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The Art of The Picnic

16th August 2023

Enjoy an al fresco feast with Cornish food and drink

From sandy beaches to flower-filled meadows or rugged moorland, Cornwall offers an array of stunning settings for picnics! And on a fine day, there’s nothing better than laying out a picnic rug, listening to the sounds of nature and tucking into some tasty Cornish food and drink.

With several weeks of the summer holidays left, a picnic is also the perfect pass time with kids, be it by the seaside where they can run in and out of the waves, or in a pretty garden like the Lost Gardens of Heligan, surrounded by lush, colourful landscapes!

In this blog we’ve rounded up everything you need for a wonderful Cornish-style picnic – from cosy seating to delicious Cornish fare, we have you covered! So, pack your basket, gather your loved ones, and head out into the great outdoors!

A luxurious blanket

Every family needs a quality blanket for their outdoor adventures, and we think that Atlantic Blankets’ Herringbone Wool Picnic Blanket fits the bill perfectly. Generously sized, with a 100% wool face and a practical waterproof polyester underside, this is a blanket to accompany you everywhere.

In a rainbow of 14 different hues, from pastel shades of candy floss pink, lilac, and light duck egg blue, to richer shades of kelp green, coral, and dusk blue, there’s a colour for everyone!

For ease of carrying, you can opt for a grey fabric webbing carry strap or a Natural Leather Picnic Strap to perfectly complement your blanket.

A little shade

Keep the sun off with Tarquin’s Premium Parasol. In Tarquin’s Gin signature bright blue with a pretty fringe that gently sways in the summer breeze, this sun umbrella will appeal to all gin fans and anyone who wants to beat the heat of the midday sun!

With a handy carry bag to transport it from car to beach or house to garden, this is your go-to summer parasol.

Take a seat

For a deckchair that’s made the traditional way and built to last, visit The Cornish Store, where you’ll find the St Piran Flag Deckchair – proudly Cornish and beautiful to look at!

With a sustainable hardwood frame, that has been teak oiled, and a fair-trade cotton sling, this sturdy folding deckchair is just the ticket for lazy summertime picnics!

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A brew in the countryside

Nothing beats a refreshing cup of tea mid-ramble (or mid-picnic!) So, before you leave home, fill up your thermos with Smugglers Brew by Cornish Tea, ready for a thirst-quenching cuppa!

This everyday black tea is Cornish Tea’s original and most iconic blend, which has been made in Cornwall since 2012. Our featured box of Smugglers comes with Cornish Clotted Cream Shortbread Biscuits that are ideal to dunk in your tea!

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Playful picnicware

Enamel is a timeless classic that dates back over 200 years and continues to be incredibly popular, especially for outside pursuits. Budeful has a fun range of 10 oz enamel mugs in designs such as Bude Is My Happy Place, from their Budeful range, and Blow Out, from their Naked Surfers range. Handcrafted with great care, these mugs are simply perfect for picnics and camping.

Lunch all wrapped up

To save you from having to make mountains of sandwiches, The Phat Pasty Company makes a mouthwatering Variety Pack of award-winning pasties, golden pies, and jumbo sausage rolls. Think hand-crimped meat and vegan pasties, deep-filled pies such as sweet potato, spinach, and goat’s cheese, and the best sausage rolls you’ve ever eaten! Using British Farm Assured Meats and quality natural ingredients, these pastry parcels are made the old-fashioned way and taste very good indeed!

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Cheese and biscuits anyone?

For a spot of luxury lunching, why not bring out a cheeseboard at your next picnic? Lynher Dairies sells a Large Mixed Box of Yarg and/or Garlic Yarg that is handmade from grass-rich Cornish milk on their farm in Ponsanooth, Truro. Wrapped in nettle or wild garlic leaves, each of these cheeses has a unique flavour that’s a true taste of Cornwall.

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You might like to pair your cheese with Furniss BiscuitsOriginal West Country Cheddar Biscuits. Boldly flavoured with Westcountry, Davidstow Cheddar, and made with pure Cornish butter and Cornish sea salt from The Lizard Peninsula, these savoury biscuits will be snapped up in no time!

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Visit Shop Cornish for a picnic basket that’s overflowing with local flavours. We have all the Cornish food and drink you need and so much more!