Alice, Celebrations And Holidays, Outdoor Living

Bank holidays offer a great respite from the demands of work and school, and the long weekend allows the opportunity to visit family or take a trip somewhere. But if you’re stuck at home this year never fear, there are plenty of fun games you can play in the comfort of your own back garden. Here are some garden games for the bank holiday that you can play to make the most of the sunshine.

garden games for the bank holiday

Hide & Seek

Hide and seek is a simple fun game that you can play in the garden on a sunny afternoon without having to purchase any additional equipment. Typically, one person closes their eyes and counts to a specified number, and other players must hide and the other person must then try and find them. There is also a variation called “Kick The Can” where unfound players can kick a can placed in the middle of the garden to free captured players.

Blind Man’s Bluff

Originating from Tudor and Victorian England, Blind Man’s Bluff is a fun variation of “tag”. One player wears a blindfold and must try and tag the other players. If another player is tagged, they then become “it” and must try and tag the others. Make sure to play this game in a clear area free of obstructions and hazards to ensure safety.

Giant Chess

Think chess is a game reserved for rainy days indoors? Think again. Our Giant Garden Chess Set can take the game to a whole new level. Playing chess offers some surprising benefits, including improving problem-solving skills, focus, and memory, and even helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The giant chess pieces add a fun, dynamic element to the game, and you can enjoy the benefits while making the most of the sunny weather.

Rounders

A playground favourite, rounders is a game that provides fun for all the family. This simple game requires a bat, ball, and four bases, and team members take it in turns to hit the ball then aim to run around the four posts and score a “rounder” before the opposing retrieves the ball and throws it back to the bowler. It is a fantastic form of aerobic exercise and interval training, and can also help develop hand-eye coordination. The Muddy Puddle Traditional Wooden Rounders Set has everything you need to play the game in a handy string bag.

Swingball

Swingball is a simple yet fun activity that can provide hours of entertainment on a sunny day. The game consists of a portable pole where a ball attached to a string swings around, and players must bat the ball to keep it swinging in their direction until it reaches their end of the swinging track on the top of the pole. The Mookie All Surface Lite Swingball Set can be used on all surfaces. Just be careful of the swinging ball! 

Frisbee

An old-school classic, a frisbee can provide fun for all the family on summer days- including dogs! A highly versatile activity, you can play a simple throw and catch game, see who can throw the frisbee the furthest, play “piggy in the middle” or a whole host of team games. The Aerobie Pro Flying Ring by Smyth’s Toys is an aerodynamic design that was allegedly used to set the Guiness World Record for the farthest frisbee throw.

Parachute Games

A parachute can provide an afternoon of fun for all the family. People typically stand around the edges, holding onto the handles, but there are a whole host of games you can play, that can include ruffling the parachute, one person sitting in the middle, or creating a bubble of air that allows everyone to sit inside. These games encourage co-operative play while building upper body strength. The Newitts Play Parachute comes in various sizes and rainbow colours.

If you fancy a break from all the activity, check out our post on how to build an outdoor cinema in your garden.

What games are you playing in your garden this bank holiday? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

 

 

Alice, Celebrations And Holidays, Easter

With visits to relatives, fun farm days out, and cinema trips out of bounds, those of us with little ones are set for a tough time keeping them entertained this Easter. But never fear, there are plenty of fun and educational activities you can do within the comfort of your own home and back garden. With the right knowledge, you can avoid complaints of “I’m bored!” this holiday, instead using the free time to get back in touch with nature and try out some seriously cool activities. So check out our guide to what to do with the kids at home this Easter.

what to do with the kids at home this easter coronavirus

Easter Egg Hunt

What better way to celebrate Easter than with a classic Easter egg hunt. Hiding Easter eggs around your garden to find is a simple yet fun activity the whole family can enjoy. If you have limited garden space or simply fancy branching out, you can optimise your full living space and extend the hunt to your house too. For a twist on the classic tradition, you could also create a treasure hunt with clues leading to the next hiding place, with a pile of Easter eggs as the final prize.

Planting Flowers & Vegetables

April is a key month in the garden, and there are plenty of flowers and vegetables that can be sown. Make the most of the Easter break by getting the kids to help out with gardening. Growing plants is a highly rewarding activity, and it will give children the opportunity to appreciate where their food comes from. Flowers and vegetables you could grow this month include carrots, peas, broad beans, cauliflower, sweet corn, poppies, wildflowers, sunflowers, tomatoes, and pumpkins. Check out our collection of seeds and our guide to planting vegetables to get started!

Cooking

Cooking a meal or dessert together as a family is a great way of bonding, and equips your children with vital skills they will appreciate once they head off to university. So now the restaurants are closing, take the opportunity to create a delicious feast in the comfort of your own home. If you are not sure where to start, the BBC has a great collection of recipes for families and children. If the weather is sunny, you can also take the culinary activities outside. Our range of chimeneas make a great addition to your garden and function as a standard oven, and our pizza ovens allow you to get creative and create your own pizzas!

Read, Read, Read

Minimise screen time during the pandemic by getting your kids into fiction reading. Our modern society is so obsessed with our phones, iPads, and video games that reading is becoming a lost art. However, reading can improve concentration; teach children about the world around them; and develop their language skills, vocabulary, and imagination, so it is a great hobby to get your kids into. Not to mention it can be huge fun. So make sure to stock up on books during the isolation period and get your children reading again. Here’s the BookTrust’s list of the 100 best books for children to get started.

Easter Crafts

If you’re not sure what to do with the kids at home this Easter, arts and crafts are a fun and educational way to engage children in the comfort of your own home. The possibilities are limitless: you can draw and paint, knit scarves and jumpers, create cards, make leaf rubbings, create a collage, or get stuck into papier-mache. One Little Project has some fantastic Easter craft ideas.

Puppet Show

The theatres may be closing, but you can still make your own entertainment at home. Allow your kids to get creative and create a show all of their own. They can try adapting a popular story into play form, or get creative and start from scratch with their own storyline. There is a great selection of puppets and puppet theatres on Amazon, however you could also use existing toys and dolls, or get creative and craft your own: Crafts by Amanda has a great compilation of ideas. Once they’re all prepared and rehearsed, make an evening of it by dimming the lights and bringing out the popcorn for a performance in front of the family. Who needs the theatre anyway?

Family Magazine

Take a twist on the traditional Christmas round-robin and use your time off to create an Easter family magazine. There are tonnes of things you could include: from interviews with family members; to recipes and craft ideas; to creative writing; to fun puzzles, quizzes, and jokes. You could even get creative and include photography, drawings, and artwork. Make it into a project and assign roles such as editor and photographer. Once it is complete, print it out and send to relatives and family friends to spread joy this Easter.

What are you doing with the kids at home this Easter? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

 

Zoe

Care Home Garden

As many of you are already aware, Primrose has been running a national care home competition in which the lucky winner would receive £1000 towards their communal garden.  We have received near 100 entries from across the country from Glasgow all the way to Isle of Wight! There have been some incredibly moving nominations from those who work in care homes, those who have family in care homes and people who just simply want to support their local community.

A common pattern in all the entries was people recognising the amazing benefits of spending time outdoors, echoing the belief that the outdoors can relieve stress, stimulate the senses and promote calmness. One entry also said “the garden is important for the residents not only for them to enjoy being in an outdoor space that is safe and accessible but it’s also a great social space” which highlights the ways a garden can encourage residents to speak to one another and build lasting friendships.

Gardening From Wheelchair

Despite all the wonderful entries though, there could only be one winner…and we are thrilled to announce them as Abbeywood care home in Aldershot!

We were touched to see the heartfelt nomination written by their activities co-ordinator which talked about what difference this money could mean to them and how the garden was currently being used by the residents to connect with the community and spend time reflecting.

We learnt that Abbeywood would use the money to encourage local woodland wildlife so that the residents may enjoy watching the birds and other creatures in the garden, and also invest in some raised beds which would make gardening much easier for residents who have trouble bending down. We loved the idea of making the outdoor space a place for people to relax but also a place where residents may get involved with growing vegetables and gardening if they wish to.

There were also several other nominations for the same care home from families of residents which reflects the great care work they currently do. Well done Abbeywood – it’s so great to hear positive reviews!

Thank you to everybody who took the time to enter, we have really enjoyed the entries we’ve received and can’t wait to move forward with Abbeywood and their garden transformation.

Zoe at PrimroseZoë works in the Marketing team at Primrose, and is passionate about all things social media.

After travelling across Europe and Asia, Zoë is intrigued by different cultures and learning more about the world around her. If she’s not jet setting, Zoë loves nothing more than curling up with a good book and a large glass of red wine!

She is an amateur gardener but keen to learn more and get stuck in!

See all of Zoë’s posts.

Barbecues, Celebrations And Holidays, Decoration, Events, Garden Furniture, Outdoor Heating, Zoe

Garden Party

 

Summer has slowly approached us in the UK, and even with the interruptions of rainy showers, it’s not enough to dampen our spirit. We’re sure you have something to celebrate this summer, whether it be: a wedding or engagement, a birthday party, a new home, a new baby or simply because you want to have a party!

So why not take your party outside, we have thought of everything you will need to have a garden party no matter the weather.

Gazebo

A gazebo is an absolute must if you are planning a garden party this summer. A gazebo protects you from all of the unpredictable wind, rain or scorching sun. If you have little ones around it’s a great place to protect them from the harmful rays or equally you can run for shelter if the weather takes a turn for the worst.

If you are thinking of a garden party on a grander scale, it may be worth considering purchasing a marquee that can hold a lot more people than the standard gazebo. Many people consider renting marquees, but there are plenty of reasonably priced luxury options that will allow you to re-use it again and again!

For events such as weddings or large scale celebrations, marquees offer a place to put your dance floor or a place to seat your guests for a dinner.

 

Marquee

 

Outdoor Lighting

No doubt your garden party will last until the sun goes down, and when that happens you can illuminate your garden with an array of outdoor lighting. You can create a magical atmosphere with the addition of lights and be sure to wow your guests.

A popular option now for outdoor lighting is those that are solar powered. These lights will generate their power via the sun during the day, and have a pleasant glow when it gets dark. These are fantastic for saving money on your energy bills and are great for the environment. What’s not to love?

BBQ

Is there anything better than being in the sunshine with friends whilst smelling your lunch being grilled on the BBQ? We don’t think so.

Rather than buying disposable BBQs time and time again, why not spend the extra and buy a permanent one that will last you for many summers to come? Disposable BBQs can’t be recycled or composted so the investment is much better for the environment, and with the huge amount of styles now available, a stylish BBQ can be a great feature in your garden.

BBQ

 

 

Garden Furniture

Of course it’s important to consider where your guests will sit at the garden party! Depending on how formal your party is there are a variety of options you can consider from benches, dining sets and even bean bags to create the perfect place for everyone to sit back and relax.

You also might want to consider a quirky drinks cooler that will get your guests talking, our recycled steel cooler can be used as a outdoor ornament for the rest of the year.

Outdoor Heaters

 

Let’s not kid ourselves, if you’re having a garden party in Britain it will no doubt turn to the chilly side at some point. There’s no need to move the party inside though, if you have an outdoor heater to keep you warm you can still party through the night.

Nowadays you have the option of a gas or electric heater depending on what your requirements are. Both have their advantages; take a read of our breakdown of Gas vs Electric Powered Heaters to help you make your mind up what will be best for your need.

 

Outdoor Heater

 

We hope you have a great time at your garden party, send in your photographs of your Primrose products to photos@primrose.co.uk and you could win £5 worth of vouchers if they’re used!

Zoe at PrimroseZoë works in the Marketing team at Primrose, and is passionate about all things social media.

After travelling across Europe and Asia, Zoë is intrigued by different cultures and learning more about the world around her. If she’s not jet setting, Zoë loves nothing more than curling up with a good book and a large glass of red wine!

She is an amateur gardener but keen to learn more and get stuck in!

See all of Zoë’s posts.