How To Create Your Perfect Summer Bucket List


Summer is fast approaching! British Summer Time officially began on the 31st March this year, but I think we can all agree that it’s only just starting to feel more like Summer.

As much as I love all things cosy, Summer is my second favourite season. The long days, the (occasional) blue skies, the 2 weeks maximum of hot weather we are likely to get here in the UK- I’m here for it!

I did a Winter Bucket List post last year, so I thought it would be fun to create one for Summer. After all, it’s a short season for us here in the UK, so to make the most of it let’s come up with a list of everything we want to do while the sun shines! Everyone’s list will be different, especially if you have children, but here’s some ideas to get you started.

Summer Beach Day

A sandy beach with palm tree in summer

The classic Summer Beach Day! I feel like I can cross this off my list after my recent trip to Cyprus. After all- I can’t really top a white sandy beach lined with Palm trees. That’s not to say that there aren’t some fantastic beaches here in the U.K though. Lonely Planet has compiled a list of the Top 10 Beaches in the U.K- and they include beaches in each of the nations. If you’re in England, Devon and Cornwall are unsuprisingly top of the list, but be warned- the traffic on the A30 (the main route into Cornwall) is no joke in peak Summer season.


Let’s face it, holidays in Summer are expensive- especially in July/August when children are off school. If you wan’t to avoid the masses, and save a pretty penny, try a staycation. This could be as simple as staying at home, or a weekend away that doesn’t involve battling your way through a crowded airprt to take a flight. Popular destinations will book up fast, but you can definitely find some more out of the way spots that are still available.

Day Trip

If a whole weekend away is too much, there’s so much to see and do on a daytrip. You likely don’t have to travel too far if you’re here in the UK- after all, nothing is really that far on this small island! Keep it relaxed by staying super local, or be more adventurous and travel a few hours. It’s up to you!

Visit England has some great ideas to inspire you! Bonus- you can filter by region so you can see what’s local to you.

Not in England? Check out Visit Wales, Visit Scotland, or Discover Northern Ireland for great ideas in all the nations!

Make Ice Cream

We all love Ice Cream, right? I don’t currently love the price of it though. So why not have a go at making your own? Just think- you can make it however you want-, your choice of flavour and add ins! Also- no chemicals or preservatives needed. Whilst an Ice cream maker is nice to have, you don’t techinically need one to make your own ice cream creations.

Why not try this Vegan Chocolate version from Minimalist Baker? No churning required, and its naturally sweetened with dates.

Vanilla fan? Domestic Gothess has got you covered with this recipe. Bonus- it doesn’t use coconut milk like the majority of vegan recipes do. It includes instructions on how to make it without an ice cream maker.

I’m definitely giving this Vegan Chunky Monkey Ice Cream a go!

Make a Pitcher

A pitcher of something delicious on your garden table is an symbol of Summer. Filled with ice, garnished to perfection- delicious! Yes, we should all be drinking lots of water in the Summer (all year round really) but sometimes its fun to switch it up and try something a little more fun.

This Strawberry Limeade from Fifteen Spatulas looks delicious!

Whilst Ice Tea is considered to be mostly American, BBC Good Food has a version which looks fab and is super easy to make.

If you’re partial to a Mojito but need/want an alcohol free version, try this recipe from The Busy Baker.

Summer Reading

If you’re heading to the Beach, check out my previous post on the best beach reads that are upbeat and have a summer setting that you can really immerse yourself in.

If you’re on a staycation, this is the perfect opportunity to make some headway on your TBR pile. Check out this post for great tips on how to read more books in less time.

If you need a little inspiration, check out the GoodReads Summer Challenge. This is an old post from 2019, but still a great idea.

What’s on your Summer Bucket List? Are you going to try any of these delicious recipes? Let me know in the comments below!


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  1. So excited summer is here!! I need to try the chocolate ice cream recipe! And Iā€™m also planning a little staycation. Great list! Thanks for sharing!

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