Enjoy the fresh air - here are our top five outdoor activities!
The summer holidays are finally here and the kids now have six weeks of freedom. This is obviously great and we are very happy for them, but what about the grown ups? Coming up with things to keep the little dears entertained can be a daunting thought.
But, as long as the British summer doesn’t disappoint, these precious weeks off school can be the perfect time to reacquaint yourself and your family with the great outdoors. Here are our five favourite things to do outside this summer – and hopefully they won’t prove to be too costly either.
Go to the beach
It may be a trek if you live inland, but nothing says summer like the beach. With scattered weather and uncertain splodges of rain, a trip to one of Britain’s coasts might be just what you need. The ice cream, the waves, the pier, the arcades, the bistros and cafes, the vast array of people and the seagulls – all make for a great day out.
So, load up the car with all of the essentials, decide on which beach you are heading to and head on your way. Make sure you strap your kids in nice and tight, and don’t forget the sun cream. You won’t want to spend the rest of the week nursing a load of bright red tots.
Over the last few years, camping has seen a bit of a revival. One of the more reasonably priced ways to go on a family holiday, camping will give you and your family or friends the chance to get back to nature. There are plenty of campsites across the country, each offering something a little bit different.
You could stay in one of country’s beauty hotspots or even head abroad. Wherever you’re going, chances are you’ll need a good (and waterproof) tent, and plenty of other camping equipment too, some of which you might just be able to find on Friday-Ad.
Have a BBQ
A British summer wouldn’t be the same without the odd barbecue. Get everyone round to make the most of the sunshine – providing you get your timing right – and make a day of it one weekend this year. And, if you want to make your barbecue extra special, you could even add a sporting element to it. This could mean anything from a big game of rounders down the park to an egg and spoon race across the garden.
If you don’t fancy all of the exercise that this involves then a regular BBQ is just as fun. You will want to make sure that you have all of the essentials and it may be worth adding to your garden furniture so everyone has somewhere to sit.
Take a walk on the wild side
If there’s one thing us Brits can do, it’s country walks. Whether it’s finding your local country park on the edge of town, or taking advantage of some of the rural delights our country has to offer, going on a nice leisurely walk with the family is one of the finer things in life. Grab a nature trail guide from your local tourist information or visitors centre, put on your finest walking boots and stomp off into the wilderness.
Or, alternatively, for those who like their adventures a little closer to home, you could get the little ones to investigate the wildlife in your own back garden. Who knows, you could have the next David Attenborough in your midst!
Get on yer bike!
If walking sounds a little too slow-paced for you and your family, then why not dust off the bikes in your shed and make the most of pedal power. There are tons of cycle paths all over the UK, giving you the opportunity to see parts of the country in a completely different light. Pack a picnic and plenty of water, and don’t forget your helmets. Lovely.