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The best picnic blankets for al fresco dining in style

Enjoy the sun with one of our top picks

By Ciara McGinley and Katie Frost
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A perfectly crafted picnic demands care and attention: from carefully pre-mixed cocktails, fancy wine coolers and your best picnicware. Then there's the food, too: from pre-packed picnic hampers full of summer nibbles to homemade sausage rolls and salads, we're leaving nothing to chance for our outdoor feasts this year.

But, a crucial part of a picnic that is often overlooked, is the picnic blanket you lay the spread, and yourselves, on while you bask in the sun. A picnic blanket is the easiest option and allows you to set up camp in your local park at a moment’s notice. You can get picnic blankets big enough for the whole family, as well as clever roll-up versions and super-chic rugs that double-up as throws over your sofa once picnic season is over.

Our edit includes affordable practical designs from brands like John Lewis and H&M Home, as well as more luxurious blankets from Atlantic Blankets and Dock and Bay - we have something to suit every occasion, whether it's a seaside feast or an impromptu lunch in the garden.

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John Lewis John Lewis Check Pattern Picnic Rug

John Lewis Check Pattern Picnic Rug
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John Lewis John Lewis Check Pattern Picnic Rug

£22 at John Lewis

This classic check style from John Lewis & Partners not only looks good, but it has a PEVA backing to keep you dry and comfortable, too. No more soggy picnics here.

Size: 135cm x 150cm

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Heating & Plumbing London Portable Patterned Picnic Blanket

London Portable Patterned Picnic Blanket
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Heating & Plumbing London Portable Patterned Picnic Blanket

Spark joy with Heating & Plumbing London's rainbow coloured herringbone pattern picnic blanket. It's made from 100% pure new wool and features a tassel trim and yellow leather carry straps.

Size: 145cm x 183cm

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Delightful Living Personalised Checked Picnic Rug

Personalised Checked Picnic Rug
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Delightful Living Personalised Checked Picnic Rug

Dedicated picnic fans might want to go one step further and invest in a personalised picnic blanket. It's made from a soft wool-mix and is available in a choice of duck egg and charcoal or red and blue in a classic checked print.

Size: 150cm x 120cm

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H&M Round Picnic Blanket

Round Picnic Blanket
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H&M Round Picnic Blanket

It doesn't get chicer than H&M's wicker round picnic blanket. It's super affordable and has a water-repellent plastic backing.

Size: 130cm x 130cm

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Not On The High Street Hand Embroidered Round Picnic Blanket

Hand Embroidered Round Picnic Blanket
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Not On The High Street Hand Embroidered Round Picnic Blanket

We love this round picnic blanket, hand embroidered with the words "Oh happy days". It's made from 100% cotton and features a white tassel trim.

Size: 190cm x 190cm

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Sophie Allport Bees Picnic Blanket

Bees Picnic Blanket
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Sophie Allport Bees Picnic Blanket

This roll-up style is decorated in Sophie Allport's signature bees print and will quickly become a summer essential. Use for everything from relaxing on the beach to a laid-back lunch in the garden.

Size: 145cm x 140cm

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Atlantic Blankets Turquoise Herringbone Wool Picnic Blanket

Turquoise Herringbone Wool Picnic Blanket
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Atlantic Blankets Turquoise Herringbone Wool Picnic Blanket

This family-sized blanket from Cornwall-based Atlantic Blankets gives us serious beach day vibes - and all from the comfort of your garden or local park. Made from 100% wool, it features a practical leather carry strap and a waterproof polyester lining underneath.

Size: 130cm x 200cm

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Oliver Bonas Strawberry Pink Cotton Picnic Blanket

Strawberry Pink Cotton Picnic Blanket
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Oliver Bonas Strawberry Pink Cotton Picnic Blanket

Upgrade your outdoor eating experience with this picnic blanket adorned with a joyful berry-inspired print. It comes complete with a waterproof backing and carry handles.

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M&S Summer Fruits Picnic Blanket

Summer Fruits Picnic Blanket
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M&S Summer Fruits Picnic Blanket

An affordable, wipe-clean design that can be carried everywhere. Don't leave for the park without it.

Size: 130cm x 130cm

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Dock & Bay Picnic Blanket - Get Wavy

Picnic Blanket - Get Wavy
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Dock & Bay Picnic Blanket - Get Wavy

This extra large blanket from Dock & Bay features 100% recycled quick dry towel material on the top layer, with a waterproof layer below to keep dampness from grass or sand out. There's also a hole in the middle for a parasol and despite its size (it fits up to seven people) it can be easily folded down to make it easy to carry.

Size: 240cm x 170cm

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Beau & Elliot Beau & Elliot Confetti Picnic Rug, Blue/Multi

Beau & Elliot Confetti Picnic Rug, Blue/Multi
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Beau & Elliot Beau & Elliot Confetti Picnic Rug, Blue/Multi

This design is both pretty and practical. It features a bright confetti-style print, plus the adjustable shoulder strap will make carting it around a lot easier.

Size: 135cm x 150cm

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TBCo Recycled Wool Picnic Blanket in Mustard Herringbone

Recycled Wool Picnic Blanket in Mustard Herringbone
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TBCo Recycled Wool Picnic Blanket in Mustard Herringbone

We love the sunshine yellow colour of this style from the Tartan Blanket Company. The blanket is made with 70% recycled wool and 30% mixed fibres saved from landfill to create a soft and durable yarn. It has a water-resistant backing and the option to add a recycled or leather carrier. A name or initials can be embroidered onto it for a personal touch.

Size: 140cm x 190cm

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