31 May 2017

Summer Picnic At Arundel Castle

Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers
Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers

You really don't have to go far to discover dreamy destinations - just an hour and a half away from our little town in Hampshire is Arundel Castle, a beautiful medieval castle and flower gardens set on top of a West Sussex Hill. The castle and grounds are known for their picturesque beauty, and the infamous tulip festival held there every year! And on a beautiful sunny day, where else could you go for a picnic? 

Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers
Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers
Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers

Picnics are my favourite - I even did a post on winter picnics which are super cosy and fun! But we're all about summer now and that means sunshine, open spaces, blue skies, and as always - delicious grub. For me, a picnic basket consists of the following: a few carbs, fresh produce, munch that you can pick on, and the appropriate drink. On this picnic, we paired up with Portlebay Popcorn who kindly sent us some of their flavours to sample - these included chilli & lime, wasabi & ginger, sea salted, lemon sherbet - which all tasted incredible, but I'm definitely one for savoury over sweet! Especially when we've filled up on jam tarts and strawberries... ;)

Strawberries are currently in season, so I strongly advise you ditch the supermarket and go visit your local farm shop or market stall and get some homegrown strawberries which you may find may even be cheaper! Shopping for seasonal produce means you're helping the local farms, eating fresh food grown in the UK, and saving money. I remember the first time I went to my local pick-your-own and I bought 4 large punnets of strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries and something else which I really cannot remember all for under £5! So remember before picking up something from the supermarket, as convenient as it is, if you visit butchers, fishmongers and greengrocers you'll be doing everyone a favour. That's another common misconception - everyone thinks butchers are more expensive than the supermarket but I disagree! Yes, if you're going for a top notch fillet steak you will pay a couple quid more than you would in Tesco - but that's a treat and you know you'll be getting something special. But if you're shopping for cheaper cuts of meat then you can expect to pay the same prices as the supermarket. Or, if like me, you don't mind cheaper cuts of meat like Bavette steak you'll be paying even less for great quality meat. I remember I tried calves liver in a restaurant and I loved it - I also remember it being a little pricey at £12 as a main course - so when I decided to treat myself to a piece of calves liver from a local butcher, he cut me a piece for 2 people as a main, and when he weighed it the total cost was £1.70, I was extremely happy and a convert to local butchers.

Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers
Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers
Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers

Don't you guys just love the random pieces of information? Let's get pack to the picnics! Here is my summer picnic check list:

- Picnic basket (extra points for wicker!)
- Picnic blanket (make sure it's not going to itch your legs!)
- Paper plates, plastic cutlery and glasses - because no one has time for washing up when it comes to picnics. Straight in the bin it all goes!
- A tray or board to put your food on
- Napkins

I like taking light food on hot days, as you still enjoy delicious snacks without filling up too much - then theres room for a scrumptious dinner!

- Carby food: think bread, crisps, savoury pastries
- Fresh produce: strawberries, apples, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, bananas - remember you don't really want to get messy and sticky so if you're bringing items like a mango then peel and cut it at home!
- Snacks like popcorn, crackers
- Pickles, olives, onions, antipasti
- Sweets like tarts, pastries, muffins
- Drinks: pink lemonade, rose lemonade, cloudy lemonade (all the lemonade!), elderflower fizz, prosecco, still water for hydration!

Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers
Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers
Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers

Make sure that you keep hydrated when it's hot - and remember water is the best hydration! You can spike it with cucumber, mint, and lime but stay away from sugary drinks when you're feeling thirsty because they will only dehydrate you further. 
Also keep sunscreen in your handbag (anything but Banana Boat because there's just too much uncertainty about them at the moment) - even during cloudy days you can get sun burnt, trust me; and a hat if you know you're prone to getting sunstroke - again trust me when I say it can happen even in the UK! It's because we're so unprepared for scorching weather we just throw ourselves in to the sun hoping to get as much Vitamin D as we possibly can before the clouds come back from vacation. 

Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers
Picnic at Arundel Castle, Portlebay Popcorn review, lifestyle bloggers, Hampshire bloggers

And remember to enjoy the views, eat slowly, talk to your friends, and put that phone down. When you're surrounded with such beauty as this, then you really want to take it all in - there will be time for Instagramming later. I will be doing a post soon on things to do at Arundel Castle - don't be deceived into thinking it's just a couple of hours fun, there's a whole day of exploring to be done! 

What are you essentials for a summer picnic? Have you got a favourite picnic spot - where is it? 
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  1. This looks so amazing! The surroundings are so beautiful and definitely the best spot for a picnic x

    Abi | abistreetx

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