For many of us, June signals the true start of summer. The grass turns greener, the sunshine more frequent, and the temperature more balmy. Schoolchildren begin counting down the days until the end of term and workplaces become a touch more relaxed as colleagues get caught up in Euro 2016 sweepstakes or become tempted by longer lunch breaks in the park.
So here are our ideas about what you can do in June to mark the start of a memorable summer.
- Go camping
Not surprisingly camping is at the top of our list. June is a great time to explore the great outdoors, particularly in Europe where the weather is a little more reliable. After spending months cooped up indoors at work or at home, camping could be just the ticket to reconnect you with the natural environment, allow you to breathe in some fresh air and enjoy long days in the sunshine and evenings under the stars. Plus it’s also National Camping Month in June, so what are you waiting for!
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- Have a barbecue
Eating al fresco is best done by barbecue, and the smell of charcoal drifting from a neighbour’s garden can really tease the tastebuds. Barbecues and camping go together like steak and chips, so we supply a gas or charcoal barbecue with our camping accommodation, where campsites allow. Burgers, steak, fresh fish or vegetables all taste that bit more delicious fresh from the barbecue, eaten in the sunshine, and washed down with the local tipple.
- Play tennis
As Murray, Nadal, Djokovic and Federer make tennis look so easy on the clay courts of Paris or the grass courts of Wimbledon, June is the one month of the year when UK tennis courts fill up with people eager to mimic the pros. But if you want to perfect that backhand volley on your holiday, try a campsite with great tennis facilities like Camping de l’Atlantique in Fouesnant near Quimper, Brittany. The tennis courts are free during quieter times of year and €8 an hour during high season; just remember to bring your tennis balls and rackets.
4.Go to a music festival
If you missed out on Glastonbury tickets, then some of the European music festivals offer a decent alternative with less mud and usually more sun. Combine city sightseeing with chilled-out beats at Sonar 2016 in Barcelona, or experience a loud and lively rock line-up amidst the stunning Swiss scenery at the Greenfield Festival in Interlaken, handy if you’re staying at Camping Manor Farm.
You can also catch some local Dutch bands with the free Parkpop festival in The Hague, or experience a terrific selection of renowned djs at the Tribes Festival in Paris.
To create your own European summer camping adventure, indulging in all of the above and more, visit Canvas Holidays.