Put a spring in your step (and garden) at Victoria Centre Article
With spring well and truly here, now is the time to start making the most of your outdoor space. After all, with the fickle nature of the British weather, every moment in the sun should be cherished.
Whether your garden is a functional space for you to relax in the sun, an outdoor kitchen or a place for you to cultivate your horticultural skills, the shops at Victoria Centre have something for every green space.
Here are our top picks of the best outdoor products to refresh your outdoor space, available in our stores.
Of course, as the weather gets warmer, no young family’s garden is complete without a paddling pool. The Bestway Animal Fill ‘N Fun Pool (£15), available in multiple colourful designs, should fit the bill and keep children entertained for hours.
Outdoor toys like the Dolu ride-on pedal tractor (£69.99) with trailer and scoop will get the imagination going for kids on their adventures. But, if tractors aren’t their thing, there are endless possibilities for fun with the Dolu colourful table and two chairs (£24.99) — be it puzzles, crafts or imaginative play.
Can’t find what you’re looking for while in-store? The team at The Entertainer will be more than happy to order any items not already in stock, allowing you to take a close look and make sure you’re happy before taking your new purchases home.
For more outdoor fun for all the family, visit The Entertainer in-store on the upper mall.
John Lewis & Partners
For those of you who want to use your garden for entertaining friends and family, food is an essential part of the ritual. The Ooni Karu 12 Dual Fuel Outdoor Portable Pizza Oven is the ideal alternative to a barbecue and cooks fresh homemade pizzas in just 60 seconds. Both this and its Ooni Koda 12 gas-fired sibling are priced at £299.
For somewhere to sit and eat, or to just relax with a good book, the John Lewis folding garden bistro table and chairs set (£99) is a must. Made of eucalyptus wood, it’s sturdy and light, while its folding design makes it convenient if you have limited storage space.
When the sun goes down, enjoy the twilight in warmth by sitting around a La Hacienda Yatesbury Steel Bowl Firepit (£89). Get those marshmallows ready for toasting.
For more outdoor entertaining must haves, visit John Lewis & Partners in-store.
House of Fraser
For a larger space to sit, the Culcita seven-piece rattan sofa set (£599.99) makes for an ideal place to relax or entertain more people in comfort.
Meanwhile, the unpredictability of the British weather — particularly in the spring — means that some sort of cover is a must for any garden. This Culcita barbecue shelter (£126) is essential for saving your alfresco meals from being ruined.
For more garden furniture favourites, visit House of Fraser in-store.
With all this fine weather, time to spring into action to prepare the garden for upcoming alfresco gatherings. To make it as welcoming as possible, whether you have green space or more of a paved yard, these sleek, glazed ceramic flowerpots are available in four different colours (£8.08).
If you’re new to getting your hands dirty, you’ll need some basics — such as this trowel (£3.90) and these gardening gloves (£1.74).
For more green-fingered inspiration, visit Søstrene Grene in-store on the upper mall.
For playing with your four-legged friends, the Dog Ball Launcher (£16) turns a game of fetch into a point-and-shoot event, testing your pooch and providing endless entertainment.
To make sure you have enough room in your home or garage to store everything, free up space by using the Garden Tool Tidy (£20).
Remember, even if you’re planning on going away as the weather gets warmer, your garden still needs preparing. Potted plants need watering and, instead of relying on neighbours or family to visit, why not use a Plant Life Support bag instead? Modelled on a medical drip and priced at £13, the reusable tool will keep your plants healthy until you return.
For more quirky and fun garden ideas, visit Menkind in-store on the upper mall.
Ready to embrace the sun? Take a good look around the stores at Victoria Centre for more ideas about how to prepare your garden this Spring, and how you can make the most of whatever outdoor space you have.
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