Looking for a new picnic blanket this summer? We’ve picked out the best waterproof versions that are as stylish as they are practical. See our top picnic blanket picks including large sizes and tartan styles.
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Best waterproof picnic blankets
You can’t get more stylish than this gorgeous picnic rug from Fortnum & Mason. The tartan design is a combination of a deep navy blue and its signature Eau de Nil colour. The composite leather handles make this easy to carry, and the metallic gold buckles add an extra special touch. It’s a timeless design sure to be used over and over again on those scorching summer afternoons.
Add some character to your outdoor accessories with lobster print picnic rug from Sophie Allport. The nautical inspired design would be perfect for a sunny beach picnic or a walk along the coast. The knitted blanket is soft and comfortable to sit on while the waterproof backing protects from light ground moisture. It comes with sturdy faux leather straps and fringe trim along the edging.
In need of extra room for your al fresco feast? Try this large picnic blanket from VonShef in a subtle herringbone pattern. It’s a generous size at 180 x 147cm, large enough to fit all your snacks and drinks on top. We love this spring colour but it also comes in an understated blue colour or a neutral beige. The detachable faux leather carrier is perfect for transportation and the waterproof PEVA backing is sure to keep your picnic spot dry.
Invest in a picnic blanket that’s sure to last year after year like this one from the British Blanket Company. It’s made with 100% wool from small mills in the British Isles. It also features a durable waterproof canvas backing, ensuring you’ll stay clean and dry all afternoon. The genuine leather handles can attach to a backpack for easy, on-the-go dining. We love the navy blue colour with white stripes but a variety of other options are available including pastel pink, spring green and even a rainbow stripe.
Add some colour to your summer spread with this playful picnic rug from beloved homeware brand, Emma Bridgewater. We love the cheerful polka dot pattern, complete with rainbow striped carry handles. It’s easy to clean due to the wipeable waterproof material. Complete your picnic set with a matching cool bag and food containers in the iconic print.
Take your picnic to the next level with this elegant wool picnic rug from Tweedmill. The waterproof backing and leather straps make it a practical choice for outdoor lunches. The striking herringbone design stands out in this deep chestnut brown colour but it also comes in a traditional tartan pattern.
Classic designs are a great choice for a long lasting picnic blanket as they’ll never go out of style. This 100% wool picnic blanket from the National Trust is complete with a durable nylon waterproof backing. The sturdy straps are practical for an afternoon adventure at a park or a sandy beach.
Looking for a neutral picnic blanket? Try this subtle navy blue rug from John Lewis which features a small patterned cover and a solid top layer. It’s better suited for those looking for a compact design as it rolls away into a small bundle with a single carrying strap. The sturdy snap buttons keep everything in place while you’re on the move.
There’s never been a better time to go all out with an impressive al fresco spread. This luxury blanket from Heating & Plumbing is the ideal option for an eye catching picnic spot. We love the bright rainbow pattern and the soft 100% pure new wool. The polyester backing is a great touch and the leather handles come in yellow or red. You can complete your picnic stash with a deluxe portable Champagne ice bucket for bubbly on the go.
Capture the spirit of the countryside with this classic herringbone tweed blanket. This picnic rug from Croft Collection features comfortable olive green fleece on one side and a strong waterproof backing on the other. It folds up into a very compact size with a small handle on top for easy storage. The minimal design and rugged materials are perfect for the great outdoors.