There’s nothing so British as a picnic, or as stubborn as the British weather. Although the sun may only be fleeting, and the temperature definitely not approach anything continentals might label hot, you can count on the masses to turn out to parks, fields and beaches across the country.
From the decadent tartan offering from Barbour to Wilko’s incredibly priced polkadot rug, there’s something for everyone.
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10 best picnic blankets
10 best picnic blankets
SewnNatural’s blankets are designed to order in the size you need. Made with all-natural fibres (unlike nearly all other picnic blankets), they have a waterproof underside, a gingham cotton top and three layers of cotton flannel to pad your bottom. They’re not cheap but you’ll get a unique, eco-friendly rug that’s the right fit for your family. From £82, etsy.com
2/8 Summerhouse Coast Fleece Blanket
This rug is a brilliant all-rounder. The stripes give it a coastal feel and the Velcro straps and carry handle mean it’s easy to transport. One to put in your beach bag. Measures 150cm by 150cm. £17, cotswoldoutdoor.com
3/8 Recycled Welsh wool picnic blanket
Each of these beautiful rugs is unique, and if you have a preference Hen & Hammock can ensure your favourite colour is prominent. They’re a great twist on the traditional tartan rug. The thick wool is tougher than you might expect. Measures 150cm by 120cm. £20, henandhammock.co.uk
4/8 Rainbow Star Picnic Rug
If you find you never quite all fit on the rug, this one’s a winner. Its comfy quilted cotton cover is backed by water-resistant polyester so no wet bums, plus it’s bigger than the average picnic rug so there’s plenty of room for you, food and the kids. Measures 180cm by 180cm. £45, gltc.co.uk
5/8 Wilko Polkadot Blue Picnic rug
Picnicking on a budget? Then consider this soft blue fleece rug. It has a lime green polyester underside, making it waterproof, and if you’re not keen on this spotty design, it comes in three other patterns too. Measures 148cm by 133cm. £10, wilko.com
6/8 Barbour wool picnic rug
Barbour is synonymous with classic outdoorsy gear, so it’s no surprise its picnic offerings are on the traditional side. This wool one, from its Classic collection, will add a bit of posh to your picnic. And if you get cold in the car on the way home, it will double up as a blanket. Also comes in tartan. £99.95, barbour.com
7/8 Habitat Cocha small green and blue outdoor rug
We love the simplicity of this geometric design in bold colours. It looks good enough to go indoors, but it’s designed to style up your outside space. It’s lightweight but tough enough to take whatever the British outdoors might throw at it. Measures 180cm by 120cm. £20, habitat.co.uk
8/8 Chequered camping picnic blanket
Pop this fold-up rug in your rucksack and head for the hills. When you’re ready to eat, the PVC backing will protect you from any damp ground. It’s lightweight so won’t add much to your load. £9.99, argos.co.uk
We love Hen&Hammock’s British sourced, eco-friendly tartan picnic offering. The slightly unusual colours make for a great blanket - and are very reasonably priced. The rabbit picnic blanket from John Lewis makes for a great all-rounder - it’s kitsch design means adults can appreciate but it’s fun enough for a kids blanket too.
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