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Make The Most Of The Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year often comes and goes without so much as a second thought – but this year, it’s a bit different. Not only have we all been discovering new ways to appreciate the outdoors during lockdown, the Summer Solstice this year is on Saturday 20th June, which means that those of us who usually work during the week are able to make the very most of the extra hours of daylight. Here are a few ideas of how you can spend this year’s longest day…

Sunrise yoga

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Wake up with the sun and welcome the longest day by taking your yoga practice outside. Join an online class or, if you’re an experienced yogi, enjoy the early-morning peace and quiet and work through your own routine to channel calmness and positivity for the day ahead.

Long walks

Long daylight hours means more time to explore. If government guidelines allow, this is the perfect time to revisit an old favourite place, take on that long-distance walk you’ve been trying to find time for, or aimlessly exploring somewhere you’ve never been and seeing what undiscovered views and hidden beauty spots you come across. You still need to be prepared, though, so don’t forget your usual safety essentials (map, compass, headtorch, first aid kit and extra layers). 

Cycling day out

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That long ride you’ve been yearning to do? Today is the day. Alternatively, hit the road or the trail to find the perfect spot to watch the sunrise or the sunset, plan an ambitious touring route and take a picnic to enjoy along the way, or even decide a great spot to meet some friends and all ride there. With no need to worry about losing the light, the possibilities are near endless.

Watching the sunset

How many times have you genuinely taken the time to appreciate a sunset? In our busy day-to-day lives we don’t always find time for simple joys like that, but the solstice is the perfect opportunity to spend an evening outdoors – barbecue, anyone? – and watch the sun go down. If you’re feeling inspired, why not have a garden campout or movie night instead…

Outdoor movie night

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We all know a movie night is the ultimate evening in, whether it’s a romantic one with your partner or something fun with the kids, so why not make the most of the long evening and take your movie night outside? Set up a screen and a projector (which you can DIY if you don’t have one) and get comfy with garden chairs, blankets and pillows to enjoy the late sunset. Or alternatively, cosy up in a tent around a laptop – think outdoor cinema with all the indoor comforts, and none of your pillows getting muddy. Sleeping bags are perfect for extra warmth, and if it turns into a surprise overnight campout, you’ve got everything you need already set up!

Garden campout

If you’re lucky enough to have a garden – or, as we prefer, your own personal campsite – a camping adventure is never far away. Pitch your tent, or if the weather is kind, roll out your sleeping mat and sleep under the stars – who knows, you might discover a new passion for wild camping! Get into the camping spirit by kitting everyone out with headtorches and setting up your areas for sleeping, living and eating – which is where the fun really starts. A campout wouldn’t be complete without wild cooking, which means getting the firepit or barbecue going and trying out some epic campfire recipes; check out our favourites here.

 

Feeling inspired? Check out our guide to the ultimate garden campout here.