13 of best picnic essentials for socially distanced outdoor dining

Now that the government has officially confirmed we can spend unlimited time outside – and the weather has turned irresistibly warm – our minds have quickly turned to that quintessentially classic British pastime: picnics.

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A summer in Britain isn’t complete until you’ve spent an afternoon lounging on a blanket in a park, nibbling on tasty treats and sipping wine while batting away wasps, dodging flying footballs and flicking ants off the cheese. Ahh, what a picture… But frankly, we’ll do anything to get out of the house right now, so we’ll take all the wasps and ants if it means an afternoon of sunning ourselves in the grassy outdoors (only with people from our own household, of course, or with one other person at a safe 2 metre distance).

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And so a socially distanced picnic it is – but what to take with you? To create a picture perfect picnic, you’ll need a basket, blanket, plates, bowls, cutlery and glasses. Lucky for you, we’ve taken on the arduous task of rounding up the best of each, leaving you to simply ‘add to basket’ and enjoy your picnic.

Picnic baskets

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Regency Hampers

Empty Picnic Basket ‘Barrel’ Hamper, £59.20, Regency Hampers

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Not On The High Street

Large Wicker Picnic Hamper Basket, £41, Not On The High Street

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Rattan Wine & Bread Basket, £68, Anthropologie

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4 Person Herringbone Picnic Hamper, £42.99, VonShef

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Sophie Allport

Bees Picnic Bag, £32, Sophie Allport

Picnic blankets

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Sophie Allport

Coastal Birds Knitted Picnic Blanket, £36, Sophie Allport

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National Trust

National Trust Rug – Multicolour Fishbone, £40, National Trust

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Mountain Warehouse

Picnic Mat, £12.99, Mountain Warehouse

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French Connection

Poppy Picnic Rug, £125, French Connection

Picnic accessories

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Sunnylife Lovers Picnic Set – Kasbah, £25, Amara

picnic flutes
Marks & Spencer

Set of 4 Rainbow Picnic Champagne Flutes, £15, Marks & Spencer

picnic bowls

Sahara Melamine Cereal Bowl Assortment, £2.50 each, Sainsbury’s

paper cups

8 paper cups 250ml, £1.50, HEMA