10 Fabulous Things To Do This Summer

There are always so many tempting things to do and buy, and I am always so full of good intentions. The long days and warmer temperatures have put me in the mood for making plans. This is a pipe dream list of things I might get up to this summer. It’s just around the corner, the world is our oyster, so indulge me…

Rent a beach hut

We often go to Southwold on the Suffolk coast which has a parade lined with dozens of colourful beach huts. I like to wander past having a nose inside at the happy sheltered people enjoying a cup of tea in an enamel mug. They are the very best of British, enjoying the beach no matter what.

Beach huts on Southwold promenade in Suffolk during hte summer

The promenade at Southwold

I want to experience being one of those people huddled inside a beach hut, with the kettle on, dusting the sand off my feet.

There is no excuse because you can hire them all over the UK by the day or week.

Visit the Sky Garden

20 Fenchurch Street, or the Walkie Talkie, is one of the highest buildings in the City of London. It’s notable for being bigger at the top than at the bottom. And at the top, it has a garden. How nice. And it’s FREE.

The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, ten fabulous things to do this summer

All you need to do to go to the Sky Garden is to get your act together tickets are released on a Monday for the following week. Set your alarms.

Find magnificent summer dresses…that you can wear with a proper bra

The struggle is real, right? You know, dresses for holidays and hot days at home? Other people manage to find these heavenly floaty numbers, but not me. Tell me where they are hiding.

Summer dress Sardinia, Helen Perry

Summer-dress-wearing in Sardina last year


This is a bone of contention in the Perry household, and I’m not even suggesting proper camping.

Glamping at Top of the Woods in Pembrookeshire, Wales, things to do in the summer

I think this would be fun, Matt thinks it will be hell. It remains to be seen if I have the powers of persuasion to get it across the line.

We’re looking at Top of the Woods in Wales.

Throw a big summer BBQ

In my mind’s eye, this special event will fall on the hottest day of the year. The children and adults will frolick and chat and chuckle. We will drink Pimms with mint cut from my own garden, and eat salads chopped by my own hand. The garden will be festooned with fairy lights, and pixies will clear up afterwards.

Summer BBQ fairy lights

Do the Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern

I love art and photography yet rarely make time to enjoy the best of what is on offer. It’s not an original passion, but Picasso is one of my favourites.

The EY Picasso exhibition at the Tate Modern summer 2018

Picasso 192- Love, Fame Tragedy is at the Tate Modern is running until September, so we’re on a deadline.

Buy a one-piece swimming cozzie that I can sunbathe in

Let me be clear that I have absolutely NO RULES about which age you should stop wearing a bikini, never stop wearing one if that’s your fancy. But I feel like I would like the option of some tummy coverage.

Problem is, they can be either grannyish, or fashion-y. One shoulder and high neck cozzie’s are not good for tan lines (so funny, like I tan!!). The hunt is on.

Swim at the Thames Lido

The beautifully refurbished outdoor pool at the Thames Lido opened near me last year. It’s gorgeous. I’ve enjoyed many a coffee and meal there but have never been in the water. This needs to be rectified.

Thames Lido, Reading, things to do this summer

Have a look at more of my Lido pictures

Visit a new seaside town

We live landlocked in Berkshire and go to Cornwall or Suffolk for our seaside fix. Where to next?

The pier at Cromer, north Norfolk

Cromer Pier, Norfolk

Whitstable and Margate in Kent have been on my to-do list forever. I’d also love to explore the beaches of north Norfolk, and I’ve been introduced to the charms of North Berwick in Scotland by the colourful Instagram feed of my friend @flamingofair.

About our latest brilliant Cornwall holiday

Family Bike Ride

A bit like our magical summer BBQ this would naturally involve the four of us gliding serenely through woodland or along the towpath by the River Thames. Isn’t cycling just something a happy family should do together?

Colourful bikes, ideal for a family bike ride this summer

In real life, my son refuses to learn to ride a bike, and my husband is only marginally more interested in cycling than he is in glamping. Wish me luck.

I’ll update you on how I get on with my fantasy list of summer goals. What would you get up to, if time and money were no object?


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8 comments on “10 Fabulous Things To Do This Summer

  1. Scarlett Roitman on

    All great summery ideas. Oh course I would say the Picasso is a must, but not sure you should take the kids to that one (he had a very saucy mind). The Monet and Architecture much better for families.
    I’ve always loved the idea of those beach huts. And if you discover that floaty, becoming summer dress we all dream of, please let me know! ?

  2. Juliana on

    Oh, I loved reading this and have had a chuckle along the way too. I’d love to rent a beach hut and Mudeford would get my vote – I’ve never been but I have a friend who has spoken about it so much I have FOMO from the mere mention of the name. The Sky Garden sounds fab, I hadn’t even heard of that one!! Yes, to summer dresses that you can wear a proper bra with indeed and I’m with you on the one-piece swimming cozzie too! As for beaches that you haven’t been too – we’ve been bitten by the Devon bug (South Milton, Bigbury-on-Sea and Bantham beach) and are hoping to go there this year for our summer holiday. But I have to agree with Matt on the glamping situ. My husband loves to watch the TV show ‘Naked and Afraid’ and to me that’s any kind of camping/glamping/shmamping!! I think I could just about spend a night out in the garden ‘camping’ for the sake of the kids as long as we could come back in around midnight!! But, if you need a friend for company to visit the Tate Modern, then I’m your girl!! I love Picassso and I can do a bit of cubism to Art GCSE Level – A grade – just sayin’!! ; )

  3. @not_about_the_kids2017 on

    Hey Scarlett, I have a kid-free gallery trip in mind do not worry about that! It’s the kind of thing that I like to do completely on my own. Thanks for visiting, I look forward to seeing what you get up to in London this summer Hx

  4. @not_about_the_kids2017 on

    It makes me very nostalgic to think about GCSE art projects Juliana. Lots of us were fascinated by cubism and surrealism I remember. I think Matt and I will have to agree to disagree on glamping. I think I’m going to go with a friend instead :), I’ll update you on all of the rest, thanks for reading! Hxx

  5. Kate Scott on

    Love your list Helen – it made me chuckle. Avon Beach near Christchurch is about a 1.5 hr drive -but you need to start at the ‘Avon Run Road’ end – it beach huts, lovely little cafe, lunch at the Noisy Lobster and crabbing at the Mudeford end – a very doable day trip. With you on the cossie front – halter necks I reckon are flattering and easily ‘arranged’ for tanning ! Good luck with the Glamping…..and the Cycling ! The ideal is never quite the reality is it !!!! X

  6. Della on

    This was a great read and it especially made me smile about the bbq because that’s exactly how I picture it too!?
    I’ve managed to tick off some of these but if I’m ever in London I would definitely love to see the Sky garden and visit the Lido.
    Isn’t it a shame that so many have shut down!
    When I was little I lived in Lytham St Anne’s and we had a great open air pool there. Great memories.
    Have a fab Summer Helen and hope you get him Glamping!

  7. @not_about_the_kids2017 on

    Hello Kate 🙂 Avon Beach is a cracking recommendation, thank you, I’ve actually always fancied checking out Christchurch too. Thinking of doing a beach hut day trip with mother and the kids at some point in the holidays, so it could be just the place. Thanks for popping by, Hxx

  8. @not_about_the_kids2017 on

    Yeeessss let’s face it, it’s more likely to be a bit damp and cold, with overdone sausages. Nevermind. We are so lucky the Lido was saved, it was nearly knocked down to make way for a budget hotel! Della, I hope you have a great summer too, Helen xxxx

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