Our summer bucket list & how to have an amazing summer without going abroad

At the time of writing, the summer holidays are a mere seven weeks away. It’s a time of year I have often dreaded as a working mum because it can be so hard to juggle childcare but that aside, this year I really want to make the most of it. Unfortunately for me and the industry I work in, summer is often our busiest time of year and so it’s even more important to decide on a bucket list and then organise our family time together. I just want to make the most of it I guess.

With that in mind, here is my summer bucket list for 2018:

County Farm Shows

Last summer we went to the Great Eccleston Farm Show and had the most gorgeous day. I’m such a country girl and always harbouring the dream to sell up, buy a small holding and have sheep and chickens wandering about my back garden. Probably a pipe dream, but shows like this are great for feeding the fantasy life goals! I’ll pop a little video from our day down below.


Could I be any more British? I’ve even bought a picnic blanket to keep in the boot of my car. Honestly though, seeing Sophies’ face light up with sheer unbridled excitement at the mere mention of a picnic, makes this a great option. After all, if she’s happy then so am I.

Weather permitting, we will be picnicking up and down Lancashire this summer and I’m excited to make some memories.


We have stretched to four nights under canvas on the shores of Lake Windermere. I think Mr S. is dreading the lack of electricity, manual labour (ie putting up the tent) and confined space but I actually can’t wait! If you want to see how we get on with three kids (our biggest is staying home to complete the National Citizenship programme) under canvas then be sure to head over to Instagram where I’ll be posting daily stories (signal permitting). I’m loving the idea so long as the rain stays away!

The beach

We are incredibly lucky to live along a stunning section of coastline and we are going to make the most of it! I know getting out to the beach can feel like a bit of an expedition but what can be nicer than sandy toes, building sandcastles, jumping the waves and eating ice creams on the seafront? Who needs a fancy pants holiday abroad anyway.

Impulsively packing up the family, picking up fish and chips and heading out to the beach for the evening is a must-do as well. Those are the kinds of evenings I live for.

Building our vegetable garden

Our garden is so nearly done. It feels like we’ve been saving and waiting for years. Actually we have, five to be precise. And in the next few weeks the landscape company will be finished and I intend to spend as much time as possible out there, enjoying what is essentially, the biggest room in our house. One of the things we want to do is build a vegetable patch so any tips on how to get started would be much appreciated!


Lancashire is buzzing over the summer and there are so many localised, family friendly festivals that I want to try this season. A lot of them are free or heavily discounted and complete with my aforementioned picnic, they will make for a few lovely days out I hope.

Because I will be working for a lot of the summer, I’m going to leave the summer bucket list here. I love a plan but I also don’t want to put lots of pressure on myself to always be doing something. There’s just as much fun to be had in those days where there are no plans at all.

I’d love to know what you have planned for the summer holidays if you’ve thought that far ahead?












  1. June 5, 2018 / 22:15

    Great ideas! I really need to start making plans for summer, it’ll be here before we know it xx

    • Fi
      June 5, 2018 / 22:40

      It’s coming round so quickly now isn’t it! Thanks for popping by Emma xx

Leave a Reply

You have to agree to the comment policy.

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.