With the restrictions lifting and the weather improving, it’s not long now before we can start to meet a few other people outdoors. We thought it was a great opportunity to look at some fresh new picnicware, ready for some alfresco socialising. Here’s what we’ve found.
1. Picnic sets for one, Green Tones
These colourful, individual dining sets comprise a bamboo fibre plate, bowl and cup. Light and easy to carry, they’re perfect for picnics whether that’s out and about or at home in your own garden. Dishwasher safe, they’re practical too and the bright colour choices mean that each member of the family can have their own. £6.50 per set, available from Green Tones.
2. Recycled wool waterproof picnic blanket, The Tartan Blanket Co
This chunky picnic blanket is woven from 70% recycled wool and 30% mixed recycled fibres. Recycling wool can be a challenge as the fibres can be too short to respin, so to make these blankets the wool is mixed with longer recycled fibres to make a strong fabric that’s machine washable. Finished with a waterproof backing, these rugs come in a range of different tartan choices and cost £70 from the Tartan Blanket Co.
3. Coastal birds picnic bag, Sophie Allport
Excellent for dining alfresco, this coastal birds picnic bag is made with extra-thick insulation to keep your food and drink fresh and cool for hours on end. It’s available in several different designs and costs £38 from Sophie Allport.
4. Siesta picnic hamper basket with lid, Bloomingville
This traditional style hamper (above and main image) from Bloomingville is made from bankuan grass and is large enough to hold food and tableware for 2 to 4 people. £70, available from Beaumonde.
5. Bamboo cutlery travelling set, Earthbits
This cutlery set is a sustainable, plastic-free alternative to single-use cutlery. Light and compact, it’s made from bamboo which is a profoundly sustainable, natural material with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. The set includes a knife, fork and spoon as well as a bamboo straw, chopsticks, cleaning brush and cotton pouch and costs £7.99 from Earthbits.
6. Bembridge forage basket, Garden Trading
The organic and unusual shape mixed with natural materials make this traditional basket a perfect choice for picnic goodies. Made from thick Kubu rattan it has a strong, twisted carry handle for easy transport and costs £45 from Garden Trading.
7. Bamboo outdoor picnic serving bowl, Cielshop
Great for picnics, this salad bowl can also keep your food safe in transit with its secure rubber seal. It’s available in a range of colours including terracotta, slate blue or mocha and features a sturdy rubberwood lid. £49, available from Cielshop.
8. Waterproof outdoor cushion in pure new wool, Heating + Plumbing
These slight and comfy cushions are the perfect accessory for posh picnics! Made from soft, pure new wool on the top with waterproof backing, they feature a carry handle for ease of transport and are fully washable, as well. Available in different designs, they cost £44.50 from Heating + Plumbing.
9. Set of three reusable linen bowl covers, Helen Round
Perfect for keeping wasps out of the jam, this set of three covers keeps food fresh and can be used again and again. Made from pure linen, they are finished with an elasticated hem for easy fitting. £20, available from Helen Round.
10. Stainless steel 500ml water bottle, Elephant Box
This 500ml stainless steel water bottle has an uncomplicated and classic design, and will become your perfect companion for hikes or picnics. Made from 304 grade stainless steel, it is easy to clean and won’t retain or impart flavours so drinks stay fresh. £18, available from Kempii.
Main image shows the Bloomingville Siesta picnic hamper, available from Beaumonde.0