My friend Claire and I were wondering what to do one weekend when she suggested a picnic. Naturally, I looked at her likes she was nuts – a picnic in the cold? Who does that? As I found out later on Pinterest, a lot of people apparently – winter picnics are the picnics of the future. Perfect for when it’s mild, or on the contrast – absolutely freezing, grab some cosy must haves and head to a spot of natural beauty near you. Living in the beautiful county of Hampshire, we’re lucky to have our pick of natural reserves and we chose to head out to Harewood Forest which is a short drive away from both our houses.
- Waterproof picnic blanket to line the ground – it doesn’t matter how dry it has been; the ground will probably be damp and cold.
- A thick, fluffy blanket to sit on: I love warm wool blankets!
- A thick, fluffy blanket per person to wrap up in/put over your legs. Because, who are we kidding? It’s going to be cold outside!
- A thermal flask with hot tea/coffee/mulled wine or cider: this is going to be your best friend throughout the picnic. It makes everything so perfectly cosy!
- A picnic hamper full of food, drink and cutlery – pack that baby up!
- Layer, layer, layer! Remember to wrap up warm as the last thing you want to be is cold during an outdoor picnic. Think wool socks, t-shirts and sweaters, throws, scarves and big coats.
- Make sure your bottoms are thick. You will, after all, be sitting on the ground outside and even if it is dry, it will be cold. Thick jeans, wool leggings, fleece joggers - any of those will do!
- Grab a waterproof hooded jacket - it will undoubtably rain at some point. This way you are prepared!
- Wellies are an absolute must have during a winter picnic - they will keep your feet warm and waterproof, and are also mega comfy!
When we found our perfect spot, we settled for a good 3 hours to enjoy some gossip, hot tea and tasty food – it was incredible. Silence around us, beautiful scenery and fresh air – what more could you ask for after a hectic week in the city?