Parenting is easier outdoors. I think it has something to do with the kids having space to let off steam without risk of damaging the furniture. Or maybe it’s just that everything seems better in the sunshine.
If you eat alfresco too, you don’t have to clear up all the crumbs (although Tall Boy manages to drop enough to see me picking bits off the floor wherever we’ve eaten).
This year, National Picnic Week runs from 16 to 25 June 2017 and aims to encourage us to celebrate one of our finest summer traditions. Why not mark the occasion by packing up your lunch and taking the family to explore some of Manchester’s fantastic parks and green spaces.
Chorlton Water Park
Work up an appetite by taking a walk along the River Mersey before settling down beside the lake for your picnic. There’s a play area to keep the kids amused and on warm days you can usually find an ice cream van to satisfy your need for frozen treats.
The National Trust have provided a fantastic picnic area with benches and plenty of grass to lay your blanket. There’s a box of outdoor toys, including bats, balls and cricket stumps among other things, that you can borrow to encourage everyone to get active. The tree stump playground is a great place for kids to climb and explore. And when you are ready to walk off your food, why not see how many deer you can spot in the deer park.
The biggest municipal park in Europe offers every kind out outdoor entertainment you can think of. You can hire rowing boats on the lake, take a land train, ride a tram and even learn about bee keeping. There are several hills just about the right height for rolling down too.
With pets corner and a climbing boulder there is plenty to keep everyone occupied before or after your picnic.
If you fancy dining a little closer to town, why not eat your lunch in the shadows of a sculpture. Head in to Whitworth Art Gallery once you’ve eaten and borrow an art hamper filled with everything your children need to be inspired to make, draw and build.
Woodland walks, an orienteering course, and pitch and putt are among the activities to enjoy before and after your picnic. You can also meet the animals in the community farm.
The photos show Tall Dad and me enjoying a family picnic of our own. The picnic set and blanket were kindly provided by B&M Stores for National Picnic Week.