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How to plan the perfect family picnic

800px-Picnic_basket_01 (1)Planning a day out with the family is always fun but if you don’t want to get stung paying inflated prices for food and drink at your favourite attractions then you should break out the picnic basket, pack it full of some pre-made treats and find a pleasant spot to tuck in.

Picnics are an age old tradition enjoyed all around the world. Originating from the French phrase for “to pick at food”, they are a great way to spend time together with family, friends or for a romantic trip with a partner. In this article, we will offer some handy tips on making your picnic a memorable one.

First of all, the vital ingredient for a perfect picnic is, of course, finding a quality picnic basket to carry all your treats in. Whilst many traditional picnic baskets tend to be made of wicker or willow with holders for cutlery and plates, more modern picnic baskets, or even backpacks, can be found which tend to be slightly more durable and ideal for a day out hiking.

There are so many different options when it comes to packing dishes for your picnic; you are limited only by your imagination, and perhaps any fussy eaters who might be attending. Here are a few typically British picnic ideas to get you started:

  • Scones and clotted cream
  • English cheeses and bread
  • Scotch eggs
  • Cornish pasties
  • Sausage rolls
  • Custard tarts
  • A selection of sandwiches
  • Herefordshire cider

Of course, there are literally hundreds of dishes that you could take along for your picnic and you could even ask your friends and family, whoever is coming along, to bring a dish with them to enjoy.

Arguably one of the most important aspects of organising the perfect family picnic is finding the right spot. Britain has an abundance of halls, country parks, stately homes and castles to explore throughout the year and many have spectacular gardens which are ideal for picnics in the summer months. However, you don’t always need to travel and often a local park or even the bottom of the garden can make a convenient setting for your perfect picnic.

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