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Six Summer Must Haves For Meeting Friends Outdoors

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British summertime has arrived, lockdown is easing and we can now meet up as a group of six outside. Whether you’re planning a picnic, birthday celebration or a day lounging in the sun, take a look at our outdoor essentials, all available in Manchester Arndale via the store click & collect services.

Picnic blanket

Add a splash of colour to your meet up with this bright striped blanket from Argos.

It’s fleecy on the top making it a comfortable seat and waterproof underneath to stop any damp coming through.

It rolls up and has a built in handle making it an easy accessory to carry around.

Available from Argos for £12


Whether you’re staying home or heading to the park, you’ll need a pair of sunglasses.

We love these unisex Marc Jacobs frames from Specsavers in black for £149.

Picnic hamper

Next has a beautiful black willow basket from, which comes with brown PU leather straps and enough side plates and cutlery for four people.

It’s 30cm deep and 46cm wide, giving ample space to store food, drinks and a cool block for chilled items.

The lightweight material and choice of handle or shoulder strap make the willow hamper easy to carry.

Use Next’s click and collect service to order yours!

Bluetooth speaker

Get ready for live music, gigs and festivals to return, starting in your back garden or balcony.

We love this blue Sony Extra Bass portable speaker from Currys.

It has 16 hours of battery life and can be paired with another speaker to offer surround sound.

Available at Currys PC World for £39.99

Lemon Drizzle Gin Liqueur

Nothing says summer more than an ice cold glass of gin and tonic.

We love the Lemon Drizzle Cake Gin Liqueur from Aldi. Serve with ice, tonic or as part of a cocktail for a refreshing garden drink.

Their 50cl bottle is priced at £8.99.


If you’re planning to say home and have friends in the garden, take a look at this 56cm Kettle Grill BBQ from Argos.

Cook with coals for a smokey flavour and use the built in rack to keep food warm while you prep the salads, sauces and drinks.

Grab your BBQ from Argos for £50

In line with government guidelines, Manchester Arndale plans to reopen on 12th April.

Our staff and centre team continue to do everything they can to ensure safety measures are in place at Manchester Arndale. Thank you to our customers for their patience, as well as our fantastic team and retailers.