Win a Fortnum & Mason’s Coronation Hamper

Win a superb Fortnum & Mason’s Coronation Hamper, packed with goodies!

This month our lucky winner will receive a superb Fortnum & Mason’s Coronation Hamper, packed with goodies. If you’re in celebratory mood for the ceremony on May 6th crowning HRH King Charles III, you can’t do much better than enjoy the true British tradition that Fortnum & Mason’s represent. Indeed, they hold the Royal Warrant from the King as tea merchants and grocers. So our winner will be in good company as they enjoy the hamper’s contents!

Within the sturdy wicker hamper, which is very useful itself for picnics or storage, the treats include a delicious tea blend created especially for the occasion, scrumptious honey biscuits and a beautiful commemorative tea towel in the company’s distinctive blue, a welcome addition to any kitchen. Or maybe as a keepsake for future generations.

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  1. My favourite picnic was at Chatsworth House and gardens on a beautiful summer day with friends. Best part of the picnic was the Pimm’s and lemonade that we had brought with us

  2. My favourite picnic is at Petworth Park in July with my family. Lots of playing football and frisbee and one year even a massive thunderstorm.
    The favourite food must be my sons home made sausage rolls. Big and meaty and delicious.

  3. Best picnic was in the grounds of the eiffel tower many years ago with a local bottle of fizz to accompany it

  4. My favourite picnic was smoked salmon sandwiches with cream cheese on lovey brown bread with ice cold Cava, followed by strawberries and cream by the river in Bewdley. The Cava was the best ingredient.

  5. My best picnic was in Yellowstone National Park. We had a rental car and lots of driving and sightseeing to do. We took leftover pizza from the previous night’s dinner and it was great, especially since there are miles and miles of driving in the park with no restaurants or shops in sight. We picnicked in the car so as not to attract bears.

  6. At the top of Ben Nevis after traversing the CMD arete – our treat – a cheeky wee dram of malt whisky!

  7. Always remember picnics in the 60’s when, as a family with 5 children, mum and dad couldn’t afford a day at London Zoo so we used to picnic in Regent’s Park in sight of the elephants through the fence. At one point I thought that was the only animal they had in a zoo!

    Gorgeous sausage pie made by mum with a cherry version for afters

  8. At the seaside when courting my late Husband, handmade sandwiches made by me – no shop bought sandwiches in those days.

  9. In Lechlade in the Cotswolds. A lovely quiche salad with all the trimmings. Followed by fruit with a cup of tea.

  10. Best picnic was picnic in the park with Katherine Jenkins she was just amazing. My favourite treat was homemade Victoria sponge filled with Strawberry jam & clotted cream 🙂 Good luck everyone. x

  11. my favourite picnic was ballymastocker beach in Donegal Ireland.
    My favourite snack that day was home made sausage roll.

  12. My best ever picnic was one in a wood in a coastal area of Kerala, near Calicut. In February 2021 I was spending a month with an international group of textile artists at Tasara weaving centre. We had been out and about in the morning, visiting a variety of sites, including the docks, where fish were purchased for our lunch. Wary about simply plonking myself down among foreign plants and possibly very alien insect life, I was relieved when mats were issued for us to sit in the shade of the forest foliage. A fire was quickly underway, and the scent of cooking fish soon pervaded the clearing. The fish – an unknown species – was delicious, the flatbreads far lighter and tastier than those eaten daily indoors, Every meal at Tasara concluded with bananas – ideal picnic fare as they’re already wrapped. There are over 40 species of bananas in India, and we must have sampled several. They arrived on the bunch, and you just helped yourself. Our drinks that month were non- alcoholic- we drank copious amounts of tea, excellent coffee, and wonderful fruit juices. That picnic day, we had the delicious whole coconut still in its overcoat, punctured to allow a straw to be inserted. Absolute paradise!

  13. Many years ago we did a self catering holiday in Northumberland over Christmas and New Year – this was way before it was popular to go away for the festive season and rates were low season! I’d intended to cook a Bernard Matthews turkey roast for lunch – cooking facilities were a basic but we thought we could manage that. It was such a lovely morning that after opening presents, we went for a walk, putting a packet ot Tuc cheese sandwich biscuits and a bottle of water in a back pack. It seemed a shame to go home to cook lunch so this ended up as our Christmas lunch, eaten on a seat overlooking the River South Tyne. After nearly 40 years this still talk about this as our best Christmas Lunch ever.

  14. my favourite picnic was taken by the river Derwent at Chatsworth house in Derbyshire, a really lovely family day out, the best bit of the picnic were the fresh strawberries we had got from the “pick your own” on the way there , you cant beat the taste of freshly picked English strawberries

  15. Sitting by the Norfolk Broads with a cream tea and champagne with my now husband. So carefree and simple but beautiful.

  16. At a local fishing pond, enjoying the relaxation as my husband enjoyed his fishing. Home made quiche was the star of the day

  17. My best picnic was next to a stream in Dentdale, Yorkshire, with my wife, my son, his partner and two grandchildren. The weather was good, even the water in the stream was warm enough for us to paddle, play Pooh sticks etc. we had sandwiches and a home made fruit cake. No one else was with sight or sound. A perfect day.

  18. Best picnic was in a super cove in West Cornwall eating local produce and eating freshly boiled crab claws, yummy. Sat on beach watching and hearing the surf crash against the rocks as it came up the cove.
    Sheer bliss.

  19. Hi, I had a wonderful picnic sitting on blankets on the grass at Houghton Hall in Norfolk, the last as it happened, with my father and mother before dad passed on due to cancer. The Hall is great, there were many fawn and white deer very close to us and the weather was just that perfect blend of soft breeze, medium sun in a blue sky and dappled shadows through the trees. A beautiful memory in a special location.

  20. My grandparents lived in a beautiful part of Pembrokeshire. The whole family, 13 in total descended on their house every summertime for two weeks.
    My Grandmother prepared a huge picnic, which was carried in a tin bath to either Abercastle or Abermawr, two beautiful beaches.
    The children collected wood and the Dads lit a fire to boil water in an old kettle to make tea.
    After playing and swimming in the sea, we all enjoyed our picnic tea.

  21. Best picnic was at Standon Lordship when we were first allowed to see family again after Lockdown. Everything tasted amazing as it was just good to be together but the home made scones with cream and jam were particularly memorable

  22. Favourite picnic spot Langold Lake where I spent my childhood. Best tasting picnic food black pudding sausage rolls Mmmm.

  23. An evening picnic in the grounds of Ripley Castle to celebrate with ‘Last Night of the Proms. With a bonus visit from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, unforgettable.

  24. My best ever picnic was outside a fishing hut on the River Dee at Corwen in North Wales in about 1955 with my grandparents who had taken us fishing. I was about 10 and still remember the wooden bench outside the hut where we had hard boiled eggs, ham sandwiches, lemonade and a special thermos flask of ice cream which amazingly kept the ice cream cold! We also learned how to fish (or at least started to learn!)

  25. Best picnic was probably sitting watching the CBSO playing to 8,000 people in the grounds of Warwick Castle. We would have a load to eat and drink but other people would do the full works. Tablecloths and candlelabra, posh serviettes, Champagne corks popping and a shout of ‘fore’. One party had a full salmon garnished with cucumber 😊 The night would finish with fireworks. How we loved those nights 💗

  26. My favourite picnic spot is Langold Lake where I spent an amazing childhood growing up. Swimming in the lake and outdoor swimming pool. Boating on the lake and feeding the swans. Catching tadpoles , bird spotting and listening to the band in the bandstand. My favourite picnic food is homemade black pudding sausage rolls.ideal for hungry mouths after all that fresh air and exercise.

  27. We had a lovely family picnic at Lake Vyrnwy where we enjoyed lovely food but the best bit was the end when we made Eton Mess desserts with the fresh fruit,meringue and fresh cream we took with us . Delicious.

  28. My favourite picnic was probably when as a child I went to the Epsom Derby, we sat on the grass eating sandwiches, sausages, dips, cake, fruit salads. I of course particularly loved the trifle! There was so much food. I loved catching a glimpse of the Queen as she arrived. Such a great day!

  29. Cawthorne is my favourite place for a picnic, with family, playing games and having a picnic, old fashioned lemonade and home made sandwiches, quiche, cakes & scones. My favourite treat being home made flapjack made with honey.

  30. On the beach at Southwold with a wonderful family who had a beach hut and invited myself and my grandchildren to join them.Had a wonderful afternoon enjoying luxurious food and playing beach games

  31. My best picnic was taking my parents out for a picnic to celebrate their ruby wedding anniversary almost 40 years ago. We took champagne and seeing the delight on my parents’ faces enjoying a lovely picnic and special treats was a complete delight to behold. Happy memories.

  32. Best picnic was with the grandchildren in their garden. We had sandwiches and cakes and crisps and pop. Then played games before bath and bed. Happy days.

  33. Best recent picnic was at the National Trust Greys Court on the first day it was open in 2020. No cafe open, because of Covid. So we took a flask of tea, and some scones and jam, which is what we always choose in the tea room. We felt as if we’d escaped from prison after such a long lockdown. It was wonderful.

  34. Had a fabulous picnic at my daughters graduation, weather wasn’t perfect, but everyone brought something to the party. The little graduation cakes were fabulous.

  35. On the beach at Holland on Sea. We had all the usual salad bits and I made Farfalle, with grated cheese, spring onions, fresh mint and mayonnaise, delicious!

  36. My son took me to an open air concert in Preston.
    Kathryn Jenkins & Jose Carreras were the headliners.

    We had a feast of a picnic.
    It was a wonderful day

  37. Had an incredible day out last year to Life-Sized Monopoly. As an actress I had seen an acting job advertised there and plus the fact I love Monopoly I wanted to see what it was like.
    It was amazing but very fast-you had to solve puzzles and get out of escape rooms within a few minutes- but sometimes the crew (actors) helped us! Each crew member was a piece on the board,
    a hat, a ship etc. I don’t think I could do the job as you had to work out the rents using a tablet and I’m
    The icing on the cake was that our team, consisting of me, my husband and grown up twins
    won and got a substantial discount in the excellent cafe!

  38. My wife, Pauline, and I had a fantastic picnic recently sitting alongside a lock on the Grand Union Canal with our five grandchildren watching the narrow boats chugging down the canal, through the lock and on their way to pastures new. Plenty of sandwiches and cakes and fizzy drinks. A really memorable afternoon.

  39. My best one was in Chilham, when they used to have the jousting there and it was my first date with my husband.

  40. Best picnic was with friends at the local point to point meeting, sunshine, good company, fun watching the races and having a little bet on each helped along by several glasses of our favourite champagne!

  41. The best picnic I had was on top on Table Mountains in Cape Town.
    My favourite treat that day was fresh strawberries dipped in bubbly….

  42. Best picnic was in the Algarve, on the beach at Lagos, with my husband eating a mango ice cream. Also sipped some chilled Prosecco at sunset. Fabulous memories.

  43. I am 60 years old now with 10 grandchildren and we are very much a family who love to picnic.

    My earliest memories of picnics were with my Nan and grandad , they had a car to take us out , my mum bother and I did not so this was already a big treat . We lived in London so battersea Park was our green space , Nan & grandad lived in Hertfordshire which in those days was very much countryside .
    Grandad worked for Mcvities so there were always out of date treats to be had – mini rolls were our fav. Nan had been a school dinner cook in a small school and made delicious cakes for cake and custard , so our picnic’s were amazing ! Picnics make memories for sure and I do the same for my grandchildren ,

  44. Sat by the river at Chatsworth House enjoying a pork pie from the Chatsworth Farm Shop

  45. My favourite picnic was a lovely country park and historic site called Coombe Abbey in Coventry, my favourite snack was pork pie and cheese and lovely fruit juice for drinking.

  46. A picnic on a hot summer’s day in the lovely local park, eating egg and cress sarnies, strawberries and and drinking homemade lemonade with my family and assorted ants and wasps. Happy days.

  47. My favourite picnic was at the Rolls Royce Centenary Celebrations.
    We had beautiful fresh bread with pate and various cheeses with wine. Followed by strawberries and cream.

  48. after moving into a new village just 4 days before the lockdown , 2 of our 10 grandchildren were in our ‘bubble’. With our youngest daughter.
    VE Day celebrations were during lockdown and the village had the idea that everyone had a picnic in their garden , we posted photos on media and but banners up to show we were joining in . We had a trolley in the garden with a teaset and cakes with as much red white and blue that we could gather indoors , including our clothes !
    The children drew VE Day drawings and we put all over the hedge .
    Jam sandwiches and blue red and white little cup cakes were made for fun !

  49. Best picnic was on a beach on La Gomera, in island just west of Tenerife. Lovely food, gorgeous scenery and good company.

  50. My favourite picnic was on a beach in Orkney. We were so lucky with the weather, it was March and didn’t expect to get warm sunny weather, so settled for the afternoon with a thrown together picnic of food purchased in the local shop. So local Orkney cheeses with crackers, crisps and a nip of Highland Park to finish off. The views were just amazing. Wonderful Day.

  51. My best picnic was sitting on the banks of the Loire River, in the sunshine, having purchased large prawns, mayonnaise and French bread to eat. It was delicious.

  52. The best picnic I ever had was beside the river with my family and friends in the summer sunshine, we had scones with jam and cream!

  53. My best picnic was at Orford Castle in Suffolk, in the grounds. It was so peaceful, with lovely views of the river in front, and the castle keep behind. We had smoked salmon with home made brown bread, a bottle of Chablis, and finished off with home made strawberry cheese cake. We then wandered around the village and down to the quay. Marvellous and never forgotten.

  54. Recently stayed at the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth and enjoyed their fabulous breakfast in the stunning dining room. The location of the hotel overlookig Longsands beach is stunnig.

  55. Best picnic was with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Burghley House near Stamford, Lincolnshire for her Diamond Jubilee. She sat at a table under a canopy, we were all on blankets on the ground nearby. We were token locals having won one of three pairs of tickets made available. All the other attendees were being thanked for services rendered. We sat with medical staff from Papworth who had treated Philip for heart issues. The overall experience was the real treat.

  56. Beer and crackers when our plane got in late, the only thing in the cupboard, but delicious!

  57. Folkestone Sands – a beautiful location I am lucky enough to frequent during the summer months. I recreate my childhood and my children’s childhoods with those of my grandchildren. Splashing in the sea, building sandcastles and picnicking on the beach – making precious memories. Sandy hands and crunchy sandwiches are all par for the course!

  58. I love a picnic at my local proms in the park event every June in Birstall Leicester. My favourite picnic item is a Pork Pie from Melton Mowbray.

  59. Best picnic I had was in south Türkiye we drove to an area with fantastic views Taurus mountains we sat with family at the side of a beautiful river under eucalyptus trees it was shady and cool on a hot day we drank tea with meze snacks and watermelon watched the wildlife relaxed and played backgammon

  60. Kingsbarns in Fife with our motorhome, scotch eggs, pork pies and lots of salad. Delicious

  61. A picnic in the Blue Mountains in Australia, Christmas 1969 hosted by a collection of nurses who our ships company had met, some weeks before, when our ship berthed in Brisbane and we were invited to a tea dance at a returned serviceman’s league club on the Swan River. It was actually a horse ride to a barbecue, a new experience for a Kentish lad and the food was amazing: prawns, steaks, sausages, kebabs and pitta type bread with a huge box of mixed salad.

  62. My best picnics are always on Henman Hill at Wimbledon, while watching on the big screen. I could happily stay there all day as long as the rain stays away!

  63. Best picnic was last summer alongside the bridge to the Isle of Skye eating our prepacked lunch followed by freshly bought strawberries and cream, yummy.

  64. My best picnic was in Petra (Jordan) looking out over the beautiful ancient Rose Red city once hidden but now found. One of the wonders of the world.

    Simple food, bread cheese apples, tomatoes. But so fresh.

  65. We had a picnic at Henley Regatta a few years ago which was memorable because of the group of friends there. I made a quiche with crème fraiche and smoked salmon which was really delicious. Served with a sort of Greek salad ( all copped up small so easier to eat at a picnic) and a couple of bottles of Mersault – does it get any better than that!!!!

  66. The best picnic I had was in the Botanical Garden’s in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It was a fantastic location and experience, surrounded by exotic plants and hundreds of curious Sri Lankan school children!

  67. I held a picnic in our office for my team – including a soundtrack (with bees, crickets, birdsong) – with all that I would normally take to a picnic (baguettes, butter, olives, various cheese, tomatoes etc.). Everyone enjoyed it very much, although initially startled!

  68. My best picnic was at Glyndebourne in the interval of an opera, when the weather was gorgeous, shared with a small group of friends who had all brought some lovely food to share and the champagne was flowing freely

  69. Camber Sands – when I was a child our whole family of about 26 would meet on the beach one Sunday in the summer. Granny and Grandad, uncles, aunties and cousins. We’d have a row of windbreaks and picnics. We’d play rounders, fly kites, paddle and ride donkeys. Great childhood memories!

  70. My best picnic was on. Buckingham palace. Lawn with my adult children and partners and a friend of theirs from. Australia and shecmade egg mayonnaise sandwiches with a Australian. Twist

  71. This is a “no brainer” having recently lost a much loved sister-in-law to a short, but valiant fight, against cancer. My 4 children were young, we were visiting my brother & sister in law at their new home in Wrexham, which backed onto Erdigg Park. Beautiful day, picnic packed, we all settled down by the babbling river and enjoyed lovely sandwiches, a drink to go with it, and sent the kids of exploring whilst we let the meal go down , before they could have their chocolate treats. Lovely day, fond in the memory, even more so when my youngest, got a fish hook through her finger whilst messing about on the river bank. Off to hospital, where sister-in-law produced the chocolate treats (Kit Kat), which amazingly took their minds off the fish hook, whilst it was removed. God Bless you Aunty Keri.

  72. Best picnic was on Gullane beach in 1956 for my 10th birthday. We ate sardine sandwiches and drank Irn Bru. 🤪.

  73. Best picnic ever was on royal deeside near Aboyne with a lovely glass
    of my favourite red wine.

  74. My favourite picnic was at Legoland on the hill where all the miniature figures are. I actually took birthday cake.

  75. Memorable picnic. In the snow on Boxing Day at Winston Churchill’s house at Chartwell. In Kent, eating slabs of marzipan.

  76. Best picnic ever was at Badminton Horse Trials many years ago, where my friend, the host, produced a whole roast chicken for us all to share ….never tasted so good ever since!

  77. Best picnic? Several to choose from but probably The Bowl, MK, Last Night of the Proms concert with Spitfires as the weather was good. Always with a quiche filled with onion, apple and some strong cheddar, with some home made cheese, onion and potato bread (Delia Red Nose recipe). Do I seem to like an onion and cheese combo? Yes I do. Add some salary, as well as salmon and cream cheese sandwiches on granary bread. And some bubbles – I wasn’t driving!

  78. Best picnic
    My friend, my young daughter and I were staying in a caravan near Filey in Yorkshire. It had been raining pretty relentlessly, but about 3pm on our penultimate day, the sun came out and it was glorious. We grabbed bits and pieces from the fridge and made our way to the beach. I had bought two punnets of strawberries that I really couldn’t afford at that time and we just lay back on our costs and ate the whole lot. They were delicious.

  79. My best Picnic memory is from many years ago when my Nephew and Niece were staying here with me, my wife and our Daughter. We had taken the Picnic with us in our car intending to have it in the countryside. But it started to rain so we returned home and decided to have it in our little Summer House. A day that we all remember even though it was over thirty years ago.

  80. On a Pine forested beach in Corsica,with French soft cheeses,and a bottle of Rose champagne.

  81. Portmeirion is the best place for a picnic through the woods and sitting on top of the cliff overlooking the estuary watching the sun reflecting on the water.Depending on the time of year, soup in a flask or sausage rolls and homemade scones

  82. My best picnic was in Thetford forest. I was with friends, we had lots of nibbles and a lovely flask of coffee!

  83. Enjoying French cheeses,and a bottle of rose champagne on a pine forested beach in Calvi ,Corsica

  84. Coronation chicken sandwiches at NT Dyrham Park near Bath- lovely grounds and great adventure playground for children

  85. My last picnic was on a beach with my dog Jack our border collie- we had fish chips gherkins and tiramisu loved it all he died a few months later

  86. Best picnic was on the shore of Loch Tay at Killin. I made a chicken and ham pie filled with savoury gelatine. Crisp white wine washed it down perfectly.

  87. The best picnic I ever had was with friends and family to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee.

  88. Lovely family picnic with all my family beside the River Whiteadder just downstream from the dam where we could paddle and have a great time. Enjoyed the fresh bread and cakes made by my Aunt Lizzie from my Great grandparents bakery at Innerwick which is sadly no longer.

  89. My best day out, was an picnic at the beautiful Saint James Park. The scenenary was like some thing out of an magical fairy land. The birds singing. The ducks floating. It was like a dream. In the evening I went to the American bar at the Savoy Hotel. The service was amazing. The drinks were delicious and the nibbles were to die for.

  90. The best picnic I’ve ever had is when I was a child. My friend’s grandad took us for a country walk near her house, and he’d made a picnic of cheese sandwiches an apple, and home made ginger beer to drink, but the highlight for a 7 year old on an adventure was cream crackers with butter and jam!

  91. I would love to win the Coronation hamper to share with our community many whom were about for the Queen`s Coronation RIP.

  92. About fifteen years ago after another busy day at work, my partner said: “We’re eating out this evening, the picnic is ready, let’s go to Beacon Fell”. Less than a half hour drive from home, we found a sheltered spot, looking across the Fylde plain towards the distant Morecambe Bay and Blackpool Tower. Jane’s home-made tomato and onion salad went down well, as did a cold glass of wine. Peace and quiet, watching the slowly setting sun. Happy memories!

  93. My fave day out and picnic was at Greenwich park with my mum my son ,my daughter and two of my children’s friends! It was a sunny day ,we took a blanket ,monkey nuts and lots of bread to feed the squirrels and birds! We had about four different varieties of sandwiches,sausage rolls,cheese and onion rolls,crisps ,cakes,sweets and lots of juice and frozen jubbly s! A fox joined us and ended up taking half the picnic to feed her cubs it was so lovely! She made sure they were all well fed and didn’t even think of herself! My son’s friend got chased by a goose for stroking her baby! Was so funny,She chased her everywhere! Such a wonderful day! Then we all had icecreams! X

  94. The best picnic we ever had was when my 2 eldest children were younger(early 1980s) and we went to Longleat House and Safari Park, first we drove the excited children through the Safari Park where they laughed at the monkeys, howled at the Wolves and Roared at the Lions. We got out of our cars to get close to the Giraffes and Zebras at what I presume is now known as the African Village, the Zebras were far away but the Giraffes came very close, i turned round to see a Giraffe leaning over me much to the Kids Amusement. We then drove to the Grass Car Park near the House where we set up our small table and munched away on our sandwiches, roasted chicken, salad followed by Cake. Its never been the same since.

  95. My best picnic was sitting on the White Cliffs of Dover with my father eating faggots(!) from the local butcher’s and watching the boats below.

  96. A picnic with my parents on Blackpool beach when I was a small child. We had tomato sandwiches. The taste of tomato sandwiches complete with sand in them on a hot summer’s day by the sea has never been forgotten. They were delicious.

  97. The best picnic was on the slopes of the sugar loaf mountain in Abergavenny. It was a loaf of freshly baked bread, a jar of homemade raspberry jam and tea made by boiling a billy can over an open fire.

  98. The best picnic I had was back in May 1984, when two friends surprised me with a visit. I lived in a little town called Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries and Galloway and they lived miles apart from me and each other, one in Callander in Scotland and the other at Penrith in England, but they had conspired to surprise and support me.
    I was 37 and it was 7 months after the death of my husband in a road traffic accident and it was wonderful to see them. It was a beautiful day and we decided to go out for a picnic. I can’t really remember what we ate but it was just such a wonderful day to spend with them and will always be special to me.
    We are now all in our 70’s and we have continued to have a yearly picnic ever since.
    We take year about to host as we still live miles apart. This year will be my year and 39 years since our first picnic. We have only missed two, once when one of my friends was pregnant and the other during the first lockdown of the pandemic.
    This would be a wonderful prize as we would share it and use it every year.

  99. Verona near Juliet’s balcony.
    Beautiful day, friendly people, romantic location and lock fastened to the gate with our names.
    Shared a Margareta pizza.

  100. What a great way of celebrating any occasion with a full picnic basket. 9n a nice sunny day sitting on the side of the great orme with its all round views.

  101. I had my best picnics at Tar Steps on Exmoor on a beautiful summers day. A bottle of prosseco, strawberries and chocolate made the perfect day out.

  102. My favourite picnics are always in the back garden, sounds boring to you, but we always have everything on hand, we can never forget anything, we have a quick escape when the weather changes, the children have everything they need and we never hear ‘are we nearly there yet’

  103. At Oxwich Bay, Gower, Swansea overlooking the sea and eating tinned salmon sandwiches in seeded bread, seasoned with salt, pepper and vinegar, delicious

  104. I was probably about 5 years old and the family found a field gateway, just inland from the sea, near Frinton. there must have been about eight adults, including my parents, and we’re all seated on blankets on a very sunny day. I have a memory of egg sandwiches, cut in triangles. Maybe I had never had egg sandwiches at home and maybe one of my aunts had made them, but the memory remains with me. Simple, but delicious.

  105. My back garden picnic. Just enjoying the flowers, the company, my cat and of course there was never a queue for the perfectly clean loo! Fave food? Homemade cakes.

  106. Laying in the sun on a grassy bank by the river with the smell of pine trees & the sound of the water. The picnic had lots of fish dishes & finished off with bread & butter pudding made with coconut & coconut milk :-p

  107. My best ever picnic was a simple one, called into the deli and bought a huge chunk of farmhouse cheddar and a bunch of grapes which we washed down with a fruity wine in the forest . Sitting in the shade of the trees canopy looking up at sunlight glistening through, listening to the birds the sound of leaves rustling in the breeze……Simply magic.

  108. As someone who spent most of his working life in and around the hospitality industry, I have a feeling that tis little box of goodies might just slip down very well !

  109. Yorkshire show ground, Mum had packed the picnic. Home made terrine, sandwiches, fresh crab – beautiful food and a wonderful county show. I was approx 8.

  110. My favourite picnic would be a day with my husband in the height of summer and talking and listening to one another like we used to . We are both 70 years young with lots of health issues ! Ahhh to reminisce!

  111. Just been to Northern Ireland and driven round the north coast road. We had a wonderful time with cliff walks, The Giant’s Causeway and castles to visit. The people were extremely friendly and helpful. We are intending to go back and explore more of the country.

  112. Landed at the foot of a waterfall in a helicopter in Hawaii and had strawberries and champagne. An anniversary I’ll never forget!

  113. Love Stanley Tucci travels in Italy food programmes most fascinating and riveting watching. Excellent tv viewing!

  114. The best hotel I have ever stayed in is at the end of a cul-de-sac. Once you turn left onto the road there is only turquoise sea on your right and lush rainforest on the left. Pass the path to a mystical waterfall, dodge the monkeys in the road and weave rounds the bends of the mountainside for ten miles to reach Datai Bay. A magical journey to magical place. Greeted by a warm Malaysian welcome, this iconic, unique hotel is full of surprises. Caring for the environment is a priority for the hotel. As a result, you are treated to the sights and sounds of the wildlife and rich vegetation. Nothing is too much trouble at this very special place – a place where memories are made. But be careful, it could be costly because you will definitely want to return!

  115. Lovely day out at kenwood house Twickenham with late husband about 12 years ago & also listened to a wonderful classical music concert too!

  116. Best picnic ever was at Swanbourne Lake in Arundel where grandchildren and number of wild fowl kept us all royally entertained.

  117. My best picnic was a romantic one on the island of Kos with lots of local delicacies, sparkling wine and watching the sunset over the hills

  118. Overlooking the river Stour in Suffolk on a July day with perfect weather. My favourite thing was ice cold homemade lemonade with fresh lemons and traditional sandwiches of cream cheese and ham and salmon and cucumber.

  119. I once went to Glyndebourne with a company I worked for and we had a picnic there. I felt very grand and loved it all but the best thing in the food provided was some small Melton Mowbray pork pies a favourite of mine. Luckily everyone else turned their nose up – all the more for me!

  120. Best picnic was on the last day of a 3 night visit to Venice. It was August and it had rained for 2 days solid. We took the vaporetto to the Lido and the sun finally came out. It was like stepping back in time to see the white beach huts and liveried waiters. On our tight budget we found a little cafe selling home made lasagne and ice cold pinot grigio. That was my favourite picnic treat as we borrowed a little table cloth and sat on the beach with our wares. Delicious.!

  121. Absolutely adored my first picnic with my husband in Eccleston & enjoyed strawberries & champagne for the first time 🍓🍾🥂

  122. Best picnic was my son’s birthday celebration in the grounds of Chatsworth House; everyone brought something, and we shared a wonderful time together. Best item was savoury scones with savoury toppings.

  123. Windsor Great Park on a hot summer August Sunday afternoon. The little Post Office sold us ice creams and the children played in the small, but super cute playground.

  124. By far and away the best picnic was on a summer’s day last year in London’s Hyde Park.
    We found a wonderful spot which gave us unparalleled views of the surrounding central London scenery.
    Our picnic was topped off with a selection of wonderful and extremely tasty but delicate fresh cream cakes we purchased from a local patisserie.
    What a great end to a balmy afternoon.

  125. My favourite picnics were in Half Moon Bay Dhahran Saudi Arabia. Warm sea , beautiful sand and good facilities with tables under Sun shades.

  126. We had a super family picnic at Wicksteed Park, Kettering, Northamptonshire with grandparents, nieces, nephews, plus great nieces and nephews ranging from 3 years to 73 years. It was a lovely sunny day and we all had a great time.

  127. An amazing visit to Barafundle Bay. We enjoyed a fabulous picnic including fresh strawberries.

  128. My cousins used to have their birthday parties on the beach or in the park when they we were young. Lots of games, sandwiches, crisps and biscuits. The simple life.

  129. Knole Park was where I had my best picnic when I pregnant with my son. We packed a special treat of a cream tea with scones, jam and clotted cream to eat after our usual sandwiches and crisps.

  130. My best picnic was when all,the family can get together on the beach. My favourite food is cold chicken salad.

  131. best picnic was sat by the Eton college looking towards the Thames on my first date 30 years ago and my then partner had packed a delicious picnic of delicate ham sandwiches with the crusts cut off. I was so impressed and his home made scones, homemade strawberry and quince jam and clotted cream oh happy days.

  132. My best picnic was one I prepared myself. The best bits were the strawberries and cream and homemade quiche. We visited the park in Northampton to let the grandchildren play and have a wodnerful time.

  133. Best picnic so far was by the river near Norwich with future wife and friends back in 1983 to celebrate graduation and 21st birthdays- a long time ago!

  134. Best picnic spot has to be sitting in the hills around Broadway Tower in Worcestershire as it has great views, calming scenery overlooking where sheep graze and deer wander. Best thing to eat has to be a crunchy roll with free ham and cheese – lip smackingly good!

  135. my best picnic was in a summer school holiday when I was about 7years old
    ( Im now 84). We packed the food wrapped up in serviettes. We caught a Trolley bus to Huddersfield ,where we changed buses and went on one to the terminus at Marsden. We alighted from the bus and walked about 3 miles to Eastergate. (imagine my joy 2 years ago whilst out for a walk I recognised the location. I remember eating a packet of Smiths crisps after I had sprinkled the salt on them from the blue twisted piece of paper. We had my very favourite Butterfly buns to finish the meal. A very happy memory. Crisps and butterfly buns

  136. Best picnic was a family one at Eton on the bank of the river.
    Favourite picnic treat is Coronation chicken.

  137. My best picnic was with my wife and children when they were young was on the beach at Salou Spain at tea-time, after everybody else had left the beach. So we had it all to ourselves. Wonderful!! Our favourite picnic treat was the lovely local soft Bimbo bread we had purchased. The children absolutely loved it!

  138. One of the best picnics I’ve ever had was at Cliveden, in the days when National Trust members could freely access the grounds. We too individual Beef Wellingtons, salads and champagne. And proper crockery. Lovely

  139. Excited for the coming new King’s coronation. This is a great competition and prize, too.

  140. Every year in June I organise a picnic for a special group of friends in Windsor Great Park during Royal Ascot. We always look forward to seeing members of the Royal Family as they pass through in their carriages. This year will be the first year without our Queen Elizabeth II.
    We always have plenty of fizz to celebrate the occasion.

  141. We went to Cape Town and had afternoon tea at the Lord Nelson hotel . We’ve had afternoon tea at Raffles in Singapore , and Reid’s in Madeira . But this outshone them both . We sat in the gardens which were beautiful and wandered around the hotel . The tea was just wonderful with so many delicious things . The pianist was lovely and it was a very special afternoon for my husband and me .

  142. We went to Cape Town and had afternoon tea at the Lord Nelson hotel . We’ve had afternoon tea at Raffles in Singapore , and Reid’s in Madeira . But this outshone them both . We sat in the gardens which were beautiful and wandered around the hotel . The tea was just wonderful with so many delicious things . The pianist was lovely and it was a very special afternoon for my husband and me .

  143. The first picnic with my small granddaughters was magical. We had fairy themed food and lots of stories and laughter.

  144. The best holiday I ever had was in Croatia. This was about 25 years ago before Croatia really opened up for holiday makers. We stayed in Pula, a pretty resort and the best memory I have of staying there was the Plitvice lakes, which is quite a long day trip from Pula. Not all the roads were tarmacked then and we were driven down some very bumpy dirt tracks! However, it was worth the long journey as the Plitvice lakes are amazing and the sight of them has lived with me ever since. I understand that the KRK falls are much the same and perhaps one day before I’m much older I might get to see them too.

  145. My favourite picnic was on a beach at Sorrento, Italy with friends we were visiting. We swam, and the weather was perfect. We got hot fresh pizza from a lorry that stopped by selling them and also my favourite food, lovely, ripe watermelon – which was so refreshing. We had homemade lemon granita, salad and pasta. It was a lovely time, just perfect.

  146. My favourite picnic spot is half way up our local Leeds/Liverpool canal. Its one of our favourite walks with the Grandchildren. We walk from Higher Ince to Haigh Hall a local Statley home and woodland park. The walk along the canal is dotted with lovely open spaces to sit with your picnic and enjoy the wildlife and scenery.

  147. My favourite picnic was with my husband, sister and brother-in-law and our kids, and also our beautiful dog. It was besides a flowing river and we had all the traditional food you would associate with a picnic.

  148. Most definitely on the Llangollen canal towpath as the sun set. Perfect food was the meal for two from that famous shop where “this is not just food, this is X&X food – paella, vegetable kebabs and citron tart.

  149. The best picnic ever was treats bought at the KaDeWe in Berlin enjoyed by the lake in the Tier Garten. Heavenly!

  150. My best picnic experience was whilst watching a cricket match on the Wormsley Estate in Buckinghamshire. All the guests brought a contribution to the food and drink, the sun shone and it was a unforgettable day!

  151. Best picnic was sat under a tree on a very hot afternoon at Sandringham House in 2018.
    Favourite treat that day was a bottle of Elderflower presse, very welcome in the heat of the afternoon.

  152. Birthday picnic at Buckingham Palace enjoyed with children and grandchildren . We had a lovely day, with sunshine and the opportunity to walk around the grounds

  153. Best picnic at glyndebourne festival opera with my lovely family. Best picnic food – asparagus from our allotment.

  154. It was in Dorset where we stopped at the Cerne Abbas long man. Two of us VP thought we were just taking a natural break but then the bags appeared and using one of B the C tables a spread was laid B out before us. Ham slices, chunks of cheese, pork pies to die B for with coleslaw salad eggs and tomatoes. All washed down with a lovely white wine.

  155. My best picnic was on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It was amongst the sand hills with a wonderful view of the sea. We could see the whales – fabulous.

  156. On the shores of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, eating a simple picnic of nice crusty bread, cheese and tomatoes.

  157. Best picnic.
    On a charity walk in aid of Dentaid, walking the Great Wall of China. An elderly man of less than 5 ft tall came directly up the extreme gradient to where we had stopped for lunch. He had a huge wooden tea chest roped to his back and out of this he unpacked bottled water and sandwiches and fruit for 18 people. Some of the sandwiches contained the cold fried eggs we had avoided in the breakfast buffet at 7am but after a 12 mile walk they were amazingly tasty! How this man had carried so much was amazing.

  158. Our best picnic was at Longleat safari park. When we were finally allowed to meet our family outside after lockdown restrictions were eased. We hardly knew our baby grandson and the three year old understood we couldn’t hug him, but at least we were all present.
    We can’t remember what we ate, that wasn’t so important.

  159. It was on the beach in Padstow. We’d been camping with our daughters (age 8 and 10) at St Dennis We were there for 2 weeks. It literally rained for 13 1/2 days. Suddenly, about 11am, on the day before we were due to pack up and go home, the sun came through. We gathered our picnic set, made butties (surprising what you can do in a tent!).

    We drove into Padstow.. sun still shining! ☀️ got settled on the beach. We enjoyed our butties, cake and lemonade. Played French Cricket on the beach and had a paddle in icy water. After a couple of hours a huge very wet looking cloud came over! Ran to the car, back to the tent for a cup ot tea and to get dried off. A holiday which often comes up in conversation, even though it happened 35 years ago. Memories like this are the best! (Perhaps not at the time!!)

  160. The best picnic was held in my living room, in winter.
    We did the full blanket and champagne, with a seafood platter, cakes and breads.
    It was romantic and unforgettable

  161. The best picnics I remember were as a young boy where we took a packed lunch with us and ate on the beach at Blackpool on a day out with all my family, Mum & Dad, my three sisters and two brothers and myself. I remember the taste of salmon paste sandwiches (often with extra grit from sand blown on them as well). If we were being posh, we would have cucumber on them as well or lettuce. These were often accompanied with a slice of buttered maltloaf (Soreen even in those days). All of this was washed down with a drink of Dandelion & Burdock pop and if we were very lucky we would get an ice cream cornet with a flake, a good old 99, before heading off to the railway station to catch the train back home. Great memories of the 1960’s.

  162. Best picnic was at our local ‘Music in the park’ event, with amazing British strawberries!

  163. At Frinton Beach with my family for my 69th birthday. My favourite treat that day was the amazing Victoria Sponge cake my daughter made filled with F&M strawberry and champagne preserve.

  164. my favourite picnic was in my garden with all my family, favourite treat was charlotte rousse

  165. My best picnic was in the grounds of Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire while watching an outdoor production of As You Like It. A beautiful day, amazing surroundings topped off by smoked salmon, strawberries and cream, ginger beer…and yes, a homemade quiche. Not quite the royal one, but fit for a king nonetheless.

  166. Fave picnic was at the beautiful Hever Castle, the fave treat was scones with clotted cream and jam

  167. When I was a child my family including my parents, brother, grand parents ,aunts and uncles, cousins al used to go for picnics up on the quantock hills . We used to play games then have a picnic . My favourite food was quiche with salad

  168. My best picnic was at The Battle Proms concert at Hatfield House. Brilliant music, lovely weather, great atmosphere. All very civilised – we took a picnic table and chairs then as the sun went down, we lit our oil lamp, opened our picnic bag and poured the Prosecco. As we watched the spitfires and other war planes fly over, followed by fireworks, we tucked into decadent smoked salmon and cucumber, honey roast ham and yummy egg mayo sandwiches. We had portions of my speciality quiche (stilton and caramelised onion with toasted pine nuts!), followed by lemon drizzle cake with creme fraiche and raspberries. We had won the tickets in a competition so we really pushed the boat out with our picnic – a really memorable occasion.

  169. New Years Eve at Sydney Harbour Bridge 2022/23. Whilst visiting my brother in Australia who lives North of Sydney we took a train in to the city late afternoon from Brooklyn. We were lucky enough to get tickets next to the harbour bridge on Observatory Hill. Took along a picnic, so having claimed our spot, sat down to wait for the celebrations. The harbour puts on 2 firework displays a shorter show early evening for families and then the huge display at midnight. The harbour was busy with party boats and what seemed like millions of people dotted around the waterfront areas. Having watched on the tv in the past it was wonderful to experience everything first hand. The noise and size of the fireworks was stunning. Streets packed with people on the way back to the train to get home but well organised. Certainly a New Years Eve to remember.

  170. The days of going down to a quiet beach with all the family is so exciting for all the young. The thought of all those sandwich which has to be eaten before being allowed to dive into the iced cakes which only happened when we had a picnic. Sun cream, hats, windbreaks, chairs for mum and dad. Happy days.

  171. Our best picnic was on Kit’s Hill in Cornwall. We had some sumptuous smoked salmon sandwiches, some mini quiches lorraine, fresh strawberries and clotted cream and a sparkling white wine. Great food, great views.

  172. When I went, many years ago, to the Annual Girls Brigade Rally at the Albert Hall in London. Sat across the road on a bench in the park and shared a picnic with so many girls. Oh and on the way home discovered that Southampton , my home team had beaten Manchester United in the Cup Final. I enjoy the celebrations all the way home.

  173. We took a picnic to Godrevy Point in Cornwall. We sat high on the cliff top eating M&S Spanish tapas over looking the sea – watching a colony of grey seals lolling about below us

  174. My best picnic was at Glyndeboune in their wonderful atmospheric gardens during the opera season, where we indulged in that most traditional English treat a tasty cucumber sandwich an important element in a any picnic – bliss.

  175. Lovely prize, I will be sat at home watching this once in a lifetime event, sipping a pimms.

  176. Best picnic was a mini tapas buffet on Margate Beach. It was windy and few braved the sea but enjoyable nonetheless.

  177. I loved picnics when I was younger (now I find it hard to sit on the grass comfortably, so try to find a seat!). We used to take our sons out regularly on a Sunday in good weather & I prepared some interesting & tasty picnics. Once we went to Thorpe Park & (as I don’t like the rides) I sat in the rose garden with the coats & the picnic baskets & read my book, while my husband took the boys on the rides. We had a lovely day, but I forgot to pack mugs so we drank our juice out of eggcups which we bought at the shop, as I needed some anyway!

  178. On our first ever visit to New York we had a wonderful morning seeing the sights.
    As lunch time approached we stumbled upon a deli that was attracting a crowd spilling out onto the pavement. So we joined the throng and grabbed bagels,cheeses and huge tomatoes and warm pretzels.
    Take away aromatic coffee and slices of New York cheesecake completed our haul.
    This was all carefully carried along to Central Park, where we picnicked by the lake.
    It was like being in a film!
    We have returned many times to New York and a picnic in Central Park always features, whatever time of year we visit.

  179. Best picnic at Chatsworth House, such a stunning place and so privileged as a volunteer for Barnardo’s and to meet Princess Diana in 1981. We all had picnic hamper with delicious food. Best was the sausage rolls and quiche.

  180. I love the picnics we have in our own garden – saves carrying all the food and deckchairs very far!

  181. Favourite picnic was at our daughter’s school on sports day andthe baest bit was seeing her win her race.

  182. I have many favourite picnics. Perhaps the best was the day I met my baby godson for the first time, on a beautiful day in the Lancashire countryside. The home-made brownies were fabulous too.

  183. We had a fantastic picnic in the west car park at Twickenham rugby stadium, it was a civilised start & end to the day, no greasy burgers, just groups of people enjoying a day out in the sun.

  184. A family picnic with Canadian relatives in Richmond Park. Pork pies were the star of the show

  185. Burrington Combe, Somerset one summer’s day with views of the countryside we ate roasted tarragon chicken

  186. A visit to Newby Hall in August 2020 between lockdowns. We celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary with a picnic. We had excellent salads crusty home made bread and non alcoholic mocktails as we had to drive home. We reminisced over our 50 years of marriage with only one regret we could not spend the day with our two sons and their families due to social distancing.

  187. Best picnic, on safari in South Africa. It was our 40th wedding anniversary and we had a picnic lunch in a treehouse in the bush watching rhino and vultures drinking from the river below, with paw prints of a local leopard, who had recently passed by, at the foot of the tree.
    The food was glorious with tasty local salads, home made wraps and sausage rolls, fresh fruits and lots of champagne.

  188. Beckenham park with lots of friends and youngsters, playing games, and everyone brought a bit of everything to share and eat. Some very nice chicken was included.

  189. My best picnic was at Henley Regatta where the favourite treat was my asparagus wrapped in smoked salmon. It was my first date with my late husband Simon

  190. Badbury Rings near Wimborne Dorset back in the 50’s. Such a lovely setting for picnics & playing with family.

  191. My best picnic was in the grounds of Lincoln Castle before a concert by Jools Holland and his rhythm & blues orchestra. There were quite a few of us and we all took something different from cheeses to prawns, all washed down with a selection of wines and beers. It was delicious and the concert was great!

  192. The best picnic ever was at our last Athletics meet on a cool, windy Summer’s afternoon/evening. Chicken drumsticks and pigs in blanket, having been wrapped in foil, were still warm and just the ticket to warm us up and keep us clapping and cheering.

  193. We met up with the family for a picnic, by the side of the River Lune. After watching children’s TV , my 2 year old grandson tried the boy scout way of lighting a fire , rubbing 2 sticks together to make a BBQ We had to make do with all the picnic food we had brought which was very enjoyable.

  194. In March 1989 I had just passed my exams to be a member of the Royal College of physicians. My boyfriend Sam and I went to Paris for a few days to celebrate. Weirdly it was incredibly warm. We bought a baguette, some Brie and a bottle of red wine. we sat in the Champ de Mars and had this for a picnic lunch. I knew that I was on my way to be a consultant physician. Two years later we got married had a couple of wonderful kids and are now retired. I still remember that impromptu picnic with great fondness.

  195. For our silver wedding anniversary our children sent my husband &I to a beautiful small private hotel in the country, on arrival after unpacking we were led to the pool which was set in a beautiful garden & picnicked on champagne marinated strawberries from a hollowed out melon while watching about 2dozen multicoloured hot air balloons drift over us. Romance was definitely in the air . This year will be our 48th Anniversary.

  196. Overcombe overlooking Weymouth bay on a beautiful sunny day with home made scotch eggs

  197. Best picnic we had was as kids, on Margate Beach, and the ice pops mum had in the cold bag were the best treat ever 😀

  198. I can’t remember ever having a picnic apart from sandwiches in the car or on a bench looking at a view!

  199. My best picnic was in Stewarts Park in Middlesbrough. My favourite treat was cherry scones with strawberry jam.

  200. Best picnic was on a day out in Brecon with my 2 small boys. When we sat to eat the youngest had eaten all the sausage rolls – our favourite picnic snack!

  201. A braai on the beach at bloubergstrand in the Cape SA.
    Home made marinated beef kebabs.

  202. Best ever? A very simple family picnic by the dock at Whitby. Amazing weather – for Yorkshire! – followed by the most delicious cups of takeaway tea from a local stall, supplied in proper pot mugs. What a treat. And yes, we took the mugs back!. Properly memorable 🙂

  203. Lizards point stunning views great weather excellent food and the most delightful company Ann Kelly Thank you x

  204. On a remote beach near Tongue in Sutherland, when aged about 10 years – sunshine, clean sandy beach with no one else there, a picnic feast and a happy family day.

  205. Picnic on Ben Nevis with ham sandwiches, quiche, cheese and grapes all washed down with a bottle of champers, whilst admiring the amazing views of Scotland from the UK’s highest mountain – what’s not to love !

  206. Our best family picnics have always been enjoyed while walking in the Peak District, which is our favourite place for hiking in the countryside. And must have items are always scotch eggs, sausage rolls and of course a sweet treat, as the calories don’t count when you’re out on a long walk!!

  207. My best picnic was on the beach in woolacombe bay where we enjoyed scones with clotted cream and Jam.

  208. My best picnic was on a small private boat hire in Dartmouth Harbour, where we had amazing food and wine including Lobster. The views were pretty nice too!

  209. When I was 8 my mother promised us a picnic, down by The Ham in Tewkesbury. However, on the day, my baby sister came out in a rash so a visit to the doctor’s took priority. It turned out that my sister had measles so the picnic was out of the question, but Mum decided that we would have a picnic at home instead, with the food laid out on a tablecloth on the living room floor, with the curtains drawn to protect my sister’s eyes…. I don’t remember what else we had, but I remember crusty bread rolls with ham off the bone and sweet-tasting butter. I’ve never been very fond of ham, but this was delicious, and ever since that day I’ve loved ham with butter on crusty bread, and I just can’t buy ham without buying crusty bread to go with it. And proper butter, of course!

  210. A family picnic in the park with our children and friends is great fun. Everyone joins in with field games and helps themselves to sandwiches, pies, fruit and cakes. A great picnic really needs to include a great pork pie or two.

  211. The best picnic would be sitting in the grounds of Blenheim Palace on a hot summers day tak In the great British history and beautiful countryside

  212. Myself, my wife and our two friends drove to Portpatrick for a picnic. However when we got there, it was raining cats and dogs. So instead of sitting in the car, we thought sod it, forgive the pun, put up our travel table, 4 chairs, opened our picnic basket and got tucked in to our favourite salmon & cream cheese sandwiches. I think there was more rain water in the glass than wine🤣 it did brighten up later and we had a great time 🙂

  213. Best picnic is in my own back garden amongst my beautiful flowers. Not far to carry my basket

  214. I have such fond memories of the last picnic I took with my mother .. in Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Already wheelchair bound, she was always delighted to get out. Her favourite picnic item that day? I ‘forgot’ to fill the thermos flask with coffee that morning and accidentally poured a chilled bottle of white wine into the thermos instead. The beam on her face when she realised my ‘terrible mistake’!

  215. Favourite picnic, always with special people in my life , family and friends
    You can’t beat a Cornish Pasty , over looking the Ocean at St Michaels Mount

  216. My best picnic was at Caledonian waterfall in Cyprus. I’d 6 weeks before had a hip replacement and until then was unable to walk that far. Sitting at the top of the walk listening to the water and sounds of the birds was magical.

  217. My husband and I loved to picnic at Tunstall Reservoir in the North Pennines near Wolsingham.
    Such a beautiful location and we always enjoyed our homemade sandwiches of roast beef.

  218. Camber sands, we went with a lot of family, thought it would be an amazing day by the sea, turned out to be so windy there was sand everywhere including in the sandwiches!!! But as for laughs there were so many that we always remember that day with great fondness. We also still remember the sand we were finding months later!!!

  219. My best picnic was very simple – good food, a home made quilt to sit on, one of those lovely, but surprising, hot spring days on the Sussex South Downs and my family with me. Just perfect 😍

  220. My best picnic was in 2019 during Easter. My husband is one of six siblings and we all got together with their children and grandchildren for a massive picnic at a local country park. Lots of food, laughter and kids walking on stepping stones in the river.

  221. Best picnic I had was as a child wondering through local fields with friends. We were only about 10yrs old at the time but it was a time where we could do that.We had jam sandwiches one bottle of lemonade and a few biscuits. Happy childhoods out all day till it started to get dark.

  222. The Loch of Skene – Aberdeenshire. Fishing for pike.

    Mini pork pies quartered – two with Branston pickle and two with English mustard. Flask of tea.

  223. Burton Bradstock beach my close friend Richards 50 th birthday . We celebrated it with our family

  224. The best picnic ever was a day out to Stonehenge with my family, my friend and her family. We picked up rolls on the way and assembled them with various fillings that I had made the night before ,including coronation chicken which is my son’s favourite.such a wonderful sight, seeing everyone chatting and laughing over the breaking if bread.

  225. My favourite picnic was in Los Angeles in the hills. My Aunt lived there and had made a gorgeous spread which included her “speciality” sausage pie. Looking down over LA was beautiful. When I eat it now I always remember being there.

  226. I had my best picnic on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town stunning views, shared with family.

  227. The best picnic ever was a day out to Stonehenge with my family, my friend and her family. We picked up fresh rolls on the way and assembled them with various fillings that I had made the night before ,including coronation chicken which is my son’s favourite, sausage rolls, pork pies and the typical thermos of tea ! Makes me smile to this day. Such a wonderful sight, seeing everyone chatting and laughing over the breaking of bread.

  228. I used to love picnics as a child with my mum and dad at Whitworth institute Matlock. The best bit to me as i was a child was dessert from the ice cream van. A lovely Fab ice cream.

  229. My best picnic ever was during a visit to relatives in Tiverton in the 1950s when rationing had just ceased and we had wonderful time on the banks of the River Exe

  230. Best picnic was with my granddaughter in the rain. She was so happy to be outdoors,her favourite treat was Sausages and blocks of cheese.

  231. My best picnic was in the park in Benelmadena, sitting in the shade of a tree with my grandkids and sister, chickens and rabbits running free, birds taking the crumbs, love and laughter, great day out

  232. My favourite picnic – sat along side the river wye in Redbrook, a beautiful village spanning 2 countries England and Wales. My favourite item – a slice of homemade carrot cake .

  233. Favourite picnic – Windsor Great Park looking down the Long Walk towards the Castle and favourite food that day – homemade sausage rolls.

  234. Our best picnic was the one sitting on a beautifully carved bench along the River Doubs in France, which formed part of the border between France and Switzerland. We were enjoying some homemade sandwiches (probably local ham and local cheese with tomatoes and cucumber) and the wine was a Bourgogne Passetout Grains, which we had been cooling in the river with the aid of a piece of string! Then an apple each and sharing a bag of fresh strawberries purchased from a local street market earlier that morning!

  235. My best picnic was in Crete, copious amounts to eat. The sun was shining and the sea glistened whilst we were dining. Olives galore, green and black and we kept going back for more. The Greek salad sang its own ballad with goats cheese, Mediterranean
    tomatoes, cucumber and onions, for the palate to please. Baklava for pudding, delicious and scrumptious. To add to the pot, a Raki shot – the best picnic ever in the best weather, in the best place on earth – Crete – it cannot be beat!

  236. School holiday, just me and grandson out to a country park with chocolate spread star shape sarnies, delicious but occasional treat!

  237. The best picnics were when I was a small child when eating on the beach seemed fun.

    Your couldn’t force me to have a sand sandwich now

  238. My best picnic was corned beef pie with small salmon and cucumber sandwiches. cold wine in a freezer bag containing ice packs. Followed by cheese and grapes lush.

  239. My friend was trying to win me back and took me for a walk in Cornwall, he packed a simple picnic as a surprise but it was all my favourite food. Peanut butter sandwich, fizz, and cadbury chocolate.

  240. Many years ago I was working in Dubai and Christmas fell in Ramadan. Whilst not a recognised festival in the Middle East, we still wanted to celebrate without offending our hosts. So we packed up a picnic of Eastern treats and trundled way out into the desert with the city lights in the distance. In fact since after dusk we did follow local feasting law, but great fun being expats, under a very balmy sky – but no moon!

  241. Best picnic on John Smith’s Beach, Bermuda at sunset.
    30th Anniversary celebration with delicious selection of tasty sandwiches, pate, cheese and fruit all washed down with champagne. For dessert, a key lime pie (my absolute favourite) and heart shaped chocolates.

    We were on a trip down memory lane, having lived in Bermuda for two years in the mid 70’s and John Smith beach, one of our favourite haunts, is where my husband proposed to me.

  242. The best picnic I can remember was on the side of the A24 near Dorking when I was 6 or 7 (65 years ago). My uncle brought out a Primus stove and cooked sausages and mashed potato on it. I had never eaten outdoors before and the smell of the cooking and the excitement of the odd car passing by (the roads were quiet back then!) really made it a meal to remember. I had two sausages that day – I felt so grown up!

  243. Had a Princess Cake for a picnic in Djurgarden, Stockholm’s National city Park.
    The Fortnum & Mason hamper looks amazing. Unfortunately, they do not sell Sweden’s Princess Cake in their store!

  244. Was it my best picnic? Possibly, my first picnic, definitely. It took place on South Road shore – now known as Crosby Beach to some- against the brick wall of the park, sitting on towels drinking corporation pop and eating ice creams. Some time ago now…

  245. When I was a child my parents took me on a picnic once a week on a Wednesday, the day our shop had half day closing. It was always lots of fun. One of the things we always had was a tin of cold baked beans. Yummy.

  246. Went to Goodwood for the races with a group of friends – we all contributed food to the picnic and we had the best day. Sunshine and fun – an amazing homemade carrot cake seems to be remembered.

  247. During the 1950’s going to Beachy Head near Eastbourne with my parents together with my brother and sister and enjoying our family group. I remember trying to fly a kite not very successfully and just so much laughter from all of us. Difficult to remember the food we had but I think my mother made a Victoria sponge cake which was always delicious but only had it rarely then which made it more enjoyable.

  248. Best picnic Kingsley Vale West Sussex.. Our three adult children came for my birthday picnic and my son who was not feeling great lugged the cool bag for a mile to our chosen spot.

  249. Leith Hill, Surrey. The views are spectacular. The coffee, sandwiches and fruit tasted sublime.

  250. Having served in the WRNS BBQ’s were always the theme so to mix that up with a picnic with traditional sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones with jam & cream washed down with bubbly was a great alternative.

  251. In the Bahamas …..on a beautiful sandy beach……. champagne in hand watching the sun go down ….. does not get much better!

  252. My favourite picnic was in Switzerland. We visited the shops to get fresh bread and cheese and walked up into the mountains. We found a grassy spot with amazing views and the sound of cowbells around us. Simple pleasures at its best.

  253. Lemon Blueberry Scones – pasta salad – fruits – and to drink a glass of cava.

  254. My best picnic was last June in Bedford Park, it was a beautiful day and it was my fist date after 17 years on my own. l had suggested a picnic and had bought sandwiches from Waitrose, which were delicious, my favourite as always is the prawn mayo, plain and simple but never disappoints. That picnic changed my life and l have never been happier.

  255. All our picnics on the beach have been memorable best family times, even with the sand blowing in the sandwiches! Our favourite picnic treat is scones with clotted cream.

  256. have had many picnics, some simple , some exotic, but the one that was very special was the one we risked the weather and won. It was a very special day as I was at Glyndebourne , the opera was Cosi Fan Tutti, with a wonderful cast. The best thing is to have a picnic at the interval, in the lovely well kept beautiful gardens. You can book into the restaurant, which guarantees dry meals but we took the challenge and won. It was some years ago, I have sung all my life and all my family are musical. Sang with the Gulbenkian Choir in Portugal and now in England working, we were three musical friends , the other two older than me , ( but music has no age barriers ) to concerts together. We talked of where else we would like to go and my husband was working down in London, and so had the opportunity to get the tickets when the office opened. I also bought a ticket for my mother as her birthday present. He managed to get the tickets and we planned it all carefully. We each made something for the picnic, so home made bread, all sorts of lovely cold meats salad etc and I made a strawberry flan. We got our dresses sorted, came down to where my mother lived to stay the night and then set off the next day for Glyndebourne. We had a good trip down, the weather was wonderful. The opera fantastic and at that time it was not a corporate thing, but full of people who loved the opera and music in general. I remember the beautiful deep pink peony near where we sat and enjoying our food and wine. in the early evening with bats flitting about. A wonderful occasion, never forgotten, still have the programme. So wonderful that we said we would NOT go there again the following year, but might look at going to Salzburg. If you understand, we felt everything had been so marvellous and not a single hitch in any way, it was unlikely that such a perfect day could be repeated. We did of course continue to go to and listen to concerts and many other things and I have a thought of going to Verona perhaps. But that occasion is never forgotten, especially as I am the only person still alive of our musical quartet. So glad that I was able to let my mother go to Glynbourne and that is a wonderful memory that I treasure.

  257. We have had some memorable punting picnics on the Cherwell in Oxford. Our favourite picnic treat on those punts was white wine cooled in the river.

  258. We had a great picnic in the car park for Pooh Sticks Bridge ,Hartfield consisting of marmalade sandwiches ,sausage rolls and a flask of tea before our walk to visit the bridge and play Pooh Sticks.

  259. On Seaford Head overlooking the Seven Sisters in East Sussex

    Gala Pie with ice cold Champagne

  260. My best picnic was in the Okavango Delta Botswana, we stopped at a shallow sandbank and the table and chairs were set up in the water where we were served a wonderful lunch with chilled wine. The cool waters lapping around our ankles made for a refreshing break from the blistering sun, fabulous day and a picnic never to be experienced like it again.

  261. My best picnic was in Regents Park Inner Circle, near the cafeteria and theatre. Easy to reach walking.

    The sun was shinning, it was May, on the date of my birthday. And my daughters and husband were there. The girls payed, we chat, laughed and took photos. The surrounding were splendid. A good memory to go back to.

    We eat quiche Lorraine, salad, salmon and cream sandwiches. Wed drunk wine and water with Rabina. There was my favourite Victoria sponge to finish and hold the candles.

  262. It wasn’t the best but it was the most memorable. There was a bridge down so we had to travel from our home in Jharkhand, India to Ranchi – the state capital. The journey of about 80 miles usually took around 4 hours to complete. Knowing that we had to go by the “scenic” route, I packed a few egg sandwiches and we set off. First off, we had to wait for a police escort to travel through a terrorist infested area; the police only had one vehicle so that was an hour waiting. Then it was raining, we didn’t know the exact route and there was no fencing with steep drop on the passenger side of the jeep; the road was also very muddy. We stopped in a lay-by to eat and use the “facilities” (trees). The journey took around 13 hours! and when we arrived, my husband had managed to leave my suitcase behind.

  263. My best picnic was during the 2012 London Olympics. I didn’t get any tickets to the event, but we took a picnic blanket with snacks, booze, games, lots of water and had such an amazing day sat out with the huge screens in Hyde park. The sun was shining, the atmosphere was amazing. Take me back!

  264. My favourite picnic was many years ago when on a family holiday in Devon. We sat on a bank on a bend of the river Dart enjoying all the treats in our picnic hamper. Suddenly there was a flash of blue as a kingfisher darted by. We kept quiet and it returned to a tree on the opposite bank. It dived for fish several times before flying further upstream. Nature at its best! A magical moment to share together!

  265. best picnic ever was in Ravenscourt Park last year for Platinum Jubilee & our 22nd Wedding anniversary. Indonesian TV even asked to film us on account of so many fun loving chums in fancy dress with bunting galore and heaps of delicious food and drink

  266. It was in Hyde Park sitting near the lake with my wife and daughter enjoying the regal atmosphere. The fresh cream eclairs were my favourite they nearly always are.

  267. My best picnic was on the Long Mynd in Shropshire with my wife even though it was raining. We had some vegan sausage rolls with us that we’d cooked at home and wrapped in foil. So they were still quite warm when we had our picnic, ideal on a wet and windy day

  268. Recently visited The Newt Gardens in Somerset, near Bruton. Although you can only visit with a member it is a brilliant day out. Start with brunch in the garden cafe – food & views extraordinaire, walk round the Parabola gardens, visit the history of gardens museum & enjoy woodland walks.

  269. Our best picnic was at Burton Constable Hall, live music event. A full afternoon and evening of live bands in the garden. A car blanket, collapsible seats and a cool box full of goodies. The treat was the company and atmosphere created at the event.

  270. A Sunday in May, on Wheathampstead Green. 6 years old, two older brothers and Mum and Dad. Watching the cricket on the green, exploring through the coconut-scented gorse bushes and surprising baby bunnies into scooting into their home burrows. Home-made sandwiches and two rare treats – a packet of Smiths crisps (with a little blue salt bag) and a bottle of shop lemonade, both to be shared between the three of us. Thin pickings in the days of post-war rationing but it didn’t stop us having fun.

  271. Silvertraveladvisor is a great place to find information and ideas for us, the older and more mature person. Fantastic holiday offers, great book recommendations and some nice competitions.

  272. Holland park whilst no a mystery picnic was amazing all the food was from local shops gathered on a walk

  273. My best picnic ever was in South Africa after going on Safari. I was introduced to Gin & tonic for the first time, and haven’t looked back since!

  274. Favourite picnic was at dubai grandaughter was living there at he time and we had lovely picnic in grounds of her apartment. Tasty bread,meats and salads.lovely cakes too.

  275. Imagine a small sitting room with five people crammed in on the sofa, two chairs and one on the floor.
    A small coffee table is set in the centre of the room, a pretty table cloth, beautiful China, sandwiches with crusts cut off, enticing cup cakes, scones, jam and clotted cream of course. Well we were in Devon. This was lockdown 2020. Out picnic had been delivered by The Hidden Treasure Tea Room. Were we celebrating something. I think not. We were just treating ourselves. We could not go out for our tea so we were, and did, have a wonderful picnic inside. Oh, and did I say we had all dressed up for the occasion?

  276. Getting my two children up very early one Saturday morning and driving to TAN-Y PISTAL RYADER (Mid Wales) on a very bright Febuary morning watching them play in the snow by the waterfall while we prepared the picnic of hot soup, chicken, sausages, pork pie salad and assorted dips and sides, followed by homemade biscuits and brownies. they still talk about it today 30 years later.

  277. My best ever family picnic was on the lawn of Brockholes, overlooking Lake Windemere.

  278. My most memorable picnic was with friends at an open air theatre production at Bristol Zoo. Lunch was scrumptious with many home made and decadent goodies. The best part was drinking a chilled glass of fizz as the sun went down and the lions roared.

  279. My favourite picnic place is Malmsmead on Exmoor, we had fresh strawberries in cream.

  280. Yes, please! Those Fortnum &Mason biscuits are the BEST! I think my best picnic and favourite memory was an impromptu picnic on the north Norfolk coast with my late wife. It was a glorious day, we decided to back a light lunch and take a drive up to the coast from our home near Downham Market. We grabbed a few cupboard staples, a flask of tea, and the dog and headed out. There was a light breeze, the sun was shining fully, the tide was in and it was just glorious to be out in the sun celebrating a bit of quiet time together.

  281. Isle of Wight as a teenager on holiday – first time ever I had a salami and tomato sandwich, a complete taste relavation!

  282. My favourite picnic was a family event with my wife, Joanne, our four-year-old daughter, Katie, and my mother-in-law, Sylvia.

    We went to the Lake District and had a wonderful family day. In the afternoon, we were looking for a suitable place to have our picnic and by chance arrived at Brockhole mansion house on Windemere and enjoyed a delightful picnic on the lawn, overlooking the lake.

    It was only on turning around and going to find the loo that I saw the white facade of the mansion house. I instantly recognised it from photos taken of my mother sitting on that very same lawn with the big white house behind her back in 1967.

    Mum had been sent to Brockhole for several weeks by Liverpool Health Authority to convalesce, following cancer surgery and radiotherapy at the old Royal Liverpool Infirmary. Brockhole was a beautiful place to send people who had TB or were recovering from major illness, to recover, or pass away in such tranquil surroundings.

    Thankfully, my mother survived and she made great friends whilst there. My mum passed away in 1995, two years before my daughter was born so Katie never saw grandma.

    I had kept mum’s ashes in the dining room as we could never find the ideal place to lay her to rest. But on finding Brockhole we knew that was the right place. Mum had recovered from a life-threatening illness there, made good friends and thoroughly enjoyed her time there. So I approached Brockhole and upon telling them the history, they agreed that mum could be laid to rest there on the Great Lawn, overlooking Lake Windemere. The Head Gardener, Mr. Turnbull, buried mum’s casket under her favourite purple rhododendron bush. A second wonderful and memorable day at Brockhole.

    As I was about to leave Brockhole, I again went in search of the loo and outside the Brockhole shop found a plant for sale – a beautiful yellow flower called ‘Crocus Dorothy’. Dorothy was my mother’s name. So I left mum at Brockhole and brought home with me her crocus. Now that was a treat too.

    So, back to the original picnic: my favourite treat that day was not necessarily anything that we ate or the wonderful day that we had as a family, but the sense of contact with my late mum at Brockhole, on what was my first, accidental visit there.

    I have been many times since and I thoroughly recommend Brockhole for anyone of any age in search of a perfect picnic spot.

  283. Remembering a Bank Holiday Monday in 1960s when myself and my fiancé along with another young couple travelled from Birmingham in an Austin Mini to picnic in St Nicholas’ Park with boating on the River Avon in the shadow of Warwick Castle .
    The picnic food was delicious but utilitarian, however the memories are so precious!

  284. Just back from North Wales. Stayed near Rhyll a bit dissapointing for us as we like sea views and scenery. Not much there apart from sea walls and chalet / caravan sites. However, the rest of North Wales was very scenic and beautiful.

  285. I had an unforgettable picnic half way up the Palatine Hill in Rome in the cool, quiet shade of a pine tree, while the tourist crowds all bustled round the Forum below. I hate to admit it, but my favourite picnic treat that day was a packet of cheese flavoured Bugle corn snacks.

  286. Best picnic was in St Ives Cambridgeshire by the river. Went with my husband and my mum and dad. We had a carrier bag with sandwiches, cakes and coffee. We met up with our friend and his parents and they produced a huge hamper from which they produced a roast chicken and other goodies plus wine. My dad’s eyes popped out of his head and he looked so jealous! But of course our friends shared their feast with us and it was a gorgeous day.

  287. Best picnic ever Kilve beach in Somerset lovely setting to enjoy freshly made tuna sandwiches.

  288. My best picnic was high in the Swiss Alps while out walking. The best treat that day was the warm, fresh crusty bread and mountain cheese we picked up before we set off…..complimented by the snow-peaked views we saw as we sat chomping on our bread and cheese!

  289. While going on holiday by car to Devon with my parents as a teenager, they bought some steak from a local butchers and cooked it on a primus stove while we were parked in a layby. It was delicious with some bread and tomatoes brought from home. Never ate a steak that tasted so good!

  290. my perfect picnic treat was sitting under a willow tree and having salmon paste sandwiches which was especially brought for me .

  291. My son was admitted to hospital aged 4 weeks with viral meningitis. After a very worrying few days he started to recover and was home within the week. The next day we all went to Delamere Forest in Cheshire for picnic. I remember looking at our son and our 4 year old daughter and thinking how perfect it was to all be out together.

  292. Best picnic ever was an unplanned stop after shopping in a supermarket in Boulogne. By chance we took the coast road and had the most amazing view over the English Channel to the white cliffs of Dover and sat on the grass at the side of the road in beautiful sunshine and tranquillity as there was virtually no traffic

  293. My favourite picnic was when we were finally out of lock-down and my daughter and family invited me to a country park with them. We all had an ice-cream from the van and I was overwhelmed by how much noise there was from so many other people out and about enjoying their freedom.

  294. The best picnic I ever had was on Friars Cliff beach and my treat was homemade uncooked chocolate cake bliss 💜

  295. Overlooking the water in Capri, eating crunchy crusted fresh roll and local Saudi purchased from a delicatessen, then completing a wonderful day visiting the BLUE Grotto.

  296. I had my best picnic at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire. We had gone to watch a live ‘Night at the Proms’ performance. We had cheeses, cooked meats and pâtés, crackers, olives and lots of red wine, it was glorious!

  297. My most memorable picnics are with my grandparents eating my grandma’s famous egg sandwiches made with salad cream instead of mayo on delicious granary bread.

  298. Philip Kuttys Farm .While visiting the Kerala part of India we visited this farm its on an Island in the Vembanad Lake.We arrived by a traditional Vallam (country boat). We felt part of the family immediately. There is a multitude of activities .Amazing bird watching a tour of the organic grown farm.Followed by the most amazing lunch.

  299. Our best picnic was at Leeds Castle. A beautiful setting to share food and experience live music. Homemade quiche and cheesecake for vegan and gluten free produce. Even more memorable when a Spitfire flew over.

  300. A visit to Audley End House near Saffron Walden followed with a picnic on an extensive grassed area beside the serpentine lake. The ‘must have’ items are a traditional Melton Mowbray pork pie accompanied by traditional ale – only from can with a widget!

  301. Sitting at the top of Sandy sandhills overlooking the Eastern Railway steam expresses thunder by below with a bottle of pop & assorted sandwiches & cakes. I was only 10 at the time but an unforgettable memory.

  302. Homemade ‘everything’ are the best types of picnics – tasty and ‘moreish’. My late Aunt made the best miniature pasties I’ve ever eaten. Such a clever cook, who never weighed any ingredients made all picnics special.

  303. we took the full family and the dog to Dunford bridge in the Yorkshire dales, plus side you can sit by the river, plenty of walks and some nice shops, downside it was very popular and parking was a little difficult. My daughter made homemade pear and stilton quiche.

  304. A memorable picnic for us was when we visited New Zealand many years ago. We were on a trip of the South Island & had caught the Trans Alpine Express train from Christchurch to Greymouth & then stopped off at Punakaiki on the west coast, before heading down to Franz Joseph & Mount Cook. Our courier had arranged a champagne picnic on the beach at Pancake Rocks & blowhole, it was a wonderful start to a very memorable holiday.
    Since then our daughter has settled in Christchurch & it would be lovely to repeat this trip so that she could accompany us too.

  305. My favourite picnic took place at Sawley in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire. It was a glorious hot day in August 2020 and my sister, myself, my son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons went for a lovely walk through the fields surrounding Sawley. The Covid rules were lifting and it was wonderful to feel freedom again and be with those you love. All you could hear were cows mooing and birds singing away. The weather was so hot that we sat by a babbling brook with our feet in the water. The small fish kept touching our feet while we all sat happily munching away at our picnic. It was wonderful being with the family chatting away about everything and nothing while the sun shone gloriously on us. There is nowhere else in the world to be than in the countryside in the UK with those you love and enjoying a picnic.

  306. I attended the best picnic this bank holiday Monday just gone. A group of us met up at Insole Court in Llandaff, Cardiff. It’s a public space now, but the house was built in the late nineteenth century and has beautiful grounds, perfect for picnics. We were celebrating a 60th birthday, and being ‘ladies of a certain age’ we had chairs, blankets, tables and lots of really nice food, the mandatory sausage rolls and scotch eggs, but also delicious home made fare: from frittata to cake. It felt like the sun had come out for the first time this year, and it was so nice to sit in the sunshine with good friends. Given it was a big birthday, there was fizz, and sipping bubbles (day drinking? At our age!?) whilst eating cake felt gloriously decadent. Cups of tea from the on-site cafe were still welcomed though…

  307. My best picnic was by the river in a bluebell wood in the wilds of Northumberland. It was my sister and I; both wrinkled and slightly out of breath after a long hike. We watched the fish jump and ate ham and mustard white bread sandwiches with ginger beer. It was a beautiful day.

  308. My best picnic was last bank hol weekend when I had a day out with my son. We live in Exmouth, Devon so took a boat trip with local Stuart Line cruises along the coast to Brixham Pirate festival. Had a cuppa & some breakfast rolls on the boat & the best picnic food I enjoyed was crab sandwiches as we sat on Brixham quayside enjoying all the pirate music, cannon fire & festivities. This was a memorable day for me to remember my late husband 5 years on in a cheerful way in what was one of our favourite places. Oh! & not forgetting saying Cheers! to my hubby with a glass of Guinness xx.

  309. Kew Gardens, pre-pandemic, with my sister, nephew and partner.

    Perfect weather, cheese rolls, slightly too-warm wine, and a box of lavender shortbreads! Looking back, it all seems so joyful and carefree…

  310. Several years ago at a concert at Jodrell Bank. We had homemade fresh salmon french baguettes washed down with some cold dry cider.

  311. My best picnic was on the coast path outside Bude. What did we have to eat? A Cornish pasty of course! Delicious

  312. Waterfoot Park on the shores of Lake Windermere when my twins were just starting to crawl and my brother took my 3-year-old eldest daughter in a Kayak for the first time! Beautiful scenery and it was lovely having extra pairs of hands to help! Homemade egg mayo sandwiches was my treat for the day and always one of my favourite picnic food!

  313. Whipsnade Zoo with all the family, children, grandchildren, great grandparents and my husband. We spread a pink blanket on the ground to sit on and feasted on lots of nibbles. My favourite was sausage rolls – handmade of course. The children were more interested in the fairy cakes whilst my mum loved the sandwiches – ham and piccalli

  314. My favourite picnic was in the grounds of Warwick Castle. It was my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday and all the close family were there to celebrate (mother-in-law, father-in-law, their children (and spouses) and the grandchildren). It was a very happy occasion and the weather was kind to us. My favourite treat at the picnic was the birthday cake, which my sister-in-law made – chocolate cake, butter icing in the middle and on the top and decorated with lovely pink edible flowers. Sadly, my mother-in-law died a few years ago. She was a lovely, kind lady with a good sense of humour. I am very grateful to have such happy memories of this special picnic.

  315. My favourite picnic was today! I am staying in Vevey in Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva. We bought falafel wraps in town along with a bottle of local wine, and took the funicular up to the top of the mountain behind us as the sun set.

  316. I think the best “picnic” is one when my husband and I took the three grandchildren to the Isle of Wight for the day. We started off with the youngest (8yrs old) who had stayed overnight then drove a mile or so to collect our other two grandchildren (15& 16yrs old). We drove to Havant to catch the train to Portsmouth where we walk a short distance to the ferry port after a brief wait we board the Wightlink ferry to Ryde. The ferry arrived at the pier which was having the rail line upgraded so we walked to the main station unfortunately we had missed the train but after checking we managed to get two taxis to take us to the next station where we boarded the ex-London underground train to take us to Sandown. A walk down the hill to the sea and the lovely sand on the beach, the children are eager to get their swimwear on so the older two manage on their own but the younger one requires a little help, once on they run on their way to the sea. It’s lovely to watch them all together enjoying the sun, sea and having fun together. It’s not long before they come to ask what time we are having Lunch, so after taking orders my husband and a couple of children go to collect our “picnic”. Sitting on the beach listening to the sea and families around us we all tucked in to our hot picnic. When everyone has eaten as much as they want the packaging is returned to the carrier bag to take to the bin and the children, despite their ages and age differences, all go off to build sandcastles, of course with moats. All of us soon require something to cool us off so husband and granddaughter go off to collect “99’s” or ice-lollies as needed. The day went on, the tide started coming in and the children began to cool off so we dried them off and dressed again to retrace our journey home. Everyone had a good day, everyone was tired and I think everyone slept really well.

  317. My best picnics have always been on the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. Although I have picnicked there many times my favourite memory is back in the 1950s. My friend and I bought chelsea buns and a packet of Eiffel Tower which was a lemonade powder which you mixed with water to make a drink. We climbed the 100+ steps to St Anne’s Well and filled our bottles with sparkling,icy cold Malvern water. When we reached the beacon which is probably the highest point in Worcestershire we mixed the powder with the water. It tasted like champagne! (Not that I had ever drunk champagne back then). I will always remember that day.

  318. In the Lake District – on a lakeside plateau above Helvellyn . Clear blue skies , warm sun and bottle of fizz for refreshment to set us up for the downhill stride. Glorious. Never bettered. PG

  319. My favourite and most memorable picnic was with my mum when I was about 8 years old, more than 50 years ago. We had sandwiches, sausage rolls and cake, the sun was shining and we sat on the bank of a little stream, paddling. Unfortunately for me, I sat on an ant’s nest, but it didn’t spoil the day, it just made us laugh. Happy days.

  320. My Favourite Picnic was at Chatsworth House with my Cousin Lynda and Her Husband and My Other Cousin David and his Wife , I made a Lovely Picnic and we Had My Lemon Drizzle Cake which is a Firm Favourite when i Bake it We had a Lovely Day to Remember

  321. We used to go for Winter picnics at Warwick Castle with hot jacket potatoes in tinfoil and a flask of hot chocolate.

  322. My favourite picnic was in 1972 when my husband and me got caught in a rain storm at Newquay Cornwall . We ran to our car with our picnic food and sat in the back seat and had a ‘car-nic’ , now we have car-nics with our grandchildren when we get caught in the rain on our great family days out !

  323. The best picnic was when friends arrived to surprise me after being discharged from hospital. They knew we were home and I was resting, they arrived with lots of wonderful cheeses, pâtés, salads, homemade bread, cold meats and homemade lemon tart. It was a beautiful sunny day in the garden with the best people bringing us love and care, nothing could be better.

  324. My wife and I had a wonderful picnic at Whipsnade Zoo. We ate salmon sandwiches, salad, malt loaf, scones and a lovely bottle of champagne to celebrate my wife’s birthday. We were sat next to the penguins, overlooking the beauty of the Dunstable Downs. The penguins seemed very interested in what we were up to. We couldn’t work out whether we enjoyed the animals, view or the food the most, but together they made an unforgettable experience!

  325. Pick any Remote Spot in The New Forest, and enjoy the peace, calm and tranquil surroundings.
    A Cheddar Ploughmans Picnic with, a Bottle of Pale Ale (Chilled of course), will be a suitable tummy filler.

  326. Bramhall Hall park ground – next to a small stream.
    A great picnic and proposed to my now wife over thirty years ago, we still visit every Summer.

  327. Somewhere in Germany in the middle of a wild flower meadow in the sunshine. The children were small and we ate digestive biscuits with cream cheese!

  328. The best picnic I had was in a public park outside Shibden Hall, west Yorkshire where the series Gentleman Jack was filmed. We enjoyed Ham and salad sandwiches with the backdrop of the beautiful house and grounds.

  329. My most memorable picnic was in the Lake District with my boyfriend. We nabbed a lakeside view, got out our hamper and blanket and were just getting the food out when a couple of local sheep decided to join in. I can’t remember what we had to eat as these two ratbags would not take no for an answer, pushed their way in, and eventually forced us to retreat, taking our kit and the remnants of our food with us. I’d love to win a Coronation hamper in the hope that it will ease the trauma of our sheep invasion, some 40 years on!

  330. By the side of the Cromford Canal, a really peaceful spot. My treat was a lovely home made sausageroll, filled with sausage meat, stuffing and apple sauce.

  331. My favourite picnic was at Springfield Park as a little girl with my parents.we had jam sandwiches and fairy cakes washed down with lemonade…heaven!

  332. My best picnic was in my elderly mothers back garden last summer in Kent, she was due to on holiday but was taken I’ll 2 weeks before she was due to go and in hospital for 10 days it took some time to recover and convalesce she was disappointed about the holiday so as soon as she was well enough our large family had a get together in her garden all of us bringing the usual picnic food, the look on her face as she sat on the best garden chair with everyone around her was wonderful to see, out of all the food we ate on the day the most memorable was frozen sausage rolls cooked by my 88 year dad, he is partially sighted and has cancer but he wanted to contribute as he was so pleased my mum was recovering, for someone who had never used the oven before it was an act of love, we all agreed they were not the best tasting sausage rolls we had even eaten but they truly tasted of the love and sentiment behind them, a day never to be forgotten.

  333. Beautiful picnic on the North Norfolk coast with friends and family. Fabulous May weather and the sound of the sea lapping in the background. Homemade food and a couple of bottles of wine. Beautiful memories!

  334. Coronation chicken canapes and cornet ice cream as I watching the King’s Crowning from my armchair. Now only the King of Coronation Hampers could beat that!

  335. My favourite picnic was 30 years ago when I organised a car treasure hunt from central London to Richmond Park with my friends. They had to follow clues and assemble answers, which led eventually to Richmond Park. They had to follow a chalk arrow trail from the car park to a glade in a copse in where I had a picnic laid out. It was sunny, warm, and dry. We played games and talked for hours and of course prize giving. My favourite sandwich was a hit. Brown bread, butter, mayonnaise, salami, and lettuce! Lots else to choose from and scones, jam and cream, and Victoria Sponge to finish. I loved all the planning of the hunt. It sticks in my memory as a super day, and I am still friends with them all to this day, and we are all in our 60’s! I still ❤️ picnic parties!!!!

  336. Overlooking Cayton Bay munching on ham rolls followed by a yogurt and a mug of coffee.

  337. It was a trip to Belton House and I took so much food for everyone, we had to share the fruit and nuts with the birds who were muscling in on the action, much to the excitement of my grandchildren

  338. best picnic ever eating snow crab cakes and teaberry tart (both native To The Falklands) watched by the penguins in wild windy but wonderful Port Stanley!

  339. My best picnic was on Newquay beach, lovely warm and amazing foods. Egg and cress sandwiches – back to basics! 🙂

  340. best picnic ever eating snow crab cakes and teaberry tart (both peculiar To The Falklands) watched by the penguins in wild windy but wonderful Port Stanley!

  341. Audley End , for a classical concert, ending with a firework display scotch eggs, salad and a shot of Baileys!

  342. The whole family, including extended family, had a picnic at the side of the river in Cambridge followed by a punt down the river – a wonderful day

  343. My favourite picnic was prepared by a little local deli to take with us to watch Jools Holland live in the grounds of Eastnor Castle, as a treat for my Husband’s birthday. Full of fresh bread, meats, cheeses and wonderful pastry treats. The children were quite young – it was the first time we’d taken them to live music – and my abiding memory is of the youngest standing on top of the cool box and dancing the evening away!

  344. My darling partner Nick has just passed away and the funeral is next week…we had over 30 very happy years together and I miss him dreadfully as he really was my best friend too.

    We once left the extreme heat of the South Of France in high summer…to drive up into the cool of the shaded pine forests in the hills behind the coast.

    I had packed up a picnic of all those delicious foods which are readily available at that time of year..
    We feasted on freshly baked French bread,olives,locally grown tomatoes and goats cheese…and finished off with sweet juicy nectarines…a wonderful memory as we lay on our picnic blanket on the carpet of pine needles watching the sun flickering as it gradually went down…through the shade of the canopy of pine branches above us…the perfume of the pine and the hot dry earth and our fingers sweet and sticky from the fruit will stay with me forever..particularly at this very sad time.

  345. Best picnic as an adult was in Sydney, Australia, when we found Opera in the Park quite by accident. We had no food or drink with us as we were just out walking but groups of friendly Sydneysiders invited us to join them and insisted we eat and drink what they had brought. That was the night I fell in love with Sydney, Australian wine and all Australians. Oh, and the opera wasn’t bad either!

  346. I’ve already posted a ‘best picnic’ comment but there’s another one I still fondly remember when, as a child of about 7 years, we hiked up to Cloughmor (Irish for “Big Stone”) which is a 30-ton granite rock that nestles on the side of the Mournes above Rostrevor in N. Ireland. I’ve since learnt that it was deposited by retreating glaciers during the Ice Age, but at 7 I believed the local legend that the stone was scooped up from the Cooley Mountains, on the other side of Carlingford Lough, and thrown across the water in a fight between the giants Fionn MacCumhaill and Ruscaire, Fionn being the giant who did the heavy lifting and heaving!

  347. A glorious afternoon spent at Fairley Hill National Park in Barbados where we enjoyed a picnic lunch at the top of the ridge with the most glorious view of the Atlantic coast and a very welcome cooling breeze.
    The best treat in our picnic that day was the gorgeous traditional Bajan coconut loaf – I make it at home now but it never tastes as good as it did that wonderful day.

  348. I fondly remember creating a special picnic experience in our own garden when my children were younger. We made homemade bunting and our own scotch eggs and a wonderful selection of favourite sandwiches and treats. We packed it into a wicker basket and surrounded our picnic rug with toys and games and we enjoyed the most wonderful afternoon – even though we stayed so close to home!

  349. My best picnic was by the River Wye after a full day canoeing with my 2 sons. They were too tired to complain!

  350. The best picnics we ever had were when our boys were little and we used to go to the Southampton Boat Show. We would sit amongst the yachts and get a variety of sandwiches, cakes and drinks but always had to have Coconut Macaroon biscuits. It was the only time we ever had them and they still remind us of such happy days,

  351. My best picnic was with my sister and brother in law in Devonport, Tasmania supping Tasmanian Pinot Noir and relishing their award winning Forth Valley olive oil.

  352. My best picnic was enjoyed at a Battle Proms Concert at Burleigh House. We had Lincolnshire Poacher and Stilton cheeses with crusty french bread, Melton Mowbray pork pie and a jar or peaches in brandy (left over from Christmas.) we swapped some pie for smoked salmon vol au vents and peaches for home made baklava with neighbouring picnics! a very sociable and fun evening all round.

  353. The best picnic was a family one with our three sons and their partners in the grounds of Leeds Castle in Kent.
    The weather was warm and the surroundings beautiful. The food wasn’t too bad either. Such grea

  354. Banning the Bomb in Trafalgar Square in the pouring rain, tea and cucumber sandwiches under an umbrella saved the day.

  355. The best picnic ever was many years ago on a train going from Paris to Rome. We were young with little money so we couldn’t afford a sleeping berth on the overnight train. We had spent the rest of our francs on a croissant each that afternoon and went to sleep curled up in our seats rather hungry. We awoke to find our Swiss “Crocodile” electric loco being changed for a huge Italian steam engine. This would take some time so we were delighted to find the railway platform was swarming with food and drink vendors. We broke out our lire and bought long loaves of bread, smoked garlic sausages, soft cheeses, tomatoes and best of all a bottle of wine complete with straw jacket. As we chuffed away towards the sun we had the most magnificent picnic breakfast in our carriage, watching the sun come up over the Alps.

  356. At the side if beautiful turquoise green lake near to Banf British Columbia Canada it was stunning.

  357. My favourite picnic was after an outdoor concert at Castle Howard watching Meatloaf . It was my first ever gig and I was over 40 , instead of joining the long queue of cars trying to get out at the end we sat on the car tailgate eating strawberries and drinking sparkling wine watching cars pulled out of the mud by tractors

  358. Best picnics have been when out doing long country walks with my husband – more often than not in Lancashire (where we live) and Yorkshire. Gorgeous scenery and super company.

  359. My favourite picnics were on Margate beach as a child in the 1950’s. Our holidays were day trips on the train to the Kent coast; Margate railway station is right next to the beach so we didn’t have to walk far. We’d choose our favoured spot near the Sun Deck (no longer there), Mum would unpack her basket of simple home cooked food – usually hard boiled eggs with bread and butter, sometimes a corned beef plate pie, tomatoes and lettuce from the garden, apple pie, a large flask of tea and a bottle of made up orange squash. Mum’s pies were good but what we always craved, as we got older, was a shop bought Lyons individual fruit pie in a box or a Wagon Wheel (which were obviously much larger then).

  360. i remember as a child having our first picniq on glebelands – our local “church-fields” with simple sandwiches and sausage rolls

  361. A picnic in the Lickey Hills in the 1960s when visiting my grandparents who lived in Bournville. As they’d worked at Cadbury’s, we had plenty of chocolate in our picnic box, my favourite being the brown ‘waste bags’ with a whole mix of things that hadn’t got through quality control. They still tasted great and I definitely ate too many bits of Bar Six!

  362. My favourite picnic was on Dunstable Downs watching the gliders from our high spot within Whipsnade Zoo. Thge egg sandwiches reminded me of my childhood.

  363. A simple picnic on Clifton Downs in Bristol. My favourite part was the oh-so-ripe strawberries, with champagne

  364. My most memorable picnic took place on a beach in Fiji. We were on a cruise ship and it was absolutely fantastic, the way the crew members came ashore loaded up with food and drink for the passengers who spread out all along the beach. The buffet was set up towards the back on trestle tables and we took our selected picnic items to our own little area under a palm tree. It was incredibly well organised, great fun and absolutely brilliant.

  365. Wimbledon! Bought a lovely picnic there with sandwiches and strawberries and cream which came in a super cool bag that we still have and use.

  366. My best picnic was with my niece and her family on the beach in Hastings, in the sun, with homemade cake followed by an ice-cream.

  367. My favorite picnic was smoked salmon sandwiches cheese and mixed salad on brown bread with ice-cold champagne, followed by strawberries and cream by the river in Dunedin
    City in the South Island, New Zealand

  368. A sun warmed peach ripened to perfection, a dozen small, sweet strawberries and a glass of Muscadet sur lie on the top of the Dune de Pilat in France, watching the sunset turning everything a delicate pink.

  369. My favourite picnics were on a train going to the seaside or Chessington Zoo for day trips with my Mum as a child. On one occasion we had Dairylea sandwiches, but someone my Mum knew got on the train, so she wouldn’t get the sandwiches out until they got off at their destination. When I asked why after they had gone, she said she hadn’t made enough to share.

  370. When I was a child I lived in Broadstairs and times were different then in that I was allowed out on my own from a very early age. When I was about 8 I wanted to take my teddy bears to the local park for a picnic. My mother got some of those mini Hovis loafs (anyone else remember them?), cut them up and made mini jam sandwiches and I had a bottle of orange juice (the kind you got from the milkman) and I trundled off with 4 teddy bears in tow. I can remember how warm it was that day and we settled under a tree for the shade and I had a handkerchief as a tablecloth! No picnic since then has ever been so enjoyable!

  371. My favourite picnic was when we went for a walk in the New Forest, and then had a picnic watching the ponies! My favourite thing was my mum’s homemade mini quiches 🙂

  372. We took a hamper to an evening performance of classical music at Kenwood, in Hampstead, London. It was a summer evening and the whole experience of sipping bubbly under the stars whilst listening to the orchestra was sublime.

  373. My favourite picnic was with the family by the river Wye, opposite the majestic Tintern Abbey, eating quiche of course. x

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