Sophie- I am always enamoured when I step into the garden in the square where I live in London. It’s not a huge garden, but it feels incredibly spacious and the flowerbeds are full of lots of wonderful flowers. There are wisteria trees in the middle, which are just magical. There are lots of wooden benches and chairs dotted around, which means you can picnic quite comfortably! There are always lots of lovely helpers from the picnic party taking dishes, glassware, jugs and pretty much everything from my collection to and from the kitchen down into the garden but what I couldn’t live without are the salad bowls.
Sarah- My favourite picnic spot is Richmond Park. If you haven’t been there before, go! It feels like you have stepped into the heart of the countryside, and there are secret gardens full of beautiful flowers and 700 year old oak trees. Plus the deer are incredible, there are 2 types; Red and Fallow, and they are magnificent. My favourite spot in the park is at Pen ponds, which consists of 3 huge lakes surrounded by trees and wildlife. On my picnic, I couldn’t live without the chopping boards, for last minute preparation and they are so easy to serve and pass around, plus they look great!
Hattie-My favourite picnic spot is on the meadow in Bosham, a tiny village in West Sussex which sits on a peninsula in Chichester Harbour. The meadow is situated between the beautiful Saxon church and the quay-side, so you can sit looking over the water to Chidham. In the summer there is always sailing going on, and the finish line for the racing is right in front of the meadow. It is such a peaceful place, and very “Swallows & Amazons”! I would take the Drink Kit!
Rosie- Hampstead heath is definitely my favourite picnic spot. Its amazingly wild and there is a gorgeous cafe which sells honey made from the local bees! I love the view of London from Hampstead Heath, it is amazing how the skyline is constantly changing with skyscrapers being put up at a rate of knots. Yet Hampstead Heath is so peaceful, which makes it an ideal place to go for a picnic. I couldn’t have a picnic without the champagne flutes. In my opinion, a glass of fizz is a perfect way to kick off a picnic!
Poppy – Winterton Beach is my favourite picnic spot. You can either drive up the hill and park in the beach carpark, or you can park at the bottom and walk all along the dunes. In the summer and in low tide, you can paddle in the lowes, which are pools of water the sea leaves when the tide goes out. Plus there is a classic English beach cafe where they have 99′s, seaside fish and chips etc. You can see along the Norfolk coast for miles on a clear day. I would take the camp kit, so then the picnic can run into the night and you can toast marshmallows and kip under the blanket after swimming in the sea!
Julia- My favourite picnic spot has to be Bolt Head in Salcombe; the combination of the stunning views out to sea, the little pockets of shelter provided by the unspoiled rocky landscape, and the feeling of being on top of the world, make it a truly breath-taking place for a picnic. Even in the summer though the wind can be bracing, so I would definitely fill the Burgon & Ball Drinks Flask in Allium bloom with hot fresh mint tea to take along. You really feel like you’ve earned it once you make it to the top!”