Perky picnic ware
I declare picnic season officially open! Get ready for a summer of meals on the move with these stylish and practical picnic must-haves. including brilliant local buys.
Call of the wild
Ditch the uninspiring tableware and go wild with these cool safari print plates by illustrator Yvonne Ellen. Your opportunity to spot the big five, while eating your five a day.
It’s not a great picnic without a healthy measure of award-winning, hand-crafted gin to whet the appetite, right? Exmoor Gin (lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves and hibiscus) from Devon’s Wicked Wolf is the perfect summery tipple.
Hop to it
Table for six? This super-sized Kissing Rabbits blanket is the perfect impromptu picnic perch – waterproof bottom to prevent damp derrieres and big enough for the whole family plus a couple of strays.
Put a lid on it
It’s safe to say, salads, dips and puds don’t travel well. Avoid spillages and pretty up your picnic table with this set of three melamine bowls with lids.
It’s a mug’s game
Not exactly picnic weather? Warm your cockles with a hot toddy in this beautiful enamelware mug from Me & East in Totnes, laser-etched with a lino cut block print of a wild rose.
Raise a glass
Plastic glassware has come a long way. In fact, this acrylic ribbed range from Zara Home is so good I might avoid breakages and use them at home. Elegant, stylish and your wine, gin, or Pimm’s will look and taste the business.
£4.99 – £17.99
Now we all work from home, briefcases are redundant. Not this one from Oliver Bonas (in Exeter’s Princesshay). Like a James Bond gadget it goes from bag to barbecue. Perfect for grilling on the go.
No need to raid the kitchen for utensils, this handy crab can lend a claw. It comes with mini scissors, bottle opener, can opener, mini knife, and more.
Keep it clean
The must-have picnic accessory? Hand sanitiser, of course! Bucks-based brand Purdy & Figg is just the ticket – a 70% alcohol, no-nasties sanitiser with a heavenly blend of sweet orange, pink grapefruit and niaouli essential oils, naturally. Each glass bottle (eco creds? Tick!) delivers over 300 spritzes.
£5.99 for 50ml
Keep your cool
Breeze towards your picnic spot with your spread gliding behind you. This brilliant 30L cool bag from John Lewis makes lugging all the kit practically effortless.
Table for four, madam?
Picnicking just got serious – and we’re here for it. A foldaway table and benches is the future of al fresco on the go dining. It’s not exactly lightweight, but who cares when you don’t have to try and drag yourself off the floor.
There is nothing worse than tepid wine. Before you hunt for the ice packs decant your sauv blanc into a 1.8L Chilly’s bottle and your good to go. It keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
Keep it al fresco
Say goodbye to squashed sarnies and hard-boiled eggs with over 100 mouth-watering recipes in Laura Manson’s The Picnic Cookbook: Outdoor Feasts for Every Occasion, in partnership with the National Trust. These meals-on-the-move range from picnics to barbecues and campfire food, plus NT picnic spot suggestions peppered throughout.