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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Taking place from 28 July to 3 August, National Parks Week is a celebration of the all the natural beauty, wildlife and things to do within the UK's 15 National Parks. Throughout the week there are a host of activities and events on offer. We have picked 5 great events from across the UK, which give you the opportunity to try everything from otter spotting to astronomy. With the summer holidays now upon us, these events are also the perfect family days out in beautiful surroundings.Read more