Get your garden sorted for a sizzling Bank Holiday weekend

Britain is set to bask in sunshine this Bank Holiday weekend, with temperatures peaking at 25˚C. If you were anticipating downpours and are unprepared for the sunny weekend ahead, then it’s time to get your garden in shape. Whether you’re planning to sit back and relax or arrange a get-together with friends and family, here’s my round up of the top five products you need to make the most of the sunshine.

Bank Holiday sunshine is a rare thing indeed, so soak up every second by investing in a sun lounger. Rattan effect garden furniture will add a cool and contemporary vibe to any garden, whatever the size, and is a comfortable choice for sunbathing in the garden. Treat yourself to some ‘me’ time by investing in a pair of Charles Bentley and Son curved sun loungers, which benefit from a curved body and smooth finish for the ultimate in chill out time. Priced at 299.99.

Forget wasting time lighting a charcoal barbecue, gas ones are where it’s at. Add a stylish touch to your outdoor living space with this vibrant red three burner gas barbecue from With a large cooking area, with three quick light burners and an electronic ignition system, you can get set up and cooking quickly and easily. It is also easier to cook up a feast, as each burner benefits from an independent knob, ensuring you have complete control while cooking. Priced at £169.99.

Make your Bank Holiday a boozy one with a mason jar cocktail set from Drink Stuff. With an extra day to shake off a hangover, it’s the perfect opportunity to test out your mixing skills, while serving them with vintage style. Mojitos, daiquiris, long island ice tea… Whatever your poison, perfect the art of making your own with a three-piece Manhattan shaker, measurer, twisted mixing spoon, 100 recipe cocktail making book and four mason jar glasses.

Since sunshine has been so rare the last few weeks, we’ll all be wanting to stay out in the garden for longer. Outdoor lighting is a great way to keep the party going once the sun’s gone in, while also being an easy way to add a pretty feel to your outdoor space. These solar powered LED sun jars from Wayfair feature a light inside a frosted mason jar, which automatically switch on when it gets dark and will add a warming glow to your get-together (priced at £12.99). For a more dramatic evening look, both day and night, add these glass bulb and flower string lights from Not on the High Street to your outdoor space. Illuminated with warm white LED bulbs, each glass bulb is made from glass and features a delicate sprig of pretty pink dried flowers. They’re battery operated and waterproof, making them a simple accessory that will have a big impact. Priced at £30.

If you don’t quite believe the forecasts and want to be prepared whatever the weather, grab this striking parasol from Amara. The easy way to add a splash of colour to your garden, this parasol features a dramatic pattern, while also benefitting from a waterproof surface, so you can carry on with your barbecue plans, regardless of the weather. Priced at £58.


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