National Picnic Week this year takes place from 19th-27th June, 21.

National Picnic Week takes place this June across the UK, so grab your blankets and baskets out of the cupboards and get out to the great outdoors for a good old fashioned picnic.

You can vote on the National Picnic Week website for your favourite picnic spot.

National Picnic Week aims to encourage people to take the ideal opportunity to get together over a picnic with advice, tips, recipes and information to make sure you have everything from the food and drink to the location or surroundings.

Picnicking is one of the UK’s most enjoyable summer traditions, and is a great way of taking advantage of any open spaces in your local area over the warmer months of the year.

For National Picnic Week, there will be opportunities to win prizes and competitions.

Since National Picnic Week was founded a decade ago, it has grown significantly and become a staple date in the media calendar. Timed at the peak of picnicking season, broadcasters, radio and television channels are keen to get involved.

With the likes of ITV’s Lorraine, national newspapers and both BBC and commercial radio stations covering the week in the past, it is a great platform to promote your brand.

5 Things that can ruin your picnic from National Picnic Week website…

There’s nothing more important when planning a picnic than ensuring everything goes smoothly. Food, weather, location, wildlife, there are a lot of things that can go wrong if you’re not careful. National Picnic Week looks at some of the top things that go wrong, and how to make sure your picnic goes off without a hitch.

First things first, if you know who’s attending your picnic, you should know if anyone is allergic to anything, and what preferences everyone has. If you don’t know, or aren’t certain, try to have a wide variety of things to cater for all types. There’s nothing worse than feeling you aren’t welcome, or that your diet is a burden or an annoyance. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options are readily available in most supermarkets, and will mean there’s something for everyone at your picnic. Check out there post on 3 delicious vegetarian recipes for some inspiration.

As we all know, the weather can make or break a picnic. Check both the week and the night before, to give yourself the best chance of sun. Always bring an umbrella just in case. It doesn’t have to be tropical to be a great picnic, if you’re prepared you can have fun no matter what the weather. Packing extra clothes lets you wrap up warm if you need to, it’s always better to bring more and not need them than to bring nothing and be left in the cold.

A good location is vital when it comes to having the perfect picnic. Too windy, and your food is sent flying. Too far, and everyone’s exhausted from the walk. A good picnic location is near to parking and facilities, but also in a green space. If it’s a hot day, try to find a place with shade for children or pets. Parks, woods, even gardens can all be perfect places for a picnic, getting everyone out for some fresh air and sun.

Once you’ve cooked up all your delicious food, how are you going to get it to your picnic site? If you’ve let yourself get carried away with your picnic, this could be one of the last things you think about, but it is important. How everyone gets there, and how the food is transported can have a big impact on the tone your picnic sets, as well as the environmental impact. All your leftovers and rubbish should be easy to take away, with you leaving nothing behind.

Having an idea of the kind of wildlife that lives where you’re planning your picnic can be a huge help. Something few people think about when planning a picnic is whether any attendants have any phobias. If you know someone has a fear of dogs, don’t take them to the local park where hundreds of dogs walk every day. If someone has a fear of wasps, don’t pack nothing but fizzy drinks and sugary snacks.
But dealing with a phobia is the most effective way of making sure it won’t ruin your picnic. The fastest way to cure a phobia is hypnosis, it takes no conscious effort and can have immediate results.
For more great picnic ideas, check out this post on how to make your picnic look the part.
Don’t forget to tweet your picnic tips to them @PicnicWeek

Source : Picnic Week



The Alzheimers Society are raising awareness of Alzheimers by having a Host a Cupcake Day on Thursday 17th June, 21.

There’s nothing like cake to bring people together. This Cupcake Day spend time with those you care about, and raise vital funds to support people affected by dementia. This year Cupcake Day is on Thursday 17 June but you can host your day whenever it suits you best.

Follow their 3 simple steps to get started:

1. Sign up to receive your free fundraising kit jam-packed with everything you need to turn up the heat on dementia.

2. Bake some scrumptious treats. Whip up a storm in the kitchen or simply nip to the shops – we won’t tell!

3. Collect donations by coming together to raise much-needed dough for people affected by dementia.

How your Cupcake Day helps

Living with dementia at any time brings challenges, but coronavirus has made daily life so much harder.

Alzheimers Society lifeline support services were there for people affected by dementia in the depths of the crisis and continue to be as the coronavirus pandemic endures.

Thanks to the efforts of brilliant fundraisers like you, thousands of people living with dementia and their families can rely on Alzheimer’s Society for support, care and guidance. 

The difference your donations make…

£9.90 helps them reach a person with dementia and provides the first call with their dementia advisor.

£50 helps them be there for 5 people at their time of need, for 5 hrs of specialist support.

£150 could pay for two people with dementia to attend a ‘Singing for the Brain‘ sessions for a year.

Head down to the Alzheimer’s Society website for your recipes and fund raising kits to give your support.