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PICNIC PERFECTION

Of course, festivals are all about the music. But don’t we so look forward to the intervals — the camaraderie, the clothes, the chance to eat and drink together?

Whether you’re hitting the lawns of Glyndebourne, Garsington and Grange Park in your eveningwear or soaking up the sunshine in the all-day queue for the Proms, be sure to pack a picnic as dazzling as any Donizetti.

Hermès’ Park Passifolia picnic basket celebrates the French tradition of basketry and the small group of local artisans that maintain it. Both modern and pastoral, the clean elegance of the look is offset by the contrast between the woven wicker’s tactility and the basket’s smooth bridle leather handles. In the basket, you’ll find everything you need for a truly operatic experience: 8 Passifolia porcelain dessert plates, 4 Intervalle crystal glasses and 4 Grand Attelage cutlery sets — as well as waterproof washable pockets to store the used items in afterwards. Our favourite part? The lid doubles as a breadbasket — just brilliant!

Like the weavers of France, Fortnum & Mason has been perfecting its craft for centuries. Celebrating this year of the Coronation, lay your collapsable table with “The King of Picnics”: a special release featuring all things savoury and sweet, tasty tipples and the brand’s exclusive Coronation products — including cheeses, meats, crackers, olives, bread, brownies, teacakes and the brand’s special Coronation blend Champagne. Better still, there’s currently 25% off selected items in Fortnum’s picnic range. Is that not music to your ears?