Summer is fast approaching and we are already enjoying a few warm, sunny days spent in the garden and park. But after consuming your picnic or finishing your meal outdoors, what to do? Bring out the garden games, of course!
Not just for kids (though most of our picks are suitable for all ages), outdoor games are a great way to spend a sunny afternoon with friends or family. Wonderfully simple – bat and ball, anyone? – to old-time classics like croquet and pétanque, everyone will find something they’ll enjoy playing outside here. You might even discover a new favourite! Have you ever played Finnish bowling? Or Cornhole? We bet you haven’t…
12 outdoor games to play this summer
Sunnylife Metallic Table Tennis Set, £38, Oliver Bonas
No need to invest in an expensive full-size table, this net, bat and ball set can turn any table into a ping pong table.
Original American Cornhole, £84.99, Amazon
Cornhole is a game that has traveled here from the United States – just take turns tossing beanbags onto your opponent’s board, the first to get all of their bags through the hole wins.
Thanks to BridgertonCroquet has had a huge resurgence recently – no garden is complete without a set.
Get Giant Knotted Games, £67.99, Wayfair
We all know how to play Twister – this version supersizes the classic board game for twisted outdoor fun.
Prefer your outdoor games fancier? This beautifully designed picnic blanket doubles as four game boards – it even comes with all the game pieces and a canvas carry bag.
Bat and ball – is there a simpler and more satisfying game?
Another game originating in America, ladder toss sees players toss balls attached to strings so that they wrap around the twists of the ladder – the higher you go, the more points you have to win.
3m badminton easy set electric green, £34.99, Decathlon
Badminton is a classic backyard game that anyone can try their hand at. This set includes an easy-to-install netting so you can take it with you anywhere this summer.
Wooden garden balls, £47.90, not high street
Pétanque is a classic game that appeals to children and adults alike. This set of wooden balls features colorful zigzag patterns so you can easily knock your opponents out of the game.
Nine Pin Quoits, £14.99 (was £17.99), Jacques London
Throw the rope rings at the pins to earn points – it’s Quoits!
Sack Race Game, £54.99, Wayfair
Bring an old-school sports vibe to your garden party or picnic with a classic sack race. Optional egg and spoon race.
Compact Finnish bowling set, £19.99, Decathlon
This Finnish version of bowling lets you use your mental calculations as well as your throwing skills – don’t worry, it’s a lot more fun than it sounds and not a bit like being back in school !