From afternoon teas and picnics to flower pressing and playing garden chess, here are some ideas on what to do with your friends and family outdoors.
Of course, each stage in the roadmap is dependent on the spread of coronavirus continuing to be manageable and no spike in cases, but right now, this is a great moment as families and friends can once again see each other.
So, what can you do while socialising outside? While it feels like a positive step to be able to see our loved ones again, it can be hard to continue thinking of new ways to make meeting up outdoors interesting, especially when a lot of places are still closed.
We’ve put our thinking caps on to come up with some ideas of fun outdoor activities which are perfect for chewing the fat with those we haven’t seen in a while. From bottomless brunches, picnics and afternoon tea, to ball games, outdoor chess and flower pressing, here are some of the best ways to socialise outdoors.
Enjoy a couple of easy-to-transport drinks outside
With spring officially upon us, there’s no better time to get outside and enjoy a couple of drinks (responsibly, of course) with friends.
Canned drinks, in a range of alcoholic spectrums, are a spiking trend right now and there are lots of creative options on the market. From damson and ginger gin with tonic to a peach cosmopolitan, you can get a cocktail bar-worthy tipple at your convenience.
Visit some of the UK's most beautiful parks
Look, we know you’ve been going for walks all lockdown, but have you been going for walks at the most beautiful parks in the UK? We thought not.
Thanks to some new research by Flowercard, iconic parks like St James’s Park in London and Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh have been crowned the most aesthetically pleasing in the UK. So, if you haven’t visited them all before now, this is some great inspiration for your next stroll.
Plan the perfect picnic
Create your own outdoor cinema
As it is now possible to meet outside in a private garden but outdoor cinemas aren’t yet open, why not try making one yourself?
All you’ll really need is a projector and somewhere to hang a white bedsheet which you can project on to (a garden fence or washing line would work).
Simply attach your projector to your phone, get Netflix and some snacks on the go, and up to six of you can enjoy a movie night in the garden.
Get your Queen's Gambit on
Hit Netflix show, The Queen’s Gambit, has inspired a love of chess in those of us are before watching the series had never even heard of a rook.
This giant garden chess set allows you to take on your mates in an outdoor, supersized fashion. It’s weather-proof and is made from PVC so that it’s easily wiped down and will last all summer long and beyond.
Serve your own bottomless brunch
If you’ve been missing bottomless brunch like nobody’s business then it could be time to host your own.
Head to a park with lots of space so that you can keep your distance from other groups and bring with you everything that you’d usually have when enjoying bottomless brunch in a restaurant.
We’d recommend coordinating your outdoors spot with a pizza place, so that you can pick up some food on the way. Plus, cut down on plastic use by wrapping a glass from home in bubble wrap and bringing it with you, or if you don’t want to use fancy glassware brands like French Connection have some sturdier options made from recycled glass.
Experiment with flower pressing
Flower pressing is a wonderfully whimsical way to spend a day and something which can be done totally outdoors with this travel flower press.
Head to a botanical garden or park and pick your desired flowers or leaves, pressing them in this bag-sized contraption.
You can even order this piece to be personalised with your name, for an extra sweet touch.
Go back to sports day
You won’t run out of ideas when equipped with this nifty set which is bursting with sports day-style games to play outside.
With this one set you can play 50 different traditional games, from egg and spoon and hopscotch, to three-legged races and stuck in the mud.
Indulge in a takeaway afternoon tea
Try your hand at croquet
Croquet has had a stylish update thanks to this Vera Neumann x Anthropologie collaboration which is perfect for enjoying outside with family or friends.
The set comes with four mallets, four balls, one stake, six wickets and one carrying bag, designed in a striking, aqua blue pattern.
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