Sunshine and warm weather arrived just in time for the “stay at home” rule to be lifted – but the weather is set to take a colder turn this Bank Holiday weekend.
As of March 29 two households or up to six individuals can meet outdoors in private gardens or public places.
Families and friends reuniting with loved ones in Leicester were able to enjoy temperatures of up to 20C on the first day of rules easing.
But uncertain spring weather means the warm spell is not expected to last.
But temperatures According to the Met Office temperatures drop back down to less than 10C at the beginning of next week.
That is why heating expert Stelrad has shared some top tips for keeping cosy during your garden get-togethers.
Electric garden heaters
An electric patio heater is ideal for a direct, quick and efficient source of warmth.
Chris Harvey, a heating specialist from Stelrad, said: “If you’re looking for a reliable outdoor heating option then electric heaters are the preferred option.
“They’re more environmentally friendly than gas heaters as electric infrared models direct the heat towards the people rather than wastefully heating the air above.”
But with lots of people having the same idea, garden heaters are selling out fast.
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Fire Pits and Chimineas
If you would prefer something more rustic or perhaps something more Instagram friendly, you can opt for a chiminea or fire pit.
They make for a cosy centrepiece to sit around and an opportunity to enjoy toasted marshmallows with friends.
To make your fire as environmentally friendly as possible and avoid plumes of dirty smoke, make sure the wood or charcoal you use is sustainably sourced.
Warm weather brings the perfect opportunity for a barbecue and it is a great way to bring people together.
As well as having hot food to share, the additional heat will help to keep your guests warm and cosy.
Gazebos and windbreaks
Crosswinds can be the biggest issue for bringing the cold weather in, so before your garden party guests arrive, put up a windbreak around your seating area to keep the gathering comfortable and cosy.
If you are a keen camper you might already have one at home.
Gazebos can also help to contain warmth and are a great failsafe for unpredictable spring showers.
A warm brew is the quickest and easiest way to warm up your guests.
Whether it’s a coffee morning an afternoon tea or hot chocolate, a warm mug will go a long way in keeping your guests happy.
It might seem like a simple idea but extra layers will mean the evening chill will not drive your guests away.
Keep aside a few extra blankets for your guests and remind them to bring an extra jumper or two.
The rule-of-six includes children and social distancing rules still apply as the country eases out of lockdown.
The government is hoping to lift further restrictions on April 12 when shops, hairdressers and other businesses will be able to re-open.