Let's take it outside
There are few things more satisfying than a warm summer's day spent in the open air enjoying an al fresco feast. Take a look at our suggestions for picnic recipes, places to visit and what to pack in your basket.
What's in our hamper?
Pies, pasties and sausage rolls from The Real Pie Company
Award-winners for a reason, these 'crammed to the crust' pastries are perfect for picnics.
New juice pressés by Folkington's
We've been looking forward to taking these drinks al fresco since they were launched last year.
A selection of High Weald Dairy cheeses
These Sussex-made cow's, goat's and sheep's milk cheeses are great in sandwiches - and also in chunks!
Chutney, relish and mustard by Bartie's Sussex Faire
Track down Bartie at a local market for a range of mouth-wateringly good preserves.
Try your local farm shop for artisan snacks and treats, find freshly-baked bread at a local bakery and pick up charcuterie from a deli near you.
Picnic at a National Trust property
We're delighted that so many National Trust properties are now allowing (and even encouraging) picnics. Work up an appetite before tucking into your meal with a walk through one of its fine country estates or stately homes - here are a few of our favourites:
Sheffield Park, Uckfield, East Sussex
A well-loved spot for a picnic, Sheffield Park's beautiful gardens have acres of space to put down your rug - overlooking the tranquil lake is a visitor favourite.
Box Hill, Tadworth, Surrey
With its spectacular views over the North Downs it's no surprise that Box Hill is one of Surrey's top picnic spots. A picnic scene in Jane Austen's Emma was set here.
Seven Sisters, near Eastbourne, East Sussex
The world-famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs offer an incredible view over the sea, or pitch up on the beach below and see what the kids discover in the rock pools.
Devil's Dyke, near Brighton, West Sussex
Favoured by walkers and cyclists following the South Downs Way, the panorama from Devil's Dyke was once described by John Constable as 'the grandest view in the world'.
Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming, Surrey
Boasting a collection of more than 1,000 different shrubs and trees, Winkworth Arboretum comes alive with bluebells in spring and offers shady spots on hot summer days.
Find more information on the National Trust website.