As we start enjoying our post-Covid freedoms, what better way to reconnect with family and friends than by celebrating National Picnic Week 2021!
National Picnic Week 2021 will be taking place from 19th -27th June 2021, all across the UK. You can just rock up a picnic blanket, open up your picnic backpack or luxury picnic hamper and have some fun! Just remember to socially distance and follow Government guidelines on how many people you can picnic with, and where.
Alexandra Jones from the Life is a Picnic team is very excited to see a national drive to get picnics going across the UK this June. She believes National Picnic Week 2021 is the perfect excuse for us all to put down our mobiles and tablets and reconnect with each other and nature.
Claire explained “Adults screen times have increased, on average, to a staggering 6 hours 45* mins per day during Lockdown, with children close behind on 6.5** hours per day.”
“With even the silver surfers upping their screen times it’s time to find activities where the mobiles and tablets can be banned. Getting back out in nature, making a healthy picnic and designating picnic time a no go mobile zone will do wonders for your relationships and tired heads!”
So lets look at some easy to follow ideas from the Life is a Picnic Team to help you plan the perfect picnic to get you out National Picnic Week 2021 and far beyond.
Theme your Picnic!
Why not theme your National Picnic Week 2021 picnic to make dining out together a party for family and friends (or something more intimate for your significant other!)?
If your circle or bubble includes lots of pre schoolers, you could ´go down to the woods today´ and enjoy a teddy bears picnic. Think gingham picnic rugs, toy picnic sets, plenty of jam sandwiches, crisps and pop and everyone bringing a special bear!
We love to have a timetable for our teddy bears picnic to make sure we tire out our little ones. We sing ‘If you go down in the woods today´ – that most famous of teddy bears picnic rhymes, dance, and play heaps of games. Its a chance to make some great memories with our tiny people (just turn the WiFi off on that phone and use only as a camera to avoid distractions!).
Or how about a fun movie night picnic? You can be the host at your own outdoor home cinema, or maybe a local outdoor movie is showing in your local park (check local council websites for info). We often host movie nights on our inflatable movie screen and theme the food and drinks to match the film we picked.
Movie picnics are heaps of fun, and make for very memorable nights with family and friends.
Not sure what movies to pick ? We have a few picnic movie suggestions here!
Or a sports day picnic – choose a great open location, theme the food to the day (think sports drinks, high energy food and a fun themed cake!) and bring the games.
When we do family sports day we race and play:
- Three legged race (just bring a tie!)
- Backwards running race (helps the oldies win!)
- Egg and Spoon (hardboiled eggs are then made into egg and cress sandwiches on site!)
- Garden Bowls marathon (the dads do get very competitive here!)
What other fun games can you add to the list? Please let us know in the comments box below!
Pick the perfect picnic spot in the UK
A huge part of having the perfect picnic during National Picnic Week 2021 (or any time) is picking a wonderful location.
Let’s be honest sometimes eating a cheese butty on a park bench looking at a great view can be perfection!
So where you go for your picnic can be down to a few factors:
- How far do you want to travel?
- Do you have a car or will you need to pick a spot accessible by public transport?
- Is the weather guaranteed to be sunny or do you need to think of a picnic location with cover if it pours?
- Are you sand lovers (so the beach is perfect!) or sand hater like my hubby so who is a fan of countryside all the way?!
Any National Trust location is a sure-fire winner in the picnic spots book in our view, and you can see all our favourite recommendations here. – some great ideas for National Picnic Week 2021!
Where ever you pick make sure to pack lots of entertainment for the journey if taking little people. Also check the weather at least two days before your event in case you need to take a ´raincheck´on your plans.
Remember your Picnic Essentials:
There is nothing worse than being half way up a mountain,excited to open a bottle of wine and enjoy the view only to find out your bottle opener is at home!
Let’s just give you a few things to add to your list to help make that picnic perfect:
- Picnic blanket (waterproof as it might need to double as a rain shield in the UK!)
- Bug spray
- Sun Cream
- First aid kit
- Bottle opener (For those impromptu wine moments!)
- Unbreakable picnic plates, bowls & cups (From experience don’t take glass on a picnic – its chic but breaks!)
- Make it a picnic basket if not walking far – but always a picnic backpack if doing any distance on foot!
10 Surprising Picnic Facts You Might Not Know
- In the UK we enjoy over 180 million picnics per year, that’s an average of at least three picnics per person each year (I bet those stats changed during lockdowns…!).
- The average family spends £26 per picnic totalling £2,479,720,000 on food and picnicware! (research done in 2013).
- Did you know the word ‘Picnic’ was first found in a 17th-century French book entitled “Origines de la Langue” by Françoise de Ménage?
- The French started the modern fashion for picnics when they opened their royal parks to the public after the revolution of 1789.
- Originally, a picnic was a fashionable social event to which each guest contributed some food.
- The use of the phrase ‘this is no picnic’ to describe something difficult dates back to 1884!
- The most popular picnic snack fifty years ago was the humble cheese sandwich. Now, it’s a bag of crisps.
- The most popular day for picnics by country are as follows:
- In the US it’s the 4th of July.
- In Italy it’s Easter Monday.
- In France, it’s Bastille Day.
- In the UK, it’s (weather dependent) rapidly becoming National Picnic Week. You could always have an indoor picnic instead!
- Fortnum & Mason, the London department store, claims to have invented the Scotch egg in 1738. They still sell them today.
- Picnic food is as popular as if it’s ever been. In 2012, an average of ten grams of meat pies and sausage rolls were consumed per person per week.
What is National Picnic Week?
National Picnic Week was started to encourage people to stop work, gather friends and family together and do something fun. After the very strange and difficult year we have all had there couldn’t be a better excuse to plan more get-togethers than National Picnic Week 2021!
When the weather is right, picnicking is one of the UK’s most enjoyable summer traditions. It’s also a great way of taking advantage of any open spaces in your local area over the warmer months of the year.
When did National Picnic Week begin?
National Picnic Week was started over a decade ago and National Picnic Week 2021 promises to be the best year yet! It attracts press from Sky, local and national radio and many of the national newspapers as well as food companies. You can get more details at www.nationalpicnicweek.co.uk.
A final note…
Before you head off on your picnic for National Picnic Week 2021 please do consider our Picnic Code…
- Always follow the outdoor access rules and never picnic on private property without permission.
- Follow the country code and pick up after yourself, leaving your picnic spot how you found it.
- Remember to always close gates behind you when picnicking in the countryside.
- NEVER LITTER!
- Recycle your picnic waste, and use eco-friendly swaps where possible!