Our British summer traditions have echoed down through the ages, from street parties to summer bike rides, our heritage is full of timeless activities that we still enjoy today. From extravagant street parties in July to classic summer picnics, these age-old activities have been enjoyed in years gone by and still spark joy.
With restrictions lifting, this summer is the perfect opportunity to get back together and see your loved ones, so why not celebrate these traditional British customs in style? As they can once again be a part of what makes summertime so special. If you love this season as much as we do, then check out our selection of places to explore your heritage and indulge in some succulent snacks along the way.
Spectacular street parties
Street parties are a tradition in British culture – they’re thought to have started in 1919 when a number of streets held what were known as ‘peace teas’ to celebrate the end of the First World War. Recreate your own version, with a smaller group of friends and family, and enhance your party with these handy tips and British snacks.
Get creative and make some nostalgic British bunting to spruce up your street party, you can follow this step-by-step guide to get you started
Create your very own Ploughman’s Lunch with our iconic Melton Mowbray pies, a selection of cheeses, pickles and a crusty loaf – perfect for all the family
Visiting the British seaside
British seaside holidays first started in the 1700’s and still today people across the nation enjoy summertime by visiting their favourite UK beaches to soak up some much-needed sun. Here are some great locations to take a picnic blanket and watch the tide roll in.
Appreciate Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire, for its tranquil atmosphere golden sands and crystal-clear water
Visits Seven Sisters beach in Sussex, one of the most arresting coastlines in Britain with its stretch of pristine white chalk cliffs that dominate the landscape
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