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Jodie Jones .






Summer 15: picnic in the park

As we roll further into the summer months, each weekend arrives with a fresh batch of sunny anticipation and a longing to be outdoors. With the marriage of hot, summery days and our natural inclination to scramble outside, we've got one thing one our minds: picnics.


We LOVE a good picnic. Suddenly, that ham sandwich takes on a whole new identity, it isn't simply two slices of bread with a filling. It's sunshine-soaked sustenance for lazy day dwelling in your local park. And those ubiquitous mini sausage rolls take on a whole new lease of life too.

Yep, it's safe to say we're pretty excited by the picnicking prospects still to come. But, we have a confession, our enthusiasm doesn't just stem from the novel aspect of eating outdoors. We just can't wait to use our brand new Miami Memphis picnic essentials! Check out all the little beauties below, start prepping invites, and get your shopping list ready: bank holiday weekend picnic sorted.

Now you're fully equipped with all the picnic goodies you need. But there's still one more crucial ingredient (no, it's not your mum's famous egg mayo.) The one thing all picnics need to achieve the height of ground-bound alfresco dining sophistication is: sunshine, duh.

Now, we won’t attempt to claim any responsibility for making the sun shine, but we know a few good ways to help you make the most of it when (when?!) it finally appears. We’ve rustled up a pretty good guide to ensure you enjoy outdoor living to the max this summer, while you're conveniently located close to a few of our top stores up and down the UK... you know, just in case you need extra blankets, cushions, hampers... basically, we've got your back.

So pack your sandwiches, grab your SPF, and wear something elasticated: picnic season is officially here...

Heaton Park, Manchester

Closest store: 106 - 122 Market Street, Manchester, M1 1WA

Distance: 4.3 miles, 20 minutes

Best for: Festival fans.

Top tip:’s very own live music aficionado, Ebony Nash, says: “Summertime in Manchester’s Heaton Park can only mean one thing: Park Life festival. This year’s line-up looks insane, plus I’ll take any excuse to give my wardrobe a festival-ready overhaul.”

Hyde Park, London

Closest store: Oxford Street West, 499 - 517 Oxford Street, London, W1K 7DA

Distance: 0.8 miles, 3 minutes

Best for: Boating boffins. Trade the relentless row of Oxford Street’s shops for a relaxing row on the Serpentine.

Parc, Cardiff

Closest store: 48 Queen St, Cardiff CF10 2GQ

Distance: 2.1 miles, 12 minutes

Best for: Kidding around. Take the kids for an unforgettable day out at Parc, the all-weather play centre. With picnic facilities, indoor play area and its very own pirate ship (count us in!) you can’t really go wrong … Did we mention it’s free for adults?!

Portsmouth Beach, Portsmouth

Closest store: 121 - 135 Commercial Road, Cascades, Portsmouth, PO1 1BU

Distance: 3.2 miles, 15 minutes

Best for: Beach babes and boys. Hit the seaside and picnic the good ol’ fashioned way – on the British coast! Beware the pebbly shore; take a few comfy pillows and a blanket.

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Closest store: 91 - 93 Princes Street, City of Edinburgh, EH2 2ER

Distance: 1.8 miles, 9 minutes

Best for: Stylish sightseers.

Top tip: The web team’s online editor, Jayne Bibby, insists on honouring her Scottish roots and advises a trip to Edinburgh’s famous vantage point, Arthur’s Seat: "For beautiful views across Edinburgh, Holyrood Park is the obvious choice. If you're a savvy traveller, you'll know to head up in August for Edinburgh Fringe Fest!”

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

Closest store: 127/128 Ground Floor, The Arcade, Westfield Stratford City, London, E20 1EL

Distance: 0.5 miles, 3 minutes

Best for: Culture vultures.

Top tip: East London resident and Primark .com writer, Jodie Jones, says: “Be sure to make the trip up Anish Kapoor’s winding structure for great views across London. As the tallest sculpture in the UK, its dizzying height tends to come with a breeze, so don’t forget to wrap up in a chic jacket!”

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