I love to do it but weirdly I rarely actually go for a picnic. I can’t recall the last time I went for one. I think it just sounds so good in my head but then it just seems to be too much effort to actually do it. We decided to change this on the last bank holiday weekend and I am so glad we actually made the effort!
On the Saturday I baked some cookies and made some lemonade. On Sunday I made Sandwiches and we packed two big baskets with a blanket, food, drinks and games; picked up our small crowd and off we went to Tatton Park in Greater Manchester.
Today I would like to show you pictures of our picnic and share my recipe for homemade lemonade with you. I went for a very easy and basic recipe but was amazed how nice it tasted – have a look below 🙂
On this bank holiday Sunday Tatton Park was – unsurprisingly – packed with visitors. We always walk in from the Knutsford side and reach the big field after a maybe 15 minutes walk. The amazing thing about Tatton Park is that it might be full of people but you will always find a quite place.
Us girls unpacked the picnic whilst the boys took the football and went for a kick about – soon they saw the food though and came back to eat something.
The food and drinks we brought was just the right amount for our small group. We prepared the following things for the picnic:
– homemade Biscuits
– a few apples
– 3 kinds of Sandwiches (ham and cheddar, salmon and avocado as well as egg salad)
– water (important – in this hot weather we drank way more than we thought we would!)
– Prossecco 🙂
– homemade lemonade
Other than than we took
– paper plates
– plastic cups
– a football, and viking chess
– a blanket
– a few cushions
– a bin bag for taking home the rubbish
For sunnier days I would also recommend taking sun screen and a hat, and a book maybe.
I wrapped the sandwiches in stripes of baking paper, folded the paper in at the bottom and secured it with a bit of string – that way the sandwiches are easier to eat.
But now to the lemonade:
It is really so easy and quick to make.
– 6 lemons
– 115g sugar (or to taste)
– 1.25l of water
Many recipes suggest making a syrup and cooking the sugar with the water. However, I just squeezed the lemons and dissolved the sugar in it. After I was sure that all the sugar had dissolved I added the water and then put the whole mixture through a sieve and in the bottle. I let it cool over night and served it with fresh mint – for me this is a perfect and uncomplicated recipe and everyone loved it.
I don’t know if you’ve heard of “Kubb” or “viking chess” before – it is a great game to take to the park and loads of fun to play!
We loved our picnic-afternoon and only left because we had to as the park was closing. We ended the trip with an ice cream from the shop and that was perfect. I really can’t wait to do it again and it was just great to see how everyone enjoyed themselves!
Thanks for reading until here and for looking at the pictures. I hope you enjoyed it!
Do you have any favorite picnic-spots, -recipes or -games? I would love to hear about them!