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Picnic Traditions from Around the World

  • 7th Jul 2016

Picnic Traditions from Around the World

The picnic - a gathering of family and friends all sharing an al fresco feast; a time honoured British tradition that has been enjoyed by thousands of people around the world, from as early as the 16th century. What's not to love? You can pick and mix your favourite finger foods, create a feast for the family and enjoy some quality time together in the great outdoors.  That's picnic perfection!

However, recent reports suggest that millennials and the younger generations are much less likely to indulge in this summertime tradition compared to those over the age of 25. That being said, the picnic is still something that was and is enjoyed by many across the country - in particular by those in our residential park homes.

All of our residential parks are based in such tranquil settings, nestled amongst the glorious British countryside that it isn't hard to feel inspired for a summery picnic with family and friends. You don't have to travel too far from home to make the most of the stunning scenery and can make memories that will leave a smile on your face.

The British picnic tradition often involves a plethora of finger foods that can be eaten cold - like sandwiches and scotch eggs, salads and cheese with refreshing soft drinks and maybe even a slice of cake for afters; perfect for a trip to the local park on a sunny summers day.

 Picnic traditions around the world differ greatly depending on the country you are in:

  • In Japan, warm spring days call for a picnic beneath a blooming cherry blossom tree
  • Australians have their very own Picnic Day Holiday that takes place every August. Families enjoy tugs of war and lizard racing
  • If indulging in a picnic in France, forget the plastic plates and glasses; the real deal is required to truly enjoy the food and drink on offer
  • American picnics often include cook-outs of BBQs and the good, old American tradition of an eating competition
  • A picnic in New Zealand is much more akin to a BBQ with hog roasts and baked potatoes cooked in the fire. And remember, don't forget the thermos of tea!
  • In Finland, the May Day celebrations can be a little overzealous, leading to many kicking off May with a Herring Lunch, consisting of plenty of pickled fish and a glug of Schnapps to ease the hangovers away
  • In Turkey, you can expect to dine in comfort; along the lines of plush furniture, cushions and rugs to set the scene for a family picnic

This month is perfect for a picnic, why not get a little adventurous and incorporate a tradition from around the world into your next outdoor gathering? When the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and there's a pleasant breeze rustling through the trees, it can be hard to resist the picnic urge!

If you're looking for a new home in a stunning British countryside location that offers you a safe and secure neighbourhood within a like-minded community, our residential park homes are the ideal solution.

Have a browse of the homes we have available and you, too, could soon be picnicking in style!

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