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With summer officially here, and a couple of heatwaves already under our belts to prove it, it’s time to savour those lazy, hazy days and squeeze every last drop of goodness out of this season. While it can sometimes feel overwhelming to try and pack everything into a couple of months of sunshine, if you strip it all back to its sun-filled essence, you can make summer feel like a breeze. 

Whatever your holidays may look like, here are our top ten ways to savour the summer season without breaking the bank:

1. Pack a picnic 

You can’t beat a good old-fashioned picnic with homemade treats and all your picky favourites. We’re especially loving this trend of Bridgerton inspired picnics; because if you can’t put on a pretty dress and frolic in the park with a glass of champagne in the Summer, when can you? This list is a great round-up of the best picnic spots across the UK! But you don’t have to venture far to have fun - head to your nearest beach or local park, and if that still feels too far afield (the heat has got us feeling like that too), you can always lay that picnic blanket out in your own back garden. Personally we love a little privacy when we’re practising our lady-like twirling anyway.

2. Tourist in your town 

If it’s been a while since you popped into your local town to wander aimlessly around, then the summer is the perfect time to soak up everything you forgot it had to offer. Visit that local museum you always walk past, grab a long overdue lunch in your favourite cafe. Or just take your time to grab an emotional support iced coffee and leisurely stroll around the bookstores and homeware treasure troves, with no end destination in mind. Sound dreamy? That’s because it is! We’re popping this one high up on our Summer bucket list!

3. Ice lolly 'o clock 

Savour the taste of summer by making a batch of homemade ice lollies, and swamp your brain with nostalgia at the sight of those ice lolly moulds; what a throwback! Pack them full of fruit and goodness as a great swap for sugary shop-bought lollies (perfect for the kids). 

And for when the Summer sun sets? Give your lollies a grown-up glow-up, by popping some fruity gin pops in the freezer (right at the back is probably safest!), we love these ones with raspberries, but our motto is ‘if you can freeze it, it’s ice lolly material.’

4. Garden glamping 

Make the most of the balmy summer nights (minus the camping toilets and cold showers) by glamping in your back garden. Pull up a beanbag and enjoy a night under the stars with hot chocolate, marshmallows, and classic campfire tales. With this weather you probably don’t even need a tent! Just like Bear Grylls… but with slightly less mud and significantly more fruity cider.

5. Outdoor cinema

This one is definitely top of our list!  Catch a movie at your local outdoor cinema night and make a real event of it. From new releases to cult classics, make a picnic, pack your favourite tipple and make the most of these long summer nights! Our favourites are where you can rent deckchairs, nothing screams British Summer more than drinking sparkling wine in a stripy deckchair! 

Why not build your own TreatBox to take with you? With gourmet popcorn, sweet treats, and a cheeky cocktail. If you’re looking for a little location inspiration, Time Out has a great list of outdoor cinemas in the UK, the perfect tab to leave open if you need to drop a few hints about your next date night…

6. Celebrate the Season

From local foodie festivals, to village fetes, to seeing your favourite bands; there are so many live events this summer, our calendar is filling up already. So get out there and have fun while the sun’s shining, just don’t forget plenty of water and sunscreen!

7. Pick your own 

Nothing says Summer quite like the taste of juicy strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries, especially when you’ve picked them yourself! So, find your nearest pick-your-own farm and spend some time in the great outdoors with your nearest and dearest. The real challenge is trying not to eat the whole punnet before you make it to the farm shop. Our favourite PYO places have great cafes and picnic spaces too, so you can chill out and enjoy the fruits of your labour afterwards! 

8. Open gardens 

The National Garden Scheme is a great way to see some beautiful gardens in bloom this summer. Giving the public access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens across the British Isles. Tap through the link to find your nearest open gardens and get inspired - some even offer homemade cream teas and refreshments! The perfect way to while away an afternoon pretending to be the Lady of the Manor. 

9. Seasonal summer salads 

When it’s too hot to even think about turning on the oven, it’s time to knock up some super fresh salads, best enjoyed outside of course! Eating with the seasons is a great way to get the most out of your summer and it’s better for the environment too. Try these delicious seasonal salads - they make a great addition to picnics if you’re looking for something a little different to the classic sandwich and crisps. But the best part? They’re good for you too! 

10. Summer of self-care

Can’t make it to the spa? Let us bring the spa to you with a homemade pamper day. We have treats galore for indulging yourself in some much-needed summer relaxation. So send yourself a gorgeous TreatBox, and make some time for YOU!


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