Family festival: 10 outdoor picks for celebrating at home

Family festival: 10 outdoor picks for celebrating at home

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Do you love the idea of festivals, but find the crowds and lack of facilities a bit off-putting? If so, we think we may just have had a genius idea! How about holding your own festival at home – you can play the music you like, invite the people you like and there’s  always a bathroom not far away!

There are some really gorgeous accessories out there at the moment to help you do just that, so here’s to your own ‘domival’ (festival at home) – now excuse us while we go and put the pink fizz on ice……

1. 5m sandstone bell tent, Boutique Camping

5m sandstone bell tent, Boutique Camping

Clearly this is going to become an annual event, so prepare for the weather with this traditional-looking bell tent. It will sleep six adults comfortably, and features a heavy-duty zipped-in groundsheet that gives you the option to unzip and roll up the sides while you lounge, letting the air flow in and around you. You’ll also be kept cool and comfortable thanks to the four zipped windows and air vents at the top, while every one of these tents is made from 100% natural, a breathable canvas so you won’t be waking up in a sweat. Also ideal for keeping your food dry if it rains! £549, available from Boutique Camping.

2. Tropical Dream deckchair, Uma Prabhakar Gokhale

Tropical Dream deckchair, Uma Prabhakar Gokhale

When the sun sets, your guests will be fighting for this striking deckchair! It can be adjusted to three different heights, and the sling is heat set to prevent colour runs and fades, so it can be used outdoors in light rains. Prices start at £90, available from ArtWow.

3. William Kilburn enamel mug, Annabel James

William Kilburn enamel mug, Annabel James

Just because you’re eating and drinking outside, there’s no need to let standards slip! This elegant enamel mug featuring William Kilburn’s 18th century coral design will help set the party mood. £9.95, available from Annabel James. 

4. Grey ceramic lantern candle holder, Bloomingville

Grey ceramic lantern candle holder, Bloomingville

You can get cheaper lanterns, but we think this version made from glazed terracotta makes a nice statement. It’s solid and sturdy, and will help create the right atmosphere in your festival garden as the twilight falls. £45, available from Beaumonde.

5. Butterfly LED solar fairy lights, Lights4Fun

Butterfly LED solar fairy lights, Lights4Fun

Create a fairytale atmosphere with this string of 10 butterfly solar lights. Spread over 1.8m of green cable, they look right at home tucked into shrubs or wound around tree branches. Use the solar panel to select one of eight lighting effects (includes static and flash), depending on the mood you want. £9.99, available from Lights4Fun.

6. Cornbury rechargeable LED lantern, Garden Trading

Cornbury rechargeable LED lantern, Garden Trading

This energy efficient lantern is safe to leave in the tent overnight and is very lightweight and portable. It comes with a USB charging cable (plug not included) and takes 4-5 hours to reach full power. The battery life once fully charged is between 4 and 12 hours dependent on your chosen brightness and has a full lifespan of 35,000 hours. £40, available from Garden Trading. 

7. Two tier chandelier, Boutique Camping

Two tier chandelier, Boutique Camping

This two tier black iron chandelier has Iridescent glass tea light holders and would make a great centre piece for a table or tent. Use citronella candles to help keep bugs away! You can either stand it on a flat surface or hang it overhead. £59, available from Boutique Camping. 

8. Double cotton hammock with stand, Vivere

Double cotton hammock with stand, Vivere

We predict there’ll be a stampede for this hammock! Made from a durable, cotton fabric to ensure comfort and longevity, it comes with a sturdy, steel stand and carry bag, and is easily assembled without the need for tools. Was £139.99 now £1117.59, available from Houzz.

9. Stainless steel three burner gas barbecue, Charles Bentley

Stainless steel three burner gas barbecue, Charles Bentley

There’s no queuing up for food at ‘domival!’ Capture the atmosphere of alfresco dining with this premium gas barbecue with three burners. With a built in thermometer in the hood to monitor temperature, you can achieve perfect cooking results each and every time. There’s also a warming rack and side table for preparing food. £169.99, available from Houzz.

10. Raw steel firepit, Cox & Cox

Raw steel firepit, Cox & Cox

Perfect for making a statement in your outdoor space, this large bowl style firepit comes complete with an iron stand. Each piece has a raw iron finish that will start as a grey metal and will rust naturally over time to give a natural patina. £375, available from Cox & Cox.

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