Top tips for a perfect picnic for National Picnic Week

The perfect picnic

18th – 26th June 2022 is National Picnic Week!

Time to grab your blankets and baskets and get outdoors for a good old-fashioned picnic. Picnicking is one of the UK’s most enjoyable summer traditions and is a great way of taking advantage of any open spaces in your local area over the warmer months of the year.

We have put together some excellent tips for you to pack a proper perfect picnic basket – now that is a mouthful!

  • Freeze bottled water to work as icepacks. Once melted, you have a chilled drink! Make sure to steer clear of using glass bottles as they can shatter in the freezer.
  • Keep dressings separate to avoid any soggy salads. We like to use a clean jam jar for this.
  • Make sure to pack a bag or two to carry home your rubbish, preserving scenic picnic spots the way they should be!
  • Napkins and hand wipes are a must, as well as sun cream to protect you from the glorious sunshine (even on an overcast day the sun’s rays can catch you out).
  • Pack foods that are easy to eat with your hands, the less messy the better, trust us on this one!

Fingers crossed that our famous British weather doesn’t spoil things!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Dairy Diary blog without some gorgeous recipes. So here are some of our favourite picnic-suitable snacks.

Hot Bakewell Blondies

Hot Bakewell Blondies

An irresistible bake taken from the Quick After-Work Cookbook.

Vietnamese Banh Mi

Vietnamese Banh Mi

A quick and tasty Banh Mi recipe from A Zest For Life Cookbook.

Blueberry & Orange Loaf

Blueberry & Orange Loaf Cake

A delicious Blueberry & Orange Loaf recipe from the Cook it Slowly cookbook.

Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

Broccoli & Stilton Quiches

Scrumptious quiches taken from a Just For One or Two cookbook.

Why not take a look at this fabulous map put together by Ordnance Survey Great British bakes for the perfect picnic | OS GetOutside ( showing picnic treats from our Around Britain cookbook. Or unfold one of your old favourite OS maps and find somewhere perfect to picnic.

Pack plenty of goodies, a picnic blanket in case of damp grass or bench, sunhat and sunglasses and you’re all set.

Happy picnicking!

Great British bakes for picnics and adventures

For more delicious recipes from every corner of Britain take a look at the Around Britain Cookbook.

One of our most popular cookbooks; in this updated edition we explore our glorious gastronomic heritage in eight regions.

  • 130 mouthwatering recipes
  • Clear and easy to follow
  • Triple tested for success
  • Eight regional guides
  • Colour image for each recipe
  • Cook’s information
Around Britain Cookbook

I look after communications and marketing at Dairy Diary. I’m a busy mum and love home baking and cooking for my family. In my spare time I enjoy visiting the theatre, eating out with friends and exploring the great outdoors!

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