With the news that we’re set for a lengthy spell of good weather, the team here at Quality Unearthed will all be heading out to lay our blankets down with our friends and diving into a full feast of treats in our favourite spots this weekend.
If you fancy getting in the mood for a picnic, whether you’re at home or on one of our treehouse holidays then get stuck into these 10 facts you probably didn’t know about picnicking that’s sure to get you set for some good food and drinks in the sunshine!
- The word ‘picnic’ originally stems back to 1794, exactly 100 years after ‘pique-nique’ first appeared in the French language.
- In the United States of America, National Picnic Day is celebrated on April 23.
- When the initial idea of a picnic was brought together it was seen to be a fashionable social event whereby each guest would contribute by bringing food to the picnic.
- The French were the people who first introduced the modern idea of picnics when they opened their royal parks to the French public after the revolution in 1789.
- John W Bratton was the man responsible for the tune for the famous children’s song The Teddy Bear’s Picnic, which was composed in 1907.
- On the theme of the aforementioned, it was originally called The Teddy Bear’s Two-Step, but was changed to Picnic in 1930 when the lyrics were added in.
- One of the first accounts of picnicking comes from tales of Robin Hood. Robin, joined by his Merry Men would informally dine on bread, cheese, and beer under the shelter of the trees.
- William Holden and Kim Novak were the featured actors in the 1955 film Picnic, which was fortunate enough to pick up six Oscar nominations, and went on to win two of the six, in the best art direction and best film editing categories.
- During the first half of the 19th century, there was a Picnic Society who would meet in London at the Pantheon, known as a location for public entertainment in Oxford Street.
- In the year 2000, a 600-mile-long picnic was arranged in France, on July 14, to showcase their support and celebrate the first Bastille Day of the new millennium.