Boasting more sunshine hours than elsewhere in the country, the South & South East of England is the ideal place to enjoy an al fresco experience and make the most of the summer months. Head outside, soak up the sun and enjoy the great British outdoors in the Beautiful South.
FISH: The Mill at Gordleton
Guests are welcome to fish in the river and rambling gardens of the Mill at Gordleton – a small, picturesque hotel set in a 400 year old water mill on the Avon Water in the New Forest. Ducks, Salmon, Trout and Perch are abundant in the river. There’s also a visiting Heron most mornings and if you are lucky you might even spot a Kingfisher. Rooms from £150 B&B based on two sharing.
WALK/CYCLE: The Royal Landscape
Explore the magnificent history of Windsor Great Park, the only Royal Park managed by The Crown Estate. With an inspiring blend of formal avenues, gardens, woodland and open grassland it’s easy to lose yourself in the 1000 acre Royal Landscape. Stroll the 4.5 miles around Virginia Water Lake or follow the National Cycle Route 4 on two wheels which passes through the pretty parkland.
Isle of Wight
Sail, take a rib boat ride or charter a yacht at picturesque Cowes, home of the world’s largest sailing regatta, which this year takes place on 8-15th August 2015. Split into two by the mouth of the River Medina, the picturesque town’s large marinas make it a popular sailing destination all year round.
Sea views, cosy courtyards, gorgeous gardens and vibrant street life. Dining Alfresco in Brighton is a treat for the eyes and not just the palette. Enjoy a seaside favourite of fish ‘n’ chips at Harry Ramsden’s by Brighton pier or break with tradition and try Riddle & Finns II, sister restaurant to the highly acclaimed Riddle & Finns in The Lanes and whose terrace overlooks the beach.
DRINK: Southsea Beach Cafe
Sip a flute of fizz as you relax with unadulterated views over the Solent at Southsea’s new beach café. There is even a retractable roof for that uncertain sunshine. It’s also an ideal spot to watch the action and take in the festivities during the America’s World Cup Series on the 23-26th July 2015 and 21-24th July 2016.
PICNIC: The New Forest
You’re spoilt for choice of breathtaking landscapes for that perfect picnic spot in the New Forest. Head to Beaulieu for a riverside picnic or Lepe Country Park where you can also splash in the Solent. Make the most of your picnic by purchasing the freshest, local produce – accredited with the New Forest Marque – at shops and markets throughout the National Park.
THEATRE: Twelfth Night, Eastbourne Amphitheatre
28 July – 8 August 2015, 7.30pm
One of Shakespeare’s most memorable plays, ‘Twelfth Night’ comes to Eastbourne this summer, when the 17th Century romantic comedy is brought to life in the picturesque setting of the seafront Italian Gardens. Tickets from £9.
CINEMA: Kew the Movies at Wakehurst
Grease – 11th September, 6.30pm
Frozen – 12th September 6pm
Sit back, relax and enjoy classic movies in Kew’s country estate – 465 acres boasting ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve and an Elizabethan mansion.
ART: Art in the Garden, Sir Harold Hiller Gardens
Until 18th October 2015
Marvel at the inspiring art in the unique outdoor setting of this world famous Garden. Now in its 16th spectacular year, the Art in the Garden exhibition features over 100 sculptures.
Ride the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire! The unique Pier Zip flies riders over 80 feet above sparkling seas against a backdrop of seven miles of golden sand. It even features two lines so that riders can race family and friends down to Bournemouth’s award-winning beach.