A novel alternative to an electric hot tub, the Dutchtub is wood-fired so can be placed anywhere in the garden. The woodburner can be used as a barbecue while heating the water and the fibreglass tub comes in six colours: two-person, £2,900; four-person, £4,500. Call 01395 224007 (bigfire.co.uk).
Bodum Fyrkat kettle-style portable barbecue, large enough to feed a family, easy to carry. £49.50 at Selfridges (selfridges.co. uk).
For outdoor music, the Vita Audio R1 MkII is a simple but top-quality digital radio that also connects to an iPod or iPhone. £159.99; rechargeable battery pack £39.99; hand-stitched leather case £49.99. Visit vitaaudio.com.
Solar-powered colour-changing tubes come on at dusk automatically and light up the garden. £5. Call 08456 080807, or visit wilkinsonplus.com.
Everyone wants a turn with the Parrot AR.Drone, which can be controlled with an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Play games and see live video from the helicopter; £299. Visit hmv.com.
This clever LooftLighter, a Swedish mains-powered gadget, uses very hot air to get a charcoal barbecue (or a fire) started in seconds. You will never need to resort to using a bottle of lighter fluid to get the supper cooking again. £49.95 (looft-lighter.com).
The Ewolution Gas Barbecue will turn your patio into an extra room for entertaining, with optional sink and hob; £399. Visit johnlewis.com.