Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Win a Belvoir Picnic Hamper!

I know. It's hardly picnic weather. But it will be soon, surely?

 Last summer I mean, last weekend we had a lovely picnic at the top of West Keal hill (yes, there are hills in Lincolnshire) with spectacular views over half the county and across to Norfolk. And we had the weather, too. Remember? Sun and warmth and on Bank Holiday Monday. We had some delicious food washed down with a bottle of Belvoir sparkling presse. Lovely.



On the basis that summer must be only just around the corner Belvoir is offering you the chance to win one of their picnic hampers today. In case you don't know, Belvoir makes the most delicious cordials, presses and fruit crushes using 100% natural ingredients (including flowers and fruit from the farm) and all mixed with water from the local spring. Mary Manners began making cordials in her kitchen in the 1970s, infusing elderflowers and pressing the fruit grown on the family farm and the business has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Anyway, if you fancy having a luxury picnic courtesy of Belvoir all you have to do is leave me a quick comment between now and next Wednesday telling me where you'd like to have the picnic. I'll pick one winner at random (I won't judge your choice of venue, honest!) and then it'll be over to you.

Oh, and the great British weather!



This competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered, congratulations to the winner Amanda Oakley and better luck next time to the everyone else. If you'd like to support my next book The Glorious Dead - now crowdfudning with Booker-nominated publisher Unbound - then click here for more details: https://unbound.com/books/the-glorious-dead

151 comments:

  1. I tend to keep things simple – we've got a large and gorgeous local park (Victoria Park in Bath) so I'd head down there with a picnic, and Harry could run around the playground afterwards.

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  2. We love going to a secret garden near us (which has slides and a stream for paddling and lots of lawn!) It also has fruit you can buy when they're ripe!

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  3. Bolsover Castle would be nice.

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  4. Oh Id love to have a picnic on the lawn at Agatha Christies house in Devon. Obviously Id like sunny weather too. But I think it would be gorgeous to have the huge house behind you on a sweeping lawn with the sea in front of you :D

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  5. ashleigh allan15 May 2013 at 17:58

    Somewhere with a nice park for the kids to play at and a nice view!


    @ashlallan

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  6. Anywhere in the Gower, Swansea. It's my favourite place in Britain :)

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  7. Oooh, in my mum's lovely back garden. We're coming over in June (so you can send it to me at her house!) The smell of an English garden on a summer evening is almost bringing me to tears as I write. I can't wait! Family gatherings, hours and hours of daylight, my kids spending precious time with the only cousins they have.....
    Aaah!

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  8. On the Lincolnshire Wolds.

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  9. I love to take the kids and dog into the countryside for a picnic - we often go to Slayley in Northumberand as there are some lovely quiet spots by the river. We live by the sea but don't tend to picnic on the beach - there is nothing more awful than sandy sandwiches! YUK!

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  10. Beky Austerberry15 May 2013 at 21:07

    I would go to a local (ruined) castle called Sandal Castle. Me and the kids love it there!!


    Thanks for the great giveaway

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  11. On A Lovely Sandy Beach xxx

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  12. anthony harrington15 May 2013 at 21:12

    on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall on a sunny day

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  13. on the sand dunes where i live used to go when i was a kid

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  14. I like to have a picnic in Battersea Park :)

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  15. Pennard beach on the Gower Peninsula

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  16. On the beaches at Zakynthos whilst
    watching the baby turtles hatch

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  17. on top of the white cliffs of Dover - watching the ferries sailing in and out of Dover docks - yes sad I know!!

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  18. I love a picnic on Formby Beach

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  19. In Trenant Woods near Looe with the dogs

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  20. In the Wyre Forest - just up the road from our house.

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  21. I'd have the picnic in my local park and feed the ducks at the same time.

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  22. The garden with our 4 year old daughter and her dolls and teddies!

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  23. Appletreewick in Yorkshire Dales, beside the river. Perfect on a summer day

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  24. on the grounds of Arundel castle is amazing!

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  25. kathleen hooper15 May 2013 at 22:06

    the beach just by Bamburgh Castle

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  26. would love to have it at Virginia Waters, what beautiful scenery over the lake and so big so you dont feel overcrowded

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  27. Anywhere where there is guaranteed sunshine. Caribbean springs to mind

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  28. Somewhere nice in the Cotswolds :)

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  29. Bolton Abbey is my favourite place for a picnic and I'd share it with my 4 dogs

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  30. Buxton Park, it is lovely up there in the summer for a picnic with the kids

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  31. Rendlesham Forest with hubby and the dogs and some sunshine

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  32. I like to picnic in the local park, where the kids can feed the ducks as well

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  33. In Australia with my nephews.

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  34. I'd like to have a picnic at the zoo.

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  35. Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park

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  36. In London's Hyde Park after a day of sightseeing with the kids!

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  37. Beecraigs Country Park, West Lothain

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  38. Warwick Castle

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  39. Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia

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  40. A beautiful Northumbrian beach.

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  41. In the beautiful grounds of Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, beside the river Bollin

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  42. I would love to take the kids to Vrynwy Lake to have a picnic

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  43. We love spending the day at Dedham in Essex. The scenery is fantastic.

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  44. The bathing beauties weekend at Mablethorpe

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  45. I'd love to have a picnic in Newstead Abbey or Sherwood Forest or Thieves Wood! :) Or maybe even at Gunthorpe bridge!

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  46. My favourite picnic spot is Tarn Hows in the Lake District

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  47. in Castle Park, Colchester

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  48. Hampstead Heath

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  49. Midsummer common - Cambridge

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  50. jenni_thorpeuk16 May 2013 at 11:26

    kingsbury water park

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  51. Chatsworth House Gardens

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  52. David Paterson16 May 2013 at 12:18

    Loch Lomond

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  53. A nice picnic by the seaside is lovely, let's hope we get the weather for it!

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  54. At Cannop ponds in the Forest of Dean- the kids can feed the ducks!

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  55. on the beach :-)

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  56. In Hamsterley forest under the huge trees, its so quiet and peaceful.

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  57. At the park (hopefully in the sun!). :-)

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  58. I'd like to have a picnic on the beach.

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  59. I'd like to have a picnic at a little hideaway bay, castlehaven on the Isle of Wight, It is so peaceful.

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  60. I would have a picnic at "The Yorkshire Sculpture Park" with my 3 grandchildren.

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  61. I'd have it at a park near my house - it has a lovely lake to walk by and then some rose gardens at the end with benches.

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  62. I'd take it round to my Mum's house and we'd picnic in her back garden!!

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  63. we'd take it with us on our trip to thomas land :-)

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  64. I'd take it out to the beach during the lovely, long summer hols - can't wait!

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  65. on the moon, different is always good

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  66. I'd love to spend more time enjoying our garden

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  67. Victoria_CosmeticCravings16 May 2013 at 23:21

    At the top of Arthur's seat in Edinburgh, although it may be rather windy!

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  68. Tracey Belcher17 May 2013 at 08:24

    At Leeds Castle - "The loveliest castle in the world"

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  69. in the New Forest surrounded by ponies - love it down there

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  70. At Bolton Abbey - I have so many happy childhood memories of picnics there

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  71. on a beach :)

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  72. On Southsea beach

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  73. Isle of wight

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  74. I love picnics - my favourite place would be The River Dee at Chester

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  75. Nolita's McNally Jackson Books has a new stickers robot greeting card came.

    my blog - design stickers

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  76. My son lives near beautiful Loch Lomond...we go there by the lochside often to picnic..Kris is 5 and loves it

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  77. Whiterocks beach, Portrush. The best beach in N Ireland!

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  78. I'd go up to the top of Ilkley Moor for our family picnic - absolutely stunning views there and some great rocks to climb. Otely Chevin would be choice b - slightly quieter too x

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  79. In the new forest

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  80. Malham - the views are spectacular and look like a scene from Lord of the Rings.

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  81. Brimham Rocks, a beautiful place near where I live x

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  82. We love having picnics in castle grounds

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  83. stephen holman20 May 2013 at 19:05

    Anywhere with guaranteed sunshine!! :) the lake district would be my choice otherwise

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  84. Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a nice spot for a picnic and a family bike ride, providing the picnic doesn't contain to many cakes :-) x

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  85. Charlotte Morris20 May 2013 at 21:25

    Greenwich Park overlooking the city skyline

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  86. the beach! But could we have some sun first please! :)

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  87. On the South Downs somewhere, visiting there next week, so fingers crossed!

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  88. I'm lucky that I live between The Quantocks and Exmoor both are stunning but I would take the family to Exmoor for a picnic.

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  89. White Coppice, not been for years. You drive up through Rivington, park next to the cricket pitch, it even has a Pavillion and a few cottages, then climb up the hillside past the stream and Bobs your uncle... ideal picnic spot. Children can go rock hopping after lunch :0)

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  90. We have Heaton Park in Manchester. Some lovely spots. I'll be returning up north soon and remember that place from childhood, so would be lovely to be able to have a picnic by way of a catchup with the fam!

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  91. I love the Lake District, this is a perfect place for a picnic

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  92. Robyn Logan Clarke21 May 2013 at 11:42

    High Force - Teesdale

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  93. I would love a picnic in the grounds of Packwood House a gorgeous National Trust house local to me

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  94. Veronica Therawati21 May 2013 at 13:42

    Carsington Water Derbyshire

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  95. I'd like to go to Bolton Abbey!

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  96. I would have it in our back garden nice and safe for the kiddies to run around :)

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  97. Blenheim Palace

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  98. I'd picnic in my back garden - it's lovely now :)

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  99. Lossiemouth beach :) x

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  100. Melanie Gardiner21 May 2013 at 18:41

    Brighstone Forest on the Isle of Wight

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  101. Rhossili Bay in the Gower. I love it down there.

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  102. St Michaels Mount in Cornwall

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  103. In our back garden as that means it will no longer be a forest of weeds and thistles but my husband will have actually finished the landscaping job he started last march!

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  104. Rachel Blackburn21 May 2013 at 21:19

    Easdale Tarn in Cumbria

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  105. lorraine anderson21 May 2013 at 21:24

    Oban in Scotalnd beside the sea

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  106. I would just love to have a picnic inside the grounds of Lincoln Castle, I love the history x

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  107. In my mum's garden - we don't see her enough.

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  108. Natalie Holland21 May 2013 at 22:28

    I think we'd go to castle howard, they have some lovely grounds and it's close by! :) x Thank you!

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  109. Hampstead Heath

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  110. The river bank in our village.
    The water is shallow for the children, not too far to walk, and it's very beautiful :)

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  111. Nicola McConnell21 May 2013 at 23:54

    Vindolanda on Hadrian's Wall is a lovely place, especially down by the Museum where there's a lovely little replica Roman temple and replica Roman statues. Loads of little birds come to join in your picnic, too and I'd love to picnic here!

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  112. We love The Riverside country park in Rainham Kent, So peaceful

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  113. Colley Hill near Reigate, stunning views.

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  114. In St James Park overlooking the lake and feed the ducks as well,perfect summer afternoon :-)

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  115. by the beach at Seaham, lovely views over the coast

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  116. Tatton Park

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  117. Ideally it'd be on a nice sandy beach anywhere, with warm sunshine. Would be nice and relaxing.

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  118. Watermead Park overlooking the lake, in Leicester

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  119. behind our house is a big beck, take kids over the bridge (tell them its billy goats gruff) then there is a big quarry and park, we spend all our time there in summer x

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  120. sissinghurst gardens

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  121. At the zoo!

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  122. As I am writing this the weather is gorgeous and I would love to be at the beach right now having a picnic

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  123. I think Longleat, we went for a picnic on my Birthday in July and it was great :)

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  124. Ellen Stafford22 May 2013 at 20:41

    I would like to have a picnic with my partner and dog in Alexandra Park which over looks Bath.

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  125. On top of a mountain!! Hopefully everything wouldn't blow away :-)

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  126. Ideally a secluded Spanish beach

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  127. Congratulations Amanda - you're the winner! Email me your contact details and I'll make sure the picnic hamper gets to you. Can't guarantee the weather, though!

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