Pack a picnic basket for a leisurely day out, complete with your favourite finger foods.

Sometimes you just don’t feel like buying food at an event, and want to bring your own. Maybe money is tight, maybe the available food is just begging you to break your diet or maybe you just really love sitting down to some great homemade food while your family and friends are close by. Somehow eating homemade sandwiches and strawberries feels a little bit more special than munching on a flavourless burger as you watch the game.

So without further ado, here are some picnic friendly events where you can unwind with your blanket and a delicious homemade spread.

  • Most cricket venues

Book tickets to sit on the grass embankment for a local ODI or T20 match. One of the best things about cricket is that the spectators are so relaxed. You can take the whole family along and not have to worry about a thing. Pack a cooler box with drinks (but no glass bottles) and settle down for a leisurely day out, complete with your favourite finger foods.

  • Botanical gardens

Most of the botanical gardens across the country are picnic friendly. If they weren’t, there would be a lot less people there! These gardens are the perfect place for a big group or family with lots of young children. Not only is there generally loads of space for your kids to run around, but there’s also plenty of shade, some fun streams for them to explore, and beautiful flowers and trees for them to admire. The more active family members can go for a hike and join you on the lawns for a picnic after they’ve worked up a bit of an appetite.

  • Day-time concerts

Events like Park Acoustics, Music in the Gardens, Summer Sunset Concerts and similar all allow you the option to bring your picnic baskets along and spend the day listening to some of the country’s best live music acts. As long as the weather is good, it’s a lovely way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. Who knows, you might even discover your new favourite band or artist along the way!

  • Your own garden

We know, it sounds cheesy. Maybe it is, but who doesn’t secretly love a bit of old-fashioned cheesiness from time to time? Whether you want to have a romantic DIY date or just prefer relaxing at home to fighting the crowds of people with your toddlers in tow, a garden picnic could be the perfect solution. Go all out with the food because after all, it can easily be refrigerated afterwards. Put on some music, spread a soft blanket across the grass, open up a bottle of wine or champagne (sparkling grape juice for the kiddies) and feat on fruit, salads, sausage rolls and even a delicious chocolate mousse for dessert. For an at-home date night, do an evening picnic complete with candles or lanterns and even a couple of pillows so you can lie back and look at the stars. 

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