Make Your Garden the Stadium of Dreams this Summer
June 15, 2021

It’s coming home! 


The arena, that is. 


If you don’t fancy going to the pub to watch the football, or you have too big a group for your Covid-secure local, bring the stadium to your garden instead and view the beautiful game in style. Follow our tips for the perfect al-fresco footy-viewing party!

The big screen

First things first. A projector like this Epson EF-12 EpiqVision Mini Projector  is the ideal piece of kit for transforming your garden into an arena. Simply connect it up and you're ready to watch the big game with sharp, high-quality images. This Philips NeoPix  Ultra 2 Home Projector is another great choice - it'll bring the games to life in full 4k quality. A top tip is to project onto a plain wall, or position an old white sheet on a wall or fence for optimum viewing.

If the sun gets in the way, then a cantilever parasol will provide some cover. The crank handle allows for easy up and down use, and the parasol can be moved around the garden to create quiet shaded areas to relax in after the football.

Fuel up for the game

A game of footy pairs perfectly with a barbecue, so why not upgrade your barbecue game? This two-in-one smoker and grill creates heavenly smoky flavours, whilst this Tower 2-in-1 Firepit and Barbecue converts from fire pit to an outside cooking area easily, which you can be sure your guests will want to gather around for cosying up in the evening, or cooking up a storm. If you aren’t known for your ability to get the coals glowing, then a gas barbecue will be your top choice. The Outback Omega 4-Burner is a popular option, whilst the Outback Meteor Hybrid 6-Burner Barbecue is the weapon of choice for barbecuing aficionados. And don’t forget, every good barbecue deserves the right tools. This Flamemaster 18 piece barbecue set features everything you need to grill, flip, baste and clean. Presented in a handy carry case, your guests will know you mean business when they see you take this out.

If your guests are a little clumsy, then you might want to invest in some picnicware that can withstand over-excited displays of celebration or commiseration. From bamboo bowls, to wooden cutlery, we’ve got you covered.

A refreshing drink for half time

Cheering on your favourite team (or boo-ing your least favourite!) can be thirsty work. But, let’s be honest, dragging your fridge onto the lawn really isn’t an option.  So fear not, because the Russell Hobbs 14-Litre Portable Cooler is here. Big enough to store 14 x 330ml cans, or two 1.5L bottles, this little cooler just needs an extension cable to keep it powered.

Make the most of evening matches

As the sun sinks beyond the horizon, make sure your garden space is ready for cooler temperatures. This stylish and generously sized La Hacienda Pittsburgh Industrial Heavy Duty Steel Fire Pit will provide your guests with a nice fire to warm cold bodies. Picnic blankets are perfect for keeping off the chill at night, whilst also adding more places to laze about on during the day. 

Solar lights are a great way of adding additional ambience come sundown. These Festoon Party Lights offer multi-coloured accents, or you might want to try these Vintage String Lights for a more subtle lighting scheme.

Playing by the rules

Current restrictions mean that we’re still having to limit gatherings to a set number but one positive is that you all get a comfy seat to watch the game from. We offer a selection of six- and eight-seater garden sofa sets, including the LG Oslo design, which features a table that can be easily switched between a dining table and a low-level coffee table,and the LG Stockholm Cushioned Modular Dining Set, which fits nicely into a corner and offers super-stylish relaxation.

Show the professionals how it’s done

If you’ve been known to offer players a little bit of…let’s call it ‘constructive criticism’, then why not use half time to show off your own footballing prowess? These flexible cones are perfect for practising your dribbling skills, whilst this Target Practice Frame will sort the professionals from the amateurs.