Parasols – our pick of the best

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Here comes the sun – and out come the garden parasols!

We welcome the sunshine with open arms but there are times when shade is desirable, especially during the hottest hours of the day. For these times the humble parasol is the saviour that allows you to enjoy the outdoors without feeling the heat.

There are plenty of styles to choose from – classic navy, green or cream garden parasols, large cantilever parasols (some complete with lights!), pretty country florals or seaside-inspired garden umbrellas. With sun awareness there are now more designs made using fabrics with a cover equivalent to a high UV rating of UPF50, so it’s well worth looking out for these parasols to protect your loved ones from the sun’s rays.

If you’re simply looking for a lighter weight cover there are plenty of decorative parasols, such as beautiful eastern designs, which provide plenty of shade and style in equal measure. Take a look at our favourite options to help stay cool this summer.

Image credit: Allan Trolle

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