Bakewell estate named UK’s best picnic spot

A couple enjoying a picnic at Chatworth House. Photo contributed.Copn

A couple enjoying a picnic at Chatworth House. Photo contributed.Copn

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Chatsworth House in Bakewell has been named the best picnic spot in the UK, following a public vote this year.

TV’s Loyd Grossman presented the stately home with the national accolade, as part of Hudson’s Heritage Awards, an independent scheme open to historic houses, gardens, museums and heritage sites.

Speaking at the ceremony in London, Loyd said: “This is clearly a special place to have a picnic.”

Chatsworth’s head of visitor experience Sally Hogg accepted the award last Tuesday saying: “We are absolutely delighted.

“Winning one of these awards is testament to the high standards and commitment to excellence we offer our visitors to ensure they have the best possible experience.

“Receiving this award is a wonderful acknowledgment and recognition that Chatsworth is one of the best heritage attractions in the UK.”

The best picnic spot is the only category voted for by the public.

The awards, which were established in 2011, were judged by a panel of heritage experts: Chairman Norman Hudson, heritage consultant; Lucinda Lambton, writer and broadcaster; Jeremy Musson, architectural writer; and Simon Foster, consultant to Channel 4’s Country House Rescue.

Chatsworth House and garden reopens to the public on March 16.

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