An active Summer style guide for men

Getting some well-needed fresh air and exercise during the summer months is great for both our physical and mental health. In fact, a government survey revealed that over half of the population make at least one or more leisure visits to the outdoors each week. But in order to enjoy the most of your outdoor activities, you need to be comfortable, prepared and dressed to go…

The UK is home to 15 official sublime national parks and numerous untouched nature reserves just waiting for you to experience them this summer. From distilled reflective lakes to the grounding peaks of Snowdonia, inexpensive summer walks are guaranteed to leave you feeling richer in mind, body and soul.

Cargo shorts
Emphasizing comfort, elasticated waist cargo shorts are both lightweight and utilitarian. Perfect for that midday summer heat, these cooling shorts are easy to travel with and machine washable for any unexpected mucky paw prints.

Breathable layers
If you’re heading out for a long day of walking, be prepared to sweat it out. Wearing a breathable fabric means your body moisture can be released, avoiding an uncomfortable damp t-shirt.

Reusable water bottle
Instead of opting for a heavy aluminum or tin bottle, hands-free, plastic water pouches are the perfect method of fuss-free hydration out and about.

Waterproof walking boots
The most crucial part of any walking outfit, a hard-wearing but comfortable boot, will ensure your trip isn’t cut short by aching feet. A breathable and waterproof shoe will battle the unreliable British elements.

According to a survey last year, avid UK golfers spend around £4 billion on their sport. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a part time beginner, with around 3,000 golf courses here in Britain, there are plenty of courses to try your hand at this summer.

The iconic tank top/sweater vest
Marrying tailored fashion with sporting etiquette, the iconic golfing tank-top need not be an expensive or bold purchase. A simple cotton navy or grey sweater vest will team well with a smart trouser for a suave sporting look.

Elasticated chinos
Having a full range of movement is essential if you want to be on your A game. Restricting trousers will drive you insane and putt you at a distinct disadvantage. Consider taking a spare pair in case you get a hole in one..

According to Sporting England, just under half of UK respondents participated in their main outdoor activity with their parents/guardians/family. Fishing is a great way to spend quality outdoor time with friends or family in a serene backdrop. However, as it’s a waiting game, you’ll need to make comfort a priority, and prepare for a change in the climate.

Gilet
A waterproof but warm gilet is staple fishing attire. Choosing one with multiple pockets to keep all your hooks and bait handy is favourable, but comfort and flexibility should be a key priority. Machine washable, lightweight cottons are highly recommended

Fishing hat
A hat will deduct glare, allowing you to spot fish more easily under the water whilst protecting you from the sun. Full-brimmed bucket style hats offer wider protection to baseball-style caps.

Fleece lined trousers
Despite the summer weather, spending long hours fishing means temperatures will drop dramatically leaving you to feel the chill. It’s a great idea to pack a pair of warm fleece-lined trousers to cover all bases.

Sources
http://www.randa.org/News/2016/03/UK-golfers-spend-4-billion-a-year-on-their-sport-and-the-golf-industry-pays-1-billion-in-tax
https://www.sportengland.org/media/3275/outdoors-participation-report-v2-lr-spreads.pdf
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/survey-shows-more-people-are-heading-for-the-outdoors-in-england

Top ways to keep the grandchildren occupied this summer!

Are you on babysitting duty this summer?  If so here are some cracking Ideas to keep the grandchildren busy!

1: Gardening

So many of you might think that children would find helping you in the garden this summer a bore.  However, you can make it fun for the both of you.  Why not give your grandchild a section of garden they have to look after themselves and see how proud they are when they can see their flowers blossom!

2: The beach

Why not take your grandchildren to the beach on those sunny days.  Pack a little picnic and lots of sun cream! Go shell collecting or crabbing to ensure you have some perfect bonding time with the little ones while catching a tan too!

3: Museum

If you want to ensure that your grandchildren are still learning through the summer holidays then the museum could be the place for you.  Visiting a museum is such a fun way for the children and yourself to have fun while you learn! With most entries, being free of charge it is a perfect cheap way to keep the children entertained.

 4: Films

So you have the grandchildren over summer you look outside the window and the rain is pouring down.  What a perfect opportunity to have some great quality time with your grandchild.  Why not curl up on the sofa and put on one of their favourite films.  The perfect solution to keeping them quiet!

TOP TIPS FOR GRANDPARENTS’ DAY

Grandparent Day

Introduction

Since mums and dads get their own special day each year, it only seems right that we acknowledge how great grandparents are too. This year, Sunday 2 October marks Grandparents’ Day in the UK – a time to celebrate, appreciate and shower your elderly relatives with love and affection. To make this day one to remember, here are some top gift ideas and great days out for you and your family to enjoy together.

Look your best with new clothing

  • So that you can celebrate in style, why not treat yourself to some new clothing?
  • From fashionable cardigans to stylish shirts and blouses, Chums menswear and womenswear offer a whole host of clothing items and accessories for you to choose from.

Kit out with gardening gear

  • If you are a self-proclaimed ‘green fingers’, you could kit them yourself with some new gardening gear.
  • From a pair of protective gloves, to a cushioned kneeling pad, to a handy trowel, there are a wide range of useful accessories to help you make the most of your time spent in the garden.

Treat yourself to a luxury food hamper

  • If you are a gourmand, a luxury food hamper could fit the bill perfectly.
  • To make it extra special, fill it up with your favourite treats and snacks.

Book a meal at your favourite restaurant

    • To get your taste buds tingling, you could book a meal at your favourite restaurant.
  • Whether you go to the pub for a traditional roast dinner or fill up on pizza and pasta at your local Italian.

Watch a flick at the cinema

  • To make this Grandparents’ Day one to remember, why not head to your local cinema to watch a flick?
  • Pick out a movie, stock up on popcorn and immerse yourselves in the full cinematic experience.

Take a trip to the theatre

  • Why not treat yourself to a trip to the theatre to watch your favourite show?
  • You could even dress up for the occasion – polish your shoes, dust off those binoculars and you’re good to go.