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Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end! There are still plenty of things to do in the next few weeks before school starts. Here are some end of summer activities to get you started.

Have a picnic in the park

An oldie but a goodie, picnics are the perfect way to enjoy the summer weather while it lasts. So pack up your favourite food and drinks and head to your local park for an afternoon of relaxing in the sun.

Visit a farmer’s market

Summer is the peak season for fresh fruits and vegetables, so make sure to take advantage of it while you can! Farmer’s markets are a great way to get your hands on some delicious seasonal produce and support your local growers.

Watch the sunrise/sunset

Summer days are longer than any other time of year, so why not make the most of it by watching the sunrise or sunset? It’s a great way to appreciate the beauty of nature.

Have a barbecue

Nothing says summer like a good old-fashioned barbecue! Invite your friends and family over for some burgers and hot dogs straight off the grill. Don’t forget the s’mores for dessert! Take a look at some of our favourite BBQ recipes here.

Day trip to the beach

If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, take advantage of it! Spend a day paddling, sunbathing, building sandcastles and eating ice cream. It’s the perfect way to soak up the last of the summer rays.

Nature walk

Get out and explore the great outdoors! Take a leisurely stroll through your local park or woods and enjoy the fresh air. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife – you never know what you might see! Make it fun for the little ones by creating a scavenger hunt list of things to look for. The National Trust have some great suggestions for nature walks in your local area.

Have a water balloon fight

Water fights are always a hit, no matter how old you are. So fill up some water balloons and prepare to drench your friends and family. It’s sure to be a fun-filled afternoon!

Afternoon tea

What could be more quintessentially summer than afternoon tea? Head to your favourite café or bakery and indulge in some delicious cakes and pastries. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, why not make your own at home? We have some great recipes for you to try here.

Camp in the garden

Who says you need to go away to enjoy a camping trip? Set up a tent in your garden and spend a night under the stars. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and appreciate the beauty of nature right in your own home.

Zoo trip

Animal lovers, young and old, will enjoy a trip to the zoo. Spend an afternoon walking around and admiring all the different animals. You might even learn something new!

Outdoor cinema

Pack a picnic and head to your local outdoor cinema for fun in the fresh air. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a film while taking in the summer weather.

Make homemade ice cream

Homemade ice cream is a summer treat that’s definitely worth the effort. There are tons of recipes online, so you’re sure to find one that suits your taste. Then, once you’ve made it, sit back and enjoy a bowl (or two!) in the comfort of your own home. Check out some of our favourite ice cream recipes here.

Draw with chalk on the pavement

Get creative with some chalk and draw pictures or write messages on the pavement. It’s a fun way to brighten up your neighbourhood and put a smile on people’s faces.

Fly a kite

Catch some wind and fly a kite! It’s a fun activity for people of all ages, and it’s sure to get you outside enjoying the summer weather.

Build a den in the woods

Grab the kids and head to the woods for a day of den-building fun. It’s a great way to explore nature and get some fresh air.

Games night

Gather your friends and family together for a night of fun and games. Whether you’re playing classic board games or something more modern, it’s sure to be a night to remember. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite games to play here.

Visit an outdoor swimming pool

Make the most of the summer weather by visiting an outdoor swimming pool. Go for a dip, relax in the sun, and enjoy the refreshing water.

Make lemonade

What’s summer without a refreshing glass of lemonade? Make a big pitcher and enjoy it in the sunshine. Add some strawberries or mint leaves for an extra-tasty treat!

Organise a sports day

Get your friends and family together for a fun-filled day of sports. Whether you’re playing classic games like rounders or something more modern like frisbee, it’s sure to be a day to remember.

Make tie-dye shirts

Tie-dye is a classic summer activity that’s always fun. Get some friends together and spend an afternoon creating some colourful shirts. They’ll be perfect for wearing to all your end-of-summer events! For a step-by-step guide, check out this tie-dye tutorial.

End-of-summer party

What better way to say goodbye to summer than with a big party? Invite all your friends and have a night to remember. Be sure to have plenty of food and drink on hand, and don’t forget the music!

These are just a few ideas to help you make the most of the last few weeks of summer. Whatever end of summer activities you do, make sure you enjoy these last few weeks of summer and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Do you have any other ideas for things to do before summer ends? Get in touch to share your top picks!