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Make the most of the British summer

19th June 2013

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British flag summerThe recent British weather has taken us all by surprise, not least of all the individuals who have returned indoors after a day in the sun to notice their skin to be a slightly darker shade of tomato.

However, many would most certainly rather be slightly red in the face than to recall the sub zero conditions the UK experienced with the outbreak of snow earlier this year. 

Whilst this may be the best weather Britain has experienced in a long time, the sun is unlikely to stick around for a prolonged period, but don’t let that dampen your spirits – there will be enough rain to do that later on! So get on the phone to your boss and take all the annual leave that you can (even though you’ve only just landed a summer job) in order to soak up the rays and enjoy the summer.

As boring conversations with taxi drivers have revealed countless times, ‘when the weather is nice, Britain is as good as anywhere.’ Why not take a short trip away to a part of the country you haven’t visited before with some friends? Bath and York are wonderful cities and the southwest has a vast array of coastal towns and villages; explore East Anglia whilst staying in a Suffolk holiday cottage or take a city break and visit London and the capital’s finest tourist locations – wherever you choose to go, there’s always interesting things to do and relaxation spots where you can put your feet up. 

Having said this, you don’t have to go away to enjoy the British sunshine. It’s the perfect time to help your parent’s groom then garden and get rid of those unpleasant weeds and overgrown, dying shrubs. If your garden is already in tip-top shape, use the scraps of your student loan to invest in a deck chair, sun cream and an intriguing novel and get lost in a fictional world; a far away place from the stresses and high intensity world of university and work.

Taking up a new activity with friends is always a good way to enjoy the sunshine. Why not rent out a few rackets at your local tennis club and relive the memories of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon triumph? There is a plethora of British sporting events that can inspire you in to activity. Head down to your local cricket club and spend some time in the nets or locate a nearby golf course to perfect that Rory McIlroy inspired swing. If competitive sport isn’t quite your cup of tea, head to a theme park or to a miniature golf course; both are bags of fun and also allow you to keep active in the sun.

Whatever you choose to do in the sunshine is likely to be enjoyable (any time spent away from university and work is enjoyable, right?) and relaxing. Just make sure to make the most of it – as we’ve all experienced, the sun doesn’t stay around forever, particularly in Britain!

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