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In the current phase of easing lockdown, people are allowed to socialise outdoors in groups of six, which means it’s the perfect time transform your outdoor space into the beer garden of your dreams. 

Summer is a-coming and this year everyone is bound to appreciate the long evenings and sunny weather even more because the closer we creep to June, the further down the roadmap for lockdown ending we will hopefully be. 

That’s right, if coronavirus cases stay under control, England should see a level of normality return by the 21 June, just in time for the warmest months of the year. 

Since the 29 March, up to six people or two households have been allowed to meet up outdoors and socialise. Groups that meet these requirements can spend time together either in public places or private gardens, which means this is the perfect time to overhaul your outdoor space and start planning your next al fresco gathering.

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So, why not make this your project for spring and whether you have a large garden or just a small patch to call your own, there are plenty of things you can do to make it a great place to socialise outdoors. 

Below we’ve suggested some key pieces of garden furniture or outdoor accessories to transform your space and give it that party feel.

  • Made Kugel garden coffee table

    Made coffee table
    Made garden coffee table

    Thought garden furniture had to be earthy-toned and adhere to an au naturale aesthetic? 

    This ombre blue beauty shows how stylish outdoor furnishings can be. It’s the perfect show-stopper for your next al fresco party.

    Shop Kugel garden coffee table at Made, £249

  • Beards and Daisies olive tree

    olive tree for garden
    Beards and Daisies olive tree

    Plants are the crucial finishing touch for any decor and this applies to outside, too. In the same way leafy friends can add colour and life to an indoor dining space, they also create an aesthetically pleasing feel for your garden. 

    Beards and Daisies have a gorgeous selection of outdoor plants but this olive tree is our favourite. Calming and chic, it would look great on decking next to some wicker seating.

    Shop olive tree at Beards and Daisies, £29.99

  • Garden bar

    garden bar with cocktails
    Best garden accessories for summer: outdoor bar

    Compact, foldable garden bars like this one can be attached to a fence, wall or shed to swing down and be opened up when you fancy making a day or night of it. 

    This pop-up bar is very sturdy, with a twin layer outer case design for added strength. It can also hold up to five glasses with a glass hanger and four shelving pockets.

    There is also a drop down table that has plenty of space when opened for nibbles and drinks. Plus, it can be folded away and clipped up easily.

    Shop The Little Lilly Garden Bar at Etsy, £189

  • Portable speaker

    Unicorn-coloured portable speaker
    Best outdoor accessories: portable speaker

    What does any beer garden need? Music, of course. Ensure that you have all of your favourite songs playing all evening long with a portable speaker that you can control with your phone and take outside to be near you.

    The Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears features an outdoor boost mode, is waterproof, dustproof and drop-proof, so it’s built for the outdoor life.

    You can connect wirelessly via Bluetooth and control it from up to 33 metres away, while the long-lasting rechargeable battery keeps the party going.

    Shop Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 bluetooth waterproof portable speaker at John Lewis, £69.99

  • Barrel chairs and table

    Barrel chairs and table
    Best outdoors furniture: barrel chairs

    If there’s any garden furniture that would look at home in a beer garden, it’s got to be this characterful set. 

    Chunky and rustic, these barrel chairs and table are handmade from solid oak and pine, and are long-lasting and durable for the outdoors. 

    Shop barrel chairs and table at Etsy, from £135

  • Festoon lights

    String of festoon lights outdoors
    Best outdoor accessories: festoon lights

    What would a beer garden be without a string of festoon lights shining in the moonlight?

    If you do nothing else on this list, treat yourself and your garden to some pretty hanging lights to create a welcoming, warming glow.

    Shop Lucas solar outdoor string lights frosted starter set at Heal’s, £41 (was £49)

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Megan Murray is a senior digital writer for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about homeware (particularly candles), travel, food trends, restaurants and all the wonderful things London has to offer.

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