Picnic essentials for The Season

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Now that the British Summer Social Season is in full swing, it is time to plan your perfect picnic for the likes of Royal Ascot, Henley and other prestigious events. Here are a few essential items for the occasion…

We love the Fortnum’s Canvas Cool Bag (£75), which is a modern take on the traditional hamper. It is perfect for transporting your picnic and will keep all the food and drink as fresh as possible.

Rose fans will be pleased to know that Mirabeau en Provence has launched Mirabeau Pret-a-Porter (£3.49) in time for the summer months. Mirabeau Pret-a-Porter is presented in a handy slimline can and it is available from Waitrose stores. The light rosé is ideal for the summer events season and it will fit perfectly in your picnic hamper.

Selfridges has a good selection of picnic blankets in stock at the moment. We really like the designs by Manchester homeware brand, Vonshef. The stylish tartan picnic blanket is available for £15.

The Ginger Pig is the go-to place for meat. If you purchase their sausage rolls for your picnic (pictured below), guests will definitely be impressed by the great flavour. They are available in Traditional, Pork & Stilton or Spicy Lamb and priced at £4.

The Marks and Spencer Food to Order service takes the stress out of preparing your picnic. It is particularly useful if you are catering for a large number of people. There are treats to suit everyone with lots of platters, sandwiches and canapes to choose from.