When you’re hosting an outdoor event in the British summer, you have to think about all weather possibilities. Whilst the summer is generally the hottest part of the year, you cannot make any assumptions about weather, especially when you arrange an event in advance. If the weather turns to rain, you may find your event totally ruined without considerations such as shelter and umbrellas. It is worth hiring marquees and matting, and if your event is in a field you might need straw to place over parking areas that get muddy.
The second reason why you might want something like a marquee is to provide shelter against the sun. Many people find it uncomfortable to stay in direct sunlight, and it may pose a risk to them if they aren’t wearing sunblock. On the subject of hot weather, providing refreshment is absolutely essential. It’s very easy to get dehydrated on a hot summer’s day, and you should consider ice or a cooler/freezer to keep your drinks cold. A freezer is useful because you can also keep cold foods such as ice cream, however you should bear in mind that it will require power, from a generator or from a mains lead in the nearest building.
In a worst case scenario, you might be unlucky enough to get a thunderstorm on your day of choice for the event. If your event is in a field, you should call it off because open ground is a very dangerous place to be. If you’ve put up a marquee or other structures in advance, you should leave them up and not approach the area until the storm has subsided. You might be able to get away with hosting your event in a garden, provided your garden is not too big and there’s plenty of shelter.