Ah, the wonderful British summer. We get three months of it, and in that three months we’re probably lucky to get a week of sun, but we know better than to let a silly thing like the weather dampen our spirits! Summer picnics have long been a tradition in this wonderful country of ours, and although their popularity may have been on the decline in recent years, they’re still as fun as ever.
The Great British Picnics app for the iPhone aims to re-kindle our interest in summer picnics by making it easier to find great locations and give you lots of nifty tips and recipes within the application. It’s also free, which is always a big bonus.
Picnics isn’t a small application, in fact it weighs in at 70mb, more than some games that you’ll find on the App Store. That’s no doubt due to the stunning graphics that are present throughout, and make using the app a really nice experience.
From the main menu of the app, you can find a picnic spot near to where you are using GPS and a selection of locations highlighted around you on the map. Different locations are highlighted using different coloured flags, representing where the location has come from. Ones highlighted with a blue flag, for example, have come from the Guardian’s list of picnic spots in the UK.
When you select a location on the map, you can read a little more about it and view some images which have been captured by other users. Little icons will tell you a bit more about the location, with tags such as ‘taking a hike’ and ‘a romantic retreat’, so you know what kind of environment to expect.
A great little feature in this section will also tell you the current and future weather of the location so that you can plan a picnic in advance or see if it’s sunny on the day and have an impulsive day out.
In the ‘Picnic Planner’ section of the app, you’ll find even more guides to having a great picnic, and the ‘Bread & Butter Guide’ provides a checklist of items that you’ll need, and even a ‘Nature’s First Aid’ section to keep you protected from those nasty little critters.
Every single feature in the Great British Picnic app provides not only great content, but packages this content in really nice graphics. Every image and scrollable graphic in the application has been placed to perfection, and if you want to find out about possible locations for a picnic around your area then this will definitely be your go-to application.
It’s available as a free download from the App Store, and is available for iPhones and iPod Touches running iOS 4 and higher. Unfortunately, there isn’t an Android app available yet, but if the Picnics proves popular on iOS, I wouldn’t rule one out.