How to Host the Perfect Street Party for the King’s Coronation

In the UK, it’s a well-established tradition to host outdoor street and garden parties to mark national events including coronations, weddings, and jubilees.

A street party is a perfect way to build community spirit, eat lots of treats, and have an all-around good time over the long coronation weekend. By now you’ve probably set the date and gotten the go-ahead from your local council, next up is making the final preparations and getting everything together. So, whether you’re hosting a formal street party or an informal ‘street meet’, here are some tips and inspiration for putting on a fabulous coronation celebration.

Comfort and safety

Before we get into how to decorate your street party, it is worth going over some practical tips to make sure everyone is safe and comfortable on the day. If you’ll be closing your street for the party, make sure to put up road closure barriers and signage to let drivers know that there will be lots of people in the street and access will be limited.

When it comes to setting up for your party, make sure to enlist help from neighbours to set up the tables and chairs rather than taking it upon yourself. If you and your neighbours don’t have enough outdoor seating for everyone to be comfortable, you could contact your local community centre to see if they could loan you some for the day. Also, don’t forget to set up bins and recycling areas in the street – it will save you all a lot of pain when it comes to tidying up after the party.

Preparing for any weather is another important consideration. In the event of a shower, a gazebo or marquee won’t go amiss to protect your food – after all, no one will want to tuck into soggy scones. Dash inside, grab your windproof umbrellas to keep yourself covered and let the party continue!


Bunting is a staple at any outdoor UK celebration and for an occasion such as the King’s Coronation, bunting decorated with the Union flag is a must. But it’s also a great opportunity to get your street involved, especially kids, in making their own designs. You could even turn it into a little competition to see who can make or decorate the most interesting coronation-themed bunting.

When it comes to other party accessories such as napkins, paper plates, balloons, tablecloths etc., red, white and blue will naturally be the given colour theme. Or you could up the British picnic vibes by using gingham-patterned table covers, wicker baskets to display food in, or even set up picnic areas on grassy areas. A backdrop or photo area for all your neighbours and guests to take pictures against is another great way to make memories on the day – from red, white and blue streamers and balloon arches to life-size cut-outs of the King himself!

Food and drink

For your catering, think finger food – dishes that are quick and easy to set out and distribute.  Classics and crowd-pleasing favourites such as Victoria sponge cakes, coronation chicken sandwiches, samosas, and scones with jam and cream are a must-have. Royal head chef Mark Flanagan has also created the ‘Coronation Quiche’ to celebrate the occasion. Featuring spinach, broad beans, and tarragon, this veggie delight is perfect for sharing with your neighbours.

A street party is also the perfect opportunity to try lots of different kinds of foods – why not ask families in your street if they would like to contribute their favourites? If everyone in your street is bringing something to the spread, it’s a good idea to ask them to attach labels with the ingredients on them so that anyone with a dietary restriction can pick something suitable for them.

As for drinks, Pimm’s served with fruit is a staple for any outdoor party in the UK. Sparkling wine with strawberries is also a delicious option to celebrate with. For non-alcoholic options, you could try making fruity mocktails or a bowl of punch for everyone to enjoy, along with plenty of juice, squash, and water for the kids.

Party games and activities

You’ve got the food, all the decorations are in place, but what about entertainment? Firstly, it’s important to include activities that all ages can get involved with. For kids (and big kids), try fun party games with a royal twist, such as musical thrones or pin the crown on the king. Crafty activities are also great for keeping them occupied while you chat with your neighbours – print off and cut out paper crown templates to decorate, have art competitions, or grab lots of coloured chalk to draw pictures on the pavement with.

Classic lawn games can also bring lots of fun to your party, as long as they’re kept a good distance away from all the food! Skittles, badminton, tug-of-war, limbo – sticking to games with simple rules will make it easy for everyone to jump in and have a go.

For grown-ups, you might also wish to put on a royal-themed quiz, or perhaps a raffle to win gifts and a hamper – ticket sales can be put towards the prizes or a local charity. Or why not incorporate a bake-off into the day? It’s a chance for everyone to show off their skills and as a bonus, you’ll end up with lots of sweet treats to share amongst everybody. You might also wish to set the theme for the day with a royal dress code, wearing red, white, or blue for example, or dressing after your favourite royals.

Whatever you’re getting up to over the coronation weekend, a street party will be great fun for all your family, neighbours, and guests. So, we wish you a splendid party, and keep your fingers crossed for good weather!


Embrace the Rain in the UK’s Wettest Places | Fulton Umbrellas

Going outdoors is probably the last thing you’re thinking of doing on a dreary, drizzly day. Most of us would rather be tucked under a blanket or watching our favourite show.

Although we’re in the business of protecting you from the rain, there’s also something wild and energising about going out in it and taking in the dramatic atmosphere.

As luck would have it, we’re entering into the rainy season in the UK, which tends to fall between the months of October to February. Since the prevailing wind comes in from the Atlantic, the Western parts of the UK are the parts that get hit the heaviest, and usually first. That’s why all the locations on this list are on the Western side.

So, pop your wellies on, grab one of our stylish clear umbrellas, and let’s explore some of the wettest parts of the UK.


Western Scotland and the Highlands

The first stop on our list is Western Scotland and the Highlands, which receive up to 4000 mm of rain each year. While it’s difficult to narrow down which area of Scotland’s beautiful landscape to pick for your rainy adventures, here are some recommendations.

Argyllshire is the rainiest spot, getting about 2274.9 mm a year. In this region, you’ll find over 3000 miles of rugged coastline, transforming into fantastically dramatic scenes on a drizzly day. If you hop on a ferry to the Isle of Mull, you’ll also get a chance to see the brightly coloured houses of Tobermory. For brisk coastal walks, make sure you’ve got one of our windproof umbrellas along for the journey.

Closely following Argyllshire is the region of Dunbartonshire, which gets an average of 2066.5 mm of rainfall each year.  A must-see in this area is Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. The stunning views of the loch and the ancient forests close by make for a rugged day out beneath rain clouds. Then, try out the famous Glengoyne or Loch Lomond Distilleries to warm up after admiring the landscape.

If a city escape is more to your liking, Glasgow was also named the UK’s second rainiest city in 2021. This port city gets, on average, 94 mm of rain each month, and there’s plenty to do while you’re there. From the Maritime Museum to the Botanic Gardens, the sharp contrast between grand Victorian architecture and contemporary buildings is well worth adding to your album.


The Lake District

The Lake District is famous for its rainy weather. Out of 365 days, you can expect around 200 of them to be wet ones. The areas of high elevation make the Lakes even more of a hotspot for rain. This is because when moist air comes in from the sea, it is pushed upwards, which cools the air and helps to form rain clouds. Hence, in a year, this region receives around 3200 mm of rain.

The award of the rainiest place in the Lake District is Seathwaite, with 3552 mm of rain a year. In fact, this small hamlet is the wettest inhabited place in England. Just south of Keswick, Seathwaite is a great jumping-off point for exploring the imposing sights of Great Gable or Scarfell Pike.

For a more relaxed walk, the Lakes offer many more easy-going footpaths to enjoy and take some moody photos of the clouds over the water. Or make the most of this time of year by capturing the red and gold floors of the forests. Between Coniston and Windermere, Grizedale Forest not only has this but also features a unique sculpture trail where artwork is nestled amongst the trees and waterfalls. For the kids, there’s also the adventure play area or Go Ape for the more courageous.

Afterwards, the quaint towns dotted around the lakes are just what you need to grab a bite to eat in a cosy pub next to a warm fire.



Last but certainly not least is the mountainous region of Snowdonia in North Wales which gets over 3000 mm of rain a year. While heading to the top of a mountain in bad weather is not a good idea, Snowdonia has plenty of dramatic sights perfect for stormy weather.

The slate-covered hills and stunning views of the Llanberis Pass are just waiting to be added to your photo album. Meanwhile, the towns of Llanberis and Beddgelert are home to historic slate houses and buildings to explore. They’re also great starting points for laid-back walks around the nearby lakes. Llanberis even has a steam train that does circuits around the lake if you need a break from the walking and the rain!

Alternatively, this region also has plenty of adventure sports to take part in. Capel Curig, which also happens to be the wettest village in Snowdonia with 2697 mm of rain a year, is home to the Plas-y-Brenin Outdoor Activity Centre, where you can have a go at kayaking, paddleboarding and more.

From dramatic scenery to autumnal atmospheres or listening to raindrops pattering against your window – there’s so much enjoyment to be had out of the bad weather. Wherever you decide to go on rainy days, don’t forget to pack an umbrella to keep up with your adventures and the rain!


5 Parades That Will Fill You With Wonder| Fulton Umbrellas

Parades and celebrations are a great opportunity to get up close to cultures and local traditions that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. So in the spirt of adventure and discovery, we’ve found some of the most wonderful parades from across the globe that yo should make to attend.

Dia de los Muertos

We begin our journey on the street of Mexico, home of Dia de los Muertos- or Day of the Dead. This two-day religious holiday is based on rituals that date back around 3000 years and is said to be a night which the dead can reunite with their living relatives.

Rather than being a time to mourn, Dia de los Muertos has long been a time for families to celebrate loved ones who have passed. More recently, it has begun to open up to visitors from all over who can get the chance to learn and take part in this intrinsic piece of Mexican culture.

Festivities are now held across the world. In some places, Dia de los Muertos goes on for an entire parade- and party-filled week. The ‘Legends of Mexico’ is one such parade that you shouldn’t miss out on, with giant floats covered with golden marigolds , vivid sugars skulls and plenty of local food and drink to tuck into.

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras, or ‘Fat Tuesday’ when translated from French, is a Christian holiday thought to be rooted in pagan spring and fertility rituals from thousand of years ago.

These days it’s a little but different. There’s still lots of food to enjoy- especially king cake- but now the festival goes on for an entire week or even months. The 2023 season of New Orleans Mardi Gras, one of the most famous of its kind, is scheduled to begin in January and go on until Fat Tuesday in March.

In New Orleans, you’ll be treated each weekend to parades of massive floats designed by the ‘Krewes’ who each build their parade around a given theme. The Krewe du Vieux, for example, is known for it’s highly satirical parades and for showcasing some of the best traditional bands in New Orleans.

January also happens to be one of the rainiest times in sub-tropical New Orleans, so you might want to pack one of our stylish ladies umbrellas to keep your head dry while you enjoy the revelries!

Carnival in Basel

Carnival in Basel, sometimes called Dame Fasnacht or just Fasnacht locally, is one of the many iterations of Mardi Gras that occur worldwide each year.

The small Swiss city of Basel has been hosting their own Mardi Gras celebration since 1529. They’ve added so much of their own twist to it that it’s now become the biggest carnival in Switzerland and has been named UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The three-day festival begins in the dark at 4 am, when the streets will suddenly be illuminated by a parade of music, beautiful lanterns, and one or two political statements. This is called Morgestraich (or Morgenstreich) and is only the first of the parades that take place during Carnival.

For instance, the aptly named ‘Big Parade’ features people disguised from head-to-toe in various costumes throwing candy, confetti, and other trinkets at onlookers.

Cheung Chau Bun Festival

What makes the Cheung Chau Bun Festival a sight to behold are the three giant bun towers that grace the Pak Tai Temple on the beautiful little Cheung Chau Island, which is just offshore of Hong Kong.

The origins of this festival are stepped in myth and are said to be a celebration of how the god Pak Thai saved the village from a plague in the late 19th Century. 

During the days-long event, onlookers will be able to witness an array of colourful parades that begin and end at Pak Tai- the very same route said to have been taken by the god. The parade are a feast for the eyes ( and your tummy if you manage to grab a ‘lucky bun’), featuring lion dances, marching bands, and the gravity-defying sight of a piu sik parade.

This is where several children are precariously positioned so they appear to be floating above the rest of the parade.

Up Helly Aa

Our final stop on this tour of parades takes us to Lerwick, Shetland, which hosts Europe’s biggest fire festival at the end of January – Up Helly Aa.

While the Shetland Islands are a part of Scotland and thus the UK, historically they were first colonised by Scandinavian countries in the 8th and 9th centuries, which explains the distinct Norse theme that runs through festival. Although, Up Helly Aa itself didn’t come into existence until the 19th century as a new year celebration.

While there are events that take place during the day, the real show doesn’t begin until after the has gone down. Almost 1000 torchbearers will march through the streets led by a Jarl who stands at the head of a huge replica longship. The longship is pulled to the burning site, where the Jarl leaves and the torchbearers throw their torches onto the ship, setting it alight in a spectacular fiery finale before joining in traditional Viking song.

There’s so much to be learned about the culture and customs of a place from visiting a parade or festival – so get yourself equipped with a stylish umbrella and start planning which one you’re going to go to first!


The sun has got its hat on, have you? | Fulton Umbrellas

With the temperatures reaching record-breaking levels this year, and parts of our humble island reaching 40°c and then some, it’s set to be a scorcher of a summer, So if there were another heatwave around the corner shepherding in some holiday-hooray time, it’s good to know how to protect yourself from the rays. And you can enjoy them, of course, too.

What makes sunrays so unfriendly to skin and how can you protect yourself?

There are two years types of harmful sun rays: UVA and UAB radiation. Both types of ultraviolet radiation can cause skin cancer. UVB rays are the reason for burning our skin, while UVA rays can be responsible for aging skin, Either way, you should try your best to protect yourself.

There various ways to protect your skin from radiation, here are some of our top tips to keep your skin safe and soothed:

Sun cream
You may be familiar with its alternative title, ‘sunscreen’, as coined by Baz Lurhmann’s infamous song. Wise, wise words(if you’ve not heard it, give it a listen). We know it’s an obvious, but it’s bay far most effective and simple way to protect your body’s largest organ- the skin.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) refers to the amount of UVB protection the cream will provide you with. Ranging from factor 2 to 50+, the higher factor, the highest the protection.

Additionally, UVA protection is indicated by a star rating, Like SPF, these are rated from one to five, with five being the maximum UVA protection. Look out for sun creams with a factor of at least 30 and a UVA rating of four stars or above if you’re hoping to receive a good level of protection.

Things to bear in mind:

– Sun creams have expiry dates, so you should be looking to replace your cream every two to three years ensure their effectiveness.

-Clouds do not stop UV rays from impacting your skin. Always apply SPF,  even on the cloudiest of days.

-Keep it topped up. As with most protective creams, sun cream can wear off naturally over the course of just a couple of hours. This could be even sooner if you’ve been for a refreshing dip in the ocean.

2. Take some shade with you

One of the best ways to take a shade with you whenever you go is to bring a wide-brimmed umbrella that gives you plenty of coverage. We all know how unpredictable the weather can be in a good old-blighty, even in the summer. To combat this, a multi-purpose windproof umbrella will keep you covered come rain, wind, or shine! It’s a year-round must-have!

3. Time counts 

The full force of the sun’s rays hit us between around 11 am and 3 pm. So, if you’re going to make the most of a sunny day, try to make you have a shaded spot to sit in and maybe some light clothes to throw on during the peak sunlight hours of the day.

4. Accessorise

A day in the sunshine means it’s time to dust off your favourite sunglasses, hats, and even a delicate shawl. No one wants to wear hefty layers when it’s a warm day, but your outfit choices can help to protect your skin. Lightweight, floaty fabric like linens or cotton will help keep you cool, clam, and covered.

5. Keep a keen eye

Even if you’ve not suffered from sunburn, try to get into the habit of regularly checking your skin for moles, marks, or any visible changes in your skin at least once a month. This is especially true for areas that aren’t always visible like your back and legs. If anything looks new or different, you should always be on the safe and get it checked.

Keeping your skin safe and protected means you can relax and enjoy every last minute of our summer sun before (dare we say it) autumn arrives. Whatever your plans, have a stunner of a summer!

Perfect UK Summer Road Trips | Fulton Umbrellas

Hit the road trips with these perfect UK summer road trips

As the road trips go, the diverse landscapes of the UK make for some of the most thrilling and breathtaking  journeys in the world.

With rugged coastlines, enchanting forests, picture-perfect peaks, and cascading waterfalls, our roads tick every box on the exploration list.

So strap in for a summer jam-packed with adventures right on your doorstep, as we hit the road with four of the United Kingdom’s ultimate journeys.

Atlantic Highway
Distance: 215 miles

Appropriately named, the Atlantic highway takes you through some of the most stunning coastlines our country has to offer.

Heading off from North Devon’s Barnstaple, the A39 takes you through the delights of Devonshire and all the way to Newquay in Cornwall. Expect sweeping beaches, jaw-dropping cliffs, and bays upon bays of beauty. Along the way, you’ll find yourself in some idyllic little villages and towns, such as Padstow and Port Isaac which both offer bag-loads of seaside charm.

Absolute must-see:

We are spoilt for choice along this route, but Dartmoor National Park definitely takes the biscuit. A half an hour detour the main stretch is absolutely worth every mile. We promise.

One of England’s most renowned areas of splendour, Dartmoor spans 368 miles and has enthralled and inspired travellers for generations. There’s so much to see you might even want to park up for a couple of days.

Causeway Coastal Route, Northern Ireland
Distance: Around 200 miles 

Covering coastlines from Belfast through to Derry, the Causeway Coastal Route is a road trip you’ll never forget.

Wind your way north from the buzzing city of Belfast along the coastline to discover some of Northern Ireland most precious treasures. Quaint villages, castle ruins, and world-famous landmarks are just a snippet of the places you can explore. Rounding the trip in Derry, a city stepped in rich history and heritage.

Absolute must-see:

You simply cannot conclude this road trip without a visit to Northern Ireland’s one only UNESCO World Heritage site. Stand in awe as you witness over 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns cascade into the sea. Home to an array of unique birds, it’s one of nature’s most priceless gifts. According to legend, the Giant’s Causeway was built as a bridge to protect the country by the famous Irish giant Fionn. Words can’t do this place justice. Trust us: you need to go.

The Cambrian Way, Wales
Distance: 180 miles

Spanning 185 miles from north to south along the A470, the Cambrian Way is a journey that’ll take you through some of the most epic landscapes and views Wales has to offer. You  can either start your journey in the Welsh capital of Cardiff and finish up in the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno or enjoy your trip the other way round, it’s up to you. Either way, the route is among the most scenic the UK has to offer.

From the majestic mountains of The Brecon Beacons, through twisting, swooping roads taking you through the Welsh heartlands, there’s so much to see and do. But take things at your own space; you will want to take your time and savour your rural adventure. It’s important to remember, however, that Wales’ weather can be very unpredictable, so make sure you pack your sturdy sports umbrellas. That way, come rain or shine, you’ll have a great time.

Absolute must-see:

Your journey across the Cambrian Way will take you directly through Snowdonia, and while you’re there conquering the climb is a must.

The summit of Snowdon can be reached via a variety of paths, depending on your level of experience. If you struggle with hiking or are tight on time, they have a very convenient train service. Unfortunately, ongoing work means the Snowdon Mountain Railway Train won’t be travelling to the summit until 2023 but it will take you three-quarters of the way- all without lifting a toe. On the other hand, if you prefer to take the challenge head-on, you can set off on foot.

Road to the isles, Scotland
Distance: 45 miles 

Short, sweet, and packed full of stunning scenery, Scotland’s iconic Road to the Isles is a trip with a little bit of everything.

Staring at the gateway to Ben Nevis in Fort William, you’ll travel the A830 through some of the most iconic spots Scotland has to offer. From the highlands to stretches of sandy beaches, lochs, and landmarks, you can end your trip in the fascinating fishing port, Mallaig.
Or, if you’re not ready to finish the adventures, travel on to explore the mythical lands of the Inner Hebrides.

Absolute must-see:

The Glenfinnan Viaduct is probably one of the most famous viaducts in the world(wizarding and otherwise), and it takes our must-see spot along this road trip. Home to the Hogwarts Express, the viaduct offers a perfect backdrop for your photo album. Alternatively, you can pre-book for an onboard experience with the Jacobite steam train.

With so much to see and do, it’s well worth considering a staycation for your next adventure, so you can explore some of the UK’s most picturesque and delightful places. All you need to do next is pick which road trip you do first.


Your Wimbledon Wardrobe Based On Past Royal Outfits

Undoubtedly, the royal looks served at Wimbledon have become as iconic as the game itself.

With the championships underway, we wanted to spend some time admiring the Royal Family’s most famous outfits to inspire your Wimbledon style- whether you’re watching from home or the courts.

Tennis whites

Tennis whites are perhaps the most classic of Wimbledon fashions. Player began to wear white, believing it would keep them cooler during warm summer days.

Now, it’s become a popular choice for spectators too, with many wearing white or cream-coloured outfits. Kate Middleton, a known tennis enthusiast, has often chosen to wear ‘tennis whites’ since her Royal debut at Wimbledon in 2011, where she sported a white Temperley dress complete with a layered pleated skirt.

Since then, Kate has shown off variations of tennis whites, from the Alexander McQueen nautical-inspired knit dress in 2012 to the Suzannah white shirt dress in 2019.

Go bold

It you’d rather go for colours that match the summer season, there are plenty of examples of the royals gracing the courts with bright and bold outfits.

Queen Elizabeth chose a glorious turquoise for her first visit to Wimbledon in thirty-three years. Forty years before this, Princess Margaret stood out from the crowd in a green and crimson contrasting outfit.

Kate Middleton is also well known for adding blooms of colour to the courts- dressing head-to-toe in shades of pink, yellow, blue, and green. We’re particularly fond of her 2018 Dolce & Gabbana dress, which brought sunshine yellow and beautiful butterfly sleeves to the men’s singles final.


While male Royal Family members have been wearing striped suits to Wimbledon for years, the choices of stripes has been better encapsulated than by Meghan Markle.

in 2018 the Duchess of Sussex turned heads in the best way possible with her Ralph Lauren ensemble, featuring wide-legged cream trousers and a loose yet sleek blue-and-white-striped shirt. Completed with a straw fedora, Meghan’s non-traditional look turned stripes into a top summer fashion trend that we still can’t get enough of.

Then in 2019, Meghan famously went against the dress code with a more causal style, featuring denim jeans paired with a plain black top and a creamy striped blazer for a hint of formally.


Speaking of blazers- there has been no greater of the smart-causal dress code of the Wimbledon Royal Box.

Over the years, Princess Diana stunned crowds with her blazer-clad outfits. In 1991 she brought a bold summer vibe to Wimbledon with a purple-printed blazer contrasted over a brilliant white pleated skirt. Or, if you are prefer something more muted, Diana did that in 1993 with a blush pink skirt-blazer combo highlighted with gold detailing and jewellery.

Blazers can add an instant splash of elegance toy our outfit and are versatile enough to complete any look, whether smart or causal. They can also keep you cosy when the sun decides to hide behind the clouds. However , we’d advise picking up one of our stylish sports umbrella to shelter you from the capricious British summer rainfall!

Whatever the weather, the Royal Family have been bringing statement looks to Wimbledon for nearly as long as the championships have been taking place.

What better way to celebrate the return of Wimbledon this year than by hosting parties, sipping champagne and, of course, using this style guide to make sure you’re dressing the part!



The Perfect Al Fresco Jubilee Experience | Fulton Umbrellas

One of the simplest and loveliest ways of making the most of the summer is by gathering your family and friends to try out a bit of al fresco dining.

Since we’ll also be celebrating the Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee this June, we think there’s no better time to get prepared for your royal-themed afternoon teas and garden parties.

Whether you’ve got a large garden, a patio, or even just balcony space in a busting city, follow these 5 simple steps to create the perfect al fresco set-up for your home.

Step 1: Pick the right furniture

Even if you don’t have a large back garden or outdoor space available, that’s no reason to skip out on giving al fresco dining a go.

A small circular table and chairs can create a cosy escape on city centre balconies. A large outdoor seating area with low tables, on the other hand, can create an open dining space in your garden this is perfect for laying back and relaxing in. Choosing the right furniture is all about maximising the potential of the space you have.

When doing this, a general rule to stick by is to choose furniture that is small enough for you and your guests to move around freely without bumping into one another. If you don’t have much space to store your furniture outside. It can make for a more personal and quirkier dining experience that is more convenient for you too!

If you have some old wooden chairs or a bench taking room in your garden, bringing them back to life with a fresh coat of paint is a great way to repurpose old furniture into your new dining space. We highly recommend trying out that gorgeous shade of royal purple to match the Platinum Jubilee Emblem.

Since this is the UK, you should also remember to keep in mind those unexpected showers or windy days that can spell the end of garden gatherings. Taking shelter beneath a parasol or growing a natural roof over time with pergola are both effective and visually pleasing ways to keep the rain off.

Step 2: Dress your table

Now that you’ve got your furniture sorted, it’s time to dress the table so it’s fit for a queen, or at least a Jubilee party.

Al fresco dining is much more informal than dining inside, so it’s not a requirement to have perfectly matching sets of crockery or glassware. In fact, it can be a great opportunity to bring your personality or a little bit quirkiness into the dining experience.

Do you want your Jubilee celebration to feel modern and fresh? Or do you want to go out with bunting and fine china? Going to charity shop, car boot sales, or antique stores is an excellent way to discover vintage crockery and glassware that fits perfectly into the royal theme.

Once you’ve found everything you need, a tablecloth or runner can bring the whole thing together. Plain white will add simplicity and elegance to your dining space (and will go perfectly with purple chairs!) Or a classic gingham pattern will really add to the vintage atmosphere Finish everything off with some flowers, teapots, or even glorious cake stand to act as a centrepiece.

Although you might not be thinking about what goes underneath the table at this point, an outdoor rug shouldn’t be overlooked. They can help define the dining area, especially in larger gardens, and give your al fresco space a more comforting atmosphere.

Step 3: Get comfy

Speaking of comforting atmospheres,  bringing in soft furnishing such as cushions and blankets to your outdoor dining can make it much more inviting and is the perfect way to add pops of colour to your party. Even napkins and the outdoor rugs mentioned above are opportunities to make your table and chair feel more welcoming.

For a Jubilee party, you might choose to go bold with red, white and blue cushions. Or if you want a more quintessentially British tea party, you could instead opt for softer floral patterns.

Cushion and blankets or throws are also great to have on hand when the weather gets cooler. No one wants to interrupt the celebrations to move everything and everyone indoors. If you want to dial up that royal factor, you can always nestle under one of our stylish birdcage umbrella (as modelled by Her Majesty herself) should the wind pick up or the heaven decide to open. They’re available in all sorts of colour and patterns to go with rest of your décor!

Step 4: Turn up the atmosphere

Now that your dining area is set up, it’s time to add the finishing accessories to really bring the atmosphere to life.

Plant pots or planting troughs are a great way to add definition accessories to really bring the atmosphere to life.

Plant pots or planting troughs are great way to add definition or separate your dining space from the rest of your garden.  The greenery combined with the scents of flowers and herbs can really add the feeling of a regal private garden or country getaway.

If the day is overcast or your festivities extend after the sun has gone down, the right lighting is also essential. A chimenea or firepit can act as a central focal point for your gathering, add some much-needed warmth, and provide a great place for guests to socialise.

If you don’t want to hassle of open flames, or if there will be excitable children at your party, you can still bring in light and warmth with fairy lights and hurricane lanterns. They’re an easy and inexpensive way to make your alfresco space a little more magical and intimate in the evening.

Once everything is in place, don’t forget to round off the atmosphere with an outdoor speaker and some good music. At Fulton, we’re particularly fond of classic British hits- just make sure whatever you choose to play is quiet enough that your guests, friends, and family can comfortable hear and speak over it.

5.  Enjoy your Jubilee Party!

With your alfresco dining area ready for the party, all you need to do now is add the food, the drink, and the guests.

Popular British treats such as sparkling wine, pork pies, cucumber sandwiches, and Vitoria sponge cake are absolute musts for any Jubilee celebration! A buffet-style menu is particularly ideal for alfresco dining since you won’t have to wander back and forth to the kitchen.

Gather your family and friends, keep your umbrellas on hand just in case, and have a spectacular weekend celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.


Best Places to Plan Your UK Staycation | Fulton Umbrellas

These are the Top UK destinations not to be missed on your staycation

In the last couples of years, the staycation trend has boomed. Although more travel is being allowed and restrictions are easing, the number of people choosing stay closer to home rather than a take trip continues to boom in 2022.

So while we’re feeling wistful for the summer holidays here at Fulton Umbrellas, we thought we’d dig into some research and find the best places to visit in the UK, based on average temperatures and the number of hotels and restaurants.


Cornwall is a stunning spot along the southwest coast where everywhere you look, you can find gorgeous, golden beaches and quaint fishing villages.

Some places like Eden Project and the city of Newquay are popular tourist spots and receive masses of visitors  each year. While the busy spots are still amazing to see, if you’re like us and prefer somewhere quieter once in a while, you’ll find many lesser-travelled areas too. Should the mood arise, you can find serene sandy beaches to take a peaceful walk along at Trevone Bay, just outside of Padstow.

For when you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s plenty of adrenaline-fuelled fun to be had kayaking, surfing and sailing, whether you’re already a pro or a total novice.

After the fun is done and you’re looking for somewhere to sit and eat great food, there are 1,965 restaurants to choose from. Pasties, ice cream, local dishes, and some of the best seafood in the UK – when in Cornwall you’ll never be too far from a delicious meal.

From cute little B&Bs to nearly 2,500 hotels, you also won’t be short of places in Cornwall to rest your head at the end of the day.

Fulton’s highlight: Tintagel Castle, Adrenalin Quarry, The Camel Trail


Between the Old Town and the New Town, the city of Edinburgh has winding streets, historical sites, and many secrets just to be uncovered.

Running through the heart of the Old Town, Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is aptly named, as it connects the two royal residences: Holyrood House and Edinburgh Castle. It’s the perfect way to experience the city’s past and present as you weave between grand architecture, modern shops, and your pick of the many amazing cafes,  and restaurants.

For the nicer days, the ancient dormant volcano known as Arthur’s Seat rises above the bustling streets and is a great afternoon getaway. Taking a picnic with you means you can also enjoy 360-degree views of the city and Lothians while you eat!

If the climb doesn’t sound appealing, there are plenty of parks, galleries and gardens to explore as well. The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of our favourites- featuring 72 acres of lush gardens and a stunning glass greenhouse  where you can find a peaceful hideaway from the busy streets.

Fulton’s highlight: Lauriston Castle and Gardens, Scott Monument, Scotch Whisky Experience


Next on our list is Kent, and there’s a good reason why is has been known as the ‘garden of England’ for so long. With countless trails running though the slice of English countryside, Kent is the perfect getaway for walking and cycling enthusiasts.

Whether on foot, on two wheels or chugging along the heritage railway, visiting Kent is like taking a journey through many different eras of English history, from Dover Castle’s  900-year-old legacy to medieval Canterbury.

Kent’s average temperature is also 15 degrees, so you’ll be sure of a pleasant day out. Mostly sure, that is- best to pack one of our umbrellas in your bag just in case the Great British weather decides to live up to its reputation!

If you prefer the seaside to the rolling hills, there are many thriving towns to explore along the coastline. This includes the popular resorts of Margate, where you’ll find many family-friendly activities to keep both you and the kids entertained. There are also the iconic white cliffs of Dover, which not only offer amazing views across the Channel but are also home to families of seats that you might be lucky enough to spot!

Kent’s Heritage Coast was the only UK destinations featured in Lonely Planet’s list of the best regions to visit in the world in 2022. That alone is more than enough reason to add Kent to your staycation list. The fact that it’s also home to some of the best vineyards and wineries in the UK is a bonus if you’re partial to glass or two.

Fulton’s highlights: Canterbury Cathedral, Prison Island, Chapel Don Winery.

Lake District

The Lake District has a bit of a reputation when it comes to the weather, often cig cited as one of the rainiest places in England. However, it’s also the largest National Park in England. From soaring fells to tranquil lakes and cute villages, this is not a place you want to overlook.

There’s an almost fairy-tale-like beauty to the Luke District, with quiet forests, hidden waterfalls and moss-covered trails that are so tempting to lose yourself in. Stock Ghyll Force just outside of Ambleside is a particularly beautiful spot to sit and listen to the rush of the water.

In between these are busy towns such as Windermere, one of the hottest tourist destinations in the UK. Here you’ll find many shops to explore and activities to dive into- boat rides across the 11-mile-long lake are always a good choice.

When you’ve had enough of walking, hiking, cycling, or sailing, there are plenty of laid-back attraction to visit as well. Enter the charming world to Beatrix Potter at Hill Top Farm, wander through quaint villages, and discover amazing country pubs to grab bit in.

In case you do happen to visit when the clouds are rolling in- a rainy adventure is still an adventure in the Lake District! Just make sure to pack our adults’ and kids’ umbrellas in your backpack- they’re sturdy enough to keep you protected whatever the weather.

Fulton’s highlight: Theatre By The Lake, Tarn How’s Townend.


No holiday in London could be long enough to explore everything this massive, bustling city has to offer. But that’s no reason not to spend some time enjoying the countless attractions and sights you can find in one of the world’s most visited cities.

From the quirky to the cultural, London is the place where you can enter renowned museums and art galleries, admire the sweeping gothic architecture and huge skyscrapers, then hop on the Tube to go and play life-sized Monopoly with your friends.

There’s no short supply of places to eat either, According to our research, the UK capital has the most restaurants in the UK, coming in at 20,564. While you probably can’t sample all of them on your trip, London is melting pot of cuisines from across the world that your taste buds are just beginning to discover. If you’re feeling fancy, London is also home to the second most Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe next to Paris, the sixth most in the world.

The capital also gets the highest average temperature in the UK, around 17 degrees. This makes it ideal for your plans, whether that’s sightseeing on an open-top bus, wandering the famous market streets, or ducking into one of the many indoor attractions. If you do get caught out in the rain, you can just do as the Queen does grab one of our birdcage umbrellas to keep you dry and looking stylish?

Fulton’s highlight: British Museum, Leadenhall Market, Buckingham Palace

If you’re still wondering where to go on your next staycation or are planning a weekend away from the daily grind, we hope these have inspired you to get planning your next adventure closer to home! Go on, what you are waiting for?


Peaky Blinders – Will It End In a Storm? | Fulton Umbrellas

Peaky Blinder has amassed quite the following since its release in 2013. Now, almost a decade later, fans continue to watch the series with open hearts. We don’t know about you, but our team are sitting on the edge of our seats to see what will become of our beloved-protagonist Tommy.

Here at Fulton umbrellas, we are proud to be the official supplier of men’s and ladies’ umbrellas to BBC’s Peaky Blinders. It is also interesting to see fans speculate about how the weather is used throughout the television series. So buckle up, we’re going to explore some (spoiler-free) tantalising fan theories.

Exploring previous seasons

In recent weeks, devoted fans have been investigating the use of rain amid the sixth and final season of the television show. Pathetic fallacy, or ascribing human qualities to that which is non-human, is a common technique in television.  But has this been utilised throughout the series?

On Reddit, once user pointed out that the rain has appeared as far back as the second season. In episode two, after Michael’s friend Isaiah is racially profiled, brother Arthur and John set the Marquis of Lorne public house ablaze.

Rain is crashing down during the sequence, and Arthur even washes his bloody hands- or red right hand, according to the famous theme song- in the rainwater. If we are considering the use of pathetic fallacy, rain is used here to represent the transgression and vengeance in their arson.

The symbolic use of the weather doesn’t stop there. During the finale of season four, Laura Marling’s cover of ‘A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall’ plays over a montage of the Shelby family, where Tommy celebrate the baptism of his son and becomes the new Labour PM for Birmingham South, While the onscreen sunshine suggests a positive resolution, the music is anything but.

The song, which explores the poisoning and eventual death of a boy, is foreboding of Tommy’s future struggles. Fans will know what following seasons brought, after all. And if you haven’t seen it, we can tell you it definitely wasn’t all sunshine.

Considering the sixth season

The sixth season explores disturbing cultural shift before the second world war. So far, it has been an emotional rollercoaster. Almost a decade after the first episodes us to the Shelbys, fans are still taken aback by the actions and consequences that these character face.

Tommy, for example, hears of some heart-breaking news at the end of episode three. This is accompanied by a display of rain like no other, mirroring his current struggles and what is to come. Whether you’re a fan of Tommy Shelby or not, it will make you feel sympathy for the morally-grey protagonist.

If you ‘re not ready to say goodbye to the Shelby family, we have just the treat for you. This isn’t the end! A Peaky Blinder movie, which will continue the storyline from the end of this season, is set to begin filming in 2023. Do you think we see Tommy on the silver screen?

There you have it. The team at Fulton Umbrellas, who also provide umbrellas to The Crown, are eagerly awaiting the sixth episode. If the show ends in a storm, we know that the Shelby family will be ready.


Has there been any rain before season 6? from PeakyBlinders

Half-Term Fun: Family Activities in London | Fulton Umbrellas

London is full of adventures waiting to happen. These come in all shapes and sizes, from a fairy-tale afternoon tea to an exotic zoo. So, if you’re looking for a place to visit this half term, London might be the best place for your family. Really, there is no limit to the number of fun things children can do.

Here, we will explore five family-friendly activities you can enjoy in London this half-term.

    1. Enjoy a picnic in Hype Park
      Contrary to popular belief, spending time in London with your family doesn’t need to cost a fortune. There are lots of activities you can enjoy the cost very little or nothing at all. A picnic in the park is a great choice for children of all ages, and where better to go than Hyde Park? The grassy fields span over 350 acres and include the picturesque Serpentine Lake.We all know that the weather in London can be unpredictable. To prepare for any occasion, you can pack a pair of adult’s and kid’s umbrella. Then, come rain or shine, the whole family can enjoy a picnic in the park this half-term.
    2. Discover the wonders of wildlife at ZSL London Zoo
      Children are curious at heart, The zoo is an ideal place for both young adventures and animal enthusiasts. So, where better to go this half-term than ZSL London Zoo? From ginormous giraffes to lounging lions, there are lots of wildlife waiting to discovered. This is family-friendly activity suitable for anytime of the year. including a rainy February afternoon.
    3. Explore the wizarding world of London
      Harry Potter may be a fictional universe, but that doesn’t mean we can’t experience the wizarding world for ourselves. London is teeming with magical activities for the whole family, children and adults alike. To start, you can visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and see the familiar films sets for yourself.
      The fun doesn’t have to stop there. After a day full of chocolate frogs and butter beer, you can explore Shaftsbury Avenue and see the live production of Harry Potter and Curse Child– what could be better than that? If you’re leaving the city at King’s Cross, don’t forget to take a picture by platform 9 3/4 and buy collectables from the Harry Potter store.
    4. Dine on sweet treats at Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at Sanderson
      After a day full of family-friendly activities, you might want to settle down and have a meal at the table-rather than on a picnic blanket. Whether you’re looking for savoury dinners or sweet treats, London has an assortment of restaurant suitable for any child. After all, they may be small, but they do work up a feisty appetite.
      Every child has dreamed of attending the Mad Hatter’s tea party. Well, those wishes are sure to come true at Sanderson. The Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea is perfect for those with a sweet tooth- the cakes are irresistibly good. This is also a great opportunity for adults to sit back, relax, and have a cup of English Breakfast tea.
    5. Work as a team at The Crystal Maze LIVE London Experience
      The Crystal Maze is an experience like no other. This is chance for adults and children over 13 years old to work as a team and complete challenges that aren’t a part of everyday life. Whether your child is an aspiring athlete or an expert coder, there is an activity here for everyone to enjoy.
      These are five examples, but there are lots other things you can do in London. The city is filled to the brim with family-friendly fun. It doesn’t matter if they’re a bookworm or sports star, children are able to find activities that suit them and their wonderful personalities. Which slice of fun do you fancy today?


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