Join in the fun of a carnival. I love a good carnival and as a child looked forward to the yearly event in my home town. The marching bands, stilt walkers, colourful floats and general party atmosphere all appealed to me – and still do! Sadly this event has fallen by the wayside, but throughout August there are many carnivals taking place around the country. Of course the biggie is Notting Hill Carnival on 26th August, but there are plenty of fun smaller events to attend. In recent years I’ve been to the Hastings Carnival (East Sussex), which is full of typical carnival floats and fun, with the procession this year taking place on Saturday 10th August at 5pm – so if you’re in the area give it a go! Go online to find out about carnivals in your area.
Be safe in the sun. Fortunately it would appear we are all becoming much more conscious of the damage that the sun can cause to our skin, and are covering up more with high factor sun lotions and light clothing. My current favourite sun care product is Boots Soltan Moisturising Suncare Spray Factor 30, which gives 5 star UVA protection. This is simple to apply, easily absorbed, water-resistant and also contains an insect repellent. Another good rule with the sun is to avoid direct exposure between 11am and 3pm. When we go to the beach on a hot day, we tend to go early, have breakfast there and leave by lunchtime, this way we avoid the crowds as well as the sun at its hottest. We also love evening strolls along the beach.
Enjoy some summer fireworks. During the summer, some seaside resorts put on firework displays. At Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, every Wednesday evening, for the six weeks of the summer holiday, there is a free firework display, with musical entertainment commencing at 8pm and the fireworks starting at 10pm. I can highly recommend this one – it’s great to be by the sea in the evening when it’s a little cooler and the atmosphere is great. Other seaside towns putting on firework displays this summer include Bournemouth (Fridays) and Poole (Thursdays). Look out for a display near you!
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