Parts of the country are expected to hit highs of 27C this week as dry air from the African continent is expected to blow north across areas of the UK. The heatwave is likely to bring thunderstorms and showers, but the warm weather will give us a taste of summer to come.
With summer on the horizon, longer days and brighter evenings, many Britons will look to redesign their gardens and spend more time outdoors. Below is a list of outdoor furniture, cooking appliances and toys from brands such as Argos, Aldi and John Lewis to suit different budgets.
Put your feet up
Whether you’d rather catch some rays or curl up in the shade with a good book, there are products that are perfect.
The hanging chair: One of Aldi’s most popular pieces, Gardenline’s Small Hanging Egg Chair, is back in stock after selling out in just 45 minutes in February. This comfortable rattan effect hanging chair will allow you to swing your legs up and make the most of your home and garden and retails for £189.99.
The day sofa: Find tranquility in your own garden with the Argenta Rattan Effect Day Sofa from Argos. With a large canopy and polyester cushions it’s the perfect spot for some me time to read a book or enjoy the view with a nice cold drink. The sofa is available online for £950.
The two-person tan: Live every day like you’re on vacation with the 4 Seasons Outdoor Valentine 2-Seater Sunbed from John Lewis. At the more expensive end of the spectrum, selling for £2,699, the bed is made up of seven large pillows, making it a luxurious addition to your garden décor.
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The smell of a lit barbecue immediately brings to mind summer trips to the beach with friends and family. With a new device, you can experience that feeling every day during the warmer months.
5* Rating BBQ: The American XXL charcoal grill has a rating of 5.0 on the Argos website. The sturdy charcoal grill is ideal for families and parties and retails at £200. Argos offers a range of BBQs here.
Cheaper options: Aldi is known for slashing prices on popular items and the supermarket’s BBQ range is doing so, with the two cheapest options costing £39.99: the Gardenline Barbeque Pizza Oven and the Ambiano Electric Grill.
A John Lewis bestseller: The John Lewis Grillstream 4-Burner Hybrid Gas and Charcoal Grill makes it easy to entertain multiple people outdoors. With the hybrid system, you can cook on just charcoal for authentic, classic, smoke-flavored grilling, or cook on gas for better temperature control and instant, more convenient cooking. This grill is selling online for £449.
When the sun is shining, the children like to go out and play in the garden. Below is a selection of garden games that will keep them busy for hours while you put your feet up and enjoy a nice cold drink and a good read… or join in the water fight!
To reach for the stars: The Stomp Rocket, available from John Lewis for £24, is perfect for siblings who love a friendly competition. The toy allows two children to compete with the two stomping plates and different colored rockets that fly up to 200 feet at the same time. John Lewis also has a range of other garden toys here.
What a shot: Perfect for football fans, the Chad Valley inflatable goal set allows kids and parents alike to practice their shooting skills. It’s available for £13. Argos offers a variety of outdoor games for kids, from the classic swing ball to a fun basketball fighting game.
Spritz-Spray: Be the talk of the streets with this inflatable water slide from Aldi, sold online for just £299.99. Aldi also offers fun scooters and skipping ropes to keep your kids active during the summer holidays.