The sound of laughter travelling on the breeze as people gather for an evening of ice cold ciders in their local pub, the feel of sunshine as it warms your face, and the all round happier atmosphere can only mean one thing. Summer is here! And so far the UK has been blessed with days and days of blue skies and fluffy clouds... What a novelty!

So, it's only right we soak up every last minute of that bloomin' gorgeous sunshine! 

If you're at a loss as to what to do on a hot summer's day then you're in luck as I'm sharing my favourite fun day out ideas this summer.

Road trip

Where I'm from in the South of England we're lucky to have so many amazing destinations right on our doorstep. Whether you fancy a trip to the beach, a visit to a National Trust park, or a walk through the country side, the South of England has so many gorgeous sites just waiting to be explored. So much so that I've made a pact with myself to go on more road trips and explore more of my local area. 

With that in mind, I recently managed to lure my Insta-husband (with the promise of coffee and cake) to the lavender fields at Lordington Lavender - something which, although isn't far from home, I've never visited. But I'm so glad we put a firm date in the diary this year as there are only a couple of weeks you can catch these gorgeous lilac flowers.

A great way to find out about events in your area is to check out social media. Search around on Instagram and Facebook (your favourite bloggers are always a great place to start), your area's local tourism board, or magazine (I've recently discovered Beautiful South Magazine which is a great source for us southerners!).

My one bit of advice? The traffic can be a nightmare when the sun is out, so make sure you leave early... Really really early so that you beat the other humans eager for their slice of sunshine. Oh, and coffee. Because coffee is life.

Me at Lordington Lavender in Chichester

Dress: Topshop

Bag: Asos

Bracelet: Monica Vinader  

Necklace: Tiffany

Lipstick: DIOR 'Rouge' lipstick

Garden party

Of course, if you'd rather not spend your summer days sweating it out in your stuffy car along with the rest of the UK, then you could always stay put and invite your favourite people over for a garden party. Oh yes, I'm talking posh snacks, DIY drinks, yummy puds, and cosy corners complete with blankets and cushion. For the perfect garden party check out a previous post I wrote here.

Lavender fields at Lordington Lavender in Chichester

Me at Lordington Lavender in Chichester

 Camping 

I've loved camping ever since I was little. I remember as soon as a Bank Holiday weekend arrived or the school term finished my Mum and Dad would arrive to pick us up from school (dog and picnic in tow!) and off we'd set on an adventure full of fresh air, BBQs, card games, life long memories, and lots of giggles. Sometimes we didn't even go far but we felt a million miles away. Not a lot has changed and whenever the sun shines I'm likely to be found rushing around unearthing the tent, travel kettle, cups and most importantly, wine! 

Me at Lordington Lavender in Chichester wearing topshop and asos
My asos straw bag at lordington lavender

Bag: Asos

Games day

When was the last time you ran around without a care in the world playing rounders, frisbee, or volley ball? Get everyone to bring a garden game and lots of food supplies and head to your local field. It's such a simple cheap form of entertainment and doesn't require much planning which is always a bonus!

Me at Lordington Lavender in Chichester
Bumble bee at Lordington Lavender in Chichester

Punting

Is there a better way to spend a summer's day than cruising along a river with a cheeky glass of Pimms in hand? No, no there isn't. I actually went punting for my hen do and loved every minute of it. It is seriously the most hysterical thing you can do with a bunch of slightly tipsy girls. We went to gorgeous Bath and used Bath Boating Station who were amazing but I've also heard that Cherwell Boathouse in north Oxford is good too!

Me at Lordington Lavender in Chichester

Food Festival

Summer always brings an abundance of festivals, but these go beyond the big music festivals like Glastonbury and Reading. There are also some amazing food festivals coming up and trust me when I say that this girl likes to eat (I can thank my sizeable thighs for that)!

There are so many around at the moment that if you're a foodie like me then prepare to be in food truck heaven. Not only that but many of the food festivals also have live music, workshops and games making them great for all the family.

Here are a few that have caught my eye:

  • Jimmy's Festival (22-23rd July) is a celebration of great music and proper grub! With performances from Scouting For Girls, KT Tunstall, and Matt Cardle and tasty offerings from The Aspall Kitchen, Gill Meller and Saturday Kitchen’s Joe Hurd, this is set to be a great day weekend.
  • The Big Festival (25-27th August) organised by none other than Alex from Blur, brings great music from the likes of Olly Murs, Faithless, and Madness and delicious food and drink from tops chefs like Nathan Outlaw, Rick Stein and Sophie Mitchell. 

For a list of other great events coming up this summer check out this awesome list from the Telegraph here.

The fields at Lordington Lavender in Chichester

Have you been out and about exploring the UK this summer? I'd love to hear if you have and if you know of any other events coming up. As always, let me know in the comments.

Here's to a great summer!

Love, Becky x

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