Outdoor Activities that won’t Cost the Earth this Summer
Summer is here, which means we want to be outside as much as possible – the Great British weather allowing, of course. But what activities can you get in the diary that won’t cost you an arm and a leg?
There’s no better way to get close to nature, forget all your problems and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life for a while, than heading off camping. Pack the bare essentials, pitch a tent and sleep under the stars for a simple, affordable, fun activity with friends. Toast marshmallows over a campfire (check the rules), play cards or just have some good quality chat and you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it sooner.
A trip to the beach on a summer’s day is good for the soul. The sand between your toes, the sound of the water lapping at the shore, and the close proximity to many an ice cream hut, all makes for a pretty special time. You’ll need very little to keep you amused other than a good book or great company, so it’s certainly something you can do on a budget.
Pack up a basket and head to your local park for a picnic with mates. Make a few sandwiches, buy some crisps and dips and some sausage rolls, and don’t forget a sweet treat for everyone – fruit and dark chocolate all round is bound to go down a treat! Don’t forget your picnic blanket and a bag for your rubbish, plus some refreshments (wine in a can, anyone?) and you’re good to go.
You may not yet have heard of Geocaching, the outdoor adventure that’s happening all over the world. To take part, just need to use the Geocaching app or a GPS device to navigate to hidden containers. These are called geocaches, and there are millions of them in 190 countries around the world, waiting to be discovered. Inside you’ll find a log book to sign and sometimes small items to trade with something of your own, like keychains or small toys. It’s free to create an account on the app and is perfect if you’re looking to do something a bit different.
A Bike Ride
Head out on two wheels to see some of the best our country has to offer. Don’t worry if you don’t own a bike, you can hire one instead for not too much money. Plot your route through villages, towns, up hills, through valleys, and make sure you schedule in a pit stop for lunch. It’s a great way to explore and get your blood pumping without spending a lot.
There are farms all around the country offering fruit picking experiences. Pick up a basket and head along the vines to collect whatever’s on offer – anything from strawberries to gooseberries, to blackcurrants and blueberries. The best bit? You get to take them home and make them into a delicious dessert!