School’s out and the country is abuzz with excitement. This month it’s all about camping, outdoor cinemas and the Olympics. Here’s our guide on what to do, see and eat in this gorgeous time of year.
What to do
At G&S we are big supporters of the staycation movement – it’s ethical, sustainable and cheaper. And what better way to enjoy the spoils of the British countryside than from under canvas? Sunny skies, lush meadows and fresh air washed down with a nice chilled glass of Provencal rose after the little ones are tucked up in their sleeping bags. Well, that’s the camping dream anyway. The reality is often somewhat soggier, so our advice is to be prepared. Pack wellies and raincoats, board games, a good sense of humour and lots of wine. There are loads of gorgeous campsites around our country to explore. If you like open fires, river swimming and organic pasties with your camping, check out www.coolcamping.co.uk to get off the beaten track.
What to see
With our summer nights stretching on until 10pm it’s time to think of enjoying some golden oldie flicks on a big outdoor screen. These days, outdoor cinema screenings are more like festivals with gourmet food and cocktails on offer at a vast array of stunning venues from palaces and manor houses to themed locations. Our favourite venues in London include The Bussey Building in Peckham, Camden Market and Hyde Park Lido. Checkout rooftopfilmclub.com, thelunacinema.com, backyardcinema.co.uk and cultscreens.co.uk for this month’s offerings.
Where to festival
Wilderness, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, August 4-7. Escapist hedonism for grown-ups though kids are also welcome. Line-up includes The Flaming Lips, Goldie and Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters.
Forgotten Fields, Elridge Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, August 5 -7. A new boutique festival with an intimate feel. Line-up includes: Dizzee Rascal, Kelis and Maximo Park.
What to watch
August sees the return of the Olympics. Has it really been four years? We will be glued to our TVs supporting Team GB, but if you are in London, why not head out to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to watch the Games? With a giant sandpit, this year’s tropical offering is Rio themed and also boasts a paddling pool and funfair rides to keep the kids entertained while the grown ups can stay hydrated by making use of the two beach bars.
What to visit
While the royal family go on their summer holibobs, Buckingham Palace opens up their State Rooms to the public. This year, to coincide with the Queen’s 90 th birthday, she’s putting her royal wardrobe on display. Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen’s Wardrobe will use dresses, jewellery and accessories to chart royal fashions from the 1920s to present day, highlighting the Queen’s favourite British designers including Sir Norman Harnell and Sir Hardy Amies. The pieces include outfits she wore to coronations and weddings and is a delicious feast for the eye.
What to eat
August is all about dining al fresco. In season this month are scallops and seabass. Cook them simply on the barbecue with lots of lemon and olive oil and serve with courgettes and mangetouts. Finish with a plate of ripe apricots and peaches. To accompany this, we are into very pale rose, preferably from Provence, served with lots of ice.
What to wear
Shop smart with the final reductions in the G&S sale. August and September are likely to be hot so check out some of the gorgeous dresses we have in the sale at more than 50% off. Osei Duro's Maena Bou Bou, Tinsels' Georgia and People Tree's Zandra Rhodes dress are favourites perfect for the hazy summer days. Meanwhile smart cover ups lke Conditions Apply's stunning coat and Komodo's breton sweater will carry you through right on into Autumn. Shop the SALE now.