If you want to entertain through the heat, it's time to move outside.
There are few more hunger-inducing aromas than a barbeque in full swing, somewhere... nearby. In residential neighbourhoods, on the first really hot weekend of the year, you could be forgiven for thinking the entire town was sizzling burgers outside. It's only natural to join in.
If you have been growing salad leaves or tomatoes in your garden, allotment or even on the windowsill, now could be the time to enjoy them. A nicely shaded garden with fresh, summery salads and fruit, and long, tall drinks has the makings of heaven.
Summer fetes and food festivals run throughout the summer in many parts of the UK. They can be a great way to source interesting local food and drink for your party.
Days like this also make for wonderful children's parties, with games traditional or modern running through the house and garden. Meeting friends for a picnic at a local park, where everyone brings a dish and a drink, can also be a great day for kids of all ages.
Hospitality boxes or suites at sporting venues, whether that means cricket, horse racing or motorsport, are a great way to entertain friends. You can enjoy air-conditioned luxury without having to lift a finger.
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Whatever the weather, enjoy the last days of summer by exploring the great outdoors at some of the best National Trust places in the country. Keep the kids entertained all weekend long with a whole host of '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' activities or learn a new skill, from archery and rock climbing to Geocaching in the countryside. Whether it's beautiful sunshine or pouring with rain, here's a taster of some National Trust places where you can get away from it all this August bank holiday.Read more