Prospect of garden meet ups sends sales of hot tubs soaring

Sam Meadows
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People could be free to meet up in the park next week - Hollie Adams/Getty Images
People could be free to meet up in the park next week - Hollie Adams/Getty Images

Shoppers have geared up for meeting friends in gardens and parks by sending sales of hot tubs and picnic blankets soaring.

The Prime Minister’s road map for leaving lockdown should allow people to meet friends in a park in pairs from March 8 and groups of six from March 29, with the latter understood to include gardens.

John Lewis said it had seen increases in sales of picnic hampers, blankets and reusable coffee cups increase since the announcement as people prepare to be able to reunite.

Hot tubs, which the retailer began stocking for the first time late last year, also saw a record week for sales as home owners look to get their garden ready for hosting again.

Ian Ellis, an outdoor living buyer at the retailer, said the weekend’s hot weather had also played its part.

“The recent warm weather has encouraged people to start thinking about their outdoor space, and last week we saw record sales of inflatable hot tubs at John Lewis,” he said.

“It's clear that many of us are using our gardens as an additional room of the house and treating ourselves to new garden furniture as well as outdoor ovens and bbqs.”

Sales of picnic hampers were up by 269 per cent compared to the same period last year, while searches for “garden” online were up by 613 per cent, “barbecue” by 1,147 per cent and “picnic” by 535 per cent.