Win two tins of Cuprinol Garden Shades

Our Shed of the year sponsors Cuprinol are giving you the opportunity to win Two tins of Cuprinol Garden Shades (any two shades) so that you can give your shed a bit of last minute winter spruce up and protection.

It’s simple if you are in the UK then you need to do the following

1) Follow @unclewilco on twitter

2) Retweet this tweet


3) Fill in this Rafflecopter form below from 29th September (tweeters get a day early!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Glamping is not all about posh bell tents – it’s very shedlike

The first ever Glamping Show will open its doors to the public on Saturday 26 September at Stoneleigh Park.

I thought it would be just posh tents – but looking at their twitter feed there are a lot of shedlike structures – which I would love to stay in (too old and grumpy to stay in a tent even if it is posh)

The Show is completely dedicated to Glamping; which is believed to be the fastest growing holiday sector worldwide, with huge potential, especially here in the UK where ‘staycations’ and short breaks are on the increase.

and some of my sheddies are making an appearance showing off their skills.

There will be a packed schedule of presentations and demonstrations throughout the day being staged by the likes of Forester Bush Craft, Woodlaw Carving and Solar Kev. Visitors will be able to learn all there is to know about Glamping and rub shoulders with the renowned TV presenter and upcycler, Max McMurdo, who will be getting creative and helping visitors to realise their dream! Max will also be judging the highly anticipated ‘Mad Max Challenge’, an upcycling challenge hosted by the RSPB where entrants will have the opportunity to design and build a bird or bug shed.

The Glamping Show, Saturday 26 September. For more information visit or follow the Show on twitter @theglampingshow.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces returns to Channel 4 for series five – get planning now sheddies

Great to see shed fanciers George and Will are back tonight with a new series of Amazing Spaces (Channel 4 8pm).

The architect extraordinaire and shed of the year judge is back for another tour of offbeat small builds, from space-saving retreats to reconditioned vehicles, at home and abroad.

He begins by meeting a father and son building an ambitious clifftop retreat and a young architect embarking on his first commission – a garden pavilion for his gran.

Master craftsman Will Hardie sets out to transform the humble beach hut into the most unlikely of holiday getaways, and in Germany, George visits a modern house in a medieval town

Important Announcement for Shed of the year 2016

So entry for Shed of the year 2016 is going to be open very soon but in the meantime here is some important information about next years competition.

For Shed of the year 2016 entry

Also you can now search for sheds by county – eg Cardiff county sheds are here.


Many thanks for all your support and I will look forward to seeing more amazing new sheds this year and of course spruced up entries from years gone by.


Some of the amazing cinema sheds entered for Shed of the year

Over the years we have had some great cinema sheds entered for #shedoftheyear and the last couple of year two have made it to the final.

and with the “news” that film/movie/cinema sheds are the new in thing

A company has reinvented the garden shed and created the ultimate home cinema experience.

From the outside, the Torii Cinema looks like any other garden shed that could be rammed full with spades and decorated with years-old cobwebs.

But step inside and you are transported to movie heaven.

The custom made home cinemas come equipped with theatre-style seating, a ED projector and Dolby surround sound with an underfloor sub.

No detail has been left in this authentic experience – there are custom built pick n mix counters, red theatre curtains, a popcorn maker and a star-light ceiling.

Thought I would show you that our sheddies have been doing it forever!

2015 Finalist Cabin Cinema

Cabin Cinema

2014 Finalist Reelwood


Other home entertainment sheds are

Garden Cinema

The Man Cave

The Stalls

You can view more cinema sheds here.

There are some enchanting things going on in the shed

Longtime sheddie and supporter Andy from Workshop shed – has recently won a trip to the fabled MAKER Faire in America – by turning a Alpine Weather Chalet into an Internet of things Weather Forecaster.

As part of the Connected World series, Element14 challenged electronics designers from around the globe to add “enchantment” to everyday objects.

Andy took to his shed to transform a traditional Weather House. Using wifi, 3D printed parts and a servo, the house reads the forecast from the internet and moves the figures.

On a rainy day, the man steps out and on a sunny day the lady appears. A multicoloured light shows the temperature, blue for cold and red for hot.

The project build was accompanied by a story line telling of the young couple’s quest to rebuild their house with the help of a range of fantasy characters.

This helped set Andy’s project ahead of the competition.

The reward is a trip to New York to see the Makers Faire with an added perk of seeing his name in lights.

Andy Name in Lights

For more details visit the workshopshed blog

What is it about Space and you sheddies

We had a normal looking shed on the outside but amazing inside – Shedservatory as a finalist in this years Shed of the year.


and now the Telegraph reports on

of course we also saw this attempt to get into space a few years back