Ten ways to make the most of the countryside experience
The very best products and services to help you enjoy the British countryside
1. Sustainable, delicious food for your dog
Pioneering British pet food brand Burns Pet Nutrition has reinvented its popular wet food variety to make it even more sustainable. The new range of Burns Wet Food - previously known as Penlan Farm - is hand-cooked in Wales, made with responsibly sourced ingredients and comes in a new and improved recyclable tray. As with everything else made under the Burns moniker, the new wet food is healthy, hypoallergenic, wholesome, highly digestible and made from a single protein source. With tasty varieties such as organic chicken, hearty lamb, wild fish and free-range egg, even the fussiest dogs can get their tails wagging for Burns.
Discover your dog’s new favourite meal by visiting burnspet.co.uk.
2. Find the perfect luxury furniture to suit your space
LUXSALE is the UK’s largest luxury furniture showroom and outlet store, with discounts of up to 70% off designer homeware and accessories. The team pride themselves on their dedication to quality craftsmanship and supreme service from concept through to installation, and showcase their designs across 140 expertly curated room sets in the 100,000sq ft showroom in West London. Brand new, trending stock is added daily, with limited-edition items selling out quickly. All orders - online and in-store - are available for immediate delivery and guaranteed in seven days or less through the white glove delivery service, which can be fully aligned to your personal schedule. Enjoy 10% off by adding code SHOP10 at checkout.
3. Check if you’re due a stamp duty refund
If you have an SIPP (self-invested personal pension) or SSAS (small self-administered scheme) pension holding commercial property, you may be in for a tax windfall. SDLT Refunds’ research shows that thousands of people may have paid stamp duty in error when transferring their business premises into their pensions over the past 16 years. The company can help you get that money back - it offers a free initial assessment and operates on a no win, no fee basis.
To find out more visit sdltrefunds.co.uk/pensions.
4. Become a master of the barbecue
Master the art of charcoal grilling and smoking with Masterbuilt's Gravity Series 560 Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker. With this all-in-one unit, you can smoke, grill, sear, bake, roast and more. It’s powerful enough to reach 110°C in seven minutes or 370°C in 13 minutes, while affording users the ability to perfectly control cooking time with either the digital control panel or the smart device control using wifi or Bluetooth. The DigitalFan allows for precise temperature control, while the built-in temperature gauge and meat probe thermometer make for perfect results every time. The GravityFed hopper holds four and a half kilos of lump charcoal or seven kilos of briquettes for 12-15 hours of use, while the reversible smoke and sear cast-iron grates are excellent for low and slow smoking or high heat searing. Two porcelain-coated warming/smoking racks provide masses of cooking space. Each unit comes with a one-year warranty.
To find a retailer near you, visit uk.masterbuilt.com/pages/gravity-series.
5. Elevate your exteriors with premium outdoor furniture
Are you looking for a garden furniture upgrade this summer? Create a luxurious countryside feel in your garden by snagging a great deal from Mattressman’s selection of furniture and accessories. Whether you’re looking for an outside dining set, corner group, casual sofa set, daybed or sun loungers, the vast range is sure to contain something that will suit your outdoor space. From gorgeous rattan pieces to modern metal furnishings, Mattressman covers every kind of occasion, aesthetic and budget. What’s more, many in-stock furnishings come with free next working day delivery when ordered before 4pm Monday to Thursday, so you can enjoy your new garden furniture set by the weekend.
View Mattressman’s collection of outside furniture at mattressman.co.uk/outdoor-and-garden.
6. Change the way you eat outdoors with a multipurpose cooker and heater
Change the way you eat outdoors with a multipurpose cooker and heater The Ozpig is a clever Aussie invention that will revolutionise your outdoor dining. Hearty appetites and a passion for travel inspired the Shepherd family to develop a unique, multipurpose cooker that offers convenience and endless cooking options. They also wanted the ambience of an open fire and a versatile heater that could be used on their outdoor adventures with friends and family. Fire up the fuel-efficient Ozpig using your choice of wood or charcoal, safe in the knowledge that it’s tough enough to withstand the harshest conditions with very little maintenance. New to the range is the Big Pig, ideal for cooking and heating at home, and the Oven Smoker, which can be used in conjunction with both the Ozpig and Big Pig.
Check out the growing network of knowledgeable dealers for more information.
7. Make exploring the countryside easier with handy bike racks
One of the best ways to experience everything the stunning UK countryside has to offer is on two wheels. Now it’s simpler than ever to take your bicycle along on your next trip with Pendle Bike Racks - your link to adventure. With a rack to suit every vehicle, it’s so easy to take your bike with you to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. All Pendle Bike Racks are made right here in the UK using only the toughest, highest quality materials to ensure they’re built to last.
Visit pbr.co.uk for details or call the team on 03330 155 575 to discuss the best option for you.
8. Plan your environmentally friendly dream house
Eco house pioneer Baufritz is at the vanguard of sustainable house construction, with all structures sourced from natural materials - primarily wood from certified sustainable managed forests. The team of scientists behind Baufritz has been researching and designing sustainable houses since the 1970s. They operate a closed-loop manufacturing process whereby waste is reused, so requiring fewer resources compared to traditional building methods. With energy efficiency key to tackling climate change, Baufritz houses are incredibly well insulated. They use triple glazing, and their natural insulation is Cradle to Cradle Certified. By including heat pumps, PV and heat recovery technology, the internal ambience and building’s carbon footprint is further improved. The best part of creating a Baufritz house is that you’re not limited by design choices. No two houses are the same and the company can build a wide range of building styles and finishes.
9. Visit an open-air haven of art and nature
Nestled in the Dorset countryside, Sculpture by the Lakes is a popular 26-acre park offering beauty, peace and tranquillity in a vast open space. Here, nature’s beauty is combined with inspiring works of art, free from the constraints of traditional galleries. Sculpture by the Lakes is owned by Simon Gudgeon, an internationally recognised sculptor whose work is favoured by royalty and rock stars, with more than 30 of his pieces installed in this idyllic setting and available for sale to private collectors. The park also represents other widely recognised sculptors, with their work on display in both the outdoor setting as well as in the largest gallery space in Dorset - Gallery by the Lakes. Simon's works are featured in important private collections including those of the Duke of Bedford, Duke of Northumberland and Prince Charles. Sculpture by the Lakes is located at Pallington Lakes near Dorchester. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.
Visit sculpturebythelakes.co.uk for more information.
10. Help to support equine care and rescue
Founded in 1968 by Peter Hunt, Bransby Horses is one of the UK's largest equine welfare charities, dedicated to improving the lives of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. The organisation has nearly 1,000 equines in its care across two sites in Lincolnshire and foster homes around the country, many of which come from situations of mistreatment and neglect. The charity relies solely on support from the general public to continue its mission to improve the lives of its animals through its key charity principles; rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming and providing specialist sanctuary care. From just £5 per month, you can support the ongoing rescue and rehabilitation of equines across the UK by becoming a Friend of Bransby Horses. Become a friend today.
Find out more at bransbyhorses.co.uk/become-a-friend.