Summertime is a great season and a fantastic time to study in the UK. The weather is mild, there are always plenty of great activities and events all over the country, and you can learn plenty of things from British culture.
To show you some of the best things British summer has to offer, we have listed 10 things you should look for.
A blanket, a teapot and some good old sandwiches, the picnic is essentially British. Although British weather can be unpredictable, summer is the perfect time to go outside, sit in a park and have fun with your friends.
- Seaside resorts
The great thing about the UK is that nowhere is more than 70 miles from the sea. This means that you can easily go on a day trip to the seaside and enjoy the summer entertainment. There are many popular seaside destinations close to our four schools: Whitby, Brighton, North Berwick, Blackpool and many more.
- 99 ice creams
Ice cream cones are a classic of British culture. In particular, 99 Flakes – or just 99 – have become an icon of British summer. What’s not to enjoy from a vanilla ice cream with a Cadbury Flake inserted in it?
- Strawberries and cream
Strawberries and cream is a sweet treat, which for many means the arrival of summer. They are popular in picnics, garden parties or summer dinners, but especially during the Wimbledon Tournament.
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world – it has been held in London since 1877-, and is considered one of the most prestigious. The tournament takes place during 2 weeks in late June/early July and traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal support.
- Music festivals – Glastonbury
Summer is the music festival season. There are a large number of music festivals in the United Kingdom, covering a wide variety of genres. Many of the UK's music festivals are world renowned and headlined by international artists. Have you ever heard of Glastonbury?
- Edinburgh Festival
The Edinburgh Festival is the name commonly given to the many arts and cultural festivals that take place in Edinburgh each summer, mostly in August. Though they are officially separate events, they are regarded by many visitors as part of the same festival; and together they form the largest annual cultural festival in the world. The original and still the largest component festivals are the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
- Glasgow 2014
This year, the Commonwealth Games will take place in Glasgow from the 23 July. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving countries from the Commonwealth of Nations – a total of 53 states. It takes place every four years and is the third largest multi-sport event in the world, after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games.
Pimm’s is a gin-based drink, served typically with lemonade or soda water, fruits and fresh mint. Pimm's is especially popular in Britain, where it is regarded as a summer drink, ideal for picnics, for watching Wimbledon or for spending an afternoon in the pub.
- Fish and chips by the sea
Fish and chips tastes better by the sea, and that is a fact. Although this dish is consumed all year round, for British people a trip to the seaside is not complete without a good fish and chips.
Would you like to study English this summer? You can view the courses we have available here.