Wild Summer Bucket List

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It’s the Summer holidays, hooray! Six whole weeks to get out, have fun and explore with friends and family. If you’re stuck for ideas, or just lacking a little inspiration, here is my wild activity Summer bucket list…

1.Visit some new woods or gardens that might be a little further afield. The Woodland Trust have a handy map of all their sites.

2.Climb lots of trees while you are there. Why wouldn’t you? Maybe learn to identify a few while they still have leaves.

3. Cook a meal out of something you’ve grown or foraged. You could also visit a local pick your own. Nothing beats fresh salads and blackberry puddings in the Summer.

4.Get creative at the beach. See what you can find along the sea shore – a curly shell? a stripey jellyfish? Maybe even a speedy crab. Use some of your finds to design pictures or patterns. Perhaps avoid the jellyfish though!

5. Go to an outdoor cinema screening. Watching a film doesn’t have to be an indoor event. Have a Google to see what is happening near you. There is a couple in Derbyshire on Summer Nights Film.  You could even hold your own if you have a projector!

6. Read a nature inspired book such as Tap the Magic TreeWe’re going on a Bear Hunt or Wild (picture at the start).

7.Explore some ruins taken over by nature. Just because castle exploring is way more fun when they are crumbling.

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8.Hunt for wild raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. Make them into ice lollies! There is a recipe here.

9.Go camping or glamping (if you prefer the comfort). I recently stayed at Swinton Bivouac in the Yorkshire Dales and it was so beautiful! I’m a happy camper but it may have converted me.

10.Cook on a campfire. There is nothing quite like cooking over a fire you’ve made yourself – no barbecue needed!

11.Star gazing on a clear night. Now that it’s less cloudy and a bit warmer at night, it’s perfect to stay out for a lazy evening looking up at the sky.

12.Open a mud cafe in your garden and get messy. Endless fun!

13.Catch a spider’s web. This is a Pinterest discovery that I can’t wait to try myself.

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14. Try out some rope swings. Lots of places have them and I always get excited when I spot one on a walk. You could even make your own in your garden.

15.Go wild swimming, whether it’s in the sea, a lake or just dipping your toes in a stream to cool down. Double check that it’s somewhere safe first.

16.Buy some new wellies for adventures. Plant things in your old broken ones.

17. Learn how to make a daisy chain, and if you are really good, try your hand at a floral headdress. There is a good guide here.

18.Walk along a coastal path and discover so much. The seaside isn’t all about beaches you know. There is over 2400km of coastline in Britain.

19. Air your toes and go barefoot. A sign of a good exploration should be muddy feet at the end of a day. Just look out for those cream carpets when you come back inside.

20. Look out for birds, butterflies and bees. I had a bee saver kit delivered from Friends of the Earth this week. It has a handy bee identification guide and a pack of wildflower seeds for my garden.

21. Geocaching – my old favourite! Find out how you can get involved here.

22. Learn some new games. Get together with other families and teach each other. A favourite of mine is Witches, goblins and giants.

23. Tie-dye a t-shirt using natural dyes. Marigolds, elderberries, beetroot… there is plenty to try. You could also try printing by hammering leaves and flowers onto fabric.

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24. Get acquainted with a stick. Let your imagination run wild! Get inspiration from The Stick Book (one of my favourites) or listen to the story Not a Stick.

25. Finally, relax. Enjoy the sun. Watch the clouds go by.

Cloud watching in the sunshine ☁🌞 #clouds #sky #summer #nature #outdoors #cloudwatching

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