My previous post ’10 things to do in the sun’ was, to be honest, full of silliness. I looked at it again the other day and thought how utterly unhelpful it was. There are MILLIONS of things you can do when the sun comes out – mostly for free. And in the UK where, let’s be honest, the sun doesn’t come out very often, I do believe we need to make the most of it. So here is my rather more sensible list of 50 ways to get out and about and do something nice in the sunshine.
- Buy a paddling pool for the garden.
- Visit your local garden centre and buy seeds, pots and compost and grow your own vegetables.
- Take a picnic to the park.
- Visit your local outdoor swimming pool.
- Take a day trip to the beach.
- Take up golf.
- Lie and read in the sun.
- Go for a bike ride.
- Buy a book of local walks and find your way around one (don’t get lost!)
- Try frisbee golf.
- Play tennis at a local outdoor court.
- Go for a run.
- Find outdoor concerts in the area.
- Look for local farmers markets.
- Take up a water sport.
- Visit local places of interest you have never been to.
- See what outdoor classes your local sports centre runs.
- Go for a random drive – flip a coin at each junction and see where you end up.
- Pick berries and make a pie.
- Visit your local animal sanctuary.
- Wait until elderflowers come out and then make elderflower champagne.
- Learn to surf.
- Clean your car (functional, but possibly not fun…)
- Have a water fight.
- Get out your old roller skates.
- Investigate areas nearby you have never been to before.
- Go to a theme park.
- Go for a hike in the woods.
- Walk the dog or someone else’s dog!
- Go camping.
- Go horse riding.
- Go to the zoo.
- Take your camera out and look for beautiful pictures to take.
- Visit a sporting event.
- Look out for local fairs and fetes.
- Go on a boat trip.
- Visit a local nature reserve.
- Take up climbing.
- Sit outside a pub, have a drink and watch the world go by.
- Put out a table and play chess/cards.
- Have a garden party.
- Have a garden cocktail party.
- Go to the horse races.
- Find some open-air theatre or street performers to watch.
- Visit random towns in the area you wouldn’t normally go to.
- Get up early in the morning to watch the sun rise.
- Go to a music festival.
- Fly a kite (ok, so wind also required here…)
- Make home-made ice cream.
- Play frisbee.
I’m sure you can think of a million other things to do, but at least this list is a start. Maybe something in it will prompt some other thoughts. Any other ideas gratefully welcomed in the comments section. Have a lovely sunny day
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