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BBQ Season at Orchard Park

Top Tips from Orchard Park for the Perfect BBQ

To celebrate National BBQ Week 2017 (29th May – 4th June) we will have special offers on our range of Weber BBQs and accessories as well as in Lagan Farm Shop butchery.  To kick off BBQ season we have put together a guide on how to create the perfect BBQ!

Get the Right BBQ

This may seem like an obvious statement but having the right tools for the job is essential, which also applies to barbequing!  The debate over which is best, gas or charcoal, is a fierce one but with the help from Weber we hope we can help you decide.

It is recommended that you choose a BBQ which is best suited to your needs.  Charcoal BBQs add to the excitement and anticipation; setting out the coals, lighting them and then waiting until they are up to the perfect cooking temperature is what makes a perfect BBQ for some.  Others prefer the convenience and spontaneity of a gas BBQ as they offer the flexibility to just ‘fire it up’ whenever you like and start cooking almost immediately, adjusting the temperature with simply a twist of a dial.

Here at Orchard Park we have a great range of Weber BBQs (along with accessories) and are able to offer advice to help you choose the right BBQ for you.

Make Your Own BurgersLamb_Cooked_Burger

Our Lagan Farm Shop butchers have been busy making burgers, sausages (available gluten free), rump steak kebabs and chicken skewers as well as marinated sticky BBQ ribs all ready for the grill!  There is no doubt about it, homemade burgers are simply better! If you would like to give making your own a go, we have grass fed beef and lamb mince available from our own farm next door.  There are so many different flavour combinations to choose from achievable by simply adding different seasonings or fresh herbs.  Lamb burgers with freshly grown and picked mint from the garden and sweet chilli beef burgers are always a firm favourite.  Lagan Farm Shop also has a selection of chutneys, pickles, seasonings and sauces.

BBQs Aren’t Just Good For Meat

Contrary to popular belief BBQs aren’t just for the meat-eaters among us and can be used to create a variety of hearty vegetarian meals.  Pizzas, pasta dishes, flat breads and even cakes can all be cooked and baked on the BBQ by using some of the Weber accessories.  Take a look at some great recipes available from Weber, click HERE to open the link.

Finally, Set the Scene

This year make the most of your outdoor space and let your garden be an extension to your living area.  Here at Orchard Park we have a range of quality garden furniture from Cosy Bay and Alexander Rose, along with a range of decorative fencing, aggregates and stoneware, garden lighting, outbuildings and of course plants that can transform your garden into a space for entertaining and relaxing.

So what are you waiting for? Make the most of your summer and get grilling!


Flowers for my Valentine

There are many stories as to how the Valentines tradition of receiving a red rose from a known loved one, or a secret admirer, was started and the modern day celebration of the day has evolved and been shaped throughout history.

The red rose is considered to be the flower of love and passion, featuring in songs, poetry and paintings for many years and therefore it’s only logical that it should be the bloom of choice for Valentines!

Here at Orchard Park we have some beautiful red Naomi Roses with their smooth, perfectly red velvety petals they are the ultimate rose for those extra special romantic gestures.  Out of all commercially grown roses Naomi Roses are the only ones that are scented and have a sweet yet subtle perfume.

The red Naomi Rose has an excellent vase life which means you can enjoy their beautiful large head of subtlety scented petals for longer!  They have a strong stem and are incredibly striking making them the ideal bloom for your loved one.

Green Toys & Alphabet Jigsaws

Are you searching for a children’s gift that has that extra something? If so, take a look at Green Toys and Alphabet Jigsaws at Orchard Park!

Green Toys are made in the USA from 100% Kerbside collected recycled plastic. By reusing and recycling plastic it saves energy, reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions and minimises the carbon footprint.

Green Toys also meet all international toy safety standards, contain no BPA, PVC or Phthalates.  They are robust, colourful and fun and can be used anytime, including mealtimes, as they are dishwasher safe!

Alphabet Jigsaws were established in 1997, creating original handcrafted wooden jigsaw puzzles. Their extensive range suits a broad spectrum of ages and are designed to both educate and entertain.  They familiarise younger children with numbers as well as letters and introduce older children to geography.

Alphabet Jigsaws are British designed and hand made in Sri Lanka using ethical methods of employment and sustainability. Each jigsaw and fridge magnet is individually cut and painted by hand to be durable, colourful, challenging and above all fun!

Each jigsaw comes with a natural cotton draw string bag for storage of the puzzle pieces.

Painted using non-toxic paints and primers, all Alphabet Jigsaw products meet the required European Toy Safety Standards.

Elf on the Shelf® Adoption Centre Dorset

Orchard Park Garden Centre are incredibly excited to announce that we have had the nod from Father Christmas himself and been approved as one of the few official UK Elf on the Shelf® Adoption Centres! Now you can take home the magic this Christmas from Orchard Park and create a wonderful family Christmas tradition.

What is the The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition?

The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition is a magical story that explains how Santa’s scout elves help him manage his naughty and nice lists. Each book comes as part of a box set that also includes one of Santa’s scout elves.

The scout elf receives its Christmas magic when their family gives it a name, and that special magic allows the elf to fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures and to manage his naughty and nice lists. Upon returning from their nightly journeys, the scout elves hide and wait for children to find them!

Are there any rules for adopting an Elf on the Shelf®?

There are two simple rules that every child knows when it comes to having a scout elf. First, a scout elf cannot be touched; Christmas magic is very fragile and if a scout elf is touched it may lose that magic and be unable to fly back to the North Pole.

If your scout elf has been touched, you can apologize by writing a letter to Santa, or saying you’re sorry to your elf. Then, please sprinkle a little cinnamon beside him or her before you go to bed; cinnamon is like vitamins for scout elves, and it helps them get back to the North Pole. Once they arrive, the North Pole doctors will check them out.

Second, a scout elf cannot speak or move while anyone in the house is awake! A scout elf’s job is to watch and listen.

When does my scout elf arrive?

Scout elves typically appear in their families’ homes at the beginning of the holiday season. On Christmas Eve, the scout elves return to the North Pole with Santa Claus—until next year!

How can I adopt a scout elf?

Much like you would go to a pet shop to adopt a pet, your Elf on the Shelf® can be adopted too. Orchard Park is an official Santa-approved Elf on the Shelf® adoption centre and we like to make sure that every scout elf receives a good home. You can find many Elf on the Shelf® products for your family Christmas tradition here too! Remember to call ahead to make sure the elves are ready for adoption before you arrive.

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