4 ideas to add to your Summer Activities Checklist
Life’s about the experiences you have, right? So, it’s really worth making the effort to research and try new things. You’ve no idea how much you might come to love something. I’m looking into some aerial circus workshops right now; something I’ve never done. (And equally have no idea if I’ll be any good at!). Why not try something you’ve never done? Or give one of the summer activities I’ve suggested below a go. I’ve tried to share a few different ideas from my summer activities checklist. Whether you’ve kids to entertain over the summer, or fancy giving your time to charity, there are few options. Here goes…
Go on a sunset cycle
Have you noticed it’s not getting dark until almost 10pm in the evening? It’s the perfect opportunity to get on your bike (you can usually hire one if you don’t own one) and take in the sunset on wheels. Take inspiration from this organised event and create your own community get-together. Or head off with family or friends.
Volunteer at local and culture festivals
Oxfam need stewards for all kinds of events running across the UK this summer. Have a look at their available opportunities here. For a relatively small deposit you’ll get to help revellers stay safe and enjoy the festivals too.
Volunteering’s a great way to meet people and try new things too. And it’s even better if you can find something that ties into your work or passions. I help run creative writing workshops for the charity Little Green Pig – it’s so rewarding seeing kids and their stories come to life. You can find a cause that matters to you here.
You could also give a few hours to a local charity shop. Or even volunteer abroad – check out Escape the City for this. You could be learning new skills from bread baking in Bali to accountancy in Cambodia. Their weekly Wednesday Digest email always fills me with wanderlust!
Walk through lavender fields
This is a great opportunity to get the family outdoors and to take some beautiful photos too. Mayfield’s organic lavender farm is less than 15 miles from central London. It has its own farm café where you can stop for refreshments, or try the shop for something delicious to take home.
Stay on an idyllic English island
Four and half miles of sandy beaches surround Osea Island. It’s just off the South East coast, technically in Essex.
Just a two-hour drive or train ride out of London will take you from bustling city to tranquil countryside. Bookable beach cottages and courtyard apartments dot the island. And there are activities you can book too. Like kayaking and Campfire Cooking. Or try Bushcraft – whittling, shelter building and fire lighting. Blissful beach-combing, book reading, peace and quiet all come for free.
What’s on your summer activities checklist? Let us know in the comments below!
You might also love reading Clare’s cultural edit: Four Things To Do and See Now.