• Top things to do in the British summer for expats

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    Top things to do in the British summer for expats

    If you’ve recently moved, or you’re thinking about moving to the UK, you might be unfamiliar with what goes on in the country throughout the year – particularly in the summer.

    Brits share an inside joke that their summer doesn’t exist. While this isn’t entirely true, there is a chance you could spend the majority of July and August drenched by rain. But on the other hand, you could experience scorching heatwaves that rival the climate of Southern Spain.

    So whatever the weather come British summertime, here are some of the top things to do during the season.

    Wimbledon

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    Wimbledon happens every year during June and July.

    The historic sporting event is always packed, with fans sometimes spending days camping in line for tickets.

    Obviously in an ideal world you’d like to enjoy a game during glorious summer sunshine. But it’s not the end of the world if it happens to rain when you’re there. Here’s why…

    Centre court has a retractable roof, and No. 1 Court is due to have one in time for the 2019 Championships. This means if you want to attend the big games, you’ll be able to enjoy them whether rain or shine!

    Visit the coast

    Cornwall

    The UK is home to stunning coastline and quaint coastal villages. Some of the top picks include:

    The Jurassic coast, Devon

    Pembrokeshire, West Wales

    Cornwall

    You can also visit these places to take part in some adventure activities such as surfing, kayaking, and coasteering. Or you can simply take your family to relax on the beach, stroll along the coast, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    Get a rush at an adventure park

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    Visiting one of the UK’s adventure parks is great fun for all the family.

    You can go to Alton Towers, Drayton Manor, Oakwood, Thorpe Park, and Chessington World of Adventures just to name a few.

    Offering rides for seasoned adrenaline junkies – and tamer attractions for young children – a day out at an adventure park is fun for everyone.

    Although if you do visit in the summer – specifically the school holidays – be prepared to face the crowds. Planning ahead can help ensure you have an enjoyable trip.

    Let yourself loose at a music festival

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    There’s a tonne of music festivals on during the British summer from May through to the end of August.

    You can choose to go to some of the bigger ones such as Reading & Leeds, Glastonbury, Download, or Latitude. Or there are smaller, more local ones such as Green Man Festival in Mid-Wales, or Barn on the Farm in Gloucester.

    Whatever you fancy – you’re spoilt for choice. So if you like the idea of camping in a field in the summer heat (or rain!), dancing and jumping around to world-famous bands, and sharing the atmosphere with like-minded people – then you should try and visit a festival.

    Explore a national park

    Brecon-Beacons

    The UK is home to 15 national parks:

    Brecon Beacons

    Broads

    Cairngorms

    Dartmoor

    Exmoor

    Lake District

    Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

    New Forest

    Northumberland

    North York Moors

    Peak District

    Pembrokeshire Coast

    Snowdonia

    South Downs

    Yorkshire Dales

    So why not make the most of the summer weather and explore some of them?

    With stunning scenery and plenty of fresh air – visiting the outdoors is good for both your physical and mental wellbeing. Speaking of which…

    Is your health protected in the UK?

    Healthcare in the UK isn’t free for everyone.

    The NHS (National Health Service) is free at the point of use for people classed as ordinarily resident.

    According to the gov.uk website, ordinary residence means:

    “Broadly, living in the UK on a lawful, voluntary and properly settled basis for the time being.”

    So you could be entitled to free healthcare.

    But why leave it to chance?

    You can cover your health – and get invaluable peace of mind – with an international health insurance plan.

    Find out more, and request a free quote, by clicking here.

    Sources

    https://www.datadictionary.nhs.uk/data_dictionary/nhs_business_definitions/o/ordinarily_resident_de.asp?shownav=1

     

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