With the summer slowly coming to an end, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most out of your remaining holidays. We have come up with 50 things that are guaranteed to give you a great time and won’t break the bank.
1. Attend a music festival
A music festival is more than an extended concert with your favourite artists. It’s about the whole experience from the road trip, camping, meeting new people and having a great time dancing and singing along to your favourite artists!
2. Splash out on an inflatable water park
Head to Rutland Water where you'll find the UK’s biggest Aquaglide Aqua Park. The Aqua Park has climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers, blast bags the UK’s biggest slides and a special corner for adrenaline junkies. For more information and to book tickets visit:http://www.aquaparkrutland.co.uk/prices-and-offers/
3. Enjoy a smokey BBQ
Make the most out of the sunshine by having a barbeque in your own garden. It would be a perfect occasion to try out these yummy recipes: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/recipes/the-very-best-barbecue-recipes-for-hot-summer-days/
4. Camp out
When was the last time you slept under the stars and cooked dinner over an open fire? Not only is camping inexpensive, but also a great way to reconnect with nature as you leave your hectic, busy life. To help you find places around the country to pitch up visit: https://www.pitchup.com/
5. Catch a film at an outdoor cinema
During a long summer day nothing beats watching classic movies under the stars while enjoying yummy snacks! Belton House and Belvoir Castle are one of the many places who will be hosting an Outdoor cinema. For tickets visit: http://summernightsfilm.co.uk/venues/belton-house/
6. Take in classic theatre in the open air
Head over to Stamford to watch Shakespeare’s work come to live at one of the finest open air theatres in Europe. For more information and tickets: http://stamfordshakespeare.co.uk/shakespeare-season/
7. Book on a boat trip
Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights of Lincoln and the countryside abroad on a guided canal trip accompanied with drinks and snacks. To find out more: http://lincolnboattrips.co.uk/
8. Visit the Great Central Railway
Why not visit the UK’s only main line heritage railway and recreate the experience. With many events such as Peppa Pig and 1940’s Wartime Weekend there is something for everyone. For more information visit: http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/
9. Ride your bike
Not only is riding a bike fun but it has many health benefits. So enjoy the wonderful weather, gear up and go for a bike ride through the lovely surrounding landscapes.
10. Go to the beach
With Skegness beach being a quick train journey from Grantham you would be mad not to take the full advantage of the beach this summer.
11. Walk (a lot)
Go back to nature this summer and enjoy the amazing diverse range of landscape that the Peak District has to offer. You can finally get a deep breath of fresh air and feel closer to nature. For different trails and adventures visit: https://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-and-hiking
12. Pick tasty strawberries
Not only is it much cheaper to enjoy delicious summer fruits compared to buying them but it’s also a great way to learn about the nature and discover where food comes from. You can also enjoy a cup of tea and freshly made cakes at the café at Syston Park Farm. For opening times visit: http://www.systonparkfarmshop.com/
13. Visit a zoo...
If you are an animal lover why not take your family to a zoo. It’s a great way to learn and discover many different animals.
14. ...or an outdoor farm
Similar to the zoo by going to an outdoor farm you can also learn a great deal about animals. Many outdoor farms have many activities and allow you to pet/feed the animals so it’s a great opportunity to get everyone involved.
15. Be a thrill-seeker at a theme park
Even if you are not an adrenaline junkie you can still have a great time at a Theme Park as there is something for everyone to do from the roller coasters, stalls and the great food outlets. The environment and the great experience of being in a fantasy land will easily bring joy to everyone from all age groups.
16. Catch the latest movies
Summer is the best time to hang out with friends and family enjoying the latest and greatest films.
17. Work out at the gym
With the summer holidays and abundance of free time this summer is the perfect time to hit the gym and work towards getting your dream body.
18. Bounce around at an indoor trampoline park
Defy gravity and jump into a day full of bouncing fun with your friends and family. Grantham Jump Revolution are now offering a summer holiday pass allowing you to visit every day. For more information please visit: https://jump-revolution.com/
19. Go bowling
For the days that are not so pleasant why not take your whole family bowling. Grantham Bowl are running many offers from unlimited bowling during weekdays, happy hour, student night and more. For more information: http://www.granthambowl.co.uk/information/9/special-offers/
20. Catch some fish
If you are looking for a relaxing day out in nature, you can’t beat fishing. It’s the perfect way to unwind and gain some quality time with friends and your loved ones or if you need some time to yourself, fishing is a great way to escape.
21. Beat your friends at paintballing...
Paintballing is not your average outdoor activity and is a great way to experience adrenaline rush and connect with your friends. With so many different routes and levels at Ancaster you are bound to find one suited to you: http://www.ancasterkarting.co.uk/paintball-grantham-lincolnshire/
22. ...or laser tag...
Similar to paintballing laser tag is a high adrenaline game but the guns used are infra-red meaning it is pain free. Great to take younger children who aren’t able to go Paintballing.
23. ...or crazy golf?
Crazy Golf is accessible to all ages and can be highly addictive. You get to explore the many different courses and most courses are wheelchair and pushchair friendly. The Lost City Adventure Golf is perfect for all ages and you can rewind afterwards at their “tiki bar”. http://www.lostcityadventuregolf.com/
Stargazing is a simple and easy way to bring science alive for kids and share the beauty of the natural world. It can also be done in the comfort of your own back garden. For tips on stargazing and to make the most out of it have a read: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/top-tips-for-stargazing
25. Go ape at Go Ape
Head into the forest for some unforgettable adventures suitable for all ages. To find the nearest one near you: https://goape.co.uk/
26. Fill up at a food festival
Who doesn’t love food? Do you need any reason for an excuse to spend a whole day eating food? To find out about food festivals happening near you visit: https://www.thefestivalcalendar.co.uk/food-festivals-calendar.php
27. Enjoy a beverage (or ten) at a beer festival
London will be hosting Britain’s biggest beer festival this summer where you can celebrate by drinking the finest beer, eating your way through street food and listening to live music. For more information: https://www.gbbf.org.uk/
28. Visit Notting Hill Carnival
Join London’s biggest street party at Notting Hill Carnival where the streets of West London are filled with Caribbean colours, music and flavours.
With more time on your hands the summer it is a great time to help out others whether that be at an event, local charity or just your elderly neighbour. A good deed is never wasted. There are also many volunteering schemes running in the UK and abroad which is a great way to help out, meet people and to personally develop.
30. Have a clean out
Whether that be your garage, your room or the attic make some time to have a clean out. Not only will your house look more appealing but in the long term has positive impacts on your mental and physical health.
31. Learn a new language
Going abroad this summer? Why not pick up the local lingo. If not, learning a new language has many benefits from opening up many opportunities, giving your brain a boost and even being able to create meaningful connections with other cultures.
32. Buy ice-cream from a van
Summer is just another reason to eat as much ice-cream as possible but there is something magical about hearing the ice cream van music chime through your streets.
33. Complete those summer DIYs
Need to do a small fix or maybe you want to redecorate your lounge. Whatever it is download your favourite playlist, get your tools out and get started!
34. Wash your car
Just do it.
35. Go for a picnic
Having a picnic is a great way to de-stress, get some fresh air and to spend some quality time with your family over some good food. For great picnic recipes check out: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/picnic
36. Read a book
There are numerous benefits to reading a book from developing your verbal abilities to improving your imagination. Give your smart devices a break and read more. For the best books to read this summer have a look at https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/summer-reads-2017/top-10
37. Have a clear out at a car boot sale
Do you have items in your house that you no longer want but still has great use? Why not attend a car boot sale and find a new home for your unwanted items. Not only will it help you de-clutter your house but you can also make some money out of it.
38. Visit a National Trust park
With over 200 wonderful gardens to explore you are bound to find one near you. During the summer there are many activities going on to keep everyone entertained. For more information please visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/gardens-and-parks
39. Discover a new hobby
Is there something that you have always wanted to do but have kept making excuses to do so? Whether that may be painting or salsa dancing make some time this summer to finally do it.
40. Try a new restaurant
It can be hard to try different things especially when you have a set routine but you might be missing out on the great experience and the amazing food. Still not convinced? Have a look on TripAdvisor and see what the people are saying.
Research shows dancing can improve your mental health by boosting your overall happiness and is a great form of exercise. So whether you go dancing on a Saturday night or in your bedroom dance like no one is watching.
42. Visit museums
Going to a museum is a great way of learning and discovering history. Its open to everyone and there are many in towns surrounding you.
43. Write a journal
Even if you don’t think your life is that interesting to document writing a journal has many mental health benefits. Not only does it increase your creativity but it provides a safe environment to let you freely process your emotions and feelings.
44. Host a garden party
Make the most out of the great weather and showcase your great hosting skills by hosting a summer garden party. For ideas and great recipes: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/recipes/how-to-throw-a-summer-garden-party/
45. Visit a new city
You don’t have to go abroad to have a great time and new experiences. There are many thriving cities within the UK that are waiting to be discovered by you.
46. Get a job
If you are on your summer break then it’s a great time to get a job to not only earn money but to also gain valuable skills and enhance your CV. But if you are already in employment and are not enjoying your job make some time this summer to get your dream job. Whether that is by attending courses to learn more skills, networking or simply just applying just take that step forward.
47. Go on a date
There are so many great ways to make dates exciting and fun in the summer that won’t break your bank. So ask your crush out or surprise your partner with a romantic date.
48. Spend time with your loved ones
With the hectic, busy lives that we live it can be difficult to have some quality time with your loved ones. This summer make an extra effort to spend more time. Not only are you’re guaranteed to have fun but it will strengthen your relationships and is a key influencer to helping us become who we are.
49. Get off your phone
How can you truly enjoy your summer if you are glued on to your phone 24/7? Not only is it rude but on the long term has many negative impacts to your mental health. There is nothing that interesting and important on your phone that can’t be attended to later. So put your phone down and make the most out of your summer.
50. Last of all... chill out, it's summer!