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From boules to Swingball, make the most of the summer with these garden games for all the family

As temperatures seem to be rising in the UK this week, now is a great time to get the whole family out and invest in fun outdoor games.

Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, heading to the park, or looking for a way to keep the kids entertained, you can’t go wrong with some friendly yet competitive yard games.

Ahead, we’ve selected some of the top rated outdoor games in the garden for both kids and adults. From traditional garden sets like boules to fun party games like goal ball, these will get everyone out of their seats to participate.

Jaques of London Target Ball, £ 18.99

You really can’t go wrong with a traditional hit-the-target game. Not only is the Jacques of London Target Ball game suitable for all ages, it also scores high in terms of ease of assembly, portability and fun.

The set comes with an inflatable target disc, which you can easily inflate in minutes, along with three balls that you throw at the target with the Velcro squares that relate to the score you achieve. The ring is designed with a few handles so you can hang it from a tree or shed, for example, which is useful for making it higher or lower for the children.

It’s one for the whole family as older kids and adults can count their scores, while you can adapt the game for smaller kids who can just practice their throwing skills without keeping score.

One delighted customer wrote in their review: ‘Bought this for a birthday BBQ – was a huge hit from the moment it arrived. Easy to assemble – my 14 year old son did. Everyone enjoyed going – from 12 year olds to 80+. ‘

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KandyToys Nalu 8 Piece Bocce Set, £ 6.51

Jeu de boules is a timeless classic. It’s wonderfully simple, cost effective, and loved by adults and kids alike.

The KandyToys Nalu 8 Piece Bocce Set is priced at less than £ 7, so it’s a very affordable choice that’s sure to provide hours of entertainment. A great to take to the park or the beach, it can be played with a patch of grass really anywhere.

The bright colors in the set make it easy to distinguish between players. Use the white ball as your target and then take turns aiming and throwing your balls as close to the white as possible. The closest wins.

The handy storage and carrying case makes it a great game to take with you on vacation, and it can be easily stored when not in use.

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NUOBESTY 12-Piece Dodgeball Tag, £ 15.09

You will need some space for this game, but it is sure to be a hit with smaller kids.

Aside from the inevitable laughter, Dodgeball Tag is a great way to get the kids to burn off some steam and have some good old-fashioned running around. The kit comes with two sticky vests and ten balls. The balls are super soft, so you don’t have to worry if the game gets a bit competitive. The goal is to get as many of your balls as possible onto the opponent’s vest.

It’s worth noting that some reviews have noted that this game is better suited for toddlers and smaller kids than bigger kids. One of them commented, “Brilliant for the kids, have a two year old and a six year old a lot of fun for the summer and keep them active, very soft balls so no one gets hurt.”

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Swingball 7101 Classic, £ 25.99

Swingball has been a hit with families for years and has become somewhat of a summer staple. This classic high energy game is sure to keep adults and kids on their toes. Moreover, you do not always have to ask for your ball back from the neighbors.

Since you don’t have to worry about big hits or rogue shots, this is a great way to introduce your kids to tennis. Whether you are practicing shots with the little ones, enjoying a rally with friends or just playing alone, you will certainly benefit a lot from this game.

It can also be put in the sand so it’s a good game to take to the beach. It is also worth noting that this Swingball set can be adjusted in height and thus is a good option for the whole family.

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Selections 4 Player Wooden Croquet Game, £ 26.99

A good old-fashioned jar of croquet practically screams summer and is a great investment if you don’t already have a set.

This croquet set from Selections is a much cheaper set than some of the others on the market, but it does the job just as well. The sturdy set comes with four hammers, four balls and wire rings so you can lay down your court.

You will need a little space for this game so it is an advantage if you have a larger yard. But once the set is ready, both the adults and the kids are sure to have fun at any BBQ or outdoor event.

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