Get outdoors with the National Trust’s beautiful new alfresco dining range

Inspired by the landscapes it protects, the collection is perfect for picnics or garden parties. Period Living magazine picks out the key pieces

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With the longer days of spring and the promise of warmer weather ahead, it's time to think about key outdoor pieces that will take you right through to the end of summer. 

The National Trust has launched an exclusive new outdoor dining collection that  captures the essence of the season, from coastal scenes and stunning landscapes to rural motifs. 

Whether gathering friends and family around the table as the sun sets or heading out for a picnic under a shady tree, the collection will add a touch of style to proceedings. 

The pieces are available in store and online and will help generate income for the long-term care of the National Trust landscapes that inspired the designs, including Stackpole in Wales and Mulough Bay in Northern Ireland.

National Trust Stackpole Headland Toile wicker picnic basket

The Stackpole Headland Toile wicker picnic basket, £65, is packed with all the essentials ready for picnics, whether on the beach or under a tree. Ideal for two people, the basket comes complete with ceramic plates, wine glasses, stainless steel cutlery and a bottle opener

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National Trust Stackpole Headland Toile jug

Stackpole Headland Toile jug, £10 

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National Trust Murlough Bay View melamine plate

The melamine range is perfect for outdoor adventures, featuring the Trust’s hero summer prints, which capture the vibrancy of warm summer days and the colours of the coast. This  Murlough Bay View melamine plate costs £4.50 

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National Trust Murlough Bay View upright family cool bag

Perfect for weekends spent picnicking by rivers under shady trees, the Murlough Bay View upright family cool bag, £18, is spacious enough for all your treats and will keep food cool for up to three hours (longer with an ice pack)

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National Trust Riad solar lantern stakes

Add to the atmosphere with these Riad solar lantern stakes, £25 for a set of two. After the sun has gone down, the garden will glow with the beautiful cut out light from these Moroccan style lamps

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National Trust Alfriston Clergy Oak Leaf seat pad

Add a touch of elegance (and comfort) to alfresco dining with the Alfriston Clergy Oak Leaf seat pad, £8

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