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Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, and there are plenty of activities that can make the most of sunny weather and longer days. From camping and barbecues to gardening and sports activities, there are many ways to enjoy the season.

Camping is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature. If you’re looking for a great selection of outdoor equipment, get along to Cotswold Outdoor. They have everything from clothing and footwear to tents and sleeping bags. Their enthusiastic staff love the outdoors and are ready to help with advice and tips.

Barbecues are a summertime staple that bring friends and family together for delicious food and good times. Whether you're grilling burgers and hot dogs or smoking brisket and ribs, there's nothing quite like the taste of food cooked over an open flame. The Butcher of Brogdale has a wide selection of barbecue meats to choose from and will advise on quantities and cuts to fit your needs. Just ask!

Gardening is another great summer activity that can be both relaxing and rewarding.  From a large garden or a few pots on a balcony or window box, gardening can help you connect with nature and add beauty to your surroundings. Notcutts has a huge selection of plants to choose from – something to fit every budget, along with expert staff to help you make the right selection. Don’t forget they also have a wide selection of garden tools and equipment too!

Sports activities are a great way to stay active and have fun during the summer months. Check out the great selection of footwear at Runners Need. If you’re new to running, they offer free gait analysis and fitting to help you find the perfect fit. 

If you have holidays planned, now’s the time to refresh that summer wardrobe!  For great new sundresses, a whole new outfit or pair of sandals, there are plenty of great options to choose from at Klass Collection, Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Pavers

A new makeover is another great way to refresh your look and give your confidence a boost. For a new hairstyle, colour or cut, refreshing your makeup routine, manicures, pedicures, eyelashes and holiday waxing, Pure Beauty Essentials and Pure Hairdressing can help. Consider working with one of their stylists and beauty professionals to get personalised recommendations that will help you look and feel your best.

Keeping children occupied in the summer can be a bit of a headache! Why not book them in to Pennies Summer Holiday Club for a summer of fun activities. The Club runs from the 24th of July to the 1st of September. For more information and to book, click here to head over to the Pennies website.

At the end of the summer holidays, children go back to school. It marks the end of summer and the start of a new academic year. As summer draws to a close, it's important to start preparing your children for the transition back to school and getting the uniform that they’ll need. Simmonds open for appointments in June so book early and make sure you have everything your child needs for the new school year.

Whatever your plans over the summer, have fun, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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