How To Make The Most Out Of The Lighter Evenings
As winter turns into spring and then gradually we move towards summer, the days become longer, which means those warm evenings can be utilised for a whole host of activities. There’s nothing sweeter than finishing a tough day at work to then head to a beer garden with your friends or settling down in your garden with the family for a tasty BBQ. Indeed, the longer days and glorious sunshine make a welcomed change to the gloomy winter weather but, instead of getting stuck solely into the usual activities we all know and love, why not take your summer to the next level this year? Yes, it’s time to start trying new things and expanding our pool of hobbies and interests!
At a time when lockdown is lifting and life is starting to look (and feel!) much brighter, take this opportunity to expand your horizons and focus on you. Get yourself some new gym clothes (for him and her) to dazzle in while keeping fit, start a new hobby, or level up your garden with some new garden furniture and an outdoor inflatable pool - the possibilities are endless.
In this blog, we’ll outline loads of exciting ideas for you to try as the summer months loom, and to ensure that you always make the most out of the longer, lighter evenings. So, sit back, relax and sip on a cocktail while we guide you through the best ways to enjoy the sun and get those summer vibes going.
Spice up your garden aesthetic
Now it’s likely your garden probably isn't in the greatest condition right now. Months of harsh, cold weather and a lockdown that seemed to last for an eternity have left many gardens unloved and overgrown. This may seem daunting, but don’t be alarmed - we see this as a fantastic opportunity to get outside as the days become longer and really take some time to invest in improving your garden. Think of it as your new passion project, and you’ll be amazed with the feeling of achievement once your garden improvements are complete!
Get yourself a quality set of garden tools for pruning and, if you haven’t already got one, a high-quality lawn mower to keep your green space trimmed and tidy. Once you’ve cut back the overgrown bushes and pulled up those pesky weeds, you’ll be ready to style your garden anyway you want from a blank canvas. Now that you can spend some time with your friends, treat yourself to a new set of garden furniture with some additional outdoor cushions for added comfort. Maybe even bag yourself an outdoor bean bag or cosy hammock to make sure no one is left without a comfy place to sit.
There's nothing better than going for a swim in the hot, basking sun, so why not bring the pool to your garden? An inflatable pool will provide fun for all the family and help you cool down when those rays are shining down on your garden. Add in some bright flowers planted in stylish pots and some outdoor games, and your garden will transform into the ultimate social hub for the summer period. You’ll be the talk of all your friends!
As the warmer evenings continue through the summer months, there’s nothing better than getting stuck into some evening exercise to keep you fit and relieve any built up stress from during the day. Although the months of harsh lockdown didn’t prevent these activities, take this as an opportunity to meet up with friends and exercise together - maybe bag yourselves a smart watch each and compete to see who can run or walk the most distance over the course of a month!
To start running, you’ll need to ensure you have all the correct gear to maximise the quality of your workouts. A top priority is a premium pair of running trainers that are comfy and ensure you won’t twist your ankle when hitting those top speeds. While you’re at it, you may as well go all the way and get a new gym top, some running leggings and, for those who can’t help but blast out some heavy tunes while getting a pump on, why not grab yourself a new pair of headphones? For the latter, we’ve put together a list of the best running headphones for 2021 to help you make the right decision. Proven to keep us motivated while we exercise, headphones are up there with some of the most essential exercise extras, so they’re well worth the investment. Plus, you can even use them on your rest days while gaming or unwinding to your favourite podcasts - bonus!
If running isn’t for, try going for a relaxed walk every evening instead. That way, you’ll still be getting the benefits of exercise and fresh air in a more relaxed slow paced manner. For a fun idea to shake up your walks, get yourself a map and look for fresh, new routes to try. There’s nothing better than exploring new areas and at a time when the evenings are getting longer and the sun will beam down into the later hours - there’s never been a better time to try this!
Film night: Outdoor edition
Of course, not everyone is a great lover of the outdoors, and many people faint at the prospect of exercise and would rather do anything but - and that’s okay! We’ve got a cracking idea to make the most of a long, warm evening for the couch potatoes out there who just want to get home after a long day of work, pop on Netflix and binge an entire series!
Fortunately, there's a way to blend sitting back and watching a film while also enjoying the splendour of the great outdoors - a movie marathon under the stars! This idea is particularly good for now, as you’re only allowed to meet with friends outdoors under current lockdown restrictions. What’s more, it’s no hassle at all and you can have your very own stunning garden cinema set up in no time!
First of all, you’ll need either a tent, gazebo or a large teepee to provide that warm, cosy place to chill while you watch your favourite films. If you don’t have access to these, don’t worry: get yourself a couple of large white bed sheets and tie them around a few poles that you can stick into the ground for stability, and voila - you’ve created your own homemade gazebo area! What’s more, the white sheets will be perfect if you want to step up your film game and bag yourself a projector to project the film onto the sides of your outdoor area - just like the cinema! If you’re searching for a more premium option, however, you can bag yourself a film screen that will allow you to have a magical film night under the stars - even if you don’t have cover!
Next, you’ll want to make the ground as comfortable and cosy as possible - you don’t want to be getting chilly or cramped half an hour into your favourite film! Think blankets and pillows, or even bring out a duvet or two if it’s a particularly chilly evening. For extra seating, a couple of camping chairs and a bean bag would be perfect. After all, you want to make sure no one is left without a warm, comfy place to sit and enjoy the film.
Now to the important part: food and drink! A cooler to fit all of the drinks is an essential part of any outdoor movie night - no one likes warm beer, after all! Popcorn, crisps, chocolate and sweets will keep you and your guests satisfied throughout the evening and exude that quintessential cinema atmosphere from your very own back garden. Add in a quality Bluetooth speaker for top-of-the-range audio and a powerful laptop or phone to play the film from, and you’re all set for a great time that will make the most of the longer, lighter evenings.
With some of these nifty ideas hidden up your sleeve, it won’t be long before you’re enjoying a summer of fun in the sun! We’ve included something for everyone on this list, so no matter what you’re into, you’re sure to have found some ways to make the most out of the longer and lighter evenings. There’s still plenty of time between now and the first day of summer, so use this time to prepare well in advance, stock up on all your seasonal essentials, and get ready to fully relax when the sun makes its welcomed appearance!
If you’re planning to host some garden get-togethers during the summer, check out our top tips on how to throw the ultimate garden party. From ways to prepare a glorious garden to all the tasty tipples and treats you need to keep your guests happy, it’s the comprehensive party planner you didn’t know you needed! And, for those of you who are eagerly awaiting June 21st, we’ve even got a blog that’s packed with some of the best ways to prepare for the big day! So, no matter what you’re planning to get up to when the warmer weather rolls back around, we’ve got every occasion covered.
For garden inspiration, our selection of seasonal guides are full of everything you need to turn your outdoor area into the tranquil haven dreams are made of. Whether you’re searching for that perfect set of rattan garden furniture or contemplating the perfect pews to relax in the sun, you’ll find everything you need here at OnBuy. Sun cream and sunnies at the ready - this summer is about to be the best one yet!