Schools have broken up, home schooling has finished for the summer and lockdown has continued to ease, as many of us now look to spend more time with friends and family and away from our homes.
Whether you’re planning a day out visiting friends, enjoying your first meal in a pub garden since before lockdown, or perhaps going on family trip to the seaside, we’ve got some great ideas on how to make the most of the summer. Plus, we want to be a part of it – don’t worry, we’re not going to turn up at your house whilst you’re having your family BBQ, but we do want you to share your best moments with us – and you could win yourself a prize (more on that later).
According to the BBC website, it’s estimated that there are over 140,000 miles of public footpaths in England and Wales and an estimated 9,300 in Scotland, so there’s plenty of opportunity for us to not only get our 10,000 steps in each day, but enjoy the all the beauty Great Britain has to offer.
Whether you’re new to walking or have been walking for years, why not check out GetOutside. Founded by Ordnance Survey, they want to help more people to get outside, more often. They’ve got lots of useful guides, or you can download their app to find a route local to you.
Get out on the water
As a nation, we’re increasingly enjoying more watersports, with a surge in stand-up paddle boarding in particular – British Canoeing estimate that 600,000 paddleboarders regularly get out on the water. Along with canoeing and kayaking, it’s great fun for all the family, with plenty of places to paddle around the UK. Just remember, depending on where you paddle, you may need a licence. Find out more by visiting British Waterways.
Discover Parks and Gardens
The National Trust has re-opened more than 130 of their parks and gardens in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can search for days outs by visiting their website and selecting the area you want to visit, from Roman Villas, Castles and medieval gardens to beautiful beaches, there’s plenty to see and do.
If history is your thing, it’s also worth checking out English Heritage for which sites are now open – there’s plenty of history and intrigue – from learning about the Battle of Hastings to wandering around the beautiful gardens of one of their properties. They’ve only opened a few sites, so be sure to visit their website for details.
We couldn’t not mention a visit to the beach. Although we still need to be sensible and keep our distance from others, a day out at the beach could be just what you need. Whether you choose to get up earlier and head down in the morning, or pick somewhere a little less known, time at the beach is always a firm family favourite. Why not check the beach guide for some of the UK’s top beaches.
We know that for some, venturing further afield may not be possible so why not host your very own garden camp out? Dig out that tent that’s been lurking at the back of the garage for years and set up your pitch for the night. Get the BBQ on (or grab one of those disposable ones from the supermarket), stick on a few sausages and enjoy your technology free evening. The children or grandchildren will love it.
Even if you don’t camp out for the night, getting your loved ones over for a BBQ, after months of not seeing each other, could be the highlight of your summer. If you’re looking for some BBQ cooking inspiration, head over to BBC Good Food for some delicious recipe ideas.
Talking of BBQ’s – now for that competition…
#APlanAdventures – send us your snaps to win.
Whatever your adventure this summer, be sure to tag us in your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (see Terms below for more details on how to enter) and you’ll be in with a chance of winning the following prize package:
- A BBQ worth up to £250
- A BBQ hamper worth up to £65
- £100 All4One voucher which can be used at a number of retailers, restaurants, entertainment and holiday companies such as Laithwaites Wines, Miller & Carter, red letter days, Vue Cinemas, Haven Holidays, and many more.
The competition runs until 4 September 2020. Winner will be announced by 10 September 2020, just in time enjoy a late summer/early Autumn BBQ with friends or family.
Competition Terms and Conditions:
You can enter your photos through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:
- Post a photo to our Facebook page on our A-PlanAdventures post
- Or, tag us in your photo @aplaninsurance using the hashtag #APlanAdventures
- Instagram – tag @aplaninsurancebrokers and use the hashtag #APlanAdventures when posting your photo
- Twitter – tag @aplaninsurance and use the hashtag #APlanAdventures when posting your photo.
Please ensure you have the permission of the people photo to share.
The winner will be selected by a panel of three A-Plan Marketing employees.
BBQ worth up to £250 – This will be a three gas burner from Amazon and will be delivered to the winner. Allow 14 days for delivery.
£100 All4One Gift Card. Allow 28 days for card delivery. Full card terms and conditions can be found at https://www.gvsprepaid.com/one4alluk-tcs.html. The One4all Gift Card is supplied by Black Hawk Network. Visit One4allgiftcard.co.uk for our full list of retail partners that take the card.
BBQ Hamper – the winner will be able to choose from a Meat Party Hamper from Kezie foods or a Vegan BBQ pack from SGAiA foods (worth up to £65).
There is no cash equivalent for the winner
Use of data – to notify the winner.
This competition is open to all individuals over 18 with a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram profile, excluding employees of A-Plan Holdings and their families.
The competition can be withdrawn or extended at any time.
The identity of the first round of winners will be available from the A-Plan after 11 September 2020.
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