It might not really be ideal picnic weather just at the moment, but here at Fresh Design we’re optimistic! We’ve found the most stylish, fun and colourful accessories around so that when the sun finally makes an appearance we’ll be ready. Here’s what we’ve found:
1. Polo picnic blanket, Hurn & Hurn
Bring your own sunshine along with this rainbow-striped blanket. Made from pure new wool, it’s woven in Wales and has a waterproof backing and webbing straps for practicality. It measures 145cm by 183cm (including the fringed edge) so there’s plenty of room to spread out. It costs £69.95 and is available from Hurn & Hurn.
2. Portable barbecue in green, Lotus Grill
Smokeless, cool to the touch and available in a bright range of fun colours, this award-winning Lotus Grill Charcoal BBQ is perfect for family days out. German-designed and engineered, the grill uses 90% less charcoal than standard barbecues and is ready to cook in an impressive three to four minutes. Was £15, now £135, available from Cuckooland.
3. Flamingos oilcloth lunch bag, Sophie Allport
Pack special dietary requirements separately in this neat little bag so there’s no chance of getting them mixed up. It folds up when not in use and is fully insulated to keep food cool and fresh. £20, available from Sophie Allport.
4. Owen owl solar light, Red Candy
If you’re planning to stay out until dusk, then taking some kind of lamp along is a good idea – and here’s one you won’t lose! This owl-shaped lamp has integrated solar panel that charge in direct sunlight. Once dark, it gives up to six hours of light. £25.90, available from Red Candy.
5. Picnic set in Islabomba, Sunnylife
From Australian brand Sunnylife comes this cute picnic set for two, containing two sets of cutlery and two plates in a carry case. Ideal for making sure you haven’t forgotten the spoons! £25, available from Sunnylife.
6. Kissing hedgehogs picnic blanket, Annabel James
This picnic blanket in Anorak’s Kissing Hedgehogs design has a practical waterproof backing, as well as being super lightweight and machine washable. The picnic blanket rolls into adjustable carry handles for portability. Made in Britain, it measures 145cm by 145cm when laid flat. £37.95, available from Annabel James.