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.