It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The National Picnic Week team are proud to announce the locations that have made the definitive guide to spectacular picnic locations in the UK!
After travelling the length and breadth of the UK, sampling the culinary delights of this fair isle as we went, we’ve finally established just which locations you can’t afford to miss for the perfect picnic.
From the golden sands and crystal clear water of Barafundle Beach to the incredible views from Top Withens Farmhouse in West Yorkshire, the supposed inspiration for the Earnshaw family house in Wuthering Heights no less, these picnic locations showcase exactly what makes this country so beautiful.
"We’re so excited to announce our list of the best picnic locations in the country. Picnics are loved by British people because of our desire to get out into the Great Outdoors and the British countryside never fails to provide a stunning location for you to tuck into your sandwiches.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit a number of these stunning locations and I really can’t recommend them highly enough. What could be better? Sunshine, sarnies and scenery – the perfect combination!"Phil Browne - National Picnic Week organiser
For any would-be picnickers in South-Lincolnshire and the surrounding areas, we recommend you head down to Burghley Park this Saturday (23rd June 2013 12-4pm) for Oliver's Picnic - a family fun-day for all ages in aid of the Histiocytosis Research Trust. The picnic is named in memory of Oliver Scholes, who passed away aged two in June 2012, and is organised by his parents Paul and Andrea.
There will be games, inflatables, fairground rides, face-painting and special guest appearances from Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam between 1pm and 3pm. Entry costs £1 for adults and 50p for children and promises to be a fun-filled day for everyone.
More information can be found at www.10kforolly.co.uk
National Picnic Week runs from 17th to the 23rd June and aims to address some of the major issues facing the food and drink industry as well as celebrating the picnic in all its glory.
For more information on National Picnic week please contact one of the organisers:Simon Cliffe
Some recommended reads courtesy of Amazon full of inspiration for putting together the perfect picnic food...
A Perfect Day for a Picnic - Over 80 recipes for outdoor feasts to share with family and friends Tori Finch
The Picnic Cookbook Annie Bell
In the last few years Britain has taken some big leaps forward in its gastronomic preferences with foods from every continent finding a home on these shores.
There are millions of self-confessed ‘foodies’ packing out the luxury aisles of our local supermarkets and posting pictures of their creations on social media sites.
But there is one thing us Brits have always done well – the Great British Picnic.
No one can deny this fair country of ours has some absolutely stunning areas of natural beauty and for centuries people have loved heading out into the countryside armed with a picnic basket full of tasty treats.
National Picnic Week has been celebrating Britain’s love for an outdoor lunch for nine years now and in that time our love of the picnic has only grown. During the same time, the UK’s food and drink industry has grown as well. Of all the sectors, the food and drink manufacturing industry reduced it’s output least during the last recession and returned to pre-recession levels faster than any other.
In the wake of the recent ‘Horsemeat Scandal’, this year’s National Picnic Week is aiming to really dig down into the issues facing the food and drink industry and take a look at the challenges facing those of us who make our livings producing, transporting and selling some of the finest food and drink products in the world, as well as the industries who rely on Britain’s food and drink producers, like the tourism industry for example.
So what issues is the industry likely to face in the next 12 months? Phil Browne is one of the organisers of National Picnic Week, ‘Picnics are loved by British people because of our desire to get out into the Great Outdoors but if you want to enjoy the countryside, there are a few challenges you have to consider.
‘The weather is obviously one of them – what do you do if it rains? Our research has shown that more than 1 in 5 people worry about the Great British weather running their day. Keeping the kids entertained is another. The domestic tourism industry is worth a staggering £97 billion to the UK’s economy so it really is important that British businesses continue to provide world class entertainment to families.
‘Eating and drinking form central parts of British cultural life. If you think of Christmas, you think of Christmas Dinner; Halloween conjures up images of bobbing for apples and Shrove Tuesday has millions running to the supermarket shelves for eggs, sugar and flour. Where would we be without the food and drink industry fuelling the workers of Britain?
National Picnic Week, running from the 17th to the 23rd June, aims to address some of the major issues facing the food and drink industry as well as celebrating the picnic in all its glory.