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What to do with your summer

Published Friday, 24 April, 2015 by Tiffany Rawling

Summer is well and truly on the way and even though most students are revising for exams or cramming as many hours as possible into their coursework, it doesn’t mean you can’t have something to look forward to and enjoy the warm weather like everyone else.

A lot of you might be heading back home after exams have finished, others could be moving into new accommodation for the next year, either way there are a few spare months to just to do whatever you want. Here are a few ideas.

Festivals

Throughout the summer in the UK festivals will be taking place and what a great way to get away and spend a few days with friends. The Isle Of Wight festival starts on 11th of June and this year performers include The Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac and The Prodigy. One of the most popular festivals is Leeds Festival which starts 28th of August and goes through to the 30th. This year you can see Mumford and Sons, Metallica and Bastille as well as so many others. If you are wanting a bit of a different festival compared the others, Download is on in June and this festival will have Muse, Kiss and Slipknot taking to the stage. In July you could go to T in the Park which will have big names like Kasabian, David Guetta and Sam Smith, just to name a few. Obviously the big one that everyone knows about is Glastonbury. The most popular festival will this year see Rudimental, Kanye West, Foo Fighters and Clean Bandit all perform. As well as all of these festivals, there will be ones local to you with smaller bands and singers, these will probably be a lot cheaper to get into and it’s a great way of meeting new people and listening to new music. An important thing to remember when planning to go to a festival is making sure your travel is sorted and that you have something to sleep in! You can get tents for really good prices at places like Decathlon, Go Outdoors and Argos.

Group holiday

If festivals aren’t your thing, why not try a holiday with a few of your uni friends? Sites like Last Minute are great for booking those last minute holidays and if you leave it until the last few months or even weeks before you want to go the prices will have gone down and you should be able to get a good deal! The bigger the group, the cheaper it is likely to be as the price will be split between all of you. You could choose to go all inclusive which is a little bit more expensive than self-catering, but with this deal you do get all your food and drink included. With self-catering the flights and hotel might be cheaper but when you’re there you would have to buy and cook your own food, or spend money at local restaurants. It all depends on where you go and what suits the place you are in. Places where you can get great last minute deals include Spain, Greece and cities like Paris and Rome. If you head somewhere like Spain I would recommend all inclusive as most people just chill by the pool and as you’ve already paid for all of the food and drink at the time of booking; you’ll be worry free! If you are going somewhere a bit different and want to do more sightseeing, in a place like Italy, I would recommend self-catering. Those sorts of cities you are more likely to be out and about, rather than using the hotel facilities and eating at the hotel.

Picnic in the Park

This is such a simple thing to do but always a good one. When the weather is nice, there is nothing better than heading out with your friends and relaxing somewhere. You could all choose to make something and bring it to the picnic or you could just buy food and drink from a cafe or shop close by.

Day at the Beach

You don’t have to go abroad to go to the beach! The UK has some great seaside places and this is always a nice thing to do with friends or family. Popular places in the UK are Whitby, Cornwall, Bridlington and Devon but there are so many others too. While you are at the seaside you could sunbathe at the beach, do some shopping, eat candyfloss and plenty of ice cream! There are also some really nice, little B&Bs at most seaside resorts if you are wanting to stay the night.

It may sound quite boring and put a bit of a downer on summer but it’s important to remember that if you’re heading back to uni once summer is over, that you do need to do a bit of work before heading back. Even if this is just prep for the next year and doing a bit of reading up and researching, it’s still important and will set you up for when you start back. It will be a bit of a shock to the system if you completely abandon all uni related work over summer and your tutors normally expect you to still be thinking about it and working on something. You should still enjoy yourself though and make the most of your few months off! I hope these ideas gave you a little bit of inspiration of what to do once university has finished for the summer.

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