Tips for a spending a great Summer in the local area

Summer is here and maybe you are off away, visiting sunnier climes, or you’re throwing open the patio doors and declaring summer fun here in the UK. Well if you are planning on staying in the local area, here are some fantastic things to do in and around your home in the summer.

1. Get out into the Garden

If you’re blessed to have a Garden or some outside space, then summer is the perfect time to get out and use it! You could always do the usual things of having a BBQ and inviting friends around, or encouraging the kids to spend time playing outside on the trampoline or in the paddling pool, but you could also go for some more quirky memorable ideas. 

Perhaps resolve to spend the whole day outside in the fresh air! Put up a Gazebo and pop some garden blankets and cushions underneath it and set up a day camp in the garden where you can spend the day working, relaxing, or chatting with family and friends in the open air. 

To keep kids entertained you could set up an obstacle course, a bug hunt, or a water activity for the kids to play with whilst you relax and watch the world pass by. 

Why not go a step further with your garden activities and make a night of it by putting up a tent and spending the night camping outside in the garden!

2. Visit a Local Park

If you fancy a bit more open space than your own garden, then of course the local park is the perfect place to relax in the summer! You could take a walk, read a book or just simply lay back and feel the grass beneath your feet. You could also decamp to the local park for an afternoon or evening of fun with friends! There are lots of fab parks in St Albans, Verulamium Park, Clarence Park, Highfield Park, Greenwood Park, Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead, Cassiobury Park in Watford, there are lots to choose from! 

3. Take a Walking Tour

Exploring the local area can be really fun, especially if you are a commuter and don’t normally get much of a chance to walk around your local area. Rather than just walking around aimlessly, you could join an organised walking tour, typically run by your local tourist centre or group. St Albans Tour Guides offers tours in the local area. You could take a local history tour, a celebrity homes tour, a wildlife tour, a tour of local pubs or even a ghost tour! There are lots of different tours available in different local areas!

4. Visit Local Events

Most local areas are typically full of free or low-cost events during the summer and throughout the year, which are great for individuals, couples and families alike!

Why not seek out your nearest summer fair or music festival, catch a film in the park, sample the various local food on offer at your nearest farmers market, take advantage of an open-air theatre performances, or support events happening at local venues throughout St Albans and beyond the local area. Take a look at “What’s On St Albans" for event listings. 

5. Have a Wet Weather Contingency Plan

The weather doesn’t always go to plan, rainy days can happen even in summer, so it helps to have a wet weather contingency plan in place for things to do inside as well as outside. 

You could visit a local Museum or Art Gallery, take a walk around our wonderful Cathedral St Albans Abbey and visit the new visitor centre, tour one of our local stately homes, or even just take yourself off to sit at your local coffee shop with a good book. For kids you could decide to avoid the rain and retreat to the nearest soft play, trampoline park, 

So, there are a few tips of things to do in the summer around your local area. What are your favourite things to do in St Albans and beyond? 

We’re always happy to give tips and advice on the local area, so why not give us a call on 01727 221290