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Picnic ideas

We’ve packed a host of hints and ideas to help you make the most of the sunshine and plan the perfect picnic. So break out the blankets, pack your picnic baskets and head outside for a classic alfresco feast.

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Picnic packing checklist

Pack the perfect picnic

Our handy checklist is here to give you all the ingredients you need for a great picnic in the park.

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Checklist

  • Picnic basket
  • Blankets
  • Picnic food and drinks
  • Foldable chairs
  • Cool bag
  • Outdoor games and toys
  • Disposable plates and cups
  • Napkins
  • Cutlery
  • Sun cream
  • Umbrellas and sun shelters
  • Rubbish bags

Hints and tips

  • Keep perishable food fresh and any drinks on ice with a cool bag.
  • Bring plenty of blankets so there's space for everyone to sit.
  • If it's a hot day, bring some umbrellas to keep the sun at bay. And don't forget the sun cream!
  • Remember to clear away any rubbish at the end! No one likes a litter bug.

The family picnic

Fun in the sun

A picnic in the sun is a family favourite! Prepare a super summer spread full of their favourite snacks, and take some games for plenty of post-picnic fun. Football, cricket and rounders are all perfect for playtime in the park.

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Family picnic - hints and tips

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Teddy bear's picnic

We’re going on a bear hunt! A teddy bear’s picnic is a little ones favourite. Just make sure they’ve got all of their favourite furry friends and that you know all the words of the well-known sing-a-along, and you’re ready for your beary own teddy bear's picnic.

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Patio picnic

If it’s a nice day, but you don’t fancy a trip to the park, why not have a picnic in the garden instead? Take some blankets and cushions outside, or use a picnic bench, some garden furniture or a quirky teepee instead.

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Food for thought

Don't forget the food! Take a look at these ultimate picnic recipes from Sainsbury's, including scotch eggs with a twist and a classic Victoria sponge.

The romantic retreat

A picturesque picnic

Make it a date with a fancy feast somewhere quaint. Take someone special out for an afternoon of soaking up sun, tasty food and blissful relaxation.

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The romantic retreat - hints and tips

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Find the right setting

Set the scene for your getaway by finding somewhere quiet and picturesque. Head to the best spot in the park or, if you're close to the beach, why not enjoy a picnic on the sand?

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Look smart in the sun

Get the perfect outfit for summer with the Tu holiday shop. Everything you need to look smart in the sun for your picturesque picnic.

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Food for thought

Find out how to posh up your picnic with Sainsbury's tips on how to make your romantic retreat extra special.

Picnic party

Social in the sun

Grab your mates and go to the park for a proper picnic party. Get everyone to bring their own food and drink, pack some music and games, and you're ready for a fun-filled outdoor get together.

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Picnic party - hints and tips

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Summer sports

Take a break from the food and play some sport in the park. Cricket and rounders are perfect group games and once you've finishing playing, it's time for round two of the food.

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Sounds good

Get the party started with some portable Bluetooth speakers. For a more chilled vibe, why not take a guitar?

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Food for thought

Make sure your picnic is Insta-ready with food that's great for the Gram. Try these Sainsbury's recipes that look great and taste even better.

Indoor picnic

Rainy day hideaway

Don't let the weather ruin your fun. Take the picnic indoors and build a fort fit for a feast. Grab your blankets, cushions and throws and create a cosy rainy day hideaway.

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Picnic food ideas

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Chicken, avocado and black bean wrap

Tasty and high in protein, ideal for your little one's growth*
Total time required: 20 minutes (including chill time).
 

Ingredients:
380g carton black beans, drained
1 tsp cumin
50g baby spinach
4 wholemeal wraps
160g cooked chargrilled chicken
1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced thinly
50g feta
1 avocado, sliced

Method

Step 1: Put the beans into a small saucepan and stir in the cumin. Cook for 3-4 minutes, before allowing to cool slightly.
Step 2: Mix the cooled beans with the spinach. Spread this on to a wrap before topping with the cooked chicken and sliced peppers. Crumble over the feta and finish with slices of avocado.
Step 3: Roll up tightly and cut in half to serve.

*when enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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Vegan green goddess pizza

Super simple and full of flavour,  the perfect treat for a picnic lunch.

Total time required: 45 minutes (including chill time).

 

Ingredients for the flatbreads:
500g strong white bread flour
1½ tbsp baking powder
1 tsp fine salt
4 tbsp olive oil

 

Ingredients for the vegan pesto:
120g rocket
75g pistachio kernels
½ lemon, juiced
1 large garlic clove, crushed
6 tbsp olive oil
2 medium courgettes, cut into long strips with a vegetable peeler
½ tbsp olive oil

Method

Step 1: Mix together the bread flour, baking powder and salt, then gradually pour in the oil and 275ml warm water. Bring together into a ball and lightly knead for 10 minutes.
Step 2: Place the 100g rocket, 50g pistachios, the lemon, garlic and olive oil in a food processor and blend. 
Step 3: Cut the flatbread dough into 4 equal pieces and roll each out to a wide circle about 3-4mm thick. Heat a wide heavy pan over a medium heat and cook each flatbread for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown and slightly puffed up.
Step 4: Heat a griddle pan with ½ tbsp oil over a high heat and add the courgette strips. Cook briefly on each side until there are griddle marks all over and the courgette is just cooked through.
Step 5: Chop the remaining pistachios. Divide the pesto between the flatbreads and spread evenly, then top with the griddled courgettes, reserved rocket and pistachios.

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