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Sunday, 9 April 2017

10 Dreamy Things To Do This Spring/Summer

Things to do in England in good weather spring/summerToday has been ridiculously lovely; I went on a road trip to explore the most beautiful gardens in the most beautiful weather.  On my way home (stopping for ice cream), I started wondering about all of the things that suddenly become possible, or at least more attractive, come Spring/Summer.  Needless to say, there are hundreds of options, but for now I've put together 10 dreamy suggestions!  Oh and do let me know in the comment section below what events/activities you associate with these gorgeous warmer months of the year...

1 - Upgrade a picnic with a pre-purchased hamper

2 - Book a flower show (take a peek at my review of The Chelsea Flower Show)

3 - Rooftop drinks - because there's something special about watching a sunset in stilettos, with a drink in hand

4 - Arrange to enjoy outdoor film screenings and music/plays eg. Kew the Music and West Green House Opera.  Alternatively check out The National Trust website for a ton of outdoor plays taking place on warm summer's evenings at their many historic properties/grounds

5 - Book a short stay.  Bruges is still one of my fave city break destinations, especially since spending my birthday there last summer

6 - Visit the seaside - a lot can change on seafronts in a short space of time eg. I discovered the enormous British Airways i360 on my last visit to Brighton!

7 - Take a spontaneous boat trip eg. Thames river cruise, Windsor to Boveney Lock

8 - Book a day course eg. Fabienne Egger Floristry Class, try your hand at mixology, photography day-course or chocolatier class (yum!)

9 - Walk through gardens.  The most obvious of the bunch, and yet probably the most enjoyable.  Kew Gardens is always a safe bet, along with National Trust grounds and any of the 3300 gardens part of the National Garden Scheme in the UK.  Alternatively, if botanical gardens are your thing, explore Compton Acres, or the Eden Project.  

10 - Themed road trip!


With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. I’m obsessed with making paper flowers, so I’m defiantly checking out a flower show sometime soon. Rooftop drinks are always fun.

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  2. Being outside is really the best when the weather is beautiful! It's finally starting to warm up and feel more like Spring in NYC. I'm looking forward to visiting some local gardens when they begin to bloom... hopefully soon :)

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  3. I love all of these so much, such perfect activities for summer and springtime <3 I can not wait to hit up a bunch of patios <3

    XOXO
    Jess
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  4. Among all these, I so want to try a themed road trip. I haven't tried that yet. Sounds like a lot of fun.

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  5. Love the pineapple decos!I definitely want to do a staycation sometime. I'd love to try a floristry course- what a great idea!

    Macarons and Mischief

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  6. A themed road trip is such a great idea, it would be a lot of fun to do this!! Great list Gabrielle!!

    Yiota
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  7. Outdoor film screenings are my favourite! I must admit that I've never been to a flower shower even though it's always been on my list. I need to make this happen as my mum is particularly keen to visit the Chelsea Flower show. I also can't remember the last time I visited the English seaside - now I'm back home I'm sure this will happen sooner rather than later as I can't resist the beach for too long :) xx

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  8. Sounds like the perfect list for the perfect summer! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  9. You're so right that this weather makes us want to do more! I love Kew Gardens but haven't been in so long because I live so far away now! There is a lovely place near me that does outdoor plays though which is lovely. Hope you had a lovely weekend in the sun,
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  10. I will try to opt for rooftop drinks, simply because it is the one thing I do the least. Time outdoors is a must with kids, drinks somehow aren't.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  11. These are such great ideas! I am planning at making this summer the best one yet. Thanks so much for the inspiration Gabrielle.
    Have a lovely week my darling.
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  12. Love them all, Gabrielle! Everyday is summer in Singapore *_*

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  13. I love walking through gardens! So pretty to look at. Very peaceful & tranquil. I also like quick getaways. Great suggestions Gabrielle.
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  14. Fantastic suggestions Gabrielle! Rooftop drinks sound fab!

    Keisha xo
    Thechrysalisgal.com

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  15. I so agree with you. Living life becomes so much more appealing in the sunshine. My family and I had a lovey picnic yesterday!

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  16. Big YES to everything! Totally agreeing with you!
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | Diy & Lifestyle Blog

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  17. I love road trips , walking in the gardens, and rooftop drinks are always so exciting.

    Nina's Style Blog

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  18. "Rooftop drinks" love this one!
    Thanks so much for the inspiration :D
    Wish you a lovely Monday
    Kiss
    xx

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  19. I want to do it all:). Seriously, I love your list. Going on a boat trip (or a themed road trip) sounds particularly inviting.

    Going out for drinks as the sun sets...you're right, there is something magical about that. Getting all dressed up and enjoying a nice drink....absolutely delightful.

    Thank you for your Spring/Summer inspiration. So far, I have been pretty happy about the fact that the spring has finally strung...One of the things I enjoyed has been taking long walks. Being able to sit down for a cup of coffee outside is such a treat as well. With our Mediterranean climate, we can sometimes do that in Winter too...but it is nice that now we can do it all the time:).

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  20. Such great ideas! Always down for rooftop drinks or a visit to the seaside!

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  21. Great post, amazing <3
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  22. Some really lovely ideas! Chocolate making classes, that sounds perfect! Sunset gazing with a glass of champagne (with some luxury chocolate treats to make it even better). A sea side break with a picnic :)

    This post has Summer written all over it, really great ideas! Hope to see you soon and do some of these suggested above!

    Lots of love xo
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  23. Lovely
    gros bisous
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  24. I'm just excited for our staycation this summer. Thanks for sharing this :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  25. Oh I really love it the first 5 ideas
    Thanks for this useful post
    xx

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  26. I absolutely love these suggestions, Gabrielle! Summer is such a special time, especially when you spend a lot of time in a place like Seattle. (It rains just about the entire rest of the year.) I definitely want to plan a short stay somewhere and a walk through lovely gardens to celebrate the upcoming season!
    xo, janea
    www.theSTYLEtti.com

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  27. Oh I just love all of these ideas! I think visiting gardens in the spring would be so perfect. This time of year, my favorite thing to do is just get outside - whether for a hike or walk or even pulling weeds from our garden, LOL. It's so nice to just be out!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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  28. Cute things to do! Thanks for the ideas!


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  29. These are lovely suggestions, Gabrielle. Thanks! I am such an outdoors person. I enjoy creating hampers and just did one for a friend's engagement weekend. Spring really is the best time of season where gardens and park strolls are ideal. Enjoy the new week!

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  30. Such nice ideas, thanks for sharing!

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  31. Wonderful post, love it! ♥
    Maybe follow for follow? :)

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  32. Spring is the perfect time to be outdoor, period. I wish Spring wasn't so rainy and windy where I live, it really makes it hard to spend time outdoors.

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  33. Love this post! I'm saving it for the next wave of hot weather we get haha!

    Darriyan xx
    www.darriyancateland.co.uk

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  34. Your day sounds like it was lovely! I honestly never know what to do with Summer, but your suggestions have given me a few ideas. I've got to make it a point to do some of these!

    Amber - amberelb.com

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  35. In love with your list! It's definitely things I wanna do to :D xoxo

    Stephanie | www.stephykeung.com

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  36. These are great such a lovely list for spring! I have been to The Chelsea Flower Show and it is honestly, so beautiful you feel so energetic and inspired with the beauty around you. Have a gorgeous week :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/04/trend-alert-sunshine-yellow.html

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  37. I love all of these ideas! I literally want to do everything hehe. A road trip to California from Seattle would be fun! You've inspired me to do more on the weekends!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  38. Gabrielle, we are on the same wavelength! There seems like so much to do in the coming months and I love this list for reference. I definitely want to picnic more this year - and rooftop drinks during the summer is another amazing idea xx

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  39. What a lovely selection of ideas! I'm a big fan of flower shows, like you

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  40. I love the idea of rooftop drinks, I might do it on my birthday x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

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  41. I do too many picnics! Definitely will consider purchasing a hamper :p & I absolutely love roof terraces! Love your choices Gabrielle! Haven't been on your blog for ages <3 xoxo

    Serene | iamserenel.com

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  42. Every single suggestion sounds lovely! I love visiting botanic gardens in Spring/ Summer so hopefully will get to visit some new ones this Summer. I also love beach walks, picnics and even just getting a smoothie and drinking it in the sunshine. Also being able to watch sunsets outside without freezing to death! x
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  43. Bruges is beautiful :) I'd love to go there another time. Great ideas for a sunny day!

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  44. These are all such great activity ideas for the spring/summer seasons! I especially love dining on rooftops, you're right, the sunset is just so much more majestic and beautiful from all the way up, especially with a cityscape! I also love short getaways, which Eddie and I have been thinking about doing before Baby A arrives, not sure where to though :) Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having the best start to your week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  45. I'm so excited for the spring and summer seasons! These are awesome ideas!


    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  46. I'd stay outside all day long during spring! Especally in park and gardens full of flowers!
    I love every thing you've suggested Gabrielle! Walking in gardens, pic nics, outside drinking at the sunset...
    With my family we do getaways especially in Tuscany in this period, but I really like even the south of the France!
    xxx
    S
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  47. The seaside is always on my list haha, I just wish there was one closer, its the epitome of summer right! But I also love walking around London in the sun, there's something about the atmosphere when the suns out :) xx

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  48. These are all lovely ideas and made me exicted for spring/summer too! Definitely have to plan a roadtrip for this summer, they're just the best! Xx

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  49. Fantastic list!!!
    I am tempted to make one too.....
    x x x
    Sylwia,
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  50. I'm going to do the opposite now and contemplate a list of things to do over the winter hehehehe.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  51. I really want to up my picnic game this summer!! Thanks for this inspo :)

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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  52. Ideas like these make life more exciting, thanks for the inspo dear.

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  53. Love your suggestions! Shall have to bookmark this page and refer to it when the suns back out!
    Kate xx

    themakeupartistschoice.com

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  54. Such a cool summer bucket list! :D Love the idea!

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  55. Love your suggestions!! My favourites are for sure, the rooftop drinks, the boat ride and of course, the visit to the sea side!! :)

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  56. I know this list is of dreamy things to do but still, what on earth is a themed road trip?! Because that sounds incredible.

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  57. I love going to a rooftop bar! my absolute fav! :)

    The Fashion Matters- Travel & Fashion Blog

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  58. That's a great list !
    I went to the sea side this weekend and it felt so good to finally be able to breathe fresh air :)

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.fr

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  59. Girl this post has given me SO much inspiration; I've wanted to book onto a photography course for such a long time now and am definitely going to do it this summer! I've always wanted to go to Madison too for rooftop drinks and am going to make this happen! :) Have a wonderful long weekend lady!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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  60. I love your post, make me want to look around more to observe the flowers.
    I would love to go on a flower show.
    Picnic at the beach or in a park are always a good idea.
    I can't wait for barbecue time. ☺
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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  61. Amazing post! Wonderful picture!
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  62. Great tips :) I need to book a short stay this year :)

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  63. Some great ideas here! I think I want to do everything that you have suggested!!

    Much love,
    Marianne x www.beautiful-in-essence.blogspot.com

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  64. These are such great ideas! I would love to do all of them especially the visit the seaside! :)

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  65. Love your list!! Especially the one that involves travelling! Thanks for sharing babe! Xx Susanne http://bagatyou.com

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  66. Such great suggestions. I am always down for rooftop drinks and a weekend trip. Also I am loving the layout of your blog these days, sorry its been a while I have been stuck doing exams! xx

    Ash | Liakada

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  67. Spring is my favourite season of the year - beautiful ideas on how to make the most of it! Have a wonderful Easter weekend, Gabrielle! xx

    Miriam
    www.londonkitchendiaries.com

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  68. Some lovely ideas Gabrielle, I really want to visit an outdoor cinema this summer (London, I'm coming for you!) and I'm desperately hoping the Easter weekend will bring some good weather so we can pack up and head to the seaside!

    Musings & More

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  69. These are all such great ideas!

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  70. So many great suggestions, love the idea of going to a flower show! x

    Tash | natashatodd.co.uk

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  71. These all sound lovely :) I'm actually planning to write a book.

    Alyssa // STYLE VANITY ❤️

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  72. Love your ideas! They all sound wonderful!! I want to go to a flower show!

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  73. I so wish I was born in UK! It's filled with so many amazing places, gardens and seaside cities! Just amazing!
    Awesome suggestions, they really resonate with me! :D

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  74. oooh - this is such a lovely post and I cannot wait for the summer months! Need to feel the heat and sunshine haha! :)

    Wishing you a lovely weekend! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  75. A couple of weekends ago I really enjoyed a bike ride to a local nature reserve where they were holding a craft fair and had the yummiest food stalls :) I really love doing things like this in spring and summer that are a bit different and having drinks at a rooftop bar sounds amazing. I'm not sure there would be one with a good view near to where I live but I am definitely going to suggest hunting one down when I am in London later this year :) x

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  76. Beautiful post, love this.

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  77. I'd really like to see a flower show this year, I discovered the Chelsea Flower show last year and it's exactly the type of event I'd like. Also, I'd love to do an awesome, Instagram-worthy picnic haha. It's the best way to spend time with friends on a sunny day!

    Julia x
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  78. Rooftop drinks and picnic omg yes babe those are the things I'm looking forward to the most !! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Dominica from London, www.dominicas.uk xXx

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