It’s officially National Picnic Week! What better way to celebrate it than to go for a delightful walk to your favourite tranquil spot, or perhaps to an undiscovered location while you’re on holiday in one of our glamping wagons? In the meantime why don’t you check out our 10 facts you never knew about the popular pastime of picnicking?
- It was in fact the French who introduced the modern fashion for picnics when they opened their royal parks to the public following the revolution of 1789.
- The 1955 film Picnic, starring William Holden and Kim Novak, received six nominations for Oscars, and went on to win two for best art direction and best film editing.
- The word ‘picnic’ can be traced back all the way back to 1794, precisely 100 years after ‘pique-nique’ first emerged in the French language.
- Jane Austen mentions a picnic in the novel Emma.
- Furthermore, Emma was the only novel by Jane Austen that ever mentioned the word picnic.
- The tune for popularly known children’s song The Teddy Bear’s Picnic was composed by John W Bratton back 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.
- When the idea of a picnic was first introduced it was seen as a fashionable social event and each guest was required to contribute some food to the picnic.
- During the first half of the 19th century, there was a Picnic Society who would meet in London at the Pantheon. This was known as a place of public entertainment in Oxford Street.
- On the turn of the millennium, a 600-mile-long picnic was organised in France on July 14 to show support and to celebrate the first Bastille Day of the new era.
Did you enjoy those fun facts? Then why not head on over to www.nationalpicnicweek.co.uk for lots more information on one of our favourite activities?