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How to make the most of a British summer

by : 
Emma Douty

Here in the UK, we have witnessed a surprising but very pleasant change in the weather. Turning from blistery cold climes, even in May, we are now enjoying glorious sunshine and temperatures of up to 27 degrees. However, being as temperamental as it is, we Brits know that this glimmer of warmth won’t last long. So here are some tips on how to make the most of a lovely British summer.

  1. First thing’s first – get outside while you can! Forget TV and video games, it’s all about getting out there and doing the things we can’t the rest of the year. Even if you’re in a city, this country boasts plenty of green, open spaces where you can chill out, read a book, take a nap, or (as we are known for) have a cup of tea on the terrace. Don’t stay cooped up inside!
  2. On that note, why don’t you play a bit of sport while you’re at it? We love sport here, and in the summer we most enjoy cricket, badminton, and tennis – Andy Murray’s success at Wimbledon has got us all dusting off our rackets. Whichever sport you choose, you can socialise and get fit at the same time.
  3. Create an unforgettable summer soundtrack. We love our summer playlists, and we love summer festivals – there are almost too many to choose from! So far this season Glastonbury and T in the Park have enjoyed fabulous weather (no mud this year, wow!) along with incredible music from great British musicians, old and new. The result? Sunshine + music = unbeatable combination.
  4. Top that off with some great British grub. Eat as much summer fruit as possible, like strawberries. They are only in season this time of year, and you can even find a local fruit farm where you can pick them yourself. They are absolutely necessary for your picnic in the park! And let’s not forget our prized barbecue, or BBQ. We can smell them everywhere! They are so easy to cook and are a great way to get together with friends and family.
  5. Explore. Go places you never get the chance to in winter. Get on your bike and head down to the beach (yes, we do have some good ones!), or enjoy the peace of the countryside. Find out how beautiful our country can be: we tend to forget it all in winter.
  6. Finally, and this is a practical tip – put on sun cream. It may sound silly to you but the sun is out there, ready to turn your nose shiny and red if you’re not careful. Trust me… I know from experience!

What activities do you do to make the most of sunny weather?


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Fatime143 8 March, 2014 - 06:09

İ like sunny weather.i like reading different books in English and play tennis with my friends.i like summer.İ spend my time in the village.

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dzeni 4 March, 2014 - 15:11

Then I usually play some sport outside with my friends like volleyball or tennis, ride roller blades, go to beach, organize party, travel with family or just hang out with friends.

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saba 2 September, 2013 - 17:59

I spend most my time watching tv or I go to different kinds of classes with my friends
oh and by the way me and my family we spend one mounth of summer in Australia we have a holiday home there

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fianeso 20 August, 2013 - 10:18

In summer ,i sometime go with my Malouf groupe (Malouf is a traditional kind of music).Or i go to the beach and swim in the sea .But this summer with ramadhan we missed the month of July.

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AHMED_K 16 August, 2013 - 17:29

here in the UAE, sun shines 365 days ayear. we have only tow seasons summer and winter and it's imposiple to go out in summer, because temperature can reach 50 degree and it never goes under 35 degree, the only places that we can go in summer are malls, but in winter it's completly different we go to gardens and other outside activites. i think our winter is same as your summer.

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ellen 31 July, 2013 - 13:11

In summer I always to spend as much time as outdoors.
maybe to spend as much time as outdoors it is very nice and healty.
i live in the village and village has got many nice and fresh palaces.
i go to my grandma and grandpa.

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RehinaParker 29 July, 2013 - 14:36

I prefer to swim at the beach and to go out with my friends.... i always do this in summer vacations :)

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Vlatko234 25 July, 2013 - 16:21

In summer I prefer to spend a lot of time outside.I always like to listen music on the beach with my friend and when we are on the beach we prefer to playing some sport or swimming in the sea.Tonight we go on pizza,caffee,ice-cream etc.I always like summer because we can enjoy in so many things :D

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Natalija 24 July, 2013 - 21:08

In summer I always try to spend as much time as possible outdoors. I hate being trapped indoors, because it is so boring and I just wait for summer to come. I usually spend my holiday in Spain, as at the moment, so I spend the most of my time in water, in sea, and I go on cruise with my family. It is very interesting. I like meeting new people,reading some good book on the beach, eating ice-cream, hanging out with my friends, go shopping, exploring the environment, finding out new things, writing poems, going to art galleries, playing sport, going to theatre, hiking, rollerblading etc. There are really many activities we can enjoy in, summer is the best time of the year.\
I would like to cite one verse from High School Musical-"What time is it? Summer time. Let's go out, scream and shout!"

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sailor moon 22 July, 2013 - 09:41

In summer, i usually go on beach with my family. There we play volleyball and we have so much fun. But the first thing i do when i go on beach is: the sun cream. i love to take a beautiful color and i like to lie in the sand. An another thing i do in summer is: reading books. reading books is my favourite way to have a good time. I also go at my grandmas` and grandfas` homes. there a have so FUN !!!

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