We pick out the cosiest and best picnic blankets to bring out into the field with you


Picnic blankets help bring together two of the great joys of life: good food and the great outdoors. With the arrival of spring our minds turn to picnics, sports days, cricket matches  – a decent blanket for sitting on is a must. In any case, a rug in the car is always handy. Here is The Field‘s guide to the very best picnic blankets. We’ve chosen a selection of picnic blankets here that you can spread out on the ground and loll about on, whether you’re at the beach or in the field. But before reading on, be sure to take a look at our guide to how to make the ultimate point-to-point picnic and the best hampers.

Fortnum’s Tartan Waterproof Picnic Blanket

A waterproof tartan picnic rug from Fortnum & Mason

Best for avoiding damp bottoms

  • Size: 150cm x 183cm
  • Material: Pure new wool with polyester backing
  • Washable: Wipe clean only
  • Waterproof backing: Yes
  • Colour: As shown



House of Bruar Waterproof Backed Picnic Rug

Best for washing in the machine

  • Size: 137cm x 170cm
  • Material: Pure new wool inner
  • Machine washable
  • Waterproof backing: Yes
  • Colour: As shown


Country Mouse Sorbet Check Merino Wool Blanket


Best for colourful comfort

  • Size: 165cm x 150cm
  • Material: 100% Merino lambswool
  • Doubles as a lovely throw or blanket
  • Waterproof backing: no
  • Colour: As shown


Purdey Sundowner Blanket in Multi 

Best for weight

  • Size: 204cm x 133 cm
  • Material: 100% wool
  • Washable: Dry clean only
  • Colour: As shown


Greenfield Collection Heritage Herringbone Wool Blanket 

Best for value

  • Size: 150cm x 200 cm
  • Material: 50% wool, 50% polyester
  • Washable: No, wipe clean
  • Colours: Mulberry red, Sky blue (shown)


Life of Riley leather and canvas picnic rug

Best for style combined with robustness

  • Size: 180cm x 140 cm
  • Material: rug is 40% wool, 60% synthetic fibre
  • Waterproof: Yes – the base is waterproofed waxed canvas
  • Weight: 350g



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