9 things you can do on uber hot summer days in the UK

Molly Judgeon 4 August 2021
girls in park

Do you want to make the most of your summer before starting term in September? Tick these activities off your summer bucket list when the sun is shining.

With heatwaves becoming more common (thanks climate change), it’s time for a guide on how to make the most of hot British summer days. 

But not so fast! While it’s easy to get overexcited about the sun, given that it’s the first time you may have seen it for months, it’s important to remember the impact that UV rays can have on your health. Now the sensible part’s out of the way, let’s delve into what fun can be had in the sun!

1. A trip to the beach

As Nicki Minaj once said, ‘let’s go the beach, each, let’s go get away’. And what better way to enjoy the rays than sunbathing and swimming in the sea?

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2. Hit up the lido

If you can’t get to the sea, you may be lucky enough to live near a lake or lido where you can go swimming. Try out different watersports like paddleboarding, white water rafting or even water skiing!

3. Host a pool party

Live out your secondary school dreams and host a party around a pool. If you haven’t got a pool, make friends with someone who has! 

4. Take yourself on a date to the park

For those living in the city, it might be a struggle to find a lake or a beach. Instead, ditch the beach and take the fun to the park! Find a nice shady spot and dedicate time to yourself with a good book and the perfect Spotify playlist. 

5. Mix some cocktails or mocktails

Staying at home on a warm day doesn’t have to be boring. Here are the best budget-friendly cocktails you can make on a student budget, so get mixing! And, if you’re not in the mood for a cocktail, slushies are just as good! 

6. Take a trip to a water park

Slap on your waterproof mascara, sun cream and bucket hat and visit the closest water park. Alternatively, you can make your own with water guns, a slip ‘n slide and some water balloons. This is hours of endless fun!

7. Visit a museum 

Sometimes, it’s just too hot to be outside. Once you’ve completed your summer bucket list activities, take a trip to a museum. They’re often less busy when the sun is out, and you’ll be smug when your mates come home as red as lobsters. 

8. Make ice lollies

Invent your new flavour of ice lolly - will you go boozy, fruity or chocolatey? It’s completely up to you. Nothing is more refreshing than an ice pop. 

9. Watch the latest flick at the cinema 

This may seem a little odd in the height of summer but the cinema is a great place to stay cool and nurse your sunburn. In fact, the air con is usually so high that you may need to bring a couple of extra layers!

What are your plans this summer? Join the Student Pulse and let us know!

Molly Judgeon 4 August 2021