National Picnic Week began on Friday 16th, and it really couldn’t have come at a better time! With the recent heat wave bringing scorching temperatures to areas across the UK as high as 32 °C, a picnic is the perfect way to make the most of the weather. Although the heat wave is set to take a break on Thursday, temperatures of around 20°C are predicted to continue, meaning that you can still make the most of the sunshine this weekend! A picnic is one of Britain’s favourite activities, offering a fantastic opportunity to make the most of the local produce and to head into the great outdoors for some fresh air. This is an activity that suits every age group, and can really bring friends and families together to make memories. National Picnic Week began around a decade ago, and has since, grown into a staple part of the calendar in the UK, so celebrate this great tradition this week and enjoy the beautiful weather! We’ve got a few top tips to help you make the most out of your picnic: What to PackPacking for a picnic is fairly simple; all you really need is food, drink and a blanket or two. However, to make it more of an enjoyable experience, there are a few additional items we would recommend. Bring along a pack of baby wipes for those sticky fingers, some paper plates and napkins to hold in the crumbs, a cool box filled with some ice cubes (perfect for a heat wave) and some games to play! Food for ThoughtWhen deciding what to pack for a picnic, it is best to keep it simple. Bring along a range of sandwiches, some classic snacks such as sausage rolls, scotch eggs and pork pies for the savoury option. Then for the sweet treats, you can make fruit kebabs, chocolate covered strawberries, rice crispy cakes and biscuits. If you are going for a picnic in a group, why not task each member with bringing along something for the feast, this means that it isn’t so much work for one person, and the variety will be wonderful! Stay HydratedIt is very important to stay hydrated, particularly when the weather is warm. So ensure that you bring along plenty of cool water, it is often a good idea to freeze a few bottles of water; as they defrost throughout the day, you’ll have a fresh stream of ice-cold water, which will certainly quench your thirst! Other enjoyable drinks to bring to a picnic include homemade lemonade dotted with fresh raspberries for the kids, and a glass of Pimms for the adults! Games to PlayTo make the most of the great outdoors, why not pack some games to play? These can be suitable for both adults and children, and will certainly make it a day to remember. Here are just a few of our favourite games:
- Bat and Ball
- Card Games Such as Gin Rummy
- A Water Fight
Best Picnic Spots in North WalesFinally, once you’re fully prepared, it’s time to decide where you will enjoy your feast! Here are a few of our favourite picnic spots in North Wales:
- Llandudno – perfect for a traditional seaside experience, with Blue Flag status and local ice cream!
- Snowdonia National Park – with opportunities to go wild swimming, awe-inspiring scenery, this is the ultimate picnic location!
- Alyn Waters Country Park – this is a wonderful place to take a walk or a cycle, and to enjoy a picnic, with an adventure playground and golf driving range too!
- Bodnant Garden – the stunning botanical garden setting will have you feeling like you’re in a fairy-tale, and there will always be room for you and your picnic blanket!
We hope you enjoy your picnic in the fine weather this week, don’t forget to sun cream up and pop on your hats to make the most of the day! If you find that on your picnic you simply fall in love with the area, why not take a look at our Wales holiday homes for sale? Then you can enjoy the beauty of North Wales whenever you wish!