With the school holidays around the corner and the sunshine encouraging us all to spend more time in the great British outdoors, why not organise a group picnic? There are plenty of beautiful spots to enjoy, whatever your group size or reason for the outing. Picnics are brilliant in the spring, summer (and even the Autumn!) for anything from a get together with other mums, dads and kids, to family birthdays, a catch up with friends or even just a nice day out if you love being in nature. Here are some of our top tips for planning a group picnic, as well as coach travel options to make life easy.
Organising Dates & Numbers
The first thing to do when planning a group picnic event is to find out the best date in which the majority can attend and establish approximate numbers so that you can plan accordingly. It’s always a challenge to organise a group activity which satisfies everyone, but picnics are a flexible option, and many people plan them across several dates to give everyone a chance to come along and take into account cancellations in the case of rain (we all know how unpredictable British weather can be!).
Finding the Right Spot
Whether you require a picnic spot which needs to meet specific criteria, or you’re looking for several places to visit, it’s easy to find the right location for your group. London’s green spaces are always a good choice if you’re combining with other activities in the city, and there are even parks which allow BBQs such as Waterloo Park in Highgate or Burgess Park in Southwark or the green spaces of Hampstead. If looking elsewhere in the South East, Kent and Surrey offer some beautiful picnic areas for all the family. This includes Windsor Great Park, which provides a variety of spots from those overlooking the Virginia Water lake to a stunning deer park. If you want to immerse yourself in nature, there’s also a plethora of beautiful spots across the region, including Shorne Woods Country Park in Gravesend or take in the sea air in Broadstairs’ Botany Bay.
Easy Travel Options
Travelling as a group is often one of the easiest ways to get to and from your group picnic site, whether you’re a large group requiring a coach or several of you in a minibus. It removes the stress of finding parking spaces and route information, as well as reducing the cost per person on petrol, public transport and car park prices. Speak to a private coach hire operator such as Mayday Travel who have dedicated professionals who will plan everything from your pickup and drop-off locations to timings and vehicle size. You can just focus on enjoying the journey in comfortable, spacious coaches.
Planning a picnic?
Get in touch with the Mayday Travel team. Our coach hire services cover a wide area of London, Surrey and surrounding locations, including Bermondsey, Fulham and Hackney. Call now on 020 8680 5111 to plan all group picnic coach travel.