So, summer hasn't quite been what we perhaps expected this year...but we won't let the serious lack of sun dampen our spirits.
But wait, don’t let your summer fun slip away just because of the (sometimes) lousy weather! Here are some ways you can make the most of this season here in the UK, come rain or shine.
Take advantage of the longer daytime hours and spend a day away from home. Wherever you are in the UK, there are plenty of happening spots reachable within a two-hour drive or less when the weather permits. And even if the weather is less than ideal, there are plenty of indoor places to explore.
Located in or near London? Take in the sights in nearby Cotswolds, or immerse yourself in history at Windsor Castle or Stonehenge. Are you farther north, perhaps in the Manchester area? Then a day jaunt to Liverpool or Blackpool Beach is perfect for you.
Try a New Local Restaurant
Treat your palate to some good food by going out to eat. A favourite stomping ground is fair game, but why not try out a new restaurant or a new cuisine?
Visit a Museum
If the weather is too dreary for day tripping, but you still want to go out, then head over to your nearest museum. You can soak in the history (or the art, if you choose to visit an art museum) while keeping dry.
There are plenty of museums worth a visit, many of them free. With large museums like the British Museum in London and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, do ensure you block several hours out of your day to get the full experience.
Have a Picnic
There’s nothing that says ‘British summer’ quite like a picnic. You’ll be glad to know that while picnics are best enjoyed in the sunny outdoors, the rain doesn’t have to spoil your plans. Just move your picnic indoors - or prepare a lavish breakfast in bed.
The principle remains the same for an indoor picnic: spread out a blanket in the middle of your sitting room, put together a tasty spread of your choice and have yourself a grand picnic in the comfort of your own home. You can even dress up if you want to get a little fancy.
Have a Film Night
Sometimes cosying up in front of the telly is exactly what the doctor ordered. Just whip up some popcorn or order takeaway, slip into your cosiest pyjamas (or your comfiest Breton shirt) and put on some old favourites.
Feeling adventurous? Then find a new film or programme new to fall in love with. It’s up to you.
Until next time...