Win a Picnic Hamper Backpack!

One of my favourite places to eat is outside. I don’t want fancy restaurants in the summer, give me a picnic out in the open with the sun shining down. We’ve had amazing weather in the UK recently with glorious heatwaves that had me smiling all day and sweating all night (that’s the downside!). BBQs and picnics are on the menu. I’m sharing an opportunity to win this awesome Andrew James 4 Person Picnic Backpack. I like the aesthetic of picnic hampers, but if you’re already lugging all the stuff for the kids and the picnic spot isn’t a way away from the car, I think carrying a hamper can be a bit of a struggle. I love the idea of a picnic backpack, as backpacks free up your hands and distribute the weight.

The Andrew James Picnic Backpack comes with 4 plates, 4 wine glasses, 4 sets of plastic handled cutlery, salt and pepper shakes, a dressing pot, chopping bord, corkscrew & bottle opener and a lovely fleece blanket with waterproof backing to sit on. It’s got a large cooler compartment at the back (22 litres) for storing the food, and an insulated drinks cooler on the side. The whole thing is totally waterproof, in case your picnic happens to get flooded out – or you’re eating under cover.

I’m giving away one picnic set to a lucky reader (UK only), with the competition ending on the 14th July, getting it to you before the summer holidays start and with plenty of time to enjoy the weather. The winner will be contacted via email. Entry is via third party giveaway application, gleam.io which allows me to track entries and randomly select the winner, but your provided data will only be used should you be the winner. Otherwise your data will be deleted and will not be passed on to any third parties.

If you can’t wait for this competition to end, or aren’t the lucky winner, you can buy the Andrew James picnic hamper on Amazon, with prime delivery winging it to you next day.

Picnic Backpack

To enter, leave your name and address above, with optional extra entries for commenting on the post and completing social media tasks!

If you’re leaving a comment, tell me what your favourite thing about summer is? Good luck!

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  • Reply Ritchie June 27, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Warm weather

  • Reply Charlotte Mitchell-Innes June 27, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Terrific summer prize

  • Reply iain maciver June 27, 2018 at 10:30 am

    being out and about in the garden as much as possible

  • Reply Kim Neville June 27, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Fun day outs with the family and BBQs in the sunny weather

  • Reply Tracy Nixon June 27, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Eating alfresco!

  • Reply Peter Watson June 27, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Making sandcastles on the beach

  • Reply pete c June 27, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    lighter nights mean you can do more outside on an evening

  • Reply Lynn Hughes June 27, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Nice Prize

  • Reply Angela Treadway June 27, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    sunny days out with my children x

  • Reply Susan B June 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    The long hot days are glorious. I love summer.

  • Reply Katie June 27, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    The sunshine and warmer weather is my favourite thing

  • Reply Claire Woods June 27, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Going out and not feeling cold!

  • Reply Ruth Harwood June 28, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I feel less depressed if I have a few hours sitting in the sun each day!

  • Reply Margaret Clarkson June 28, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Eating outside and generally being outdoors more.

  • Reply Richard Eldred Hawes June 28, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    The warmer weather and longer hours of daylight

  • Reply Laura Pritchard June 28, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Sitting outside reading my book in the sun!

  • Reply Chris Andrews June 30, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    What’s your favourite thing about the summer?

    the weather, being able to enjoy the garden

  • Reply Hayley F June 30, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Being able to plant my veg plants x

  • Reply Kristyn Harris July 1, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I love spending time outdoors with my family in the summer!

  • Reply Prerna Gupta July 2, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Long warm days!

  • Reply Lou R July 3, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Teatime picnics in the evening sun

  • Reply Sarah Mackay July 3, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Getting to go out on my kayak

  • Reply Karen Barrett July 3, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I love being able to potter about in my garden and then relax on the patio watching the bats fly by.

  • Reply ValB July 3, 2018 at 8:42 am

    long light evenings

  • Reply Sheila Sloan July 3, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Spending time on our beautiful beaches and in the countryside with my lovely family.

  • Reply Jo Richards July 3, 2018 at 9:30 am

    I love that I can get all the washing out on the line, smells so good when it comes in and saves me money too

  • Reply Laura Jeffs July 3, 2018 at 10:06 am

    The end of it….LOL (not a lover of summer I’m afraid)

  • Reply Jo Carroll July 3, 2018 at 10:46 am

    For me it’s the longer hours of daylight..I crave sunshine.

  • Reply Pauline Hill July 3, 2018 at 11:31 am


  • Reply MM July 3, 2018 at 11:58 am

    It would have to be the family holiday.

  • Reply Marycarol July 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    The long clear evenings x

  • Reply Craig Havery July 3, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    usually long hot days swimming in the local lido and lush bbq’s

  • Reply Suzanne July 3, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Being able to enjoy time outdoors with family and friends – a walk and a picnic.

  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER July 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    My favourite thing about summer has to be going to the beach with my family

  • Reply Ren Taylor July 3, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Longer evenings and more time for picnics with friends and family πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rich Tyler July 3, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Fun in the garden with the little 1s

  • Reply Kim M July 3, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Meals in the garden and lovely warm weather x

  • Reply Tracy Newton July 3, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I love not having to wear socks

  • Reply Wise Ways July 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    The long summer evenings spent in the garden

  • Reply Solange July 3, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Warner weather, BBQ’s and ice cream.

  • Reply john prendergast July 3, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    warmer weather

  • Reply Caroline H July 3, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Lighter evenings – I have so much more energy and motivation to get things done!

  • Reply Neil Mctaggart July 3, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    The right prize for the great weather we are having.

  • Reply Yolanda Davis July 3, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    we live a stones throw from Margate beach, so it’s nice spending time there in the Summer. Not so nice in the Winter.

  • Reply Robert Price July 4, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Everyone s happier

  • Reply Laura Banks July 4, 2018 at 5:52 am

    being able to sit in the garden after work

  • Reply Tracey Belcher July 4, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Surfing – love to surf the real thing instead of the net

  • Reply michelle o'neill July 4, 2018 at 7:57 am

    lots of days out with my grandaughter

  • Reply Joanne Cherry July 4, 2018 at 9:25 am

    I love being able to eat outside. Nothing beats a delicious spread of finger foods in the sunshine.

  • Reply Iris Tilley July 4, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Picnic beaches are so fab Sun Food Water Social brilliant

  • Reply Graham Ross July 4, 2018 at 9:51 am


  • Reply Sue McCarthy July 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Being in my garden surrounded by plants, birds and insects.

  • Reply Mo July 4, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    My favourite thing about the summer would have to be the sunny weather.

  • Reply Komal Qasim July 4, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Long sunny days πŸ™‚

  • Reply helen tovell July 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    the longer days

  • Reply Alison Johnson July 5, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Enjoying my garden, being able to eat outside, eating vegetables & salad grown myself & reading on my swing seat.

  • Reply Rachel Frances July 5, 2018 at 5:17 am

    sandwich on the beach

  • Reply Jackie Dawson July 5, 2018 at 10:59 am

    My fave thing about summer is more time outdoors and light nights

  • Reply Michelle Smith July 5, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Spending quality time with my gorgeous granddaughter ?

  • Reply Jessica Powell July 5, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Visiting the seaside. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cara Holmes July 5, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    the 6 weeks summer holidays with my children. i love the quality time with them

  • Reply Susan Smith July 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Enjoying going out and enjoying ourselves, knowing the weather is going to be ok

  • Reply Vicky H July 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Having all the family over for lots of barbecues.

  • Reply Jayne Townson July 5, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    I love the lighter evenings which make it perfect for a nice evening stroll.

  • Reply Debby July 5, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    My favourite thing about summer is laying in my hammock, sunbathing in the garden, reading a good book, doing puzzles, and watching and listening to the garden wildlife – then standing on the doorstep later in the evening as it cools to watch the fox family eat their dinner.

  • Reply Rebecca Sutton July 5, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Being able to go out more and enjoying the weather, and a good excuse for lots of picnics!

  • Reply Linda Ford July 6, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    I really enjoy spending time with my family when the boys are off school. We like going for walks and exploring!

  • Reply kris mc July 6, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Having a picnic in the park

  • Reply Nadia Josephine July 6, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    My favourite thing about summer is getting to spend time outside in the sunshine, seeing nature, switching off and getting fresh air. Best of all I love going to bbqs and weddings and spending time with my family πŸ™‚

  • Reply Marc H July 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    The weather. When it’s not raining of course.

  • Reply Pam Francis Gregory July 6, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Being able to spend more time outdoors

  • Reply Kim Styles July 7, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Long walks with the family in our Norfolk Countryside and beaches

  • Reply Sally Collingwood July 7, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Fun days out with the children on the beach

  • Reply JULIE WARD July 7, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Drying my washing outside, love the smell of fresh air on it

  • Reply John Tingay July 8, 2018 at 12:31 am

    I love the light evenings so you can get out and about.

  • Reply Laura Bryant July 8, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Days out to remember but this summer it will be the World Cup coming home

  • Reply Stephanie Keill July 8, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Being able to get outdoors more and do fun things with my family.

  • Reply gemma hendry July 8, 2018 at 10:05 am

    playing in the garden with my daughter

  • Reply Neha Chauhan July 8, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Family trip to the beach, picnics,barbecue and lots of ice lollies!

  • Reply Michelle Ferguson July 8, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I love the sunshine, light evenings and the smell of sun tan lotion

  • Reply Christina Palmer July 8, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I love the warmer days and spending more time in the garden

  • Reply Carole Nott July 8, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I love the longer sunny days – more time to spend in the garden

  • Reply Rebecca Phillips July 8, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    day trips out with the kids!

  • Reply MARGARET TONNER July 8, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Favourite thing about summer is going to the beach and building sandcastles

  • Reply paula cheadle July 9, 2018 at 12:36 am

    warmer weather and lighter evenings

  • Reply katrina walsh July 9, 2018 at 12:49 am

    Long happy bike rides with the family to nowhere in particular stopping to buy ice lollies now and again at little village shops. Happy times xx

  • Reply Victoria Prince July 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

    My favourite thing about summer is all the agricultural shows and outdoor events that are on πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lorna Ledger July 9, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    The weather, the flowers, and everyone has a bit more ‘mojo’ a bit more je ne sais quoi

  • Reply charlotte July 9, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    being able to not have to think about what jacket goes with which outfit because you dont need one πŸ˜›

  • Reply tamalyn roberts July 9, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    taking the kids and the kayak to the lakes

  • Reply Maria blythin July 9, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    getting all my washing dry lol

  • Reply lynn savage July 9, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    The best thing about summer is the good weather so we can go hiking

  • Reply Pam Smith July 10, 2018 at 11:21 am

    All of the music festivals

  • Reply Michael Gough July 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    My favourite part of summer is family picnics down by the local stream, with our daughter playing and paddling away just as I did as a child. Happy times.

  • Reply Danielle Spencer July 10, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I love the fact that when the sun is shining people seem happier.

  • Reply Lorraine Kirk July 10, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    I like being able to get out in to the garden and do some gardening

  • Reply Sophie Ade July 10, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Taking my son for days out in the sunshine.

  • Reply Emma Whittaker July 10, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Picnics and ice cream on Southport Beach

  • Reply James Travis July 10, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    The nice warm weather

  • Reply AnnaH July 11, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Family days out with a picnic lunch

  • Reply amy bondoc July 11, 2018 at 9:55 am

    lighter evenings so you can sit for longer int he garden πŸ™‚

  • Reply jayne hall July 11, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    warm weather light nights

  • Reply Julie Smith July 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Isn’t it just the most fabulous weather to make use of this prize ! Love it.

  • Reply Emily Smith July 11, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    All the glorious sunshine plus it’s my birthday in August.

  • Reply sammysjb2 July 11, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    having princess Diana park on my door step grate for the little people and very family friendly as they also have security in the children’s park

  • Reply Natasha R-M July 11, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Being able to lounge in the garden, with a cup of tea, enjoying a good book and listening to beautiful birdsong – bliss!

  • Reply Sarah Roberts July 11, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Love the long evenings and watching the grandkids lay in the garden on a summer evening.

  • Reply Val Pownall July 12, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Long sunny days that go on and on until the last drop of sunset, spent on our favourite Welsh beach on the Llyn Peninsula.

  • Reply Gary Topley July 12, 2018 at 10:08 am

    The long Summer nights and watching the lovely sunsets. Thankyou for the competition x

  • Reply debbie jayne Davies July 12, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I love having picnics on the beach with my grandchildren so this would be perfect to win.

  • Reply Emma Price July 12, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    This summer it’s been taking my 4 month old little girly to see the beach for the same time and for walks in the sun! I love being a new mum πŸ™‚

  • Reply Cathryn Crawshaw July 12, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Spending time outdoors

  • Reply Anthea Holloway July 12, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    I love the lighter evenings, the hot weather and the lovely summer produce from my garden!

  • Reply SVH July 12, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Lovely weather for a picnic!

  • Reply Sarah Lee July 13, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Being able to spend lots of time in the garden

  • Reply Anna Chamley July 13, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Being an early riser i love waking up to the sunshine and sitting in my garden with a cup of tea in the peace and quiet before the family all get up. Bliss

  • Reply Anne Richards July 13, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    Fun family days out, picnics, water fights, fun in the paddling pool.

  • Reply Rachel Butterworth July 13, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Longer days and lighter evenings.

  • Reply Lee HARDY July 13, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Family time

  • Reply Sam Parkes July 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Lots of outdoor adventures making memories

  • Reply donna l jones July 13, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    days out with the children

  • Reply Josie Mellor July 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Summer evenings in the garden with a glass of wine and a good book.

  • Reply Karen Watt July 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    fun days with the children and a picnic

  • Reply sheri Darby July 13, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I love going for long hot walks with a picnic

  • Reply Jessica Barber July 13, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    How long the days are! Bright mornings and sunny evenings are amazing πŸ™‚

  • Reply Paula Phillips July 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I love the lighter evenings it makes the days seem so much longer.

  • Reply Susan Willshee July 13, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    i love having water fights in the garden with the children

  • Reply janine atkin July 13, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    i love being able to read in the garden

  • Reply Lynn Neal July 13, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Getting outside more is my favourite thing!

  • Reply Ashley Phillips July 14, 2018 at 12:19 am

    The drier weather means I can get outside with the children more

  • Reply Michelle Jones July 14, 2018 at 12:31 am

    I love road tripping with my family. We do a lot of camping come summer time, we love visiting lots of places in our beautiful country

  • Reply Margaret Jones July 14, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Love the light nights and spending as much time as possible outdoors

  • Reply Geoff Hibbert July 14, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Oh those Summer Nights!

  • Reply Kirsteen Mackay July 14, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I love being outdoors but my favourite things is going on family cycles. We always stop for a picnic.

  • Reply Dawn Underwood July 14, 2018 at 10:09 am

    I love the long warm summer evenings

  • Reply Claire Nelson July 14, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Being able to sit out and enjoy our garden

  • Reply Pauline Dring July 14, 2018 at 10:49 am

    The long warm days and trip to the seaside

  • Reply Caroline July 14, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Spending lots of time outside with the kids

  • Reply Jo Hutchings July 14, 2018 at 11:43 am

    The chance to get out and about more without worrying too much about the weather.

  • Reply Kevin Johnson July 14, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Love having barbecue parties with family and friends.

  • Reply Sandra Fortune July 14, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Going to the seaside love it

  • Reply CAROL PATTRICK July 14, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    I love the warm weather, being able to enjoy the outdoors, go on picnics to the coast, enjoy the garden & day trips out.

  • Reply AnnaSSS July 14, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    BBQ with friends and my family.Great Giveaway.Thank you.x

  • Reply jackie beckett July 14, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Being able to take my granddaughters into the wood more often

  • Reply Laura Jones July 14, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    BBQ’s picnics and impromptu meals outside with family and friends

  • Reply Kate Davies July 14, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    My favourite thing about summer is the long days perfect for adventures.

  • Reply Adrian Bold July 14, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    I love having BBQs when the weather is nice, and of course family holidays!

  • Reply Claire Elizabeth Noke July 14, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Longer, Lighter Evenings… having more time to spend with the children

  • Reply amanda greensmith July 14, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    the nice wEATHER

  • Reply Ro Day July 14, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    The summer weather makes it much easier to go out for long walks without worrying about getting wet. Also, its the summer holidays so we don’t need to rush back for school the next day.

  • Reply Natalee Gosiewski July 14, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    lots of park trips with picnics with the kids

  • Reply Natalie Gough July 14, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Picking strawberries with my daughter is one of my favourite parts of the summer.

  • Reply Niki Marie Wardle July 14, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I love how the garden is full of life with beautiful flowers and insects

  • Reply Jenny Jones July 14, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I look sitting outside in the garden, soaking up the sun and watching the kids play

  • Reply Tracey Mitchell July 14, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I love spending time with my family on days out with picnics, and bbq’s

  • Reply Jodie W July 14, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    SUnshine, ice creams and being outside more

  • Reply Naomi Williams July 14, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Lighter nights

  • Reply Elaine Livingstone July 14, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    being able to drive to and from work in the daylight and still be able to walk the dog afterwards as well.

  • Reply Tee Simpson July 14, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    I love the lighter evenings

  • Reply Joanne Blunt July 14, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    That the pace of life seems to slow down

  • Reply Purmala Shrestha July 14, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    I like eating outdoor in the summer so that I love to go on picnic!!

  • Reply Angela Pagan July 14, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Having fun outdoors with the kids! We get a short summer up here in Scotland so we make the most of it!

  • Reply Tammy Neal July 14, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    My birthday x

  • Reply Louise A July 14, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    Love being able to dry my hair naturally outdoors

  • Reply Jennifer Baker July 14, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    The fun filled days out! xxxx

  • Reply PhilA July 14, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Eating al fresco

  • Reply Christine hindle July 15, 2018 at 12:38 am

    My favourite thing about summer is been in the garden

  • Reply Craig Hindle July 15, 2018 at 12:39 am

    My favourite thing about summer is going new places

  • Reply natalie crossan July 15, 2018 at 12:52 am

    The sunshine and long days xx

  • Reply Kim Lam July 15, 2018 at 7:29 am

    The light mornings and evenings

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