Parts of the country are expected to hit highs of 27C this week as dry air from the African continent blows north into parts of the UK. The heat wave will likely bring a period of thunderstorms and showers, but the warm weather will give us a taste of what’s to come, summer.
With summer on the horizon, longer days and lighter evenings, many Britons will be looking to revamp their gardens and spend more time outdoors. Below is a list of garden furniture, cooking appliances and toys like Argos, Aldi and john lewisand suitable for a range of budgets.
put your feet up
Whether you prefer to soak up some rays or retreat to the shade with a good book, there are products that are perfect for both.
The hanging egg chair: One of Aldi’s most popular parts, the Small Hanging Egg from garden lineis back in stock after sold out in just 45 minutes in February. This comfy rattan-effect hanging chair lets you swing your legs and get the most out of your home and garden and sells for £189.99.
The day sofa: Find peace in your own garden with the Argenta rattan effect day sofa from Argos. Featuring a large awning and polyester cushions, it’s the perfect place to hang out, read a book or enjoy the view with a nice cold drink. The sofa is available for buy online for £950.
The deckchair for two people: Live every day as if you were on vacation with the 4 Seasons Outdoor Valentine 2-seater lounger from john lewis. At the more expensive end of the spectrum, selling for £2,699, the bed has seven large cushions, making it a luxurious addition to your garden layout.
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The smell of a lit barbecue instantly 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 of the barbecue: the XXL American charcoal barbecue has a rating of 5.0 on the Argos site. The sturdy charcoal barbecue is ideal for families and parties and sells for £200. Argos offers a range of Barbecues available here.
Cheaper options: Aldi is well known for driving down the prices of popular items and the supermarket’s barbecue range does just that, with its two cheapest options at £39.99: the Gardenline BBQ Pizza Oven and the Ambiano electric grill.
A John Lewis bestseller: the Grillstream 4-Burner Hybrid Gas and Charcoal Grill of John Lewis facilitates the reception of several people outside. The hybrid system lets you cook on charcoal alone for an authentic, classic smoky-tasting barbecue or on gas for better temperature control and instant, more convenient cooking. This barbecue sells online for £449.
When the sun is shining, the children love 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 take part in the water fight!
Reach for the Stars: the pedal rocket, available from John Lewis for £24, is perfect for siblings who enjoy friendly competition. The toy lets two kids compete with the two floor mats and different colored rockets that soar up to 200 feet at the same time. John Lewis also offers a range of other garden toys, here.
What shot: Perfect for football fanatics, the Chad Valley Inflatable Goal Set allows kids and parents to practice their shooting skills, available to buy for £13. Argos has a host outdoor games for childrenfrom the classic swing to a fun basketball fighting game.
Splish Splash: Be the talk of the street with this inflatable water slide from Aldi, selling online only for £299.99. Aldi also offers fun scooters and jump ropes to keep your kids active during summer vacation.