Butterfly Awning Installation for Student Union

Whilst lockdown restrictions were easing, Lincoln University placed an order with our team at Samson for three large retractable butterfly awning systems, needed to create shelter for an outdoor bar seating area.

The butterfly awning system is a very popular option due to its pleasing appearance, retractable sun and rain protection qualities, as well as the easily retractable, self-supported system. Combined with LED lighting and infrared heaters, this project is a great example of how butterfly awnings can offer the perfect outdoor cover for large areas.



Lincoln University gained an extra 234 square metres (or 2,518 square feet!) of covered outdoor space using these awnings enabling a far more pleasant and healthier environment for staff and students to enjoy.

Each system can be sized to offer cover of up to 7m x 8m. The goalpost aluminium frame is manufactured up to 7m long and each side can carry a retractable awning with a projection of up to 4m each side.

These particular systems were all 7m long with 2 no, Markilux 5010 awnings either side, projecting 4m each and operated by remote control, electric operation for ease of management.

More on the Syncra Butterfly Awning…

The Markilux Syncra butterfly awning frame is a wonderful engineered system with super robust results, and a fine finish in a choice of various textured paint finishes with long lasting durability.

These are German engineered and manufactured systems designed, tested and developed in exactly the same climate as we have here in the UK, so are far more relevant than any systems only developed for sun shading. We probably have the most diverse weather in Europe here in the UK, often with all seasons experienced in one day!!

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Call Samson Awnings for a quotation on any retractable outdoor weather protection system for domestic or commercial use on 01933 448844.

New Vertical Blinds for Retractable Roof System

Pergola awning plus vertical awning from weinor

Reliable all-round protection

The very popular concept of the retractable pergola system is now one of the best selling outdoor living products from Samson. Providing exceptional levels of sun shade and rain protection on medium or large areas this product now has more to offer… Continue reading →

New LED Line Light Option for Retractable Awnings

Light Up Your Patio in Style!

Another way to light up your patio and extend your time spent outside! We have a brand new lighting option launched that is now available for selected retractable awning models.

Our range of Markilux awnings excel in sleek, neat and innovative designs that complement every patio, garden and shop front that they are installed upon. This brand new lighting solution offers another variation of this, with the LED Line flawlessly integrated within the folding arms of the retractable awning.

Yellow Retractable Awning with LED Line LightingLED Line Light in Markilux Awning Arm

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New for 2021 // Weinor Sempra

Weinor Sempra Glass Veranda 

The brand new ‘Sempra’ glass veranda design offers a subtle change in the roof bar design with cleaner lines on a timeless design already proven over many years. The new ‘linear’ look to this high quality glass and aluminium structure offers a product perfect for customers wanting a more modern design for their property.
Details such as new 115 x 115 square front posts and a larger 220 deep front guttering allows a wider span with only the 2 support posts. An unobstructed view without compromise. Continue reading →

Outdoor Living Inspiration For Spring and Summer 2021

It is such an exciting time for us here at Samson!

Our phone lines are ringing off the hook with enquiries as we are finally starting to see the promise of brighter days, warmer temperatures, and shorter nights.

It’s great to see the public so enthusiastic about spending time outside this year, and as spring draws near and summer is no longer a distant memory, we thought it’d be the perfect time to share some of our beautiful installations and product range with you.

Read on to see some inspirational snippets and gauge an idea of what we’re all about… Dare we call it, Springspiration!?

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2021 The Year of the Outdoors!

2020 encouraged each and every one of us to spend more time outdoors, because it was the only place we could venture to! The negativity of Covid19 invited people to show their kindest and best side, as well as re-discovering the beauty of the outdoors, because the healthiest place to spend time will always be outside.

Despite this, we couldn’t truly experience the usual thrills that fresh air can offer. No garden parties, dining al fresco with large groups of friends or re-uniting with loved ones in your favourite pub garden. That’s for 2021…

Is it really that important to spend time outside?

Yes! There are a wealth of studies that you can get stuck into that prove getting plenty of fresh air and immersing yourself in nature is the best remedy for your mental health, not to mention the benefits of going for a run or a walk for physical health.

Lots of charities and organisations specialising in mental health expertly explain this. Here’s an excerpt from the Mind website:

“Spending time in nature has been found to help with mental health problems including anxiety and depression. For example, research into ecotherapy (a type of formal treatment which involves doing activities outside in nature) has shown it can help with mild to moderate depression… Being outside in natural light can also be helpful if you experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD)…”

Read full article here >

So, how are you going to embrace 2021?

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your home’s patio, cafe seating area or pub garden, there’s lots you can do to encourage others to embrace outdoor living. Whether it be your family, friends or customers, it is something that can be appreciated by all.

We’re here to help you along the way if needed. Samson have high quality and beautiful products that can transform & enhance any outdoor space. We know just the solution on how to provide weather protection and shading, as well as how to keep outdoor spaces inviting with heating and lighting.

Business Owner? Prepare for Spring 2021 Now…

Despite the negative and unpredictable times encountered throughout 2020, the restrictions we have faced as a nation has led to a re-discovered love, and necessity, of the outdoors.

As your customers are excited to return to your pubs, restaurants and cafes, the desire to stay safe and enjoy the outdoors is more important to consider than ever!

And so, as a specialist supplier and installer of outdoor living products, we have seen a mighty increase in the interest of products that enhance these valuable outdoor experiences, such as retractable awnings, glass verandas, butterfly awnings and large umbrellas.

Pergola and umbrellas for restaurants

Creating an exciting and inviting outdoor space with luxurious outdoor living systems means a safer, outdoor area for business, a unique level of appeal for your company and even an extension to your current environment.

Going forward, spring 2021 is not too far around the corner for those considering how to tackle the new requirement for outdoor space. The current demand for these kind of products is very high, and so we would encourage you to consider your options and start placing orders as soon as possible to beat any inevitable delays.

Consider Next Spring’s Solutions Now…

Here is a word from Samson’s managing director regarding this year’s unique circumstances:

Like so many companies in the UK, Samson Awnings and Commercial Awnings UK faced extreme uncertainty during the Covid 19 pandemic. It all happened at what would normally be the start of our busiest period in early spring. This year however, after the initial countrywide shutdown, the demand for gardening and general outdoor living products tripled and we, like nearly everyone else in this industry, have struggled to cope with demand. Manufacturers of goods also have large backlogs still and we now look towards orders placed now being ready for delivery or installation in 2021. We encourage anyone thinking of an awning, canopy, glass veranda, large umbrellas for commercial or domestic use to place their orders as soon as possible, even if it is required for next spring season onwards.

We see further possible delays on manufacturing as local outbreaks cause staff to isolate from factories and supply chains disrupted. Very little of what we sell is off the shelf and is generally made to order. We would like to thank all our customers to date, and also apologise for any who did not receive their replies or quotations as fast as normal.

We are staying positive about this country’s future and see a lot of very beneficial changes in people’s opinion about spending more time outdoors for their overall health and wellbeing.

Stay safe and healthy…

– Nathan Dove, Managing Director


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Our dedicated team of experts will be more than happy to talk you through the best options available for you and the outdoor space of your premises. All you have to do is give them a call or click the link at the bottom of this page to fill out our quick and easy online contact form.

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An Unpredictable Year…

A Breath of Fresh Air

By Nathan Dove, Managing Director 

If anyone had told me on March 24th that our awning business would be supercharged by a pandemic, I would have thought them absolutely crazy; six months later however, the need and desire to spend more time outdoors to avoid catching a virus has meant that this has happened.

We initially closed our showroom doors following advice on March 24th and began to work out what we might do, when movement and face to face communication had effectively been condemned.

As we entered April, I started to realise what was happening as news came across from Germany that the demand for awnings, umbrellas and canopies was seeing an enormous surge. “Is this the Spring peak?” I initially asked myself. However, the upward trend continued, along with government advice to “spend more time outdoors.”

It has become clear, even as the Autumn rain starts to fall. Our government and health advisors are stating: “Meet Outdoors”, “Stay Healthy”, “Avoid close Contact”.  The messages keep coming, and they are targeted at both domestic and commercial audiences. They make sense, and these instructions have changed many people’s perceptions. It is better to be outdoors.

The True Value of Fresh Air

We have some catching up to do with our European neighbours. According to the National Trust, UK children are exhibiting symptoms of a modern phenomenon known as “Nature Deficit Disorder”.

A particularly informative report by the National Trust describes in detail how the UK compares with other European countries in the misguided sheltering of ourselves and our children, from the outdoors.

National Trust study:


We have learnt the value of fresh air in 2020


For all of us, young and old, a lesson can be learnt from its important message: “Nature Deficit Disorder describes the human costs of alienation from nature, among them: diminished use of the sense, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses.” This proves that not only does embracing the outdoors help protect us from the dangers of the current pandemic, but will always improve our physical and mental wellbeing.

Changing Perceptions

Although the pandemic for many of us has been a turbulent and unsettling experience, fortunately good things have been brought to the surface too, just like the re-discovery of our love for the outdoors. This will inevitably continue, especially if everyone can readjust their perception of our general lifestyles for the health of us and our loved ones, and spend much more time outdoors.

Samson outdoor living products for commercial premises

You don’t have to leap around like a youngster, you can still read, listen to music, or socialise with your family via Facebook or Zoom, this is all part of it. Look at what we have to offer, to make outdoor living happen for us all. Discover just how you can enhance the space you have available to you, to make an informed and beneficial decision. We’re here to help you along this journey.Restaurant outdoor dining

Our very own British concept of “Outdoor Living” is being re-born! Let’s embrace the “New Normal” in the move outside.

Discover Your New Normal…

Click the link below to visit our website for all things outdoor living and inspiration for keeping your business and outdoor space alive.

Markilux Markant

Come along and visit our showroom at your convenience, parking is free and adjacent, and we will offer you a hot drink!

Wellingborough Northamptonshire, NN8 4BH

The markilux Markant on display with a recent installation here at our showroom.

Benefit now from more clients sitting down or being barflowers in your venue!

Make the most of uncovered or unused outdoor space, this beautiful installation is suitable for education, bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs, retail, sports venues and hotels. Profit from the extra space created, extra seating provided, extra revenue per year!

Comfort, beautiful aesthetics, ambient atmosphere, all year round space!

More space = more sales – people are drawn outside, they want to enjoy the light, fresh air and space.

Benefit from this strong trend and create an attractive outdoor area using products that offer all year round protection. The advantage: your guests can stay outdoors for longer, even in not-so-mild winters. Increase your dining space and your sales as a result!

By extending your hospitality you will attract more customers, protect guests from weather, enhance business branding. Ask us about placing your logo on this product.

Come and see it for yourself.

Book a survey at your convenience by calling 01933 448 844

Markant stands proudly on 4 posts covering an area of 6m x 6m, or 36m²

For an area of 36m² prices starts at £14k excluding VAT excluding Installation.


Fitting an Awning When There Are Downpipes in the Way

Happy New Year!

With new year year so quickly upon us, it is now the season to start considering any products you require for your patio or garden.

Retractable Awnings are a hugely popular product for sun shading, however you may have avoided installing one due to the downpipes on your home. However, don’t let these stop you from living a life of luxury and convenience – you are still able to enjoy a Retractable Awning – just read on to find out how!

How Do You Fit an Awning When There Are Downpipes in the Way?

The easiest solution to fitting a retractable fabric awning onto a wall where there are downpipes in the way is by installing the awning brackets away from the wall with what are called most obviously ‘pipe brackets’.

The simple idea is to extend the main bracket out from the wall to have a gap behind the awning cassette, and therefore missing the pipework. If the gap isn’t too large then, as you can see in the images below, there is an aluminium cover then fitted to cloak the gap between the wall and awning cassette. This is not only for aesthetics, but also to prevent rainwater dripping down the back of the cassette.

The plate for the wall is either the same size or larger, than the bracket for the cassette support, and can be manufactured to be almost any size when required.

Retractable awning with awning brackets for downpipes

Pipe brackets generally are made large enough to deal with most domestic downpipes and other obstructions and provide a simple solution to the problem.

If there are more pipes or obstructions than can be dealt with using this method, then it is possible to look at a goalpost frame. These can be either fitted to the wall in other places, or made to be self-supporting and bolted or concreted into the ground. This method is popular with older buildings where there may be restrictions on drilling into the walls or where the walls themselves are too rough or unstable.

The right fixing brackets are very important to all size awnings. These methods can ensure the awning cover is able to be most effective in the right place, providing optimum sun protection as well as maximum stability.

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