Covid-19 may have cancelled summer 2020 but it hasn’t stopped families from enjoying themselves at home. Public holidays, concerts and festivals can’t go ahead this year, but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the highly anticipated summer celebrations. If you’re craving the euphoria of a British festival and are eager to indulge in good music, warm weather, endless drinks and laughs with friends, then why not emulate that exciting festival vibe in your back garden? Below, we’ve created a guide on how to design a home-made festival aesthetic during lockdown in the hopes of relieving some of your festival FOMO. We’ve also included tips on how to bring your outdoor space to life on a budget, allowing you to make the most of the British Summertime at home.
Step 1: Decorations & Lighting
British festivals wouldn’t be the same without their bohemian aesthetic. Therefore, it’s crucial that you get your outdoor decor just right to really recreate that free spirited atmosphere that us Brits love from our festivals. Bust out the Christmas fairy lights and hang them along fences for a twinkling evening glow. You can even cut bunting out of old summer dresses and tea towels to really capture the British festival feel. Ball lights into mason jars and space them along tables and bring as many beanbags, cushions and blankets outside to make a comfortable seating area on the grass. Alternatively, if you have the time or the money, you can even invest in hay bales to construct a truly authentic festival seating area. You can also purchase retro globe lights, paper lanterns, tassels, streamers and balloons as well as boho inspired cushions and teepees.
Below you can find affordable products if you’re looking to buy new items for your garden festival as well as inspiration if you’re looking to create similar decor using products that you already have at home. Remember, getting crafty with old bed sheets and jam jars to create bunting and cool light fittings can look just as impressive as brand new purchases, and creating them can be much more fun and rewarding, especially when the whole family gets involved.
Recreate this summery vibe with a voucher code from Lights4fun. Delivery is free on orders over £40 and if you sign up to the newsletter you can save 10% off your next order.
- 200 warm white LED lights that can be hung as a 20m canopy above your whole garden, or wrapped around plants and trees – £48.00 from Lights4fun
- 3 cloud solar lanterns – £29.99 from Lights4fun
- Garden lanterns – £12.99 from Lights4fun
Step 2: Music
Of course, for your festival to be successful, you need music. Create your own free playlists using YouTube or your favourite music streaming app, or check out the pre-made summer festival playlists available on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music. Listen to hours of DJ sets, classics from musical icons and feel good summer anthems using speakers or sound systems that you can connect to your home wifi or bluetooth. Bring your Alexa to the back door or invest in an outdoor speaker that can be used for garden parties all year round.
It’s also worth keeping an eye out for virtual music events that are being organised this summer. Glastonbury has already announced that it’s working on a ‘GlastHOMEbury’ that festival goers can enjoy from home, so make sure you stay in the know so that you can organise your garden festival around that. Isle of Wight Festival is also creating a Greatest Hits Show, that viewers can enjoy at home, using old sets from huge names like Coldplay, Jay-Z, Groove Armada, Iggy Pop and Amy Winehouse. Stream these shows online using your laptop or phone and connect to a portable speaker to listen in the garden, or if you’re looking to go all out you can even invest in an outdoor projector to watch your favourite sets outside.
Listen to music from your favourite artists and watch some of the most iconic festival sets of all time from the comfort of your back garden using tech from AO.com. Use an AO.com discount code from us to save money on everything from speakers to outdoor projectors and enjoy free delivery and time slots for NHS workers.
- Amazon Echo Speaker with Alexa – £50.00 from AO.com
- Sony wireless portable speaker – £40.00 from AO.com
- The Epson office projector- featured on the ‘best budget outdoor projectors in the UK’ list- available to buy now and pay in 6 months – £300 from AO.com
Step 3: Food & Drink
One of the best things about a festival is the diverse selection of food and drink. And with a festival at home, it’s even better because the food is free, you can eat as much of it as you want and you don’t have to worry about those horrendous queues. Make your food as easy and as Instagramable as possible. Invest in a pizza oven to make authentic wood fired pizzas or make your own fire pit or bonfire where you can toast BBQ food and even s’mores. If you’re looking to make things even easier put on a festival inspired buffet or create a burger station where your guests can choose from hot dogs, burgers, fries and other festival food. Get creative and make a menu, set different areas for food and snacks, you can even set up a sweet station with tasty treats that the whole family can nibble on throughout the day. If you’re looking to really bring your festival experience to life then why not make signs out of chalkboards or any crafts you have lying around the house, pointing your guests to the different food and drink sections around the garden? You should also consider buying environmentally friendly, compostable paper plates, burger boxes and cartons for fries so there’s no need to worry about the washing up at the end of the day.
Find the ideal ingredients, cooking products and cutlery to make your festival food a reality. All of the retailers listed below provide affordable deals and discount codes through us as well as free delivery on selected orders.
- BBQ with pizza oven extension – now with £25.00 off making it just £49.99 at Robert Dyas
- Compostable Kraft burger boxes – 12p per unit at Nisbets. There’s also compostable paper straws, pizza boxes and cups available too.
- Build the perfect burger with all the essentials – from only £2.50 at Iceland
Another crucial ingredient for your at home festival is drinks. Alcoholic or not, your drinks have to keep your guests hydrated and satisfied so make sure you stock up on a variety of juices, cans, beers and cocktails, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Concoct your own fruity punches and sangrias in bulk and pour them in big drink dispensers that your family can keep going back to for refills, and make sure your disposable red cups, paper straws and drink accessories are at the ready. You can even make your wheelbarrow the ultimate drinks accessory by filling it with heaps of ice and cold cans and beer. Not only will it suit the rustic festival aesthetic but it’ll also save you from running back and forth to the fridge all day too.
Make your dream drink station with drinks and accessories from Amazon. Enjoy free delivery on all the products listed below and indulge in more discounts and deals when you begin your free Amazon Prime trial.
- 8 litre drink dispenser jug with tap and lid – £17.99 from Amazon
- Flavoured gin liqueur, ideal for cocktails – available from £12.00 at Amazon. Available with discounts and free delivery through Amazon Prime too.
- Hawaiian inspired drink accessories bundle for your drink station – £18.99 from Amazon
Step 4: Festival Dress Code
The final detail you need to consider is the dress code. Festival goers flock to the countryside every year in wellies and out of the box outfits, covered in glitter, face paint and colourful raincoats. To really capture the true spirit of a festival make sure you and your guests come dressed appropriately. Get the wellies out, your shorts on and your raincoat at the ready. Or, if you’re into a more laid back, bohemian vibe you can always find your most hippy looking outfit and make your own flower headbands to match your homemade Woodstock. Set up glitter, henna and face paint stalls in your garden just like at a real festival. You can even build a hair braiding area where the little ones can go to get their hair done. Buy some cheap dye from eBay and tie-dye any old t-shirts or tops you have lying about, or you can even DIY your own Coachella masterpieces by fraying old denim shorts or jeans, sewing pom poms and tassels onto different outfits and by customising your shoes and jackets with colour, glitter and diamantes. Designing your own outfits can be a fun activity for the whole family to take part in, however, if you’d rather invest in some festival inspired clothing that you can wear all summer long then take a look at the products we’ve handpicked below.
If you’re looking to purchase trendy and affordable festival wear Pretty Little Thing is a great place to shop. They stock clothing, shoes and accessories in multiple sizes and often provide daily discount codes that allow you to save money. You can also buy now and pay later with Klarna and save up to 20% off with their student discount deal.
- Face glitter, face jewels and transfer tattoos – from £5.00 at PLT
- Holographic chunky ankle boots – £40.00 from Pretty Little Thing
- Mid wash denim shorts – £18.00 at Pretty Little Thing
Once you have completed all the steps in our guide your back garden festival should be looking and sounding just as thrilling as the real deal. If you want to take your homemade festival that one step further you can also consider purchasing tents, photo booths, disposable cameras and games and activities. If you have the time and space you can even build your own stage where members of your family can perform karaoke. If you’re looking to create your back garden festival on a budget make sure you visit NetVoucherCodes.co.uk for discount codes and deals for all the retailers listed above and many more.
Oct 21, 2021
If you’re fed up with spending over the odds on your food shop each and every week, it’s time to wise up! Supermarkets know exactly how to make you spend your cash and their clever marketing tactics could be having the wool over your eyes. If you’ve ever bought 3 of the same item because […]
Oct 18, 2021
It is nearing oooky spooky season, so we thought we would tell you about some of the UK’s most prolific hotspots for sinister ghost sightings ahead of all Hollow’s Eve. We have looked into sightings across the UK, to help the ghost hunters amongst us to plan a trip, but also highlight some the eeriest […]
Here at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk, we were curious to see if living in the UK if good value for money. As chat always seems to surround how expensive things are, we wanted to delve deeper into what bargains Brits can pick up. Our research experts looked at the price of essential goods in the US and Asia […]
Every so often, you’ll notice that your utility bills have crept up compared with last year’s prices. In recent months, the UK’s wholesale electricity market has soared to record highs, meaning households could see an increase of up to £139 in energy bills – the highest since 1990. This has subsequently forced many smaller energy […]
The new queens will be sissying that walk and serving major looks on our screens in a matter of days. To push their drag prowess and impress the judging panel, the twelve new contestants will be facing comedy, singing, sewing, and dancing challenges. Here at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk, we wanted to know their potential online earnings. As […]
Whether we like it or not, mobile phones have seamlessly become part of our everyday lives. From texting the group chat to updating our socials, hosting meetings on the go or face-timing loved ones – most of us rely on our mobiles in one way or another. And like everything in life, our mobile phones […]
Aug 16, 2021
Where to head for Back to School Bargains Another lap around the sun means another school year is soon to commence, and one thing on every parent’s mind this summer is school uniform – and more precisely, where’s the cheapest place for it? With growing kids comes the cost of renewing their school uniform more […]
Aug 13, 2021
If you’ve ever been involved in an accident or your vehicle has broken down unexpectedly, you’re probably all the more grateful for having your car insurance policy in place. However, there is no question that Car Insurance adds to the expense of driving, and as much as we may begrudge paying our premiums at times, […]
If you’re a self-proclaimed football fanatic, the team here at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk has decided to delve into some serious Premier League Era football data and you don’t want to miss it. Whether you’re an eagle-eyed fan or prefer to sit on the sidelines, you’ve probably never considered which kit manufacturer has produced the most league titles […]
Jun 25, 2021
The mystery around UFO’s and sightings of unusual objects have captivated and divided the world for decades. The very first sighting of a UFO was first reported way back in 1947. Since then, sightings of peculiar-looking ‘spaceships’ illuminating the sky have been reported in all corners of the globe. Even now, these extraterrestrial creatures continue […]