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Summer activities inspired by film

You can use cinema as an inspiration for many things - how often have you seen James Bond parachute out of a plane and thought, "I'd like to have a go at that?"

Some of the things our favourite onscreen heroes get up to could be a lot of fun to try, so why not take some tips from the best film stars and get your summer sorted.

Get on the beach

The Beach

If you've seen Kate Bosworth flick Blue Crush recently, you're probably itching to make some waves at the seaside. Telling the story of three best girlfriends and their dreams of pro-surfing, this sun-drenched big-screen stunner is sure to get you itching to take a swim.

If you're not too sure about tackling the somewhat chilly shores of the UK, just head down to the sand with good friends for a good day out. Who says you're ever too old to build sand castles?

Just don't think too hard about Steven Spielberg's Jaws while you're taking a dip.

Start up a football team

Bend It Like Beckham

Take a leaf out of a young Keira Knightley's book and Bend It Like Beckham with your own football team. Get some mates together and plan a kick-around - maybe even start up your own league.

Get together at the nearest park in the sunshine, or join a local footie team to release your inner Ronaldo.

Go to an amusement park


Whether you're looking for roller coaster thrills or you're happy just hooking ducks, the summer season is always great for a visit to an amusement park. Watch Kirsten Stewart in Adventureland and you'll get in the mood for candy floss and a trip to the Hall of Mirrors.

You probably don't want to watch Final Destination 3, which centres on the premonition of a deadly rollercoaster ride. Wait until you've got back home before sticking that one in the DVD player.

Go on a road trip

Ferris Bueller

Got a week to spare? Why not do a Ferris Bueller and take the day off for a road trip?

With a couple of mates, take a trip across the country, camping along the way. The Great British summer is perfect for getting to grips with nature and just as great for discovering the many nooks and crannies of the county and cities in which you live.

Get to grips with theatre

Priscilla – Queen of the Desert

Theatre isn't all about stuffy actors, elaborate language and deep symbolism: some theatre is just plain fabulous, as you'll realise by watching Priscilla - Queen of the Desert. Full of frills, thrills and Hugo Weaving in drag, it's a flick to make you fall in love with everything great about theatre.

So check your nearest theatre and see what's on - or take a seat at your local cinema for some of the finest theatre broadcast Live with National Theatre Live.

That's summer sorted!

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