National Picnic Week 2020

22nd June 2020 to 28th June 2020

Event Overview

National Picnic Week takes place this June across the UK, so grab your blankets and baskets out of the cupboards and get out to the great outdoors for a good old fashioned picnic.  Just remember to social distance and follow Government guidelines on how many people you can picnic with and where. 

National Picnic Week aims to provide picnic tips, picnic hotspots, and everything surrounding picnics to help the nation roll out their picnic rugs and embrace British summertime wherever you are.  

You can even vote for your favourite picnic spot, click here!

Here are our top ten facts about picnics to get you inspired:

  1. The average person picnics at least three times a year, that’s 180 million picnics per year in the UK alone.
  2.  According to research done in 2013, the average family spends £26 per picnic totalling £2,479,720,000.
  3. Originally, a picnic was a fashionable social event to which each guest contributed some food.
  4. The French started the modern fashion for picnics when they opened their royal parks to the public after the revolution of 1789.
  5. The use of the phrase “no picnic” to describe something difficult dates back to 1884.
  6. The most popular picnic snack fifty years ago was the humble cheese sandwich. Now, it’s a bag of crisps.
  7. The most popular day for picnics in the US is the 4th of July. In Italy it’s Easter Monday. In France, it’s Bastille Day. In the UK, it’s (weather dependent) rapidly becoming National Picnic Week.
  8. Fortnum & Mason, the London department store, claims to have invented the Scotch egg in 1738. They still sell them today.  
  9. Picnic food is as popular as if it’s ever been. In 2012, an average of ten grams of meat pies and sausage rolls were consumed per person per week.