There is nothing more invigorating and enjoyable in the summer months than a bike ride followed by a picnic with family and friends. With it being both Bike Week and National Picnic Week there is no better time to embrace these activities!

Bike Week aims to encourage cycling, helping to raise awareness of its social, health and environmental benefits. The focus for this year’s Bike Week is to encourage people to use their bikes to cycle to work. Bike Week is the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK. They have hundreds of events planned for 2015, so why not get involved?

Picnics provide a great opportunity to bring people together, with National Picnic Week offering the ideal opportunity to share advice, tips, recipes and information for that perfect picnic. To get picnic inspired and learn more visit

So why not cycle or walk somewhere new and try out our gluten and dairy free picnic suggestions:


Asparagus, quinoa and beetroot salad (gluten and dairy free):


1 cup of cooked quinoa

4 asparagus spears

2 cooked beetroots

Handful of cherry tomatoes

Fresh parsley

Juice of 1 lemon

Drizzle of olive oil


Simply cube and chop the asparagus, beetroots, cherry tomatoes and parsley and mix all the ingredients in a bowel together.


Kale chips (gluten and dairy free):


1 bag of kale

Drizzle of olive oil

Salt or your favourite spices

Add the olive oil to a bag of kale and shake. Remove from bag and place on a baking try and cook until crisp. Place in another clean bag and shake in your favourite flavours. Enjoy!