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The Perfect Picnic

Here at Country House Outdoor we’re lucky to live a stones throw away of the most beautiful parts of the world, the English Lake District, so when it comes to picnics we are spoiled for choice!

We love heading down to the lakes for a picnic on the banks of Bassenthwaite or Derwentwater and if we’re feeling brave enough a quick dip is also on the cards! In this article we’ll be sharing our top tips and favourite picnic gear.

Where To Go

Frame your picnic around your favourite activities. Do you enjoy making sandcastles on the beach? Reading a book by a babbling brook? Flying a kite on a hill? Fishing from a pier?

Consider how busy the location you would like to visit might be. If it’s a bank holiday Monday and the sun is sizzling you might want to avoid the beach and opt for a quieter location.

It also pays to think about how long it will take you to get there. If you have loads of things with you chances are you won’t want to walk for miles to your picnic spot.

Bassenthwaite and Skiddaw

Photo Copyright: Dave Wilson

What To Take

It’s always good to prepare for every eventuality and living in Britain you never know whether you’re going to need an umbrella or a sun hat! A picnic rug is a must while a nice basket equipped with cutlery and crockery will prevent you from having to raid your kitchen cupboards.

Perfect Picnic Collage

1. Stanley Lunch Cooler and Flask, £60.00
2. Dents Large Brim Sun Hat, £25.00
3. Joules Picnic Basket, £89.95
4. Blackberry Hunter Original Gloss Wellington’s, £55.18
5. Joules Picnic Rug, £39.95
6. Joules Lazy Chair, £34.95
7. Hunter Ladies Bubble Umbrella, £24.90

What To Eat

Everyone knows food is the most important part of a picnic so making sure there is something for everyone is a must! From pies to finger sandwiches and pasta salad to quiche picnics are a great excuse to have a little bit of everything. Below are a few of our favourite picnic recipes.

Perfect Picnic Foods

Top left: Veggie Flatbread Sandwiches
Top right: Mediterranean Grain Salad
Bottom left: Spinach and Mozzarella Egg Bake
Bottom right: Homemade Pink Lemonade

What would your perfect picnic be like?