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Three waterproof picnic blankets

Best waterproof picnic blankets

Published: June 9, 2022 at 10:50 am
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Looking for picnic supplies? We've rounded up the best large, waterproof picnic blankets for al fresco dining including stylish wool, cotton and fleece options.

Looking for a new picnic blanket this summer? We've picked out the best waterproof versions that are as stylish as they are practical. Check out our top picnic blanket picks including large designs and tartan styles. For recipe inspiration, see our best picnic food ideas including sandwiches, wraps, pies and snacks on the go. Don't forget to pack a portable cocktail or a summer cordial with our best picnic drinks ideas.

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Treat yourself to an al fresco feast this summer complete with a roomy picnic blanket to sit on. There are a few things to consider when deciding on a picnic blanket, first of which is durability and waterproofing. We looked for designs with sturdy waterproof backing, protecting your picnic from the damp ground or sand on the beach. You'll also want to consider size so we've included a range of large blankets for the whole family and smaller options for couples and friends.

All the picnic blankets are designed with portability in mind, as they roll up into a compact size complete with handles for carrying. Whether you're going for a hike, a family camping trip or having a beach day, there's a waterproof picnic blanket for every occasion.

Complete your picnic kit with our best picnic accessories including dinner plates, tumblers, cool bags and picnic baskets. See the olive summer supermarket awards for a range of highly rated picnic foods or try our best summer recipes including cocktails, barbecue ideas and fruity desserts.


Best waterproof picnic blankets at a glance

  • Best classic waterproof picnic blanket: VonShef picnic blanket, £27.99
  • Best cotton picnic blanket: Pikiniki cotton picnic blanket, £65
  • Best beach picnic blanket: John Lewis shell print picnic blanket, £30
  • Best wool picnic blanket: Tweedmill pure new wool polo picnic rug, £104
  • Best hiking picnic blanket: John Lewis herringbone tweed & fleece picnic rug £35
  • Best large picnic blanket: Simpeak picnic blanket, £22.99
  • Best padded picnic blanket: Sekey picnic blanket, £22.99
  • Best unique picnic blanket: Exclusivo Mezcla waterproof picnic blanket, £19.99
  • Best budget picnic blanket: Dexon picnic & outdoor blanket, £15.99
  • Best camping picnic blanket: Greenfield Collection waterproof picnic blanket, £21.31
  • Best British picnic blanket: The British Blanket Company waterproof picnic blanket, £100
  • Best knitted picnic blanket: Sophie Alport lobster picnic rug, £41.50
  • Best durable picnic blanket: National Trust waterproof backed herringbone rug, £40
  • Best luxury picnic blanket: Heating & Plumbing wool waterproof picnic blanket, £135

Best waterproof picnic blankets

VonShef picnic blanket

VonShef Picnic Blanket

Best classic waterproof picnic blanket

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 180cm 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 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.


Pikiniki cotton picnic blanket

Oliver Bonas picnic blanket

Best cotton picnic blanket

This vibrant picnic blanket will add a bright pop of colour to your outing. The top layer is 100% cotton with a nylon waterproof backing, plus fabric carry handles and fastenings for easy transport. This eye-catching option is equal parts stylish and practical.


John Lewis Shell print picnic blanket

John Lewis picnic blanket

Best beach picnic blanket

Spending a day at the beach? Complete your set-up with this nautical picnic blanket from John Lewis. This lightweight and extra-large polyester blanket has a PEVA backing to protect against light ground moisture. They playful pink bobble fringing adds a fun touch to any picnic spread.


Tweedmill pure new wool Polo picnic rug

Tweedmill Picnic Rug

Best wool picnic blanket

Take your picnic to the next level with this elegant wool 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 emerald green colour but it also comes in a traditional tartan pattern.


Herringbone tweed and fleece picnic rug

Croft Collection Herringbone Tweed & Fleece Picnic Rug

Best hiking picnic blanket

Capture the spirit of the countryside with this classic herringbone tweed blanket. This picnic rug 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.


Simpeak picnic blanket

Simpeak picnic blanket

Best large picnic blanket

For a classic design, try this tartan waterproof picnic blanket from Simpeak. It's a great size at 200cm x 200cm, large enough to fit six or more people. It's a timeless design sure to be used over and over again on those scorching summer afternoons.


Sekey picnic blanket

Sekey Picnic Blanket

Best padded picnic blanket

Try this waterproof picnic blanket made of soft top fleece, EPE pearl cotton and equipped with moisture-blocking PEVA on the back. Measuring 200cm x 170cm, it's a good medium-sized option that's easy to transport. The added cushioning on the inside is comfortable to sit on, while the subtle grey and white pattern adds an elegant design touch.

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Exclusivo Mezcla waterproof picnic blanket

Exclusivo Mezcla picnic blanket

Best unique picnic blanket

Looking for a more contemporary design? This striking wave pattern adds a touch of colour to your al fresco spread. With three layers of material, it's made with soft brushed fabric on the top, padding with pressed microfibres, and sturdy 210D Oxford cloth as backing. Both the top and bottom are waterproof, ensuring a fuss-free spread.


Dexon picnic and outdoor blanket

Dexon picnic blanket

Best budget picnic blanket

Featuring a classic black and white checked pattern, this waterproof picnic blanket is great for camping, beaches and more. Measuring 150cm x 200cm, it comfortably fits four adults, perfect for taking the whole family out.


Greenfield Collection waterproof picnic blanket

Greenfield Collection picnic blanket

Best camping picnic blanket

With a classic design, this hard-wearing waterproof picnic blanket from Greenfield Collection will suit those looking for something more traditional. The upper side is made from soft polyester fleece complete with leather-effect PU handles. The underside is fully lined with durable PVC, ensuring it's resistant to moisture.

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The British Blanket Company waterproof picnic blanket with straps

Navy Blue and Grey Waterproof Picnic Blanket

Best British picnic blanket

Invest in a picnic blanket that's sure to last year after year, like this one from The British Blanket Company. It's made from 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 other options are available including pastel pink, spring green and even a rainbow stripe.

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Sophie Alport Lobster picnic rug

Sophie Allport Lobster Picnic Rug

Best knitted picnic blanket

Add some character to your outdoor accessories with this 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.

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National Trust waterproof backed herringbone rug

National Trust picnic blanket

Best durable picnic blanket

Classic designs are a great choice for a long-lasting picnic blanket as they'll never go out of style. This 100% wool blanket from the National Trust has a durable nylon waterproof backing. The sturdy straps are practical for an afternoon adventure at a park or sandy beach.

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Heating & Plumbing Pure new wool waterproof picnic blanket

Heating & Plumbing picnic blanket

Best luxury picnic blanket

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.

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