Ideas for Spending Autumn Alfresco

Does the idea of outdoor dining in Autumn make you shiver?

Just because Summer is over for another year, doesn’t mean your garden should become neglected! The evenings might be getting longer and the temperature may be dropping, but with our selection of Autumn/Winter garden essentials, you’ll be none-the-wiser!

Continue using your outside space all year round, regardless of the season. Wine and dine undercover, enjoy authentic outdoor cooking, and entertain outside – even in the wind and rain!

Still shuddering at the thought? Read on to see how we’d do it!

Deluxe Summerhouse Garden Pod copy
Deluxe Summerhouse Garden Pod
Image source: @marlenelento

1. Avoid Unpredictable Weather with Garden Pods

Small Oval House Garden Pod

Autumn is the season of wishy-washy weather forecasts! When planning an outdoor dinner party in this characteristically cold and inclement climate, the only way to do it is with a garden pod!

The Small Oval House Garden Pod is like a home from home… but better! With a built-in heater, set the perfect temperature for you and up to 8 guests to wine and dine, away from the elements.

Sitting comfortably around the adjustable oval table; dine al fresco with 360º panoramic views and watch the sunset while you tuck in. Installed with integrated LED ceiling lights, even once the autumn sun has disappeared, continue using your extended space late into the night. Or for something a little more intimate, plug your choice of lamp into the electrical socket instead.

And when you’re not regaling, the Small Oval House Garden Pod doubles up as a home office, a reading nook and a quiet getaway from the hustle and bustle of the house!

2. Stargaze at Supper with an Outdoor Shelter

HypeDome Dining Garden Pod
HypeDome Garden Pod

Made up of over 100 clear hexagonal panels, there’s no better place than the HypeDome Garden Pod – to sit, relax and stargaze at supper time! It’ll look like you’re outside, but you’ll have all the protection and comforts of the clear igloo cover. 

Accommodating an 8-seater dining set, snuggle up under the spherical outdoor pod with twinkling lights, heating and blankets to really set the scene inside. 

The cleverly engineered, overlapping design and recyclable polycarbonate panels are completely resistant to rainfall and strong winds; being 200 times stronger than glass, if rain clouds start to gather and stargazing gets interrupted, you can still stay put! 

Not just a stylish stargazing snug; use yours as a hot tub cover, a yoga and meditation space, an outdoor gym or even a greenhouse! 

3. Get Cosy with Double Glazed Garden Retreats

Forest Garden Mendip Double Glazed 5m x 4m Log Cabin
Forest Garden Mendip Log Cabin Interior

Utilising 188 square feet of space in the garden, the traditional Forest Garden Mendip Double Glazed 5m x 4m Log Cabin feels like you’ve been transported to your favourite ski resort! Inspired by dreamy winter destinations, style with Scandi dining furniture, sheepskin throws, blankets… and don’t forget the portable heater!

Built with 45mm thick interlocking logs with tongue and groove flooring, you’ll be cosied up inside, enjoying the pitter-patter of rain on the pent style roof while you share mulled wine and fondu with friends! Keeping the heat in and the cold out, the double-glazed windows ensure you’re not wasting energy while you’re in there.

Offering rustic charm and plenty of extra space, the Forest Garden Retreat is the best place to be this Autumn/Winter!

4. Outdoor Heaters with Health Benefits

Heatsail Dome Freestanding Electric Patio Heater Floor Lamp in Black with +25 HEAT

Did you invest in a gorgeous outdoor furniture set this Summer… to quickly realise you’ve only used it a handful of times because of the weather?! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy your outside space with the Heatsail Dome Freestanding Electric Patio Heater Floor Lamp!

This ultra-stylish outdoor light and heater combo defies the cold and the dark of Autumn! Position over or next to garden furniture and outdoor dining sets to enjoy the heat and warming light, radiating up to 5 metres.

As you’re basking in the Heatsail’s beam, your body will be benefitting too! The Heatsail also emits FIR (Far Infrared Rays) – an invisible spectrum that your body welcomes. FIR has been proven to jog our body’s natural repair response to increase circulation, cell regeneration, boost immune function, provide pain relief, and promote relaxation – just to name a few of the benefits! So, not only will you be making good use of your outdoor dining set, you’ll also be getting a little pick-me-up this Autumn/Winter!

5. Pizza Ovens You ‘Knead’ this Autumn

Ooni Karu 16 Multi Fuel Outdoor Pizza Oven

We can’t think of a better way to spend Autumn, than feasting on tasty cheese covered slices of homemade heaven! The source of this deliciousness – the Ooni Karu 16 Multi Fuel Outdoor Pizza Oven of course!

Offering up multiple methods of cooking – choose from wood, charcoal or gas for added flexibility and unlimited flavour combinations. If you’re short on time, gas speeds things up, but you can’t beat the smoky and aromatic flavours of wood and charcoal. But why choose when you can experience them all with the Ooni Karu 16!

Once hot, hot, hot – colossal 16 inch crispy pizzas take a mere 60 seconds to cook! If you’ve got a lot of hungry mouths to feed, friends and family won’t have to wait long to experience the joys of the Ooni Karu 16 for themselves!

Experiment with the flavours of Autumn and try our most-loved recipes – pumpkin, feta and caramelised onion or roasted butternut squash, ricotta and spinach… we’ll stop teasing you now, you’ll have to find your own favourites!

6. Pretend it’s Summer with a Party Pergola!

Maze Rattan 3 x 4m Pergola with Roof and LED Lighting
Maze Rattan 3 x 4m Pergola with Colour Changing LED Lighting

If Autumn’s not put you off and you’re still hosting garden get-togethers with family and friends, this party pergola will get your guests RSVPing faster than you can say Maze Rattan 3 x 4m Pergola with Roof and LED Lighting… you better get the snacks and drinks ready!

Inbuilt around the adjustable roof, the colour-changing LED light strips will get the celebrations started! Using the remote control, adjust the brightness and choose from white or multi-coloured lights.

Hosting bonfire night? Change the lights to enhance your firework display! And if the heavens decide to open at that pinnacle moment… at least your loved ones will be dry underneath the tilted roof louvres and textilene drop sides.

7. Fire Up the Fire Pit

Cook King Kongo Deep Fire Bowl
Cook King Fire Pit with Grill Plate Accessory

A fire pit in Autumn – is there anything more relaxing and homely? How about a fire pit that also cooks up teppanyaki style dishes while you’re enjoying the flames? Now you’re cooking… literally!

Add the grill plate and grill accessory to the deep bowl and concave design and you’ll be tucking into sizzling dishes snuggled up infront of your outdoor fireplace. And when you’re finished, you might have just enough room for a marshmallow or two!

Completely portable, set up the crafted crude steel fire bowl in the garden, surrounded by outdoor seating, blankets and cushions and you’ve got the perfect setting for ghost stories this October 31st!

8. Chimineas That’ll Leave You Wanting S’more!

Garden Trading Sarsden Fire Pit Chiminea

Autumn al fresco feasts wouldn’t be complete without pudding! And what’s the best outdoor dessert… well that’s certainly got to be S’mores! Picture this… the powder coated steel Garden Trading Sarsden Fire Pit Chiminea is crackling away on the patio, you and your nearest and dearest are all gathered round the fire keeping cosy and warm, and then you break out the marshmallows, biccies and chocolate… The kids won’t be able to contain themselves… the adults probably won’t either! There’s no better way to savour the season than with a Sarsden Chiminea!

Aut-yum yum yum!

Don’t abandon your garden this Autumn! Our selection makes al fresco feasts fall-proof! From shelters to heat lamps, you can stay outside 24/7/365 if you decide so! We know we’ve given you a lot to digest here, so if you’d like to know more, call us on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or email


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

Leave a Reply