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, 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, and check out our best picnic recipes here…


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.

Buy a set of reusable wraps here

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

Picnic plates – Into The Wild bamboo plates, £17.99

If you’re packing a feast (yes please to zingy salads and flaky sausage rolls) and need crockery for the occasion, be sure to be sustainable and stylish with this set of bamboo plates. The durable material makes them ideal for outdoor use, they’re super lightweight so are easy to carry in your picnic hamper, and who doesn’t love an animal print?

Click here to buy your bamboo plates

A set of four colourful plates with drawings of animals on

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.

Buy your eco-friendly cutlery set here

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.

Buy your containers here

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

Picnic bag – VonShef Ash 4 person picnic backpack bag with blanket, £44.99

You’ve made the food, now it’s time to get it from kitchen counter to country garden in one piece. This next-level backpack comes with a foil-lined cooler compartment that will keep your snacks chilled, as well as a bottle opener, corkscrew and bottle carrier so you can pack liquid refreshments, too.

Buy the all-in-one picnic bag here

A large grey backpack with a blanket attached to the back

Picnic blanket – SONGMICS picnic blanket, £11.99

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. This colourful padded blanket has a durable aluminium-coated backing, and the tear-resistant material means you can use it time and time again.

Get great deals on a picnic blanket here

A chequered picnic blanket in orange, green and blue shades

Folding seat – Islabomba folding seat, £45

Whether it’s pastries or posteriors, soggy bottoms are never acceptable, so this funky folding seat is a picnic essential. Made from steel and polyester, the nifty handle makes it easy to carry.

Click here to buy a folding seat

Cooler bag – Islabomba cooler bucket bag, £25

Keep baguettes fresh and bottles of wine chilled with this chic aluminium-lined bucket bag.

Buy a funky cooler bag here

A long picnic bag with block print in yellow, red and blue with a handle

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.

Buy your cooler cubes here

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

Glass bottles – Bormioli Rocco swing top bottles, £18.99

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.

Click here to buy reusable glass bottles

Contessa Cocktail Recipe

Pre-made picnic – The primrose picnic, £100

Want to go all out for your picnic? Get Fortnum & Mason to do the work for you with this luxe food hamper. Tuck into classic scotch eggs, pork pies and pasta salads followed by chocolate pots with fresh berries. Wash your alfresco feast down with a chilled glass of crisp Swartland chenin blanc.


Find the best ready-made picnic hampers here

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

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