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Describe a family picnic or tour you have had

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card 301 with Model Answer:

Describe a family picnic or tour you have had.

You should say:
  • when it was
  • where you went
  • what you did
and explain if this was a memorable event or not.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer 1:
Usually, we make arrangements for an annual family picnic at the end of each year. So, last year we went to Philopappos Hill, and this was a great experience. Thank you for this nice topic. I will describe the event here.

The family picnic took place in December 2020 - just when our country was recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic. Since we could not go to any public places for that purpose the previous year, we were all eagerly waiting for this event. 

I can remember the day very clearly. It was not a foggy day. Instead, the sun was shining brightly. But the environment was cold, and we were enjoying the sunlight. We reached the picnic spot within three hours, and we enjoyed the remaining day to a great extent. It was a magnificent place to have a picnic and sightseeing. I was in love with the natural scenarios of the location. The day began with a light snack in the car. After reaching the spot, I distributed the responsibilities of cooking and serving food while also having enough time to enjoy the surroundings. Finally, everything was done in the right manner.

I was one of the organisers of this picnic. So, I had to be very busy with all the booking, shopping, cooking and other arrangements. Besides, I was also responsible for buying some gift items for the family members based on their age and gender. I was accompanied by a cousin who helped me greatly. After we ate our lunch at around 12:45 pm, we walked and enjoyed the surroundings and took many pictures. 

It was a memorable event. I went to the spot for the first time in my life, and it was a grand experience. My family members are the beats of my life. So, I enjoyed every second at the picnic spot with them. Besides, I also enjoyed the natural scenes and view of this place which was breathtaking. Just before dusk, we left the place with a great impression and experience.

Sample Answer 2:
Generally, my family does not arrange any family picnic outside of the home. In fact, our family is a bit conservative. But this year, we made a great family gathering which I will remember for many years. Thank you for the nice topic, and I will describe the entire event now in brief.

We made it at the end of February this year and visited a nice picnic and recreational spot in Mumbai. We did not have any plans to arrange the picnic at that time. It was my brother-in-law who convinced everyone to have it. He wanted to make a blast. In fact, he wanted to arrange the picnic marking his third marriage anniversary with my younger sister. He was so enthusiastic that my family could not refuse his idea.

We all went together on our private vehicles at the picnic sport and passed the day amid fun and festivities. We selected Elephanta Caves for the picnic venue. This was a great location to spend the day. It is located on Elephanta Island and we selected the place because it was only 30 kilometres away from Mumbai city where we live in. The island holds both Hindu and Buddhist caves. Besides, the caves are sculptured in rock-cut stones. They have a great look. The sculptures are dedicated to Shiva, one of the Lords of Hinduism.

None of our family members had been there before. So, it was a different kind of experience for them. Everyone was happy to be there. The kids were extremely glad to have a chance to visit the caves. They had heard about the caves many times but this was the first time they were seeing them in person. So, their joys knew no bounds. We cooked a meal at a corner and we took prior permission for the cooking. We reached the place in the morning and returned home at 8:00 pm. It was a nice day for all of us.

It was a memorable event for me and everyone else. And we were grateful for the whole experience. The location was nice, calm and quiet. So, we had a wonderful day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It helped us to get recharged and refreshed. It will definitely be a memorable experience for all of us.

A few more ideas to develop your own answer for this cue card topic:

Spending time with family members is a great way to strengthen the family bond. So, people often arrange family gatherings. This is a good idea indeed to develop a healthy relationship among family members. Few hints here should help candidates to generate ideas for the same cue card/candidate task card topic.

1.  I went on a tour with my family members in Japan last year. We visited many places in this beautiful country, and also liked the experience we have had there. We had a far better experience than our initial expectation, and we will never forget the Japanese food that we enjoyed.

2.  My short trip to Universal Studios in Singapore with my family was outstanding. We visited this theme park for the first time and the experience was amazing. We enjoyed the park and particularly the "show" that is something we do not have in our country. We all enjoyed our time and we all agreed that we would need to visit that place again.

3.  Our latest family picnic was held at the Ha Long Bay a few months ago. We all had great fun there. All the activities were entertaining, particularly swimming on the emerald water and hiking on the islands is something we will never forget. Besides, the boat tour was exciting for us. Every one of the family enjoyed it a lot.

4.  A visit to the Grand Canyon was a memorable event in my life. I had visited there with my parents. I wondered at the amazing geographical location and the iconic beauty of this place. I explored the area and came to know about historical information from the guide. Driving a dirtbike was another interesting experience there.

5.  The Statue of Liberty is one of the greatest masterpieces that I have seen so far. I went to visit one of my uncles in the USA. I went there with my parents a couple of years ago. And it was a family outing that day and my uncle recommended that we should visit this place and take a guided tour. It was a fabulous experience.

6.  I took part in a family picnic in Yorkshire in the UK six months ago. The place was naturally adorned and I fell in love with the lakes, water and surrounding beauty. Sitting by a picturesque lake was the most enjoyable thing for me and for the rest of the family members.

7.  A picnic beside the Taj Mahal in India is the finest memory of my life. I had the picnic with the participation of my cousins and a few other family members. We enjoyed the traditional Indian food and also took hundreds of pictures. 

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