After so many months of cancelled plans, it’s time to start getting some new fun activities in the diary for this summer. Making the effort to see family and friends is at the top of everyone’s to-do list, but sometimes it can be hard to know what to do or where to go. So what can you get up to that won’t cost the earth and will keep you feeling safe?
Put on your favourite summer skirt, lather up with sun tan lotion, pack up a picnic basket of goodies and head out to a local park for a picnic with friends. Don’t forget picnic rugs, paper plates, cups and napkins. Make life easier by asking everyone to bring a dish or two.
Find your nearest strawberry picking farm and head there for an afternoon. Soon you’ll have a punnet full of juicy red strawberries that are way better than you’ll find in the supermarkets. Why not invite your mates round for dinner and treat them to a dessert of strawberries, cream and meringues? Win, win.
There’s a wonderful freedom to a camping trip – something we’re all craving after the last year. Cook your dinner over a fire, stay up all night if you like, eat your breakfast when you want… just pack up your stuff (invest in a decent tent – you’ll thank yourself) and head off for a trip to remember with your mates.
An Outdoor Concert
There will be restrictions in place to keep you safe, but go to an outdoor concert or performance for a sing along at the top of your lungs.
Visit the Garden Centre
Not just for retired couples, you might be surprised by how much fun can be had at a garden centre. Browse the gorgeous plants, ogle over the outdoor furniture, buy a gift or two and finish your trip with a scone and tea in the café.
A Beach Day
If the great British weather’s being kind to you, there’s not much better than a beach day. Pack up the car and head to the coast for a day of paddling, sunbathing and fish and chips. Don’t forget the rounders set for a big game on the sand.
There are so many great vineyards around the country offering wine tasting sessions and tours. What better way to catch up with friends than over a fine wine and perhaps some tasty tapas, too?
Host a BBQ
The great British tradition of hosting a garden BBQ is more popular than ever. Dust down your barbie, pop in to your nearest butcher for some top quality meat (while also supporting local business) and stock up on Pimm’s – you can’t go wrong.
Go on a Day Trip
Jump on a train and see where you end up for a day trip to remember. Make the journey part of the fun and then enjoy exploring somewhere new. Make the most of the fact nobody needs to drive and indulge in a boozy lunch before a stroll around the area.
Hire a Boat
Get out on the water for something a bit different. Take a picnic or stop off at a pub for lunch, admire your beautiful surroundings and enjoy uninterrupted chats.