Happy Halloween everybody!!

It is that time of year again!!

Love it or hate it – you certainly can’t ignore it – the streets tonight will be awash with children out trick or treating and this weekend will undoubtedly be full of Halloween parties all over the UK!!

This week I decided to publish some trivia about this annual holiday (stop groaning! I haven’t done one of my trivia pages in months!! Lol).

Here goes….

Halloween Holiday Trivia

  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
  • Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
  • Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
  • Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
  • Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
  • The fear of Halloween is known as Samhainopobia.

 Monster Trivia & Folklore

  • Signs of a werewolf are a unibrow, hair palms, tattoos, and a long middle finger.
  • Vampires are mythical beings who defy death by sucking the blood of humans.
  • In 1962, The Count Dracula Society was founded by Dr. Donald A. Reed.
  • To this day, there are vampire clubs and societies with people claiming to be real vampires.
  • There really are so-called vampire bats, but they’re not from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.
  • Many people still believe that gargoyles were created by medieval architects and stone carvers to ward off evil spirits.

Halloween Movie Details

  • “Halloween” was made in only 21 days in 1978 on a very limited budget.
  • The movie was shot in the Spring and used fake autumn leaves.
  • The mask used by Michael Meyers in the movie “Halloween” was actually William Shatner’s mask painted white.
  • The character Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis was named after John Carpenter’s first girlfriend.
  • While the setting for the story is in Illinois, the vehicles have California license plates.
  • Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Holloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago.

 Creepy Tidbits

  • If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.
  • Worldwide, bats are vital natural enemies of night-flying insects.
  • The common little brown bat of North America has the longest life span for a mammal it’s size, with a life span averaging 32 years.
  • In about 1 in 4 autopsies, a major disease is discovered that was previously undetected.
  • The Ouija Board ended up outselling the game of Monopoly in its first full year at Salem. Over two million copies of the Ouija Board were shipped.

Hope you all have a good time, don’t get too scared!!


Woodmeadow Garden Centre home of great customer service!

As many of our most loyal customers are aware, our garden centre in Northamptonshire has been going through a period of regeneration and expansion in the past few months.

The layout of our shop has been vastly improved and made more user friendly, our range has also been broadened to include many new lines such as gifts, greetings cards and garden tools / accessories.

One very recent addition to our site is the Bugtopia show which has showings during weekends and school holidays. For a very reasonable entrance fee you can see and learn about many different animals such as snakes, tarantulas and other small creatures. You can also have the opportunity to hold some if you are brave enough.

Pre-booking for this show is essential (show times are normally 11,1 and 3pm) and anyone wishing to reserve a space needs to call them on 01536 799778.

This show is a real crowd pleaser and is a fun experience for all the family.

After the show you can skip along to our tea room. Like the rest of Woodmeadow, this popular venue has been improved and now offers a variety of drinks as well as cold snacks and hot meals. There is a different meal on offer everyday and there is also a vegetarian option!

There is a very friendly atmosphere in out tea room and people often comment on this! Come and pay us a visit!

Fireworks on sale now at Woodmeadow!

It’s that time of year again! The nights are drawing in and the clocks will be going back at the end of October.
Thoughts turn to Halloween, Bonfire Night and dare I say it, Christmas.
We’ve got Bonfire night covered with a selection of Fireworks and sparklers now on sale.
We have rockets, candles, cakes, selection boxes and more.


This post was originally published on Woodmeadows website blog. Click here to pay them a visit.


Our brand new Timber Picnic Table is on special offer!!

Very recently we added a brand new Timber Picnic table to our ever expanding range.

This picnic table is manufactured with fully pressure treated timber and comes with easy to follow pictorial instructions and simple construction. It comes part assembled.


  • Pressure reated timber
  • Easy construction
  • 7 year warranty
  • Easy to follow pictorial instructions


  • Width 1750mm
  • Depth 1500mm
  • Height 750mm
  • Seat Width 250mm


 What’s more, not only is this a brand new product both on the market and to our range – it is also on special offer!


2 new promotions starting this week…

Two exciting new promotions start this week!


Our Lifetime large and small storage boxes have always been good sellers for us and the feedback we receive about them is always positive.

Manufactured with durable plastic and sturdy steel, these boxes are dent-resistant, weather resistant and very low maintenance. The panels are UV protected to resist cracking and will not fade.  They are ideal for storage of garden tools or toys amongst other things and have a lockable lid for extra security.

Visit our lifetime section to see these and further special offers available in this range.

Grab yourself a bargain!

Condensation In Metal Sheds – advice from one of our top manufacturers


Metal Garden Sheds are an incredibly popular alternative to traditional timber sheds and outdoor buildings, they are more weather resistant, secure, fire retardant and virtually maintenance free. Although metal sheds suffer from very few of the labour intensive problems associated with other types of shed, they can sometimes be affected by the condition of their surroundings. In a word ‘condensation’!

A high quality metal shed will incorporate design features like ventilation, which should avoid the issue of condensation, however occasionally dampness can be caused by external sources. If there is any moisture in the foundations, the warmer air inside the shed will rise and settle on the cold metal panels. The damp will then condense and drip down, creating a cycle, and once this process is established it is not terribly easy to halt, making prevention rather than cure, a better idea. If you have yet to create the foundation for your metal shed, there are few rules to ensure that condensation never raises its ugly head.

Make your base whether concrete or slab, a few inches larger than the base rail of the shed,


  • Place a damp-proof membrane into the foundations at least two inches higher than ground level.
  • Ensure that the newly laid foundations of your shed are allowed to cure for around 3-7 days, or longer if conditions are damp. This will avoid creating possible water related problems caused by insufficiently dried concrete.
  • When ready, bolt down your shed to the base and apply a silicone or mastic sealant to the inside shed base rails. By applying this to the inside you will facilitate trouble free drainage, while preventing water seepage into the shed.

If you have already constructed your metal shed and base and are currently faced with the problem of condensation, there are still ways of tackling this.

  • Remove your shed from its base and place a timber floor which is a few inches larger than the shed base measurements on raised bearers.
  • Secure the shed to the wooden floor using wood screws, and mastic seal the inside base rails of the shed.
  • Ensure regularly that water cannot stop ventilation by collecting underneath the floor.


  • Wait for a nice warm day, and begin by wiping down the underside of the roof panels with methylated spirits.
  • When dry attach polystyrene tiles to the underside with spray glue which is designed to bond polystyrene to metal and is impervious to heat and cold.
  • This insulation cannot eradicate moisture within your shed, however condensation should no longer be an issue.

This blog was originally published on one of our manufacturers pages, with years of experience behind them we are more than confident in sharing their tips and advice.

New Colour Options Available!

Some of our most successful lines will soon be available in additional colours!

Our immensely popular Olympian Metal Garages have always been top sellers at Taylors Garden Buildings.  Available in 4 sizes (12 x 20 – 12 x 38) they have always been available in a very attractive emerald green colour, which not only looks pleasing on the eye but also blends in with a vast majority of gardens up and down the UK.

Now, after several years of good sales and positive feedback from our customers, we are happy to announce that these durable structures are going to be available in an anthracite grey colour too!


 These will be going on sale September 29th, watch this space!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hurry, while stocks last!

Two of our popular lines are soon to be no more.

The Trellis Garden Arc

The manufacturer of both the Trellis Garden Arch and the Rustic Raised Bed 0.9m have decided to retire these lines when they sell out. The production of these two great products ceased a few weeks back and the stock that we are offering on Taylors Garden Buildings are the last of their kind.

Numbers are getting very low so if you want one of these great products you had best hurry!

Special offers for September

Our fabulous Lifetime range of sheds continue to be a huge seller for us at Taylors and due to public demand we have decided to continue the offer on these buildings through September.

Lifetime Shed 11 x 21

There are several models on offer and you can save up to £396.00! click here for details

We also have two brand new offers!

Firstly the stylish Artemis Arbour is now available with £20 off of our normal retail price. This Arbour is a long standing line on our website and has always sold well, it has also had great feedback from our customers due in no small part to its great quality and value for money.

Please click here to visit this attractive Arbours page.

The Artemis Arbour – a touch of glamour for your garden!

Our final great new offer is for the Duramax Duramate Shed 8′x6′ which gives you a saving of £46.00 off of its usual retail price. This is an ideal solution to your garden storage needs, is manufactured with quality durable PVC and also features a strong steel frame with supports. It is also fade resistant and fire retardant.

Duramax Duramate Shed 8′ x 6

To see more details on this great item please click either the picture or here.