How to have the Perfect Summer Staycation

Not sure about booking a holiday abroad? Festival tickets cancelled again?

With plans still up in the air, nearly 50% of Brits are considering a staycation this year. And with record-breaking sales of outdoor furniture, it looks like many of us are planning to enjoy summer from the comfort of home.

Now hotter weather is (hopefully) around the corner, you could be thinking about a summer staycation of your own. And with these fun and weatherproof tips, staying home has never felt so exciting…


Stay toasty warm with a fire pit

You can’t count on the weather to be warm every day in the summer – especially in the UK. And once the sun sets, it might be a little too chilly to stay outdoors.

But with a garden fire pit, your staycation fun won’t need to end as soon as the temperature drops – you can stay toasty all night long.

Take a look at our range of outdoor furniture with fire pits to see how you can keep cosy and warm throughout the summer and beyond. With soft cushioned seats and long-lasting flames, you’ll only want to head indoors to top up that drink…

Maze Rattan Oxford Royal U-Shaped Sofa Set
Maze Rattan Oxford Fire Pit

Or, if you prefer a traditional log fire, look no further than a fire bowl. Invite your nearest and dearest round, throw some wood on the fire, and enjoy the crackling flames as you catch up.

For a real campfire experience, toast some marshmallows and have a good old sing-along. Who needs Glastonbury festival anyway?!

Cook King Kongo Deep Fire Bowl

Keep dry with a garden pod

British weather likes to keep us on our toes. So if you’re planning a summer staycation this year, it’s good to prepare for every climate… so you can always relax in your garden, no matter what the forecast has in store.

A garden pod is the ideal solution to stay dry throughout your staycation. Whether you’re catching up with pals or relaxing with a good book, a pod protects you from the elements whilst you enjoy your garden surroundings.

Dot some fairy lights and throws around your pod and you’ll create a super cosy haven to unwind.

HypeDome Garden Pod
Outdoor Dome Pod

Enjoy a garden pizza party

No staycation is complete without a tasty spot of al fresco dining. If you’re a little bored of the same old barbecued hot dogs and burgers, a woodfired pizza is an incredibly tasty and super simple alternative.

Instead of manning the grill for hours, you can make a perfect pizza in a matter of seconds. This portable Ooni woodfired pizza oven (below) hits 500 degrees in just 15 minutes, and cooks your pizza in 60 seconds. Simply throw your favourite toppings on your pizza base, and you’ll be good to go.

Ooni Koda 16 Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven

Make space for loved ones

Life’s better with loved ones – and after over a year of social distancing, this summer is all about catching up and enjoying each other’s company again.

To enjoy your staycation with the people who matter most, make sure you have spacious and comfortable seating to accommodate everyone. Maze Rattan has heaps of outdoor seating options that tick every box – so whether you’re after a coffee table or a dining set, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

The Maze Rattan Chelsea Lifestyle Suite with Glass Table (below) is the perfect versatile option for your summer staycation. With three options, you can sprawl on the daybed, sit on the sofa, or dine with guests around the dining table. So no matter how you’re planning to spend your staycation, this multitasking suite has you covered.

Maze Rattan Chelsea Lifestyle Suite with Glass Table

Soak up the sun on a lounger

Time booked off work? Tick. Warm weather? Tick. Cocktail? Tick…

To really complete the ‘holiday’ experience at home, lay back on a cosy sun lounger by TRIMM Copenhagen (below) and soak up the rays.

TRIMM Copenhagen Outdoor Half Moon Sunbed

The ultra-comfortable Maze Rattan lounger (below) is another perfect sun lounger to enjoy your staycation at home. With a reclining back and soft cushioned material, you’ll be snoozing in the sun in no time. And when you’re catching the rays from the comfort of your own home, you won’t need to bagsy your lounger from other holiday-makers at ridiculous o’clock!

Maze Rattan Allure Sun Lounger

Bask under an outdoor heater

With an outdoor heater, you won’t need to cancel your plans if the sun’s not shining. So on days when the weather isn’t on your side, you can still invite guests around on cool evenings and bask under the warm rays.

This stylish freestanding heater from Heatsail (below) is the easy way to keep warm on your staycation. With a handy remote control to adjust the heat or light settings, and the option to add a bluetooth speaker, you can just sit back, unwind, and enjoy the heat.

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

Pop it over your patio furniture and your friends will be queuing up for drinks round your place…

Maze Rattan 6 Seat Bar Set with Ice Bucket

Snooze in a hammock or bean bag

Out of office is on, and you’re ready to unwind in your garden. When it’s time to enjoy your summer staycation, you’ll want to really kick back and relax.

Here’s a few of my favourite cosy options to make the most out of your garden:

The hammock…

Tiipii Hammock Bed in Natural White

If you’re not jetting away this year, bring a slice of luxury to you with the Tiipii Hammock Bed. Made with strong weather-resistant materials, you can leave this hammock outside all year round.

When the sun’s shining and you’ve clocked out of work, you can simply swing away and allow your troubles to disappear.

The hanging chair…

Globo Royal Garden Hanging Chair & Stand in Weatherproof Taupe

Extremely comfortable and weather-resistant, this hanging chair is a staycation essential. With heaps of space to stretch out or curl up, you can relax on this chair for hours on end. Perfect for taking some much-needed time off work!

The bean bags…

Extreme Lounging Pastel B Bed Outdoor Bean Bag
Bazaar Bag Indoor & Outdoor Giant Bean Bag

Extreme Lounging and Beanbag Bazaar are the masters of outdoor beanbags. Built with sturdy yet comfortable material, it’s a perfect staycation option to sit back and enjoy your garden.

And when the rain pours (as it inevitably will!), you won’t need to worry about stashing these bean bags inside. They’re built with rainproof and UV-resistant fabric to last all year round.

Enjoy your staycation in style with Cuckooland

Staying at home this summer? Make sure your staycation is just as fun as any trip away with our range of al fresco dining and heating options, outdoor furniture, and garden pods.

Got a question you’d like to ask us? No worries – you can call on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or send us an email.


With more than 8 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.

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