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Simple Winter Picnic Ideas To Throw A Party In The Snow

by Franck Jehanne
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Picnics are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with loved ones, but you can enjoy them any season. Here are some ideas for enjoying a winter picnic:

Winter Picnic Location Ideas

Just because the temperature has dropped doesn't mean you can't enjoy a picnic! Here are 5 of the best winter picnic locations in the UK that will take your breath away. 

Greenwich Park, London 

One of the best winter picnic locations in the UK has got to be Greenwich Park! Located in South East London, Greenwich Park is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. The park boasts beautiful views of the River Thames and is perfect for a romantic winter picnic. There's even a playground for the kids (or for the kid at heart). 

Snowdonia National Park, Wales 

If you're looking for a more adventurous winter picnic, then Snowdonia National Park is the place for you. Nestled in North Wales, Snowdonia is home to Mount Snowdon—the highest mountain in England and Wales. The views from the top of the mountain are breathtaking and worth the hike up. Just be sure to pack plenty of warm clothes and food to keep you going! 

Brockwell Park, London 

Brockwell Park is another excellent option for a winter picnic in London. The park is situated in Lambeth and offers stunning views of the cityscape. Brockwell Park is also home to a Lido, perfect for taking a dip on a cold winter day. 

Glasgow Green, Glasgow 

Glasgow Green should be on your list if you're picnicking in Scotland. The green is located in Glasgow City Centre and is one of the oldest public parks in Europe. Glasgow Green is perfect for a relaxed winter picnic and offers stunning views of the River Clyde. 

Richmond Park, London 

Last but not least on our list is Richmond Park—a beautiful royal park located in southwest London. Richmond Park is perfect for a winter picnic as it offers plenty of open space to set up your blanket and enjoy quality time with friends or family. Plus, if you're lucky enough, you might even spot some deer roaming around! 

Winter Picnic Food Ideas

Winter picnic can be even more enjoyable than a summer one, thanks to the cosy blankets, hot drinks, and (of course) the food. Here are nine winter picnic foods that will keep you warm and satisfied.

Hot Soup

Nothing warms you up like a steaming bowl of soup, and there are endless possibilities for flavour. Choose your favourite or get adventurous and try something new. Either way, hot soup is a must for any winter picnic.

Warm Drinks

Hot chocolate, coffee, or tea are all excellent choices for a winter picnic beverage. You could even get fancy and make some mulled wine in advance. Whatever you choose, make sure to bring enough for everyone—and maybe a little extra, too.

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What could be better than a big pot of chilli on a cold day? Make it ahead of time and reheat it on your portable stove when ready to eat. Remember the toppings!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

No picnic is complete without dessert, and these chocolate chip cookies will hit the spot. Make a double batch—they're bound to go quickly.

Chilli in a Bread Bowl

This hearty dish is the perfect winter warmer. Serve it in a hollowed-out bread bowl for an added rustic charm. Add shredded cheese, diced onions, and a dollop of sour cream for extra deliciousness.

Potato Soup in a Thermos

Another excellent option for a winter picnic is potato soup. Make your favourite recipe and pour it into a thermos to keep it warm. Serve with crusty bread on the side for dipping. Yum!

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled cheese sandwiches are classic comfort food at their best. Pair them with a cup of tomato soup for a delicious and easy-to-transport meal. Add some bacon or ham if you're feeling extra hungry!

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

This rich and creamy casserole is always a hit. It's best served warm, so pop it in the oven before heading out on your picnic. Be sure to bring along some forks and plates so everyone can dig in!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

No picnic would be complete without dessert! These chocolate chip cookies are soft, chewy, and full of melting chocolate goodness. They're easy to make and transport to your picnic spot. Enjoy!

What to pack for a successful winter picnic

From the Lake District to the Scottish Highlands, plenty of places to enjoy a festive feast outdoors. Just make sure you're prepared for the cold! Here's what you need to pack for a winter picnic in the UK.

A Portable outdoor heater 

When the temperatures drop, you will want some form of heat source to keep you warm. A portable outdoor heater is perfect for this. You can buy ones that run off batteries or gas canisters, so make sure you pick one suitable for your needs. And remember to pack extra batteries or canisters, just in case!

Plenty of Blankets 

Picnics are all about getting cosy, so make sure you've got plenty of blankets to wrap up in. Thick wool waterproof blankets are ideal as they'll keep you warm even if they get wet. And if you're picnicking with children, make sure you've got some smaller blankets too that they can use as lap robes.

Waterproof clothing 

In the UK, you can never predict the weather! Even in winter, rain (or snow) is always possible. So make sure you're prepared by packing some waterproof clothing. A good waterproof coat is essential, and if you've got room in your backpack, pack some waterproof trousers, too, just in case. Our alpaca walking socks will serve you well during the colder months too. 

Food and drink 

Of course, no picnic is complete without food and drink! When it comes to picnicking in wintertime, it's best to stick to hearty dishes that will fill you up and keep you warm. Think stews, soups and hot pies. And don't forget the thermos flask full of hot tea or coffee!


If you're planning on picnicking somewhere off the beaten track, pack a pair of wellies (or Wellington boots). This way, you won't have to worry about getting your feet wet if there's rain or snow. Wellies are also great for keeping your feet warm when temperatures drop in the evening. 

With these essentials packed in your backpack, you'll be all set for a beautiful winter picnic in the UK! Just remember to dress warmly and pack plenty of food and drink to keep yourself fuelled throughout the day. And if you get cold feet (literally), don't forget your wellies!


So there you have it—the best winter picnic ideas in the UK will take your breath away! Whether you're looking for stunning views or an adventurous hike, there's undoubtedly a location on this list that's perfect for you. So what are you waiting for? Grab your blanket and head out on your next picnicking adventure!

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Franck Jehanne is the co-founder of British lifestyle brand, Heating & Plumbing London. After 10 years working for Cartier and other luxury brands from the Richemont group, he started his entrepreneurial journey in 2011, leading to the creation of the brand in 2017.

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