How to plan the perfect picnic
Whatever your personal picnic style, our tips will help you enjoy this most seasonal of delights to the fullest.
However picturesque the surrounding location, your actual picnic spot should be flat, dry and smooth enough for you to spread out your blanket and relax without worrying about teetering drinks or unexpected thistles.
Keep your food delicious until you’re ready to eat it with insulated flasks and cool bags and by ensuring strong flavours and oily dressings are safely contained.
Mix it up
Picnics aren’t quite like normal meals, so break the rules. Enjoy unusual combinations of foods on your plate or eat dessert between courses. Pre-slice bread, cakes and tarts into small servings so guests can try a little of everything.
Make the most of your location with post-picnic games that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy. Woodlands are ideal for scavenger hunts, Pooh sticks or an art competition using twigs and leaves.
Linen napkins and salad tongs or finger foods and paper plates – it’s a matter of individual taste how formal or casual you make your picnic. Whatever you choose, think beyond the meal and pack plenty of bags for tidying up time.
With Bettys it’s easy to add a touch of perfection to your picnic. Our classic Tomato Chutney brings fabulous flavour to a drab cheese sandwich, our bestselling Lemon & Lime Cake is a festival of citrusy summer deliciousness and our sun-worshipping Chocolate & Orange Little Rascals are a favourite with grown-ups and kids alike.
A light and delicate cake with a real taste of summer£15.25
Meet the Fat Rascal's delicious smaller sibling£8.95
A deliciously moist fruited tea loaf, steeped in Yorkshire Tea.£4.50
Four plump and fruity Fat Rascal scones in a pretty Bettys box.£8.80
A light and refreshing citrus sponge cake£4.95
Four hand-piped Fondant Fancies£7.40
Rich butter shortbread made to a Yorkshire recipe£4.50
A beautifully moist and deliciously gingery cake.£4.95
Buttery shortbread biscuits with a generous helping of dark Swiss chocolate£4.75
All you need to enjoy a Bettys afternoon tea at home£15.50
Five of the most irresistible biscuit varieties from our Craft Bakery.£17.95
Nine Fondant Fancies, individually iced with flowers£16.65