When you choose live-in care for your loved one, a key benefit is that they can enjoy days out whenever they choose without being restricted by residential care routines. There are some great picnic places for the elderly in and around Oxfordshire. So whether your loved one joins you on a picnic or goes with their carer, live-in care will help them make the most of the great outdoors this summer.

Getting out and about in nature is good for everyone’s health and it can be particularly beneficial for older people. Being outside in the fresh air and enjoying nature provides a real mood boost and can benefit mental health. In addition, all activity is great for physical health and getting out to new places can inspire us to be that bit more active. Last, but not least, spending time outside allows the body to make vitamin D from sunlight, which keeps us healthy and happy.

Here are 6 great picnic places for the elderly in and around Oxfordshire

1.Oxford Botanic Garden

This beautiful garden is the oldest botanic garden in the UK and has nearly 6,000 different plants.

The garden is the ideal place for a picnic as it has open spaces, plenty of shady trees and even glasshouses to visit if the weather is less than glorious. You can also get a cuppa or ice cream from the pop-up café to supplement your picnic.

You can enjoy your picnic on the lawns or under the shade of a tree and there are also plenty of benches. Accessible toilets are available.

2. White Horse Hill

If you enjoy a picnic with a view, then White Horse Hill may be one of the best picnic spots in Southern England. On a clear day, you can see six counties! The breath-taking panorama makes you feel truly invigorated, but it can be breezy so make sure you pack a warm jumper.

This ancient downland is owned by the National Trust, and you can park for free if you are a member. Bear in mind that the nearest toilets are in Woodstone and Uffington.

3. Christ Church Meadow

If you enjoy sitting by the banks of a river to enjoy your picnic, then take a trip to Christ Church Meadow. The meadow is at the heart of the city and is bordered by the Rivers Cherwell and Isis. The meadow provides a tranquil place for a picnic and is open every day until dusk. If you are visiting from outside the city you can use the park and ride scheme to avoid the need to park in the city centre.

4. Stowe

The temples and lakes at Stowe make you feel you are wandering around an Old Master’s painting. The South Lawn makes the perfect place to picnic. Here the hay meadows are being restored, views have been opened up and 60 lime trees have been planted. You can enjoy your picnic overlooking Octagon Lake and relish the lazy days of summer.

This National Trust property has free parking for members. There is an 800-metre walk from the car park to the garden entrance. You can book a mini crosser if required. There are plenty of toilets, including several accessible toilets.

5. Greys Court

Greys Court is a National Trust property with some lovely picnic spots just a short walk from the car park. The views over the Chilterns are enchanting – with grazing cattle in the distance and Red Kites swooping overhead. The property has accessible toilets, a shop and a tearoom for visitors.

6. Warburg Nature Reserve, near Henley

This wooded nature reserve in the Chilterns is a great spot for nature lovers to picnic. The reserve has toilets and a picnic area with tables as well as a small information centre. Once you’ve eaten, you can enjoy the mile-long wildlife trail to walk off all that lunch.

Tips for a successful picnic

If you are planning a picnic with your loved one, here are a few tips to ensure you have a great time wherever you choose to visit.

  • When planning a picnic ensure the place you choose has any facilities you require such as parking and toilets.
  • Pack food that is easy to eat such as sandwiches, finger food, fruit and treats such as biscuits to keep your picnic fuss-free and avoid the need to carry plates and cutlery.
  • Take a sturdy fold-up chair if you are visiting a rural area that is unlikely to have benches or picnic tables.
  • Remember to pack plenty of water, sun cream and insect repellent and to take a hat and sunglasses.
  • It’s probably wise to take an extra jumper and raincoat too – this is Britain after all.
  • If little ones are accompanying you on your picnic, take a small ball or a bottle of bubbles to keep them entertained while the adults relax.
  • Keep a rucksack packed with the essentials for a great day out so you can just add food and drink whenever you want an adventure.

Mumby’s Live-in Care Oxfordshire allows your loved one to benefit from great picnic places for the elderly

Mumby’s is a family-owned specialist with a family ethos for live-in care in Oxfordshire. Our insightful and welcoming team will welcome your loved one into Mumby’s extended family that delivers outstanding care and gives you peace of mind that your parent is happy at home, where they want to be.

We have a network of warm, compassionate and professional carers who are ready to support you and provide the best care for your loved one. As part of the benefits of live-in care, our carers can find great picnic places for the elderly for your loved one to enjoy.

If you’d like more information about how Mumby’s friendly and knowledgeable Live-in Care Oxfordshire team could support you or your loved one then call us on 0800 505 3511 or email info@mumbys.com.

Useful links

How nature benefits mental health

What is live-in care?

How to Promote the Wellbeing of Elderly through Live-in Care

Sun safety tips for seniors

How to create a low maintenance garden for the elderly that attracts wildlife