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Here’s your chance to picnic in a palace — and in one of the grandest palaces of Britain. Blenheim Palace is one of the greatest estates in England. This summer, it is opening its gates to visitors from July 22 to August 16. So now you can enjoy a delicious picnic hamper in the stunning surroundings of Britain’s greatest palace. Blenheim Palace has joined forces with Midsummer Nightcap to provide the ultimate in al fresco dining.

About the Picnic in a Palace


'Picnic at the Palace’ is sponsored by Winston Churchill’s favourite champagne producer, Pol Roger. It features a choice of lunch, afternoon tea or dinner options accompanied by live music or comedy performances. All this while overlooking the stunning ‘Capability’ Brown-landscaped parkland. 


Groups of up to six can sit under pergolas with tables and chairs. Meanwhile, couples can have deckchairs and parasols. Also, those who are ordering hampers can choose between meat or vegetarian hampers.

Summer with social distancing


“This really is a socially-distanced outdoor experience like no other,” said Francesca Nally, Managing Director of Midsummer Nightcap. “It’s the perfect way to reconnect with loved ones and to make the most of the British summer in one of the most beautiful locations anywhere in the country.”

Schedule for Picnic in a Palace

From Tuesdays to Thursdays, visitors to the “Picnic in a Palace” can enjoy a luxurious lunchtime feast, or treat themselves to an indulgent afternoon tea. Then from Thursdays to Sundays, there’s the additional option of a delicious dinner hamper filled with locally sourced food that’s made for sharing.

Each of the 16 weekly sittings will be accompanied by live performances. There’s usually live music, but there’s also comedy night on Thursdays, headline acts on Fridays and Saturdays and jazz sessions on Sundays.

Maggie, the Caravan Bar

Midsummer Nightcap’s famous caravan bar ‘Maggie’ will also be on site to provide a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. 

All the hampers feature a selection of the finest local produce from the Oxford Cheese Company, the Barefoot Bakery, the Natural Bread Company and Gatineau. 

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What’s in a picnic hamper?


The different hamper options include savoury sandwiches, homemade quiches, scotch eggs, and sausage and veggie rolls. There’s also a selection of sweet treats including cakes, tarts and scones. Picnicgoers can also order a special occasions packages in advance

Picnic at the Palace is only available via pre-booking online. All bookings include car parking, live entertainment, dedicated gazebos or deckchairs for couples and picnic hampers. Daytime bookings also include entry to Blenheim Palace’s parks and gardens.

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