Eating outside is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and we as a nation embrace it at every opportunity (weather permitting of course…).

In fact, the British are now officially a nation of picnic lovers. A recent telephone survey proved just this; it seems that six out of 10 of us enjoy at least one al fresco feast every summer, and 40% of people are having more picnics now than five years ago.

So despite the weather, why not rediscover what is great about al fresco eating with Countrylife.co.uk’s guide to picnics in the UK, in association with Jeep. Find the best spots for a picnic, whether it’s a romantic setting or a sporting event you’re after, and don’t leave home without consulting our complete list of picnic essentials.

Log onto www.countrylife.co.uk/picnics to find out more.