Too hot to move
If you've spent the spring and early summer slaving over your lawn and borders, decking and patio furniture, you may want to reap the rewards now the sun is up. A big umbrella for your deck chair and a small one - if that's your preference - for the long, iced drink at your side.
For those without a garden, a beer garden or the local park could be the perfect destination. At a park, where there's room to spread out a big rug, you could pack a hamper and a cool box, and bring your family and friends, children and pets. Or just a good, not-too-taxing book, some sun lotion and a broad-brimmed hat.
The lido - originally a 1930s breed of outdoor municipal swimming pool - has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, giving a lucky few the chance to splash in cool water while you're at the park.
Summer brings relaxing, high-quality entertainment to many of Britain's public spaces. Whether that means the full music festival experience or just a picnic afternoon listening to a classical concert in the grounds of a castle or stately home, there are few more relaxing ways to enjoy the best of summer.
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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