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Picnic Ideas and Easy Picnic Food

When is National Picnic Week 2024?

National Picnic Week 2024 runs from 17 to 25 June. From selecting the perfect location to packing your picnic basket, we're here to ensure you have a fun, stress-free, and eco-friendly outdoor feast.

Plan the Perfect Picnic

Picnics can be delightful experiences for everyone. Whether you choose a beach, forest, National Trust site, local park, or even your own garden, the key to a successful picnic lies in the planning.

Mouthwatering Picnic Recipes

For a twist on your picnic, consider our delicious and easy-to-make recipes for Scotch eggs, quiches, homemade hummus, flatbreads, sausage rolls, and chicken club sandwiches. And don't forget dessert! We've also got simple picnic recipes for rock cakes and flapjacks that everyone will love.

Make Your Picnic Eco-Friendly

A perfect picnic is more than just good food and company. It's about appreciating nature and reducing our carbon footprint.

Environmentally Friendly Picnic Tips

Choose reusable cups, plates, and cutlery to minimize waste. Opt for resealable containers and ensure bottles and packets are sealed when not in use. Not only will these measures reduce rubbish, but they'll also keep pesky bugs at bay.


Essential Items for Your Picnic Checklist

Looking forward to a delightful outdoor meal? As well as packing your favourite picnic foods, there are other essentials you need to consider. Our comprehensive picnic checklist ensures you've got everything covered:

  • Cooler for Food and Drinks - Keep your food and beverages fresh and cool, preventing spoilage. Don't forget to pack some ice packs!

  • Bottle Opener - Essential for opening bottles of soda or your favourite craft beer, a bottle opener is a must-have.

  • Condiments - Pack your favourite condiments like mustard and ketchup to add extra flavour to your picnic meals.

  • Napkins - For cleanliness and convenience, napkins are a picnic essential.
  • Baby Wipes - These aren't just for babies; they're great for cleaning up spills and messy hands.
  • Hand Sanitiser - In our new normal, hand sanitiser is crucial. Ensure you have a bottle handy to keep germs at bay.

  • Picnic Blanket - The foundation of your picnic, a comfortable picnic blanket is key.
  • First Aid Kit - A simple first aid kit with plasters, antibacterial wipes, and bite and sting relief is essential for handling any minor accidents.

  • Suncream -Protect your skin from the sun’s rays with a good SPF suncream.

  • Rubbish Bag -Last but not least, carry a rubbish bag for easy clean-up. Remember to leave your picnic spot as clean as you found it.
How to Plan Your Picnic for the Best Experience

Wondering when and how to set up your picnic for maximum enjoyment? Here's a handy guide:

Optimal Time for a Picnic

The best time for a picnic depends on your schedule and preferences. However, summer picnics tend to be the most enjoyable. If you're planning to combine your picnic with a countryside stroll, aim to find a shady spot around 1 PM to avoid the midday sun.

Preparing for the Weather

Remember, the unpredictable British summer weather can be a spoiler. Make sure to check the weather forecast in advance – no one likes a rained-out picnic! Consider packing a large umbrella, which can double as a parasol, to be prepared for any weather conditions. Also, bring along plenty of water to ensure everyone – including your furry friends – stays hydrated. And if you suffer from hay fever, don't forget your medication!

Fun Activities to Amp Up Your Picnic

If food, sunshine, and excellent company aren't enough, consider incorporating some of these fun activities to make your picnic more memorable:

Cards and Board Games
Water Balloon Fights
Leaf Collecting
Organised Games
After you've finished eating, clear the picnic area and lay out your favourite game on the blanket. Just remember to keep the competition friendly and fun! Nothing beats a water balloon fight on a hot summer's day. Make sure to fill them beforehand and remember to pick up any balloon pieces afterwards to keep your area clean. Encourage children to explore nature by setting tasks like leaf collecting. It's an educational and fun activity that helps kids appreciate the outdoors. Plan some classic outdoor games like Tag or Stuck-in-the-mud. They're a great way to burn off those extra calories from indulging in delicious picnic foods!
Enjoying a Picnic with Your Dog

Planning a picnic and want to bring your furry companion along? Here's how to ensure your outing is enjoyable and safe for both you and your pet.

Ensure Dogs are Permitted

Before planning your outing, check to ensure that dogs are allowed in the picnic area. Some parks may have restrictions or specific pet-friendly zones. Remember, regulations are in place to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment. Unleashed dogs can be a concern, especially in areas with livestock. Not adhering to these regulations can lead to fines or even prosecution.

Keep Your Dog Entertained

While dogs love being outside and exploring, they might get bored while you're enjoying your picnic. Pack essentials like a bowl for water, dog-friendly treats, a favourite toy to keep them busy, and pet-safe sun cream. Yes, dogs can get sunburned too! Don’t forget poo bags for clean up; leaving no trace applies to our furry friends as well.

Be Mindful of the Temperature

Dogs can suffer in hot weather, so ensure they have shade and plenty of water. Never leave your pet in a car on a hot day, dogs die in hot cars. Checking whether your dog can accompany you before setting off is always the best choice.

Picnic Food Ideas

Here's a selection of RSPCA Assured recipes to make sure your picnic goes well. We can't guarantee the weather will be good though.

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