Sandwiches, cakes and a cheeky glass of Pimm’s for the grown-ups – National Picnic Month is here! This July, Mell Square is here to get you ready for an al fresco feast and our retailers have all the picnic essentials you’ll ever need.


Whether you’re heading out with the little ones, your friends or have the whole family in tow, there’s some items you just can’t live without at a picnic. From a hamper that fits all the treats, through to a comfy chair that Nan can have a snooze in, Sainsbury’s in-store Argos outlet in Poplar Way has everything you need. Once you’re packed, why not take your picnic to the lovely Tudor Grange or Malvern Park?

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Check out our favourite picnic essentials from Argos:

Picnic blanket – £6.37

Picnic hamper – £18.75

Folding chairs – £9.99


Forget preparing your own picnic and head to Marks & Spencer in Mell Square. With sausage rolls, wraps, mini desserts and much more, you can make your own luxurious feast that everyone will love. Alternatively, you can pick out some of your favourite foods at the fresh deli counter or enjoy a taste of Mediterranean dining with the M&S Spirit of Summer range, where you’ll find colourful salads, tasty tapas and fresh fruit galore.

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Don’t fancy making individual sandwiches? We don’t blame you, so why not get the kids to help you assemble the layers of this super filling and oh so tasty Italian Pressed Sandwich? You can find all the ingredients you need over at Sainsbury’s Poplar Way. Check out the recipe here.

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Okay, you’ve got the picnic blanket, hamper and enough food to feed the whole street for a month. Now all you need is the perfect storage. At Dunelm in Mell Square, you can find a wide range of cool bags and lunch bags that are ideal for on-the-go family picnics. With lots of space and handy storage compartments too, transporting all your food couldn’t be easier.

Our top picks from Dunelm:

Cool bag – £14.00

Lunch bag – £12.00 

If you love being in the great outdoors and want to extend your picnic to a camping trip, find out where to get all your equipment, clothing and accessories over on our Set the Pace for Summer blog.

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