The Best Picnic Experiences, Days Out & Summer Products

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Vineyard Picnics at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, West Sussex

Set in the heart of Leonardslee’s Grade I listed gardens in West Sussex, the unique gastronomic destination, inspired by South Africa’s Cape Winelands, has launched a new vineyard afternoon tea picnic. Priced at £17.50 and available Wednesday – Sunday, the freshly made afternoon tea include finger sandwiches, mini sausage rolls, traditional scones and indulgent sweet treats such as carrot cake, macarons and chocolate petit fours. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available. What’s more, guests can also enjoy award-winning wines from the estate or its sister estate Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in South Africa.

Picnic Afternoon Tea at Horwood House, Buckinghamshire

Fancy some sandwiches with a side of nature? Stunning Grade II listed country house hotel, Horwood House, is offering a picnic afternoon tea – perfect for those looking to enjoy an al fresco afternoon amongst the hotel’s beautiful grounds. Packaged up for two to share, the afternoon tea includes traditional finger sandwiches, delightfully buttery scones, decadent sweet treats, and two mini bottles of Prosecco! Available seven days a week for hotel guests only.  

£45 per person, www.horwoodhouse.co.uk

Carey’s Manor & Senspa, Brockenhurst

An enchanting manor house hotel set in the heart of the New Forest, Careys Manor & SenSpa invites guests to enjoy a countryside escape and Cycling Break package. To fuel the day of adventure, stop off and enjoy a Careys Manor picnic of fresh sandwiches, crisps and fresh fruit before retreating for an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s charming and cosy bedrooms. After a restful night’s sleep, indulge in a full English breakfast in the British brasserie, Cambium and take full advantage of the spa facilities all for £240 (based on two adults sharing),https://www.careysmanor.com.

Products

Hattingley Valley Wines

The perfect accompaniment to pop at any picnic this summer, Hattingley Valley’s Blanc de Blancs 2014 (£41.50) is a deliciously fruity and honeyed wine made from the finest Chardonnay grapes. With white stone and citrus fruits on the nose and a honeyed character on the palate, this sparkling wine works sensationally with an abundance of picnic plates including smoked trout paté with crusty bread or a sharing platter of charcuterie.

Liberation Cocktails With an extensive collection of ready to drink bar strength cocktails, make your picnic a party with Liberation Cocktails. Formulated by expert mixologists and made with only the best quality juices and craft distillery spirits, choose from Mojito, Strawberry Daiquiri, Pisco Sour and Pornstar Martini, available in handy 200ml cans, 750ml bottles or party kegs that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. (£6 for 200ml can, £22 for a sharing bottle or £99 for a party keg). Available online for nationwide delivery at https://liberationcocktails.com.

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