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To wonder why people have picnics in car parks?

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Tournesol Mon 25-May-15 18:13:32

I dunno if it is just a National Trust thing but it seems people seem to be obsessed with sitting round their car having a picnic when if they walked just 50 metres they could sit in a proper lovely picnic spot with picnic benches and everything!

Can anyone enlighten me? Am I missing out on something here?

paxtecum Mon 25-May-15 18:15:45

It's a palaver to carry it all.

MargoReadbetter Mon 25-May-15 18:17:23

I don't know where they find the space near their car. At NT car parks they pack you in.

So where did you go today, OP?

almondcakes Mon 25-May-15 18:18:28

Hassle of carrying things, dogs, disabled people, shelter from the wind, don't like picnic spots.

sadpanda Mon 25-May-15 18:20:45

I think it's a 'posh people' thing. I know that it's traditional at a lot of sporting events, eg Twickenham

treaclesoda Mon 25-May-15 18:20:45

It's nice and cosy in the car. Sometimes that's nicer. smile

WipsGlitter Mon 25-May-15 18:20:53

OMG. DP and I always comment on this!! With nt places it could be because they are expensive. We went to a local beauty spot. Couple in car park, deckchairs and thermos out, watching the traffic how past them (they were sitting on the exit route). Literally two minute walk away amazing beach / grassy knoll.

Koalafications Mon 25-May-15 18:22:06

I think it's a bit odd, too.

I'm sure they have their bizarre reasons though

Fluffyears Mon 25-May-15 18:25:30

Our neighbours had a nice garden but would sit in the carpark behind the houses in deckchairs with their friends having a drink, one night they asked us to join them, we politely declined and couldn't work out why they couldn't sit in nice garden.

Varya Mon 25-May-15 18:27:04

My husband wont eat outdoors or away from the car either, he says its because he does not like insects buzzing around. A bit of a killjoy, IMO.

Canyouforgiveher Mon 25-May-15 18:27:15

We live near a lake and I often see people who drive down, park, and sit there facing away from the lake/view. baffling.

Tournesol Mon 25-May-15 18:29:13

I am glad it is not just me! It was yesterday actually, we were at the lovely Wimpole Hall which is literally surrounded by acres of picnic heaven and yet there they were, the usual suspects sat around their car boot, enjoying the car fumes and the view of some cars while they munched their sandwiches.

DH was so puzzled he actually insisted I ask on MN!

sadpanda Mon 25-May-15 18:29:33

Trust me on this it's a posh person thing.

Ascot car park:

Postchildrenpregranny Mon 25-May-15 18:29:58

Picnics in the car in the pouring rain are very British. But not in the car park, I agree. Though my DPs used to take a primus to make tea and you wouldnt want to lug that far . Those were the days ...

jaynebxl Mon 25-May-15 18:31:37

That's so funny. We were just talking about this today. Went to a lovely place with lots of lovely picnic benches about 30 sec walk from car park and there was a family sitting on the grass just by their car having their picnic. They looked really uncomfy and I was dying to ask them why. It was a mum, dad and 2 children. No toddlers or buggies. All I can think is they particularly like the smell of the exhaust fumes.

almondcakes Mon 25-May-15 18:31:57

Tournesol, I have given you reasons!

I don't own a car, but my parents love a picnic in or near the car.

I think it is also an extension of them preferring a caravan to a hotel.

Diamond23 Mon 25-May-15 18:38:56

It's not a posh person thing, it's just that events where you take a picnic tend to be a bit middle class (although Ascot is common as muck)

Phalarope Mon 25-May-15 18:39:18

It's the same people who set up camp on the beach two paces from the path from the car park. An enjoyable day spent watching everyone else tripping up over you. Bonus points if you're also by the overflowing dog poo bin and/or sewage outlet.

Lulabellarama Mon 25-May-15 18:42:08

Saw evidence of this at West Wittering beach on Saturday. Beautiful beach 20 feet away, picnicking/barbecuing next to their car.
Definitely not posh either!

Mrsstarlord Mon 25-May-15 18:49:50

We have been known to do this, a) it's easier than carrying everything b) it's warmer c) in the indoor places it's preferable to being packed into the picnic warehouse.

TwartFaceBeetj Mon 25-May-15 18:50:00

Ascots different though it's an event.

It's normal for 'events'

There was a stately home we went to regularly and there were some people who arrive early with friends in another car put up a gazebo, get table and chairs out, then set up cricket in the middle confused

I don't think ever made it to the gardens or house. It was a very normal thing at this place

Phalarope Mon 25-May-15 18:52:10

Actually, have just realised I'm guilty of the opposite, dragging everyone on an epic trek to find the mythical picnic spot of dreams, ignoring the wails of the footsore and weary, eventually ending somewhere equally godforsaken but with a significantly longer walk back to the car.

Koalafications Mon 25-May-15 19:35:33

Why not just picnic at Tesco then? That way they don't even have to lug the food very far!

BeeHappyAndSmile Mon 25-May-15 19:41:07

Beats me, I'd never have a picnic in the car but then we have picnics in our garden from time to time so who am I to judge?!

Sparklingbrook Mon 25-May-15 19:42:10

<arf> at 'Picnic at Tesco', you could be onto something Koala. You get the sausage rolls and I'll get the pop and I will spread the picnic blanket just by the scan and shop tills. grin

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