What Makes The Perfect Picnic?

For me, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here, a picnic takes some beating.

Whether it’s planned to precision with traditional lemonade and homemade mini quiches (no, that’s never me!) or a last minute grab of the picnic blanket, there’s nothing better than eating outdoors and enjoying the sunshine.

With National Picnic Week just around the corner, 13th – 21st June, I thought I would share what makes our perfect family picnic. I’m also running a fab giveaway in conjunction with the lovely folk over at Seabrook Crisps, to celebrate National Picnic Week, so scroll to the bottom of this post to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway.

A couple of years ago, I felt I became a picnic pro when Luke brought me a proper picnic hamper. Wow, I love it. A white, buckle up hamper with real plates and cutlery. It even comes with salt and pepper pots, wine glasses and a corkscrew.

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For me, the perfect picnic is made up of a few ingredients.

Firstly, the contents of the picnic basket:

It’s personal of course, and a grown up picnic would inevitably have different contents from the lunchables or dippers that would be found in our family hamper!

We usually have ham or egg mayo sandwiches, crisps, mini sausages, cucumber/carrot sticks, potato salad, something sweet and lots of fruit. Strawberries are the favourite punnet of choice. And lots of drinks.

Location is paramount for that perfect picnic. The beach or the New Forest is usually our location of choice and it’s lovely to see that two of our local hot spots have made it onto The Top 14 Picnic Spots in the UK:

1. Avon Valley Country Park – Bristol

2. Barafundle Beach – Pembrokeshire 

3.  Bodmin Moor – Cornwall

4. Brownsea Island – Dorset

5. Corfe Castle – Dorset 

6. Devil’s Dyke – East Sussex 

7.  Formby Beach – Merseyside 

8. Gibside – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 

9. Glenkiln Sculpture Park – Dumfries and Galloway

10. Padley Gorge – Derbyshire

11. Rievaulx Abbey – North Yorkshire 

12. Somerset House – London 

13.  St Herbert’s Island – Derwentwater, Cumbria North Pennines 

14. Top Withens – Haworth, Yorkshire 

and thirdly, if you have children, the perfect picnic is not perfect, unless you have some outdoor games.

A good old football is usually the first thing to be thrown into our car boot:

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Tennis…

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Cricket…

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Rounders…

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and we’ve even been known to bring some hard boiled eggs for an Egg and Spoon race…

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So that’s how we do a picnic and we think it’s the perfect picnic.

To celebrate National Picnic Week, the lovely people at Seabrook Crisps are giving one of my lucky readers a chance to win a month’s supply of crisps and a framed personalised packet of crisps!

If you would like to enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter Giveaway below, follow the instructions and enter as many options as you would like.

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 The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the competition closing on 5th June. The prizes will be sent directly from the supplier to the lucky recipient.

Good luck and dig out that picnic hamper and blanket!

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