Host Your Own Garden Festival This Summer
Summer Festival Season is well and truly upon us and whilst most of us at Cuckooland are happy to hustle for a spot in front of the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury not all our customers will be as keen to brave the elements (in this case a crazy heatwave) and stand for hours in the blazing sun waiting for their favourite bands to begin. So, if rubbing shoulders with a few thousand sweaty and slightly inebriated humans in 40 degree C temperatures is really not your bag, never fear, we’ve got you covered with garden furniture and accessories collections that can transform your outside space into the perfect festival setting.
Yep, your garden will be known as ‘the place’ to gather whilst listening to those super cool summer songs that seem to lift everyone’s spirits (those kind too!). Plus, there’s no camping or queueing for the bar – simply select your favourite items from our top festival picks, shown below.
Add some comfy seating, set the mood with festival-ready lighting, project your favourite movie, celebrate music played on innovative speakers and party after the sun goes down with our heating solutions.
1. Create a Place where Everyone Gathers
Seating seven of your nearest and dearest, Maze Rattan has created the perfect place to gather and listen to music.
A contemporary corner sofa set with two reclining three-seater sofas, a corner piece and a square coffee table, this L-shaped seating is perfect for hosting a festival in your garden.
With a sturdy aluminium and rust-resistant frame that can be left outdoors twelve months of the year and deep-filled luxury showerproof cushions, you can expect to host many festivals using this seating.
2. Add Relaxed Seating
Mix the more formal seating of our first suggestion with a more Bohemian hammock, available in ‘Natural’ or ‘Bordeaux’ colourways from brand Amazonas.
Earning you some serious ‘cool points’ with guests, the Rio design is an ideal spot for festival-goers who want to recline in style. Each hammock has been crafted in Brazil using traditional techniques from soft (recycled) cotton and polyester. They’re super durable meaning you can use this macrame hammock year after year.
Wall or tree fixings are available to purchase separately, so you can ensure the lucky person using the hammock is safe and sound.
3. Who said Festivals can’t be Luxurious
Create the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a chilled drink with this rattan bar set with a built-in ice bucket.
This woven polyurethane rattan six-seater set has UV protection so it won’t fade in sunlight – and you’ll avoid the queues of a traditional festival whilst escaping the sun’s rays, seated under the parasol (available to purchase separately).
Expect to stay comfy for many hours when seated on the plump deluxe cushions which have been internally coated with a water-resistant liner so it’ll stay looking brand new for longer. Choose between two neutral colour options.
4. Invite Everyone to a Film Festival
Who said that festivals have to be just about the music?
Link up this small yet mighty projector to a streaming device once the sun goes down, for a garden party with a difference. It’s easy peasy to create a VIP cinema outside by projecting the image onto a wall or screen and being Philips, it’ll display an image up to 80 inches so everyone can enjoy the action.
With built-in stereo speakers and a LED light source complete with an impressive LCD display, plus digital focus adjustment, we’d recommend hooking this up to a power bank for movie-length screenings.
5. Provide a Space for Lounging on the Lawn
Guests can relax on the lawn during your garden festival when they have this Fab Hab chic outdoor rug to rest on.
Hold a picnic or provide somewhere comfy for younger attendees to ‘chillax’, with one or more of these reversible black and white patterned rugs. Plus, you can rest easy knowing it’s been made in India from recycled plastic bottles – helping to relieve plastic pollution.
Easy to store, simply roll it up either size when your event is over and wipe it clean should anyone spill their food or drink. It’ll stay looking stylish for longer as it’s resistant to mould, mildew and UV too.
6. Continue the Festival into the Evening
There’s no need to say goodbye to your guests once it turns dark!
Extreme Lounging’s (mains powered) festoon lights are both decorative and practical. They’re bound to add some personality to your garden as you can switch between four brightness settings – 100%, 75%, 50% and 25% warm – for bespoke lighting that’ll get the party started as soon as your guests spot them.
Each strand is 5m long with 10 sizable bulbs – but why stop there when you can connect three sets to create a 15m length? They’re easy to hang in trees, around decking posts and anywhere else given the additional clips included.
Fully waterproof, you can leave them and walk away after a long day listening to tunes.
7. Add Some More Lighting
Earn top marks for entertaining with this characterful lantern, ideal for outdoor events. Measuring 55cm tall, it’ll be a talking point amongst your guests. We also sell a smaller version (pictured on the left) which looks great ‘teamed up’ beside its ‘big brother’.
Have snacks on the decking or patio with this close by and watch it draw admiring glances thanks to its sculptural ‘look’. Just four hours of charging it (via USB) will give 22 hours of battery life – so you won’t need to cut the party short.
Weatherproof and UV resistant, they’re also adaptable so you can customise the brightness and tone of this fabulously funky lighting.
8. Throw an ‘After-Party’ Worth Attending
This premium two-in-one Heatsail patio heater and floor lamp is perfect when it’s time to unwind after your festival. Turn down the lights to a golden glow, but turn up the ‘comfort factor’ with the added health benefits of Far Infrared Rays (FIR).
These rays aid detoxifying and inflammation, stimulate increased circulation, boost immune function, and relieve pain – whilst the frame looks incredible given its ‘moody’ powder-coated galvanised steel. And if that’s not impressive enough, it uses five times less energy than classic gas-fuelled garden heaters and produces no emissions!
Combine with the optional Dome Bluetooth Speakers (not included) for an Ibiza-like lounge experience.