses now associated with the National Trust. Pack a bag and head onto the manor for a trip back to the Victorian Age.
Location: Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton WV6 8EE
Malvern and Brueton Park
A combination of two parks in one – the Malvern and Brueton Park is the go-to destination for students to let some steam off. This delightful open space has so much going on – a dedicated picnic spot, Brueton Tree Trail, free car parking, local nature reserve, mature woodland, ornamental gardens, ornamental lake, park events, Parkridge Café, pond, sensory garden, tennis courts and walking trails.
Location: Warwick Rd, Brueton Park End, Solihull B91 3DL
David Austin Roses
For a truly wonderful day out, David Austin Roses is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Alongside the plant center is David Austin’s beautiful 2 acre rose gardens. The touch of garden tea rooms makes this a spectacular destination to escape to from this unending lockdown. The garden is home to over 700 varieties of roses, including the National Collection of English Roses which flower in fragrant flushes from late May until the first frosts. Check out their website for special events like Lunches, Talks, Garden Design Days during the season.
Location: Bowling Green Ln, Albrighton, Wolverhampton WV7 3HB
The Walsall Arboretum is a Victorian Public park located close to Walsall town center in the west midlands. If you are aiming for a rural retreat, this is the perfect place for a hang out. It includes gardens, green spaces, play areas, and sports facilities, boathouses, Cafés, Cricket pavilion, fishing, multi-use games area, Outdoor fitness, Pavilion orchard etc. are some of the chief attractions of the place.
Location: Broadway N, Walsall WS1 2QB
Sutton Park National Nature Reserve
Lying six miles to the north of Birmingham City Centre this landscape is a mosaic of open heathland, woodlands, wetlands, marshes and seven lakes each with their own rich variety of plants and wildlife. The Sutton Park National Nature Reserve gives a warm welcome from the urban life of Birmingham. This is a great environment to enjoy walking, jogging, nature watching and also has great cycling routes.
Location: Park Rd, Sutton Coldfield B74 2YT
Akamba Garden Centre
The Akamba Garden and Heritage center includes a range of lively plants, a beach to relax and a great way to escape the assignment workloads. Along with the lively ambience with Afro – Caribbean restaurants and gift shops, the site also includes a tropical house with educational workshops, bird walks and reptile houses.
Location: Tythe Barn Ln, Shirley, Solihull B90 1PH
Also known as the walled garden, the Elmdon Park is a spectacular visit to relax and have a great day. With a fully equipped play and sports area, the park also includes a free parking area, a lake and beautiful walking trails. You can book a football pitch from their official website.
Location: Elmdon Nature Park, Tanhouse Farm Rd, Solihull B92 9EY
Coombe Abbey Park
The perfect place for a little picnic in the open air. The Coombe Abbey Park offers a beautiful garden, woodland, lakeside walks and bird watching. Along with this, the park aso offers fishery, duck and swan feeding, pond dipping platforms, and other fun and amazing activities.
Location: Coombe Abbey Park Brinklow Road Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB England
Sandwell Valley Country Park
Situated in the middle of the urban conurbation between Birmingham and West Bromwich in West Midlands, the Sandwell Valley Country Park offers a great park farm, a forge mill farm, leisure activities like cycling, walking, birdwatching etc. When you are done with the assignments, get down to the country park and experience the sweet feeling of rural freedom.
Location: Salter’s Ln, West Bromwich B71 4BG
Wild Zoological Park
Head on to the Wild Zoological Park to receive a memorable hands-on experience about animals. The park is divided into 5 themes – Reptiles Unleashed, Wild Australia, Amazon, Asia and Africa. Located at Halfpenny Green Vineyards in Bobbington, the site takes you into the life of National Geographic!
Location: Upper Whittimere Farm Upper Whittimere, Wolverhampton DY7 5EP England
So, stop sulking over the 3000-word essay you have to prepare and head onto one of these places with your friends and blow off some steam!