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Perfect Picnics

July is National Picnic Month and we thought what better way to celebrate than with some tips on where to go and hints on how to make the most of eating outdoors.

Whilst we don’t always get the weather or the opportunity to enjoy a picnic in the UK, when the sun is smiling it’s one of the most simple ways to enjoy a few hours out.

Picnics are a throw-back from the mid 18th-century when the French used to dine outside. A bottle of wine, a loaf of bread and some cheese and voila! 

Let’s start with some places to visit for that perfect picnic in North Bristol:

Places to picnic:

There are dozens to choose from, but here’s a few of our favourites…

Blaise Castle, Henbury

Loads of outdoor space, so not a chance that your picnic blanket will bump into someone’s else. There’s a large play park, small café and a good amount of free parking. There’s also fantastic woodland walks and the castle and the museum to explore. 

Leigh Woods, Clifton

Leigh Woods boasts tranquil woods, great views of the gorge, its own picnic area and plenty to explore on bike or foot. 

Old Down Country Park, Nr Tockington

Old Down Country Park is an award-winning attraction set in the countryside. You can enjoy 66 acres of open space, gardens, woodlands and spend hours of fun in our play areas with jumping pillow, an adventure playground, trampolines, and more.

Mundy Playing Fields, Thornbury

With a large open green space, play equipment, football pitches, tennis courts and a new children’s splashpad, a picnic will be just one part of a lovely day out here.

Picnic tips:

1. Jam jars – are great for salad dressings, salt and pepper and more

2. Ice cubes in a Thermos flask, they won’t melt and you can have cold drinks all day!

3.Pack right: Wicker baskets may look beautiful but they’re not always practical. Try using an insulated bag with compartments instead

4.Take an umbrella. They’re great for keeping the shade off your cool bag

5.Cutting board: Take a small board for slicing, dicing and dividing

Picnic facts: 

  • The word picnic is derived from the French word piquenique
  • The average person picnics at least three times per year – that’s 94 million picnic per year
  • The average family spends £26 per picnic
  • The most popular picnic item used to be a cheese sandwich, it’s now a bag of crisps

Finally… leave only footprints. Make sure you pack up your rubbish and take it with it. 

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