16 of the best picnic blankets for a summer of outdoor get-togethers

As we gear up for another season of picnicking, it’s no wonder that John Lewis has been having record sales of picnic accessories. As early as March, sales of picnic hampers, cool bags and rugs were already performing extremely well (+269 per cent versus last year) and have no doubt continued to do so as we enter further into a spring and summer of picnics.

As outdoor socialising continues to be the safest way to meet up with friends, it’s no surprise John Lewis’s picnic blankets and rug sales are up 2,537 per cent compared to last year, with branded lines such as Sophie Allport completely selling out. But the standout item has to be the extra large lemon-printed rug (below), which back in March was John Lewis’s bestselling item and is still sold out (although you can sign up to be notified when it comes back into stock).

If you’ve got the itch to get yourself kitted out for picnic season, we’ve found 16 picnic blankets that are as practical as they are stylish, from classic checks to kissing badgers (sweet!). And we strongly advise investing in one – there’s nothing worse than sitting on damp grass or cold ground. But you don’t need to splurge (although you can if you want), as our picks start from just £20.

16 stylish picnic blankets for spring and summer

lemon picnic blanket
John Lewis

Lemons Extra Large Picnic Rug, £30, John Lewis

recycled check blanket
National Trust Shop

Recycled Woollen Rug, £20, National Trust Shop

blue gingham picnic blanket
Les Jardins de la Comtesse

Picnic blanket with Waterproof backing, £25.75, Les Jardins de la Comtesse

embroidered picnic blanket
Not On The High Street

Hand Embroidered Picnic Blanket, £54, Not On The High Street

badgers picnic blanket
Anorak

Kissing Badgers Picnic Blanket, £39, Anorak

multicolour picnic blanket
Amara

Kate Spade New York Rainbow Plaid Picnic Blanket, £40, Amara

birds picnic blanket
Sophie Allport

Coastal Birds Knitted Picnic Blanket, £39, Sophie Allport

tassel blanket
Flo & Joe

Recycled Cotton Tassel Throw, £29.95, Flo & Joe

green picnic blanket
Von Haus

Picnic Blanket Green Herringbone, £26.99, Von Haus

Vera picnic blaknet
Anthropologie

Vera Perennial Picnic Blanket, £90, Anthropologie

pink zebra picnic blanket
John Lewis

Yvonne Ellen Tiger Picnic Blanket, £30, John Lewis

beige stripe picnic blaknet
The White Company

Lindos Outdoor Blanket, £48, The White Company

rainbow picnic blanket
The British Blanket Co.

Rainbow Stripe Waterproof Picnic Blanket with Straps, £100, The British Blanket Co.

illustrated picnic blanket
Amara

Sunnylife Wash Me Beach & Picnic Blanket, £60, Amara

palm leaf picnic blanket
Valley Mill

Palm leaf quilted picnic blanket, £49.95, Valley Mill

floral picnic blanket
La Redoute

So’Home Picnic Blanket in Green Floral, £49, La Redoute