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Summer Adventures for Every Eventuality

Summertime adventures are on the horizon – whether that’s movie nights under the stars, what to do on a rainy day or dancing around the fire pit at your very own back-garden Glasto. So let’s make the most of a summer spent close to home with these summer adventures for every eventuality. And by eventuality, we mean rain, shine, wind or hail (it is Britain after all). Discover family days out, things to do with the kids, and all-weather activities to fill your summer holidays with. Ready, set, adventure!

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Throw a dinner party

Al-fresco feasts with friends are top of our wishlist this summer, and we’re using the dinner party as an excuse to practice our table-scaping. We’re dusting off our linens, stringing up the festoons and laying out the placemats – there’s just something about a fancy table setting that makes the mere act of sitting down to dinner a pleasure in itself. And if the ‘summer’ weather isn’t playing ball? Simply take things inside for an indoor picnic.

Get crafty with the kids

With the Great British weather veering from hurricane to heatwave (sometimes in the same day), it can be a good idea to have a few indoor activities up your sleeve so you know what to do on a rainy day. During lockdown in 2020, as a nation we embraced the simple joys of creativity, so don’t leave behind that childlike curiosity just because the world has opened up. If you’re on your own, enjoy flexing your creative muscles with some arts and crafts and if you’ve got kids to entertain, little ones will love following along with one of our art classes.

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Wrap up for a movie night under the stars

Make the most of those fleeting late summer evenings and set up a cinema in your back garden for a fun day out. Use a sheet as a screen and find yourself a projector then play a summertime classic. We’re fans of Mama Mia or Grease for the pure fun factor. Blankets and popcorn at the ready.

Visit your local garden to explore the blooms

Most local areas will have summer flower shows, so research one in your neighbourhood and go and check out all the blooms for a great day out with kids in the UK. If you fancy a day trip to London, Chelsea Flower Show is on late this year in September so you could treat yourself to a trip. Take a friend or go alone and wander around the gardens admiring all the amazing flora.

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Recreate your favourite festival

While Glastonbury might have been cancelled this year, there’s no reason you can’t bring the spirit of a music festival to your back garden. Layout some rugs and picnic bits, stock up on lemonade and encourage the little ones to practice their performances. This is one of our favourite days out for toddlers and kids because they’ll love dancing and singing for an audience. Plus you won’t have to deal with portaloos.

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