Life's no picnic
Life’s no picnic, unless you’re having a picnic
We think picnics might be one of our favourite things about summer. There’s something great about packing up your lunch and settling down in the perfect spot to soak up some rays. Whether it’s the sandwich you grabbed from the corner shop enjoyed in the park on your lunch break, or a full-blown feast that takes up most of the day, a picnic is one of life’s great pleasures.
It seems we’re not alone in our enthusiasm for al fresco dining. In a recent survey by DisneyLife, it was found that 85% of those questioned would be going on a picnic over the summer, while 36% would be willing to drive over an hour to get to a top picnic site.
We’re going to take a little look at what makes a picnic great.
Location, location, location
Picking the perfect spot is crucial. What makes the ideal picnic location? For us a beautiful view is an absolute must, whether it’s towering cliffs and noisy sea birds or shady trees and calm streams. We like to find somewhere a little different, somewhere that makes your meal feel like an occasion.
Firstly, Arundel Castle is at the top of our list. It’s the perfect location for a picnic after you’ve had a wander around the cobbled town, with views stretching over the South Downs and the River Arun. If history isn’t your thing, fear not, there’s a mini golf near buy and a place to sit and enjoy an ice cream in the luscious weather.
If you’re planning a trip that is likely to be more than a day long, our next recommendation is perfect as it’s a little out of the way, but well worth the effort for all that. Dolbadarn Castle in the Snowdonia National Park is simply breathtaking. A short but steep walk from the car park the ruins of this 13th century castle provide panoramic views of Snowdonia. If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, this is one not to be missed!
Turquoise waters, white sand and the impressive scenery of the Purbeck coastline place Studland Bay in Dorset at the top of our seaside picnicking spots. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot and a watersports centre to enjoy the sheltered waters of the bay. Just a gentle note of caution - there’s a stretch of the beach frequented by nudists which you may or may not want to experience.
What’s for lunch?
Don’t limit yourself to sandwiches and supermarket scotch eggs washed down with a can of ginger beer. There are lots of simple recipes for portable and show stopping dishes to impress your friends and to enjoy eating in the sunshine.
We’re big fans of the Picnic Loaf, half pie, half sandwich, it’s a brilliant way of creating an all-in-one lunch that’s way more interesting than a sarnie. Cut the top off a round cob loaf and hollow it out, then spread the insides with pesto and fill with layers of salad, cheese, meats and roasted vegetables. Make sure it’s well filled, then put a plate over the top and press down for at least two hours. Lovely recipe from The Simple Things Magazine!
We don’t think you can really do much better than a punnet of deep red strawberries to finish off, but if you wanted to push the boat out a fruity traybake cake is ideal. They’re easy to transport and you can divide them into as many portions as you need. We’ll be giving this Raspberry Custard Cake from Olive Magazine a try.
Pack it all in one of our picnic baskets for a traditional and stylish occasion. Our Turkish beach towels are a lightweight and colourful alternative to the picnic rug and come in either rectangular or circular shapes. Our picnic bags are perfect for those picnic spots which necessitate a little further cross-country travel as you can carry them on your back. Fully stocked with all the cups, plates and cutlery you might need, as well as its own wine bottle cooler and picnic blanket, these bags will make you look for picnicking opportunities wherever you go!
Should you be setting up for a more formal party, our gazebos provide some much appreciated shade and also shelter from any showers that might come your way.
Out of season
All this isn’t to say that when the temperature goes down you need to pack away your outdoor things. We urge you to try a night picnic. Wrap some sausages in foil, fill a flask with mulled cider, head up a hill on November 5th, lay a tarp under your picnic rug and lean back. There’s nothing more romantic.
We hope you enjoy your picnics as much as we do and all this has given you some inspiration. We’d love to see the ways in which you put our Rinkit products to good use. Share your snaps on social and don’t forget to tag us!
You’ll be pleased to know that we also have a whole range of items to take your al fresco dining to the next level.
- Andy Westgate