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Holiday Plans On Hold? Create Your Own Garden Getaway!

Published 1st July 2021
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By all accounts, this summer is set to be a special one; the sun’s shining, even warmer weather is coming, and with the help of OnBuy, you can make it memorable with a unique garden getaway! We know you were expecting to get on a plane and fly away to a small slice of paradise this summer, but while you wait for your dream destination to go on the green list, why don’t you create your own special staycation at home?

Imagine blissfully swaying in a hammock under a garden parasol: it’s a balmy 28 degrees and the sun is beaming down, you clink cocktail glasses with your mates while the sausages sizzle away on your new gas BBQ. Perhaps you’re a bookworm and you’re losing yourself in the pages of a new bestseller in the sun before taking a splash in your inflatable hot tub, or you're hosting your own activity camp with all kinds of outdoor games and activities for the kids. Whatever your idea of what a glorious summer’s day looks like, with this handy guide and the help of OnBuy, you can recreate it in your own garden for a smashing summer break!

Even if you want a mini vacation with the kids, there’s nothing stopping you erecting a garden teepee or tent and sharing scary stories around the fit pit - at least when you’re camping in your garden, there’s functioning facilities on hand! So, with that in mind, let's take a look at some of OnBuy's inspirational ideas for a fantastic staycation!

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain…

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Hopefully, there won’t be much rain... although nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the fickle British weather! While we can’t promise there will be sunshine, we can certainly help you out with the cocktails! After all, that’s the most important part… right?

When was the last time you kicked back on a sun lounger, ice-cold drink in hand? Okay, so you won’t have a barman keeping you topped up all day long when you holiday at home, but you can still enjoy that oh-so sweet taste of your favourite tipples with our range of drinks and cocktail recipe books! Why not go the whole hog and bring the bar to your backyard? With the right barware and our beer garden blog to hand, it won’t be long before you’re enjoying all the joys of a tropical tiki bar from the privacy of your own garden! You could even slip into your swimming shorts or bikini and pop on a sun hat and sunglasses to make it feel like a true holiday - just make sure you don’t forget the sunscreen!

Of course, you can’t forget the outdoor furniture; if you want to recreate that classic bar aesthetic, we can help you out with bar stools, hanging lights, and pyramid patio heaters for your decking. Alternatively, you could recreate a more ‘Mediterranean beach’ vibe for your garden with rattan garden furniture sets and fire pits. A garden umbrella would also be a good idea for when the sun gets just a little too intense - after all, there’s nothing worse than going for a golden tan and ending up with a lobster-red sunburn that you have to douse in litres of after sun! That umbrella can also come in handy if we see some - but hopefully not too many - summer rain showers.

Make a splash with back garden pools

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We won’t be able to replicate the hotel pool, but there’s still plenty of fun that can be had with our range of paddling pools - and the kids will be especially happy to get the water fight going with our fun accessories! You can help them recreate your cherished childhood memories of taking on siblings with water pistols before splashing about in the paddling pool to cool off; we've got a diverse range of inflatable pools for them to dip their toes in. Even better for them, paddling pools have gotten better since your childhood, with some boasting built-in or attachable slides.

When the sun goes down and the kids have gone to bed, you can then sit back and relax in a blow-up hot tub. Set the tone with some warm patio lights, pour yourself a cheeky glass of wine, and turn the jets on to knead out those stressful knots after a long day of parenting. If you’re short on garden space, these are a great option as they don’t take up huge amounts of room; when the winter comes and they’re getting little-to-no use, you can deflate them and store them away. Then, when the warmer weather returns, you can blow them up again with a good air pump!

Turn your garden getaway into a great big get-together

family garden party

A big benefit of staying local is that if you want to enjoy your downtime with friends and family, you won’t have to break your bank balance! Putting together the cost of ordering everything you need from OnBuy, you’re still going to be making a saving on that blowout summer holiday abroad, so why not get everyone together and turn it into a big summer garden party? If you’ve been missing festivals, you could host your own garden Glastonbury. The only extra item you’ll need is a decent set of speakers and you could have all your favourite artists and bands headlining - Granny could even make a guest appearance on the karaoke machine!

You could turn up the fun with some outdoor games that everyone can get involved in. Simple options include classic ball games, inflatable gladiator sets. If you haven’t got kids or want something entertaining for after they’ve gone to bed, you could try out some of our adult party games that are always guaranteed to end up in raucous laughter.

Get creative with your camping

tent in campsight at night

If you reminisce about the good old days spent holidaying in a tent, connecting with nature and creating memories, but don’t want to walk half a mile to the dingy shower block, why not curate your own camping holiday in the back garden? It has the added benefit of clean, fully functioning facilities, plus an easy escape if the sunshine fails to make an appearance.

There’s no lugging suitcases across a muddy field or trying to stifle a string of expletives when you realise you remembered every sleeping bag except your own - just jump indoors and grab what you need when you need it! So why not mix it up a little? PJs all day, kids only in the garden teepee, reclining sun loungers to lay back in and enjoy the stars, full dining furniture and kitchen utensils to delight your family with feasts fit for a king or queen - you name it, you can do it! You could even bring out your most comfortable pillows and duvets as you toast marshmallows around a fire pit. You can almost taste the ooey, gooey deliciousness now!

Time to set up your small slice of staycation paradise

people dancing

So now you’re over your summer holiday setback and ready to enjoy an excellent staycation, it’s time to pack your suitcase, tick off the essentials checklist, and hit the road… oh wait, forget that! Just click through our helpful links, load up your online basket, and get ready to relax as we deliver your garden getaway goodies!

If you're still not sure whether the British summer is going to deliver when it comes to the weather (let’s be honest, who is?), we’ve put together a handy guide with everything you need to know about outdoor heating to stoke the party atmosphere and keep everyone cosy well into the night. If you want to take a day trip to the beach during your break, we’ve also researched the top games for a sensational time on the sand, and some ideas for heavenly homemade ice lollies

So, what are you waiting for? Time to take a look at our online shelves and get set for a summer to remember!

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