Picnics by a river at Village Castigno

Picnic accessories guide

Picnic season is in full swing, and whether you’re feasting on frittatas in the park or snacking on sarnies in your garden, having the right kit is essential. Check out our round-up of must-haves picnic accessories, from folding chairs to reusable plates

Want to know where to buy an outdoor picnic blanket? Looking for the best picnic plates? Read on for our guide to al fresco dining accessories to perfect your picnic style this summer.

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Once you’ve got your essentials sorted, check out our best picnic recipes here… for all the picnic ideas you need. Don’t forget drinks! Read our guide to the best canned cocktails to try and add a few to your next hamper.


Picnic blanket – Fortnum & Mason picnic blanket, £70

Whether you’re picnicking on a pebbly beach or in a grassy park, a waterproof blanket will keep you and your food safe from wet surfaces. We’ve rounded up the best waterproof picnic blankets to choose from, including this classically stylish tartan Fortnum & Mason blanket.

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Fortnum’s Picnic Rug

Picnic plates – John Lewis bamboo patterned dinner plates, £15

Ditch the paper plates – this colourful John Lewis plates set will brighten up your picnic, with matching side plates and bowls in the range too. Made from bamboo fibre and corn powder, these are lightweight and dishwasher safe, ready to be piled high with your sandwiches, flaky sausage rolls and colourful salads.

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John Lewis bamboo patterned plates

Picnic glasses – Marks & Spencer jungle tumblers, £15

With a summer packed full of picnics and dining al fresco ahead, it’s time for a proper set of picnic glasses to save on single-use plastic or breaking your best glassware. Marks & Spencer has a wide range to choose from, from holographic champagne flutes to neon plastic highballs – we love these colourful jungle-themed picnic tumblers.

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Marks & Spencer 4 jungle picnic tumblers

Picnic hamper – Amara double lidded 4 person picnic hamper, £110

If you’re dedicated to your picnicking, invest in a picnic hamper to save you packing up a kit every time. Picnic hampers come with everything you need to dine al fresco in style – this unassuming wicker hamper contains china plates, cutlery, wine glasses, napkins, a wine bottle opener and even mini salt and pepper shakers.

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Amara double lidded cream picnic hamper

Picnic basket – Wayfair check oval picnic basket, £39.99

For a more retro feel to your picnic, try a classic wicker picnic basket. With a pretty red gingham trim, this is perfect for a simple afternoon in the countryside with a slightly smaller picnic load to carry or you’re not straying far from the car.

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Wayfair picnic hamper

Folding picnic chairs – B&Q Curacao metal picnic chair, £14

If unreliable British weather has left you sitting on damp grass too many times, keep a couple of folding chairs in the car boot. These colourful, wallet-friendly chairs come in a range of bright designs and are light and fold fully flat for easy transporting to the perfect picnic spot.

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Curacao Metal Picnic Chair £14

Beach parasol – Homebase beach parasol, £20

If you are heading to the beach for your picnic, pack a lightweight beach parasol to provide the shade. This classic, lightweight umbrella comes in 3 colours and can be used with garden furniture or packed up for picnics further afield to keep you cool during a summer heatwave.

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Homebase beach parasol

Cooler bag – Matalan straw cool bag, £14

No more lukewarm lemonade: for the hottest afternoons al fresco, pack your picnic in a cooler bag to keep your picnic feast perfectly chilled. This roomy cooler has a chic striped straw outer and is insulated inside for making sure your snacks stay fresh.

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Matalan straw cool bag

Picnic cutlery – Eco-friendly reusable bamboo cutlery set, £9.97

Picnics don’t just mean sandwiches, so get creative and rustle up cauliflower salads, super-green quiches and spiced sausage plaits for your next alfresco feast. This set of bamboo cutlery (complete with knife, fork, spoons, chopsticks and metal straw) comes in a handy fabric pouch.

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A pale brown wrap filled with brown cutlery

Lunch boxes – Sydney The Sloth lunch box, £4.95

From fruit salads to frittatas, lunch boxes keep your food fresh and easy to transport, as well as making sure any leftovers can be carried back with ease.

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A square lunchbox in blue with a drawing of a grey sloth on top

Cooler cubes – ADEPTNA whisky ice stones, £8.95

Keep your G&T, Pimm’s or white wine ice-cold with these nifty reusable rocks. Pop them in the freezer a couple of hours before a picnic, and they’ll keep your drink chilled without diluting it.

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A set of four grey granite rocks next to a brown wooden box

Glass bottles – Bormioli Rocco swing top bottles, £25.95

Be it a salad vinaigrette or a pre-made negroni, these swing-top glass bottles are easy to open and leakproof, making them ideal for carrying liquids to a picnic.

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Contessa Cocktail Recipe

Sustainable sandwich wraps – Beetomee reusable beeswax wrap, £14.95

Whether you’re tucking into supercharged egg mayo or mozzarella-filled focaccia, sarnies need to be well wrapped, so swap clingfilm for reusable beeswax wraps to make your picnic sustainable and stylish this summer. With a pretty bird design, these 100% cotton pieces can be easily cleaned with cold water. Use them to transport cakes and quiches as well.

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A set of cream sandwich wraps with a blue birds printed on

Now your perfect picnic is ready, head out to one of our favourite picnic spots in the UK…

Severn and Wye Valleys