Take alfresco dining to the next level and build your own clay oven
Sand and clay are the oldest building materials known to man and dry really well in direct sunlight.
Once the oven is built it will be a focal point for all outside celebrations. The internal temperature of a wood oven can reach up to 400 °C which cooks a pizza in seconds, however the insulating qualities of clay means you can warm your hands on the outside of your oven as your pizza cooks. Perfect for a summers night!
Want to learn more? River Cottage run a one day Build and bake course at their HQ.
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