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The perfect summer picnic ideas

The Summer Holidays are in full swing, and keeping the kids entertained for the whole summer can feel like a mammoth task. One thing many people love to do is pack up some picnic favourites and head out, to places like parks, woodland areas, the coast or even your own garden! It’s a brilliant (and cost-effective) way to keep children happy and busy this summer. We’ve got some top picnic ideas to brighten up the boring old picnic into something everyone will love!

Flatbreads & Wraps

Out are the plain old sandwich and in are flatbreads & wraps, the perfect picnic staple that is mess free! Fill with your choice of meats, cheeses, or salads, wrap tightly and off you go. There’s an option for everyone to make it their own.

Scones

Whether you opt for savoury or sweet, making scones couldn’t be easier and is great to add to your picnic. For savoury scones, pair with a simple butter or upgrade with various fillings like olive & tomato, chicken & bacon, or even cheese & marmite?! For sweet scones, keep it classic with jam & cream, or mix it up with blueberries & cream cheese, or even chocolate! How adventurous are you feeling?

Whipped Feta

The TikTok trend is taking over, and it couldn’t be easier to make. All you need to do is combine Feta and Greek Yoghurt in a food processor with a little lemon zest. As it’s mixing, drizzle in olive oil until the feta is whipped up to a smooth texture. You can then add your own seasoning, or even top with herbs and nuts! Paired with chips, pitta wedges or vegetable sticks – this is the perfect whipped dip for your picnic.

Homemade sausage rolls

A super simple staple to make and versatile to make them your own! Pick up some pre-made puff pastry and choose your filling. Keep them classic with sausage meat or make them vegetarian by choosing cheese & onion. Choose your own seasonings too – make them spicy with a bit of chilli, add some herbs or chutneys, there are plenty of options to make sure your little ones love them!

Fruit Skewers

A healthy and fun way to bring some colour and excitement to the picnic. Children can choose their favourite fruits and turn them into fun fruit skewers! Top tip – put a little lemon juice on the fruits to stop them from going brown straight away. Also, you can make them extra indulgent by covering them in chocolate and decorations of your choice! They’ll be a hit at any picnic.

Vegetable crisps

For a healthier alternative to a standard packet of crisps, why not try making your own vegetable crisps? Thinly slice carrots, beetroot, sweet potato or parsnips and spray with a little oil and seasoning of your choice. Then either pop them in the oven or air fryer to crisp up! The perfect side to any picnic.

Milkshakes

Blitz a fruit of your choice with some milk and yoghurt for the perfect summer milkshake! Store in the fridge until you set off and serve when you arrive. Little ones will love them! 

Watermelon Lemonade

A mixture of chunks of watermelon, lemon juice, soda water and a little sugar all whizzed together makes the perfect summer refreshing drink! Pour over crushed ice and keep it cold and fresh for when you drink it.

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