Picnic season is here!
It’s time to grab some finger food, dig out your picnic blanket and head outside for some much needed fun in the sun.
If you’re planning a picnic, here are our top tips to make sure it’s a success.
Choosing a location for your picnic
The UK has plenty of outdoor areas that are open to the public, including parks, watersides, woodland, seafronts and countryside.
When you’re choosing a picnic site, think about what else you could do while you’re there. Like taking a walk, hiring a boat or going on a bike ride. There could also be opportunities for visiting attractions, wildlife spotting and photography.
You can take a picnic anywhere, but it can be better in a designated picnic area. Most picnic areas are close to the car park. And they have facilities such as tables, toilets and bins, so you can eat more comfortably and clean up easily when you’ve finished.
Checking the weather
UK weather can be unpredictable, so it’s always good to check the forecast. You want to make sure your picnic won’t be rained off or blown away in high winds!
Check the weather the day before your picnic. This will give you a chance to change your plans or switch to a better location.
Packing your essentials
When you’re planning a picnic, it’s best to be prepared and pack any essential items.
If you’ll be heading off the beaten track, there’s always a slight chance you could get lost, so remember to charge your phone in advance. It could also be a good idea to download a map, just in case you can’t get a signal.
Some of the things you might need include:
- Insect repellent
- Picnic blanket
- Sandwich bags
- Thermos flask
- Cool bag
- Frozen ice packs
- Folding furniture
Choosing your food
Finger food that’s easy to pick up and eat is always a winner on a picnic.
Here are some tried and tested picnic food ideas:
- Mini quiches
- Sausage rolls
- Vegetable crudités with dips
- Fresh fruits
- Snack bars
How to picnic on the fly
Life is unpredictable and sometimes planning a picnic is just not possible. But that doesn’t always have to stop you.
Have some snacks on stand-by
If you have the right snacks in your cupboard, you have a mini impromptu picnic that’s ready to go whenever you are.
We sell a range of healthy, grab-and-go snacks you can pack up at a moment’s notice.
These Nairn Oatcakes are wheat-free and vegan-friendly.
Or go for the family favourite Ritz Crackers.
For an alternative to crisps, try these fruit crisps, which are made from crispy air-dried apple slices and concentrated fruit juice.
And for dessert, we have these natural fruity snack bars.
You can browse or full range of cupboard snacks here.
Stay tuned for the rest of our picnic planning series.