Pashley Picnic 2017

When September comes around, so does my favourite cycling event "The Pashley Picnic", in its sixth year now, but this is only my third event, the jolly good ride takes place in my hometown of Stratford Upon Avon and the surrounding countryside. Pashley customers put on their best frocks, tweed and along with their Pashley bikes join together to have a fun filled day of laughter, picnic food and of course CYCLING!

You might actually recognise the brand Pashley from Peggy Porschen Parlour, London. A special edition pink Pashley cycle is currently sitting pretty outside the cake shop and its become a very instagrammable location for many bloggers. I am still yet to go!

My Vintage Style Outfit

For the Pashley picnic, everyone is encouraged to wear something pretty and vintage to mimic this truly British brand based in Stratford Upon Avon. Every year I always prepare a new outfit, this year I went for something a bit warmer as you never know what the weathers going to do here in the UK. I put on my denim dungarees, Pashley poppy blouse (YES they design clothes too) and a tweed blazer. I accessorised my look with a hair tie, frilly socks and pink pumps all from Primark. As the boyfriend was hosting the event along with his brilliant work colleagues, the traditional waistcoat and bow tie was a must.

The Bike Ride

Now onto the more important aspect of the day, the bike ride itself. Everyone met on Sunday morning at the Traditional Cycle shop, to register and get their bikes prepared. The shop itself is just by the river avon, and is a must visit if you're ever in Stratford Upon Avon they have so many lovely bikes for ladies and gents, baskets are optional.

The ride was over 10 miles long there and back, with a stop and snack by Higgidys and Belvoir midway at the National Trust site Charlecote manor where we could wander around the beautiful grounds, take pictures and watch a performance by Shakespearean cycle actors the Handlebars who were as funny as they were talented.

(The Guvnors Assembly)

On the way back we had a picture stop at Shakespeare's birthplace which always draws a crowd. I must admit I hadn't cycled in a while and wasn't quite prepared for the hills but I made it! The great thing about the ride is no one goes too fast and everyone rides at a steady pace so we can all ride together. 

The Pashley Picnic

For the final part of the day, we headed to a marquee by the River Avon for a lovely picnic of sandwiches, scones (my fave) and traditional British tea courtesy of the Riverside tea garden and champagne all the way from Cornwall. There was also music by the Swingcat Trio, a game of pass the parcel, dancing and a speech by the owner of Pashley - Adrian.

Are you a fan of cycling?

Liz x


  1. It seems you had an amzing day!!

  2. Your look is gorgeous! I am not a huge fan of cycling though it would be quite fast way to get from one place to another. I own a bike but haven’t used it during last four years. Oops!

    Nora /

  3. Oh sounds like you had an amazing day!
    Can't remember the last time I owned a bike though... When I moved to city I left my bike at my mum's and she sold it :D

  4. What a fun cycle event! And boy, do you guys look dapper!! I haven't been on my bike for a while since I got a car, should really get back into it!!

  5. Your outfit looks super fun and cute! It looks like you had an amazing day.


  6. This sounds like you had a lot of fun. I love your outfit and yes that bike is so cool too! Need one like that! :)

  7. You both look so happy and relaxed! i am sure you had a wonderful time. This event is really interesting and the place is so beautiful!

  8. OMG.....the bikes all looks so pretty. The event look fantastic and you look gorgeous. It looks like you had so much fun time. I love cycle too.
    Kintan XO,

  9. Cute! I love everything vintage!! Looks like an awesome day out