Along with summer, comes longer and lighter days. As the days begin to get warmer, the sun sets later and later, opening up a whole new world of things to do with those all-important extra hours of daylight. To make the most of the summer evenings, especially mid-week, having a plan is key. With so many wonderful things to do in the summertime, here’s some inspiration to help you choose how best to spend your summer evenings…
For a low-key evening spent with friends and family, why not fire up the barbecue and invite those closest to you round for a mid-week alfresco feast. A BBQ requires minimal preparation and effort and is best enjoyed in a relaxed environment with flowing conversation.
If you’re feeling adventurous and fancy brushing up on your culinary skills, or perhaps have an upcoming dinner party and want to perfect a dish that will impress, book an evening cookery class. The Cookery School at The Grand, York promises a relaxed and fun setting with experienced tutors to inspire you with recipes that you can recreate at home.
Open air cinema
Outdoor cinemas are becoming increasingly popular – you’ll be surprised how close your nearest open-air film screening is! Whether you’d prefer a more paired back showing in the park or the comfort of a rooftop bar scene, round up friends and family and look for an open-air cinema and film screening to suit your mood and tastes.
Post-work drinks are typical of summer evenings. To mix things up, check out local wine tasting events or look to an outdoor wine bar that offers fruit and cheese to complement. Flowing wine and conversation go hand in hand, so invite a friend who you may not have seen in a while for a good catch up!
If you have a holiday pending or enjoy being active, find a picturesque route to tackle via foot or on a bike. From country trails to river routes, the emphasis on a post work cycle doesn’t have to be to clock a personal best. Enjoy the social aspect of a leisurely cycle, whilst also taking in the fresh air and the local scenery. If you start to feel peckish, look to a local pub garden to stop off for a light bite before heading home.
Picnic in the park
If you walk past a park on your route home, you could plan ahead and pack a post-work picnic spread. Invite friends who you work with or perhaps who work nearby and come 5pm, head outdoors to enjoy an early alfresco dinner in the sun. The fresh air will help to relax you and eating early will help you get a good night’s sleep.