Join in National Picnic Week with Hand Picked Hotels

From 15 to 24 of June 2018 Britain will be celebrating National Picnic Week. The week aims to promote the great outdoors and enjoy one of the UK’s most enjoyable summer traditions, which dates back to medieval times. National Picnic Week has grown significantly since it was founded a decade ago. Of course, picnics evolved long before that, in fact it has its roots in 14th century Europe when the elaborate traditions of outdoor feasts were enjoyed by the wealthy upper classes. 

It was these medieval hunting feasts and Renaissance era country banquets that laid the foundations of the outdoor eating experience, and some of the main foods that could be found included hams, baked meats and pastries, all of which are popular picnic ingredients today. According to the Oxford English dictionary, the oldest print evidence of the word picnic can be traced back to 1748, but it may have entered the English language from the French word 'piquenique', which first appeared in the1692 edition of Origines de la Langue Franqoise de Ménage.

To save you travelling the length and breadth of the UK to find the perfect picnic spot, a number of our stunning country house hotels all set within acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, offer delectable picnics. From Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa near Crewe in Nantwich, to Rhinefield House Hotel in the heart of the New Forest, Hampshire, and Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa in Redhill, Surrey – they all guarantee the perfect backdrop for an outdoor feast. And if the sun is not shining; then be a bit more creative – take it in your hotel room or in one of our private dining rooms.

Timed at the peak of picnicking season, enjoy National Picnic Week the best way you can. We will fill up your hamper with all the essentials, and all you have to do is pick a spot to get comfy on the blanket and enjoy our freshly prepared seasonal summer treats.