How To Get Your Garden Ready For Alfresco Dining This Summer

If you are looking forward to spending lots of time eating, drinking and socialising in your garden this summer, take a look at our top tips on how to get your outdoor space ready for some superb and comfortable alfresco dining…


Create a bright and inviting outdoor space that you can enjoy all day and all night with some well placed lighting. If you have an awning, a light bar is a fantastic way of providing lots of light directly underneath the canopy, giving you plenty of visibility, even after dark. The LEDs are ultra efficient and our Markilux LEDs can rotate up to 90 degrees so you can create the perfect ambiance. Finish the look by adding fairy lights or strings of bulbs for an extra glow and place some tealight candles on the table for a pretty flicker.

Weinor Awning LED Light bar - Awningsouth - Southampton, Hampshire

Shade / Shelter

You can never be too careful when it comes to the British weather, so make sure you are protected from blazing hot sunshine as well as light rain showers with a retractable awning. With a modern electric awning you can open or close it at the touch of a button, giving you the option to create shade or shelter in an instant. Whether you’re dining on your garden, patio, terrace or balcony, an awning is a smart choice for outdoor shade and shelter all year round.


Even in the middle of summer, the temperature will often drop in the evening. If you have an awning, an energy efficient infrared heater can be installed underneath the canopy to provide instant heat, exactly where it’s needed. Our outdoor heaters turn 90-95% of the energy used into heat to make sure you stay comfortable, whatever the temperature is outside. This is a great alternative to a fire which provides a more localised heat and can leave everything and everyone smelling of smoke.

Weinor Cassita Awning with Heater Fitted in Surrey

Soft Furnishings

A popular trend for outdoor spaces is to create an outdoor ‘room’ with lots of soft furnishings to create a warm and cosy area in which to relax and dine in. Start with an outdoor rug underneath your dining table and add plump outdoor cushions to your chairs for ultimate comfort. You could even opt for an outdoor sofa with occasional tables for a more casual dining experience.


Create a feast for the eyes as well as your taste buds. Decorate your space with lots of pretty potted plants and place some cut flowers in a statement vase on the table. For more formal alfresco dining, dress the table with coordinated crockery, cutlery, glasses and placemats. And if you are in a celebratory mood, hang some bunting or colourful lanterns over your dining area for a fun look.

Evening Outdoor Dining - Awningsouth

Outdoor Kitchen

If you really want to take your alfresco dining to the next level, consider creating an outdoor kitchen. From outdoor pizza ovens and fixed BBQ stations to weatherproof countertops, outdoor sinks, outdoor fridges and storage for all of your utensils, you can create an outdoor kitchen to suit your needs. Plus, outdoor kitchens bring an element of theatre and social fluidity to your alfresco dining events, allowing you to cook as well as entertain your guests with ease.

If any of these ideas have inspired you, please get in touch to find out more about our Awnings and Awning Accessories. With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your garden ready so you can relax and enjoy the long summer days and temperate balmy evenings. Give us a call on 02381 290170 or email

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