Picnic Ideas

Picnic ideas

It’s time for muddied knees, ants in the leftovers and Dad forgetting to pack the frisbee. Picnics aren’t always perfect, but with help from the Woodland Trust, we’ve got some great ideas for how you can make yours memorable and fun.

And we can help you to plan your picnic in a few easy steps:
  • Find your local woodland spot for your perfect picnic using the Woodland Trust locator
  • Pick up your picnic essentials including cool bags, napkins and foldable chairs
  • Prepare your food using some of our delicious food and drink recipes below
  • Finally, pack up your picnic basket and print out your kids activities and away you go!

Woodland finder

Your local woodland is a great place to enjoy a sunny day outdoors with your family.

Whether it's a family day out or an al fresco dinner for two, take a look at the easy-to-use woodland finder.

Your local picnic spot is waiting for you.

Get picnic ready

What better way to take advantage of a sunny day than with a picnic? Whether you're off to the beach or keeping the kids occupied in the back garden, we have a great range of picnic essentials, from plastic plates to water resistant rugs.

Eating and drinking ideas

Dining and relaxing ideas

Plan your picnic recipes

Picnic food doesn't have to be boring, we can help you to create a delicious hamper of Swedish goodies, including snack, sweets and refreshing drinks.

The quick and easy ideas below are great for adults and kids alike. You can buy the ingredients for the following recipes and much more from the Swedish Food Market, located at the exit of your local store.

Swedish Caviar Wrap

Something smells fishy – in a good way! You’ll have lunch in the woods all wrapped up with these super-simple caviar sandwiches. SILLROM herring roe offers fantastic flavour at a great price.

Open sandwich with marinated salmon

Salmon sandwich

Sandwiches and picnics go together like, well, sandwiches and picnics. We love the Swedish twist of marinated salmon and a dash of dill. Just add sunshine for the perfect al fresco meal.

Cinnamon Buns

Clumps of sugar sticking to your cheeks as you bite into soft buttery dough. Sweet tooth got its tingle on? Cinnamon buns are a classic Swedish treat and the perfect end to your woodland picnic.

Sparkling elderflower drink

Elderflower drink

Ice clinking, tonic fizzing, lime zinging. Feeling refreshed yet? You will when this super summery drink hits your tongue. With only a few ingredients, it’s an easy one to put together in the outdoors.

Kids activities

Keep the kids entertained with a great range of playtime booklets and games. It'll be sure to keep the kids occupied for hours.

Four legs or two?

Placemat spotter sheet
Snails slurping, mice munching… it’s lunchtime in the woods and everyone’s invited. While your kids polish off their sarnies, they can be spotting creepy crawlies to tick off on this printable placemat.

How many spots?

Ladybird spotter
No picnic is complete without the pitter patter of tiny feet across your shoe or down your sleeve. Yes, ladybirds are everywhere in the woods. See how many different kinds you can spot with this handy guide.

Play time!

Summer playtime booklet
From games for turning trees upside-down to painting with dandelion ink, nature is as topsy-turvy and magical as you make it. For eyes-wide exploring, leaf through this booklet of woodland games.

Making memories

Picnic log book
What are those little faces, green with envy? It’s your kids’ classmates during show and tell when they see this journal full of picnic adventures. A printable, stick-able, colour-able diary of your family day out.