With the days heating up, most of us are looking to spend more time outside and making the most of our own outdoor spaces. Whether your own space is big or small, there are many different ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer, but here are a few suggestions.
Lockdown has made many Brits consider growing their own food, and not only is it more sustainable, it’s also a great outdoor activity for everyone. There are so many fruits and vegetables that can be grown at home, but you can also consider growing herbs that can be used in your cooking all year round.
Everyone loves a BBQ when summer comes around, and having an outdoor cooking space can make heatwave dinners a breeze. There’s a lot of BBQ options out there for any budget, whether you want to use gas, charcoal, or even wow your guests with your cooking skills on a wood burning BBQ – it’s definitely an idea to sink your teeth into.
If you are considering a BBQ – or if cooking isn’t really your thing – another great option for your outdoor space is installing a bar. Enjoy a drink in the sun with family and friends, no matter how much space you have, as whether you revamp an old shed, build a new bar, or even just invest in a moveable cocktail table, a bar could be an excellent addition to any space.
When the day is at its hottest, it’s a good idea to have an area of shade outdoors to prevent sun damage and dehydration. Whether you want to go big with a covered pergola or small with a simple patio umbrella, shade is important to allow your skin to recover from sun exposure and keep sunstroke at bay.
Daylight might last longer in the summer, but it’s still an idea to invest in some outdoor lighting, as the sun going down shouldn’t have to mean going back inside. Putting up some solar lamps and fairy lights can make your outdoor space look magical all year round, but in particular allow you to enjoy cool summer nights outside.
Summer can be a difficult time to keep children occupied at home, but getting them involved with your home’s outdoor space can definitely get them outside and not stuck to screens. Decorate your space with hand-painted plant pots, insect houses, bird feeders and more with simple household items to brighten up your space and keep the kids busy during the holidays.
Whether you’re spending time with family or friends, games are always a fun way to enjoy the summer sun. Outdoor Jenga, skittles, and ball games are all classic games, but there are lots of other, more modern games on the market if you’re looking for something a bit different.
Finally, the one thing everyone wants more of in the hot weather – water. If you have children, nothing says fun in the sun like a water fight and if you combine that with a pool, you have the makings of hours of fun and a way to keep everyone cool when temperatures climb.