The UK’s biggest BBQ focussed campaign takes place this week. National BBQ Week 2022 celebrates everything BBQ and encourages people to embrace BBQ culture, cooking outdoors and enjoying delicious summer food. It is time to go barmy for a barbi!

BBQ Benefits

There are many benefits to barbecuing. Here are a few ways in which a BBQ can benefit your social life, health and even the value of your home:


Having a BBQ is a great way of entertaining friends and family. The BBQ becomes the focal point of any social gathering and acts as the ‘theatre of the garden’. People can watch as you cook their dinner, while enjoying the weather and outdoor space.

Adding Value to your Home

Outdoor kitchens are much more than a place to put the BBQ grill – you can build up your whole outdoor area around it, adding patio furniture, heaters and more to create a comfortable outdoor paradise. Adding a built-in BBQ to your outdoor living space is also a great investment.

Outdoor kitchens have a high rate of return on investment when compared to other outdoor home improvement projects.

Keeping your Home Clean

Cooking outside prevents your home from getting messy, from being filled with smoke or unwanted food smells. Without using the oven and other kitchen appliances, you will also help to keep your utility costs lower.


Grilling food is better for you than nearly any other cooking option. It is delicious, less greasy and – when done right – can be a healthy option. The high heat of grilling helps food retain its moisture too, so all meat and fish is going to be particularly succulent.

Cooking at home is also healthier than eating in restaurants, because you can control how much butter, oil and salt goes into and onto your food. Barbecuing at home using marinades and rubs can be very healthy and tasty!

BBQ Facts

  • Thanks to various Covid lockdowns, at-home eating and entertaining is now the UK’s number one summer home leisure activity, with three out of four households now owning some type of BBQ
  • In 2021 the UK hosted approximately 165 million BBQs, with 15 million being held over the 2021 Easter Bank Holiday alone
  • Chicken is the most popular BBQ food, followed by burgers and then sausages
  • There are far more vegetarian and vegan options for BBQ-ing now. It is estimated that around 29% of all BBQs in 2021 contained a primary vegetarian or plant base
  • Hooded BBQs are now the most popular style in the UK, accounting for 57% of all sales followed by flat-bed grills with smokers, ceramic egg and plancha grills growing fast
  • Couples are 4 times more likely to host a BBQ than singles. Only 4% of pensioners are likely to have a BBQ
  • 33% of men and 32% of women now attend between 9-10 BBQs per year

Weber BBQs at Van Hage

Peterborough One’s stores are filled with ideas to help you BBQ to perfection this National BBQ Week, as well as all the equipment you need to fire up a fantastic feast.

Head to Van Hage to browse and buy their range of Weber BBQs. Weber make world class BBQs that are loved by families globally. Easy to use and easy to clean, Weber BBQs are both stylish and practical. Weber say: “We know what grillers need, because we are grillers!”

Choose from a selection of Weber BBQs for coal or gas and get ready to make summertime memories around your new Weber BBQ this National BBQ Week.


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