With National Picnic Week taking place this week, a new poll has revealed the top locations in the UK for an al fresco lunch.
According to the survey, conducted by OscarUK.co.uk, the leading concessions website for the over 50s, half of those surveyed will be packing up the wicker basket and tartan rug to head for Kew Gardens, followed closely by the shores of Loch Lomond in Scotland and Malham Cove in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
TOP PICNIC SPOTS IN THE UK
1. Kew Gardens, London (50%)
2. Loch Lomond, Scotland (48%)
3. Malham Cove, Yorkshire Dales (47.5%)
4. Fell Foot, Lake District (46%)
5. Brownsea Island, Dorset (38%)
6. Lands End, Cornwall (37%)
7. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire (33%)
8. Tennyson Downs, Isle of Wight (27%)
9. Averbury Stone Circle, Wiltshire (26%)
10. Padley Gorge, Derbyshire (24%)
Peter Simpson, managing director at OscarUK, commented: “There’s something exciting about packing a hamper with goodies and heading off to find the perfect picnic spot, whether it’s by a lake, on the beach, in the countryside or even your own back garden. The over 50s are going back to the secret seven adventures of their childhood, filling a hamper with food and lashings of ginger beer to head out with friends and family for a traditional day out!”
The survey also found that OscarUK members are choosing day trips and mini breaks in the UK over holidays abroad as concerns about the effects of rising inflation and their pension pots continue. Almost a third of over 50s (29%), traditionally the most affluent consumer group, are planning on cutting costs by taking day trips with picnics in the UK rather than a longer break overseas.
Continued Peter Simpson: “Demand for discounts and offers are at an all-time high among our 10,000 members. Through the bespoke offers on eating out, discounted travel, money off attractions and events and cut-price theatre tickets on our website, we estimate that every OscarUK member can save an additional £1,400 a year. A fantastic saving for those watching the pennies but still wanting to enjoy life to the full.”