Top garden games to enjoy with the family
Posted 2nd June 2020 by SOCKSHOPGet into the competitive spirit in the comfort of your garden with five of our favourite outdoor games…
Cornhole has been popular in the US for decades but remains relatively unknown on our shores. The concept is simple: players take turns throwing a bean bag at a board, which is fixed at an angle and has a hole in the far end. A bag in the hole scores three points and one on the board scores one point. Cornhole has its own scoring system called “cancellation scoring”, meaning only the highest score counts in each turn, creating a dramatic race to 21 points.
If you’re hoping to raise your heart rate in the garden you could always try creating your own badminton court. Don’t worry if you’re lacking space or haven’t mown the lawn, because this game is surprisingly easy to set up and can be played almost anywhere. All you need is a net, a couple of rackets and some shuttlecocks. Before you know it, you’ll be hitting drops, drives and smashes with your nearest and dearest.
Consider your search for an alternative garden game complete now that you’ve found ladder golf. The set consists of two free-standing ladders made up of three rungs, along with some unusual projectiles. Your job is to throw the small lengths of rope with balls on either end and try to snare them around the rungs. Will you play it safe and throw low, or aim high and risk it all for a shot at unforgettable glory?
Forget the membership fees and all-white uniforms. Why not start a bowls club of your own from beyond your back door? Start by rolling your jack down one end of the garden, then take it in turns to try to get your bowls as near to it as you can. Feel free to thwack your opponents’ balls out of the way, too. The perfect competition for a sunny day, and the best bit is you can still play with a bumpy lawn.
Think volleyball with trampolines. Spikeball is played with a light ball and a trampoline net a few inches off the ground. Teams take it in turns to strike the ball at the net with the palm of their hands, and the opposing team must move in 360 degrees to return the shots. Teams can volley the ball twice before they have to strike the trampoline, with the intention to catch the opposing team off guard, causing them to drop the ball. Your grass-stained knees are a small price to pay when family bragging rights are on the line.