Summer Picnic Ideas

The Great British Summer is the perfect time to gather up your friends and family for a spot of alfresco dining. Read on and discover our top tips for your best picnic yet!

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Where To Go For A Picnic

When planning the perfect picnic, location is key! You could simply set up in a shady spot in your garden, or explore a local beauty spot. Parks, forests, river banks, beaches and public gardens are all ideal outdoor places to enjoy your sunny lunch, while nature reserves can offer additional natural beauty. The National Trust also has many locations across the country, where you can take in stunning walks, majestic buildings and set down your picnic blanket for an alfresco lunch in beautiful landscapes (just double check that the property you're visiting is suitable for picnics)!

What Should I Bring To A Picnic?

Just a few essentials make for a successful picnic. As long as everyone has somewhere comfortable to sit (a picnic blanket or picnic table and portable chairs), and some delicious picky treats, all you need above that are some plates, glasses, utensils, wipes, napkins and sun cream! Spend the afternoon lounging, or bring some outdoor games if you want to get active! Finger foods such as sandwiches and sausage rolls work best, with quiche, pasta salad and potato salad also being popular choices if you bring plates. Treat your crew to some cut fruit, cakes and brownies for a sweet finish, and don't forget to pack some thirst-quenching drinks. Keep it all in a picnic hamper or cooler box and job done!

Afternoon Tea Picnics

What could be more wonderful than your very own afternoon tea picnic. This themed lunch is certain to make anyone feel special as they dig into their favourite finger sandwiches, scones and mini cakes! Bring a bottle of Prosecco and some plastic flutes if you want to add some sparkle, or bring a cold thermos of sweet iced tea. Cheese straws, mini quiches and sausage rolls would be welcome savoury additions, while macarons, profiteroles and brownies are the perfect sweet desserts. If you want to really relax, there are many businesses who will box up ready-made afternoon tea picnics for you to take to your favourite outside spot!

Making Your Picnic Special

Elevate your picnic from frugal to fancy with a few simple tweaks. For a picnic with a difference, make sure to include some glorious homemade treats, use real plates and cutlery, and bring a cooler to keep everything fresh and cool. While everyone is spending time together, you'll want to keep them super comfortable with an extra-large picnic blanket, or even bring portable picnic table and camping chairs. And you can banish any boring moments with outdoor activities such as badminton or ball games, you'll be surprised how much fun you can have with a bat and ball!