Planning the perfect picnic
Here are our 5 top tips for creating an al fresco dining experience to remember:
1. Location, location, location
A silver lining to lock down has been discovering scenic venues such as Waddeson Manor. We also became members of the National Trust which has opened us up to beautiful, original destinations steeped in tradition. Now we have more freedom, our membership has encouraged us to explore further afield such as Anglesey Abbey in Cambridge which is stunning. Though picnics are all about enjoying the good things in life: nature, food, friends and family. So pitching up at your local park under a shady tree can be just as enjoyable as the manicured grounds of a grand stately home.
Make it comfortable
The right picnic blanket, combining style with practicality makes all the difference. It should be easy to carry, compact and elegant. Our top pick would be Tolly McRae’s chunky Cornish Blue picnic rug. It’s soft and and comfortable but looks beautiful. It can even double as a blanket should the weather turn nippy. If you would prefer a more waterproof version, Heating & Plumbing London offer a check waterproof wool picnic blanket in a vibrant selection of colours. Scatter cushions can make a style statement too. White Company is the perfect option for ones that are both stylish and cosy. www.thewhitecompany.com
It’s fun to share
Sharing platters are a great choice for a varied and sociable meal. That way you get to try a bit of everything. Create a Mediterranean theme with a charcuterie board, fresh Greek salad, olives and rustic breads with balsamic vinegar. The more colours the better, that way you know you’re nourishing your body with the right vitamins too. Natural wood sharing boards are ideal for sharing. Here is a firm favouriate from Fika Living:
4. Bring the bubbles
Bubbles are a must for sunnier days, whether your tipple is a refreshing G&T with mint, Processo with a strawberry or a Kir Royale. If you’re driving, Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits are divine and the branding is so stylish. Our picnic favourite is Mirabeau Rose Gin and Fever Tree aromatic tonic. Just remember the cool box with ice!
5. Get active
Finish off your afternoon with a summery activity that amplifies your restorative dose of nature. Boating or punting is both fun and relaxing. Our top tip around our local area would be Henley-upon-Thames. Just make sure you don’t overdo the bubbles…
There is no doubt that picnics are an idyllic way to spend quality time with friends and family. Wherever you are in the UK there will be wonderful attractions for you to create your personal picnic style. Let’s hope the UK weather this year affords plenty of opportunity to enjoy them!