Summer is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best time of year. After all, all the memories are made in flip flops! But it’s fair to say the British Summertime is temperamental at best. The next downpour is always just around the corner, so it’s important to soak up every last bit of the gorgeous weather while we can! So, with that in mind, here are 8 things you absolutely have to do before Summer is out!
And as I’m based between Manchester and Stoke for the majority of the time, I wanted to focus this post on things you can do around the Cheshire area. You may feel a little stumped for ideas when the sun starts to shine, but honestly, when you put your mind to it, there are so many gorgeous locations within commutable distance from Cheshire where you can lap up the British Summer!
1. Make some memories
Summer is the most snap-happy time of year – after all, who can resist a profile-pic worthy shot on a giant inflatable unicorn, or a shot of you and your bestie clinking gin glasses in a beer garden? But try to make some time to completely unplug from technology for a few hours and make some special memories that are just for you, rather than Instagram.
Find a pub with a fantastic outdoors area, ideally one that sits close to a canal or river, with scenic views. The Hollybush Inn in Leek, Staffordshire is a new discovery of mine, and if you park up on the main road at Leek, you can have a lovely scenic stroll along the canal to the actual pub.
2. Head to the beach
One of the best things about Britain is that you’re never really too far from the sea. Make the effort to pack a picnic and head to the beach to enjoy the sand between your toes!
From Cheshire and the North West, I’d check out Formby, Southport and Moorecombe. I recently went to both Formby and Southport beaches on a rainy weekend, and I sooooo want to go back when the sun is shining. They stretch for miles, and Formby even has beautiful sand dunes.
3. Go on a road trip
Summer is all about adventure, so make the most of the long evenings by jumping in the car and travelling somewhere new! It doesn’t even matter where you end up, as they say; “it’s not about the destination, it’s the journey.” So strap in, get the tunes blaring and enjoy the ride!
Places I would recommend is to travel to Dovestones in Saddleworth for lovely reservoir walks and scenery, a trip to Hawk Stone Follies national park and get lost in the woods which resemble rainforests with cliff edges and historical features, or even Chatsworth House and check out which exhibition is on.
4. Ditch work…
…in favour of spending the afternoon in a beer garden, and having a giggle with your friends. After all, we never know how long a heatwave will last – so we can justify one sick day if it means making some fab memories! Indulge in a pub which caters amazing sharing plates, piled high burgers and ice cream sundaes.
Some of my favourites in and around Cheshire include The Frozen Mop in Mobberley, The Bears Head near Holmes Chapel, and The Swan with Two Nicks in Little Bollington, if you want some of my recommendations.
5. Hit a festival if possible
There are so many festivals to choose from across the UK, so even if you’re not lucky enough to get tickets for Glastonbury or Leeds see what local food and drink festivals are in your area. Or better yet, host your own mini festival in your back garden – all you really need is a Spotify account and some good mates!
6. Watch the sun set
The long nights are one of the best things about the season, so make the most of them by staying outside to watch the sun go down. Set out to go on a long – but not too strenuous – walk just before it goes dark, and take in the evening views.
7. Sleep under the stars
…or better yet, make a night of it and camp out under the stars. Forget struggling to get to sleep in a boiling hot bedroom, you’ll have no problem in the great outdoors – plus the view is amazing. I tend to head off to Wales if I wish to head a little down south and to the East, or, I find Castleton a fantastic camping town if I’m to travel an hour or two North.
8. Eat ice cream
And last, but definitely not least, nothing says “Summer in England” quite like a double 99-er covered in raspberry sauce and sherbet! Or, get a sharing ice cream sundae with your BFF and sit outside in a cafe or restaurant that has a pretty outdoors area. Get two spoons and dig in!