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Here Comes Summer

Spend it in a little luxury

With 2 years of lockdowns and social distancing this is the year to celebrate our freedom and the Queens Platinum Jubilee . 

Sandcastle on the beach by the sea in summertime. Seashore on beautiful day
Sandcastle on the beach in summertime

Summer being the hottest season and the daylight hours at their longest, to us Brits it means one thing … going outdoors, whether it be a trip to the seaside, relaxing in the country or this year celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee (congratulations your majesty on your splendid reign). But when does Summer really start? Well this can appear rather confusing as there are two definitions, the astronomical and the meteorological start of the season.

The astronomical definition is based on the position of the earth in relation to the Sun – the summer solstice marks the beginning of summer and is when the Sun is farthest north in the Northern Hemisphere.  In the UK, summer lasts until the Autumn equinox. When there is a leap year, the dates of the solstice can shift by a day or two over time, causing the start dates of the seasons to shift as well.

The meteorological start of a season is based on the annual temperature cycle and the 12-month calendar. Each season begins on the first of a particular month and lasts for three months: Spring begins on 1st March, summer on 1st June, autumn on 1st September, and winter on 1st December.  This definition was created by scientists to make it easier to keep records of the weather, since the start of each season doesn’t change from year to year.

Being English, we love the seaside and being surrounded by water there are many beautiful beaches to choose from our favorites include:

Sandy beach at Porthcurno Cornwall England
Beach at Porthcurno Cornwall

Porthcurno Beach – Cornwall, (part of Cornwalls area of outstanding natural beauty) crescent shaped with a spectacular cliff range

Saunton Sands Beach – Devon, 3 miles of golden sand (family-friendly)

Woolacombe Beach – Devon, (dog friendly and beautiful beach huts)

Fistral Beach – Cornwall, (the UKs legendary surfing and watersports destination)

West Wittering Beach – West Sussex (A traditional bucket and spade beach and one of the best Blue Flag beaches in the country)

Tankerton Beach – North Kent (tranquil with grassy banks and pretty beach huts)

Bamburgh castle and beach in the afternoon
Bamburgh castle and beach

Bamburgh Castle Beach – Northumberland (wonderful for bird spotting and rockpooling even though it can be rather cold!)

Wells by the sea, with beach huts and golden sand
Wells by the sea,

Wells-next-the-Sea Beach – Norfolk (picturesque and clean with golden sand dotted with brightly coloured beach huts

Which beach in England would you choose to go to this summer?

Why not remember your special coastal times with these beautiful timeless gifts:

Beach Hut Container White and Lavender
Beach Hut Container White and Lavender
On the Beach Glass Coastal Bowl by Berserks Glass
Large Glass Coastal Bowl
Bone China Mug with Fish
Bone China Mug – White Quayside
Glass Surfboard Clock - On the beach
Glass Surfboard Clock