Being permitted to social distance outside with people from different households has been a welcome change for many of us. Staying connected with others is positive for our wellbeing, as it can help to combat the stresses and loneliness many have felt during isolation. So now we can enjoy the outdoors with our loved ones, make it a day to remember with some outdoor exercise and delicious food and drinks…life’s about balance after all.
How to put together the perfect picnic basket
If you are yet to explore Mell Square’s latest offering, Tastes of Britain, then now is the time to pick up some perfect picnic goodies from its new store on Mill Lane. Here you’ll find quality charcuterie, delicious antipasti, and other deli favourites. For an outdoor lunch that will really impress, make sure you stock up on some locally baked artisan breads and don’t forget the patisserie items, as no picnic is complete without a sweet treat.
For an extra special spread, you can create your own cheeseboard with Tastes of Britain’s selection of award-winning gourmet cheeses and accompaniments. Or if you’re short on time, you can purchase one of its bespoke hampers, ready for delivery and bursting with snacking favourites. For more information about the store’s open hours and its delivery service, visit tastesofbritain.com.
Did someone say cocktails? Visit Green’s website for more information on how you can order its signature cocktails, which are made with fresh ingredients, premium spirits, and most importantly…arrive ready to drink.
If you’re heading to Sainsbury’s or M&S to start your weekly shop, then there’s also lots of delicious picnic and party food for you to choose from. For something a little different, you can plan ahead by checking out the M&S website for its top picnic picks from around the Med. Or, if it’s sandwiches you’re sticking to, then upgrade yours by following this epic Italian pressed sandwich recipe from Sainsbury’s – it’s certainly a crowd pleaser!
Now you have all of the ingredients sorted, you’ll need the centrepiece for your picnic – the basket itself! You can find these at Dunelm, and can even choose one with plates and cutlery included for extra ease.
Life’s all about balance
Although we all enjoy a picnic, many of us have also found a new love for exercise. Whether you’re walking, running or taken up cycling, you can now safely shop the fantastic range of outdoor clothing and equipment at Millets and Trespass on Mill Lane. In these two stores you’ll find stylish yet practical waterproofs and walking boots, as well as all the cycling accessories you’ll need to keep you and your bike roadworthy. Or explore big brands at small prices at TKMaxx, where you’ll discover plenty of performance leggings and comfortable sports tops to help you look and feel your best whilst working out.
For some serious outdoor fun that the whole family can enjoy, from tennis and volleyball to hosting your own sports day, take a read of our top picks from Argos here.
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