Making a homemade loaf does require that extra bit of effort, but it brings so much more flavour to your picnic table. Make up sandwiches beforehand or just serve loose alongside crumbly cheese, pickles and hams so people can make their own.
Who could resist this picnic staple, created by the experts of our much beloved British pork pie? Just pack some spicy pickle too to serve alongside.
These nibbles are the perfect size for a quick picnic. They're also great for adding a sophisticated afternoon tea theme to your get-together. Just be sure to pack them carefully in a sealed and upright container.
Love a G&T but can't drink it because you're driving? This is the guilt free way to enjoy a touch of summer gin. You'll need to prepare this the night before but it's well worth it. Just serve on a slice on rye bread or roll up with cream cheese into mini roulades.
Tarts are ideal picnic grub as they're simple to make and if you make them big enough, easy to share among a few of you. If you're not a fan of blue cheese, you could substitute this for cheddar or feta.
Short on time? Use ready cooked beetroot. You can also use ground cumin and coriander, to save you roasting the seeds, and add a handful of fresh mint or coriander leaves before blending. These colourful crudites are also a big success with little children.
A great bake for everyone to enjoy, including any vegetarians.
It's always a good idea to stock up on salads for a picnic. Not only do they fill you up, but they also add lots of goodness to your picnic feast.
Be the queen of tarts (especially among little ones that have a sweet tooth) with this tasty recipe.
The ultimate picnic multi-tasker, this hard working jelly will go with cheese and bread, pork pies and all sorts of cold meats. You can even use freshly hand-picked blackberries to make it too.
Getting the grandchildren involved with preparing your picnic is one of the best ways to guarantee even the fussiest of eaters will want to tuck in. And few little girls could resist this opportunity to make their very own beautiful butterfly cakes with grandma or grandad.
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Steak sandwich with pickled vegetables
If you don't fancy the faff of assembling everything once you've found your spot, the best thing is to pack pre-prepared sandwiches. This is a lovely one that could be made up from the leftovers of your steak the night before. It's also a touch more special than your average cheese and pickle sarnie.
And if you don't fancy cooking? Have a look at our suggestions of the best picnic treats for eating out
We've also got a round-up of the best spots for a bit of alfresco dining