If you’re anything like us, you’ll be looking forward to making lots of great memories this summer. Yes, making up for lost time will certainly be a mission for many. So, why not go ahead and make a summer bucket list of activities you couldn’t do last year but want to tick off during the season ahead?
To start you off on the right foot, we’ve compiled a list of 6 things to do before this summer comes to an end.
1. Pack a picnic and dine alfresco
The warming weather means one thing – lots of alfresco dining – and there’s no better way to enjoy great food and drink outdoors than with a well-timed picnic.
Whether it’s being in nature, enjoying a great meal with those closest to you, or it’s the prep you enjoy, nothing beats a picnic in the height of summer.
2. Hike somewhere beautiful
Being outdoors is what summer is all about and we’re lucky to be on the doorstep of some of the greatest hiking spots in the world! Wherever you’re based in the UK, you’re certain to find somewhere beautiful to explore on foot.
Our favourite hiking spot is Snowdonia National Park – check out our recommended routes for ramblers right here.
Staying hydrated is vital on hikes long and short, especially during the warmer months. Our Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle and Stanley Camp Mug are both great additions to your backpack and will keep your beverage of choice hot, cold or iced for hours or even days!
3. Spend at least one night in nature
There’s something particularly wild about staying overnight in nature, and all you need is our SingleNest Hammock to ensure your night in the great outdoors is a cosy one.
Available in Khaki Olive and Red Charcoal, the SingleNest is made for outdoor adventuring. It’s compact (it compresses down to the size of an orange), robust, quick-drying (which is great for handling the unpredictability of the British weather!), convenient, and soft to the touch. All qualities that will come in handy when sleeping in nature.
4. Go fruit picking and make something great
Fruit picking is an outdoor activity that all the family can enjoy. Both young and old will marvel at the fruits that can be grown and picked outside, and have plenty more fun using their freshly picked produce to create something yummy.
There’s countless pick your own farms across the UK and summer is the best time to enjoy the juiciest seasonal goodies. If you’d like to go off the beaten track with your fruit pick, why not try a spot of foraging this summer?
Go au naturel with your summer fruit picking excursion by accessorising with one of our 100% organic jute baskets. They’re the perfect way to store your harvest.
5. Experiment with (and appreciate) the BBQ
BBQ food is so underrated, and with summer, comes the opportunity to perfect your skills on the grill. Don’t be afraid to get inventive with your BBQ food either. Jamie Oliver has some great ideas for creating an unforgettable cookout:
“Why do people forget fish? Fish and smoke are such great friends (think smoked salmon!). So get a whole trout or side of salmon, throw some oak chips in and cook like the caveman you always knew you were. If you’re feeling fancy, slice a whole fish open and stuff with lemon, dill and pepper. Or try this barbecued trout in newspaper.”
Make an event of your summer cookout by inviting family and friends over for a long-overdue catch-up. When temperatures take a dip come evening, wrap up warm in our super colourful, super cosy Reggio Throws.
6. Dance all night long at a gig or festival
With most lockdown restrictions coming to an end, music lovers will be chomping at the bit to hear their favourite bands play live once more. Dance all night long at a gig or festival before summer ends, not forgetting to pack our Festival Survival Kit.