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Here comes the summer fun!

23 May 2016

By Sarah

The sun is shining, the beaches are crowded and the wasps are out in force, which can only mean one thing: summer is on its way! Nothing beats a summer’s day out armed with egg sandwiches and a flask of tea. And this year, there’s a whole array of fabulous things to do and see. Here are some of my favourites.

If you enjoy nosing round other people's gardens, check out the list of private gardens open to the public for charity on the National Gardens Scheme’s website at Ngs.org. Royal Horticultural Society members Rhs.org can enjoy free entry to the Society’s gardens and two new rose festivals at Rosemoor in Devon and Hyde Hall in Essex. Rose fans will love our bouquet of the month, vivid pink Summer Rose and Freesia bouquet.

If – like me - you revel in Britain's heritage, The National Trust has over 500 properties and 200 gardens to explore. Last year, I had a fascinating day out at Hughenden near High Wycombe home to former Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. The woodland and gardens are stunning.

"Take a flask of hot-chocolate, popcorn and a blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars"

For silver screen fans, I’d recommend watching classics from Dirty Dancing to Breakfast at Tiffany’s under the stars at an outdoor cinema. Last summer, my family and I enjoyed Into The Woods with the magnificent backdrop of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire.
My recommendation is to take a flask of hot-chocolate, popcorn and a blanket! Find what’s on near you at The Outdoor Cinema and The Lunacinema. Also check out open-air theatre venues and follow the yellow brick road to The Wizard of Oz at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire this July or Mr Darcy fans can enjoy Pride and Prejudice in London's Regent's Park in September.

If you're looking after the grandchildren, get them closer to nature by challenging them to find frogspawn, spot wildflowers and roll down a big hill. You can also become a National Trust volunteer and muck in with beach cleans, butterfly counting and bracken bashing up and down the country! Also find out if your local garden centre is offering kids’ gardening clubs for budding green-fingers. My daughter and I have a contest to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. If your flower doesn’t quite reach the dizzy heights, we have a sunflower-filled Golden Delight bouquet that’s sure to delight!

If you enjoy a treasure hunt, I can recommend geocaching. You're challenged to find hidden boxes using a smartphone app. If successful, you record your find in a log book and then leave a message and trinket for someone else to discover. I’m hooked!

Just remember to take your brolly – just in case!

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