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Who cares about the weather? The English are enthusiastic picnic lovers, according to a survey in 2003, which found that 60% of Brits have an outdoor feast at least once a year. If the market for al fresco equipment is anything to go by, it must be true. Enthusiasts can buy everything for picnic heaven – from specially designed picnic rucksacks to wine coolers and traditional hampers. The word is thought to have come from the 17th-century French pique nique – a rhyming variation on the word for picking or pecking. As picnics became popular in England in the 1800s, the word referred to lavish meals where everyone brought a dish. But when rail travel arrived and access to the countryside became simpler, it began to develop into an outdoor occasion. Victorian picnics could be extraordinarily lavish, but these days prepared supermarket food has made the English picnic a pretty spontaneous affair.

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Come rain or shine head to the countryside anywhere in Britain and you will find people having picnics.

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