There's plenty more left of this summer and there's something special about cooking and eating outdoors that gives us that feel good factor and brings people together.
Cooking outdoors can be simple and fun, especially when you have the right equipment and Cotswold Outdoor at Newnham Court Shopping Village has a superb range of camping stoves, grills, Trangia stoves and fire pits for you to choose from, along with gas canisters galore.
How about trying the Outwell and GoSystem stoves, designed from lightweight stainless steel with windshields and built-in ignition systems for easy use and auto shut-off for safety. Their lightweight carry cases make them easy to move around, pack them away and take them off on your next adventure.
Tea and coffee lovers can still enjoy a good brew made in the great outdoors, with a specialised lightweight kettle or tea pot, a traditional enamel kettle or a stylish espresso maker. You really are spoilt for choice and there's no need to accept less than the best cuppa!
For those heading off on family picnics to the beach or countryside, then Cotswold Outdoor also have plenty of cool bags and boxes too to keep your food and drink fresh and cool. Choose from a range of soft cooler carry bags, solid cool boxes, picnic rugs and even and for beach and event shelters in all shapes and sizes.
If you're planning more of an adventure, such as a camping trip, hiking adventure, water sports break or climbing holiday, the team at Cotswold Outdoor have all the advice you need to find the best equipment for you including sleeping bags, tents, swimwear, walking shoes and branded clothing to name just a few.
For those of you looking to indulge in more home-based cooking activity, Notcutts Garden Centre has a spectacular range of BBQs offering different levels of cooking technology.
Gas BBQs give you that extra degree of control to make cooking temperatures easier to achieve, but if you prefer the more traditional approach, there’s the charcoal BBQ for that flame-grilled taste you just can’t beat.
To take you into the Autumn and beyond, why not think about a fire pit? With a selection of fire pits from small and stylish to large and elaborate, they can be used for everything from toasting marshmallows to grilling burgers or as an atmospheric patio heating option to keep you warm through the summer evenings and into the cooler months.
It’s not too late to add herbs to your garden this summer and home grown flavour is always best!
Herbs not only taste great but they also attract insects and pollinators to your garden and add flowers and fragrance too.
To make it as easy as possible, Notcutts has a whole range of “Hairy Pot Herbs” to choose from - beautiful herbs in pots made from biodegradable coconut husks, with recyclable labels. A great eco-friendly option with no waste. Just plant and keep watered. The perfect way to involve the kids in your outdoor cooking pursuits.
Of course, outdoor cooking wouldn’t be the same without good quality meat, so make sure you pop into The Butcher of Brogdale before you leave. Renowned for traditional butchery, their meat is not only high in quality, but also excellent value for money, with a beautiful selection, including a whole range of homemade sausages in a variety of delicious flavours, succulent and tender British beef and orchard fed pork. They'll help you choose the best meats to make sure your BBQ is top notch.
If you're looking to upgrade your outdoor seating and dining furniture, Notcutts also has everything you need to make sure you and your guests are seated comfortably.
Full dining sets with plenty of seating for large groups of family and friends, bistro sets for intimate meals and cosy evenings as well as sofa sets to relax and unwind. The garden furniture sale is on now (selected lines only) so you could get yourself a summer bargain too.
Come along to Newnham Court Shopping Village and make your al fresco dining experience an unforgettable one this summer.