Summer bucket list ideas you absolutely must do

Jar of paper labelled

Seize the summer and try something new with our brilliant bucket list of budget-friendly days out, fun projects and exciting experiences. They're easier to do than you may think...

Summer bucket list jar

Download and print the summer bucket list printable that features a bunch of things to do for the whole family. Cut the strips up, pop them into a jar and pick one out whenever boredom strikes.

Watch a movie in the garden

Do you know how easy it is to set up an outdoor cinema in the garden? All you need is a white sheet and a projector:

  • Hang a white sheet on a washing line and peg in place.
  • Position your projector, so the film is perfectly aligned on the sheet.
  • Add cosy blankets, cushions and popcorn – then sit back and relax.

If you don't have a projector, place a torch behind the sheet and aim it to the back of the sheet. Then, let the kids stand behind the sheet to create a shadow and tell a story.

A movie being projected onto a sheet from a projector in a garden.

Do a colour run

You’ll sail through a colourful 5k in 4 weeks with these running tips.

People taking part in a colour run | Summer bucket list | Tesco Living

Plan a stargazing night

Enjoy those long summer nights and plan a stargazing evening. Transform a paddling pool into an outdoor cosy bed and get a free printable of the constellations to spot in the night sky.

Pick your own fruit and veg

It's a great way to teach the kids about where their food comes from. Why not take along our set of farm to fork printables to help them learn? Then, once home, cook up a storm with your fruit and veg haul.

Child picking strawberries | Free days out with the kids | Tesco Living

Host an afternoon tea party

Throw a tea party fit for the Queen without the hefty price tag in the comfort of your own home. Get your bake on with recipes from Tesco Real Food – and don't forget the cucumber sandwiches!

Visit a National Trust site

See the best of Britain on a budget at one of these top National Trust and English Heritage sites. Visit castles and stately homes and enjoy the huge range of events on offer.

Make marble mugs

Give plain crockery a cool marble effect using nail polish and water to instantly update your kitchenware for summer.

Cup and saucer with marble effect | DIY water-colour effect crockery | Tesco Living

Spruce up the garden

If your garden is in need of a revamp, make it your summer project. Give it a mini makeover with these clever gardening hacks.

Go to a festival

Put on your wellies and make like a music festival pro with these smart festival camping tips.

silhouettes of happy people raising up hands at a music festival

Cross-stitch a piece of art

Get crafty with a cross-stitching project or other easy weekend craft ideas and use them to decorate your home or give away as homemade gifts.

'Home sweet home' cross-stitch design | Easy weekend craft ideas for beginners | Tesco Living

Make your own beauty products

Why not treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon of pampering with these DIY beauty hacks?

Make a water park in the garden

Make the most of the sunny weather with a DIY water park in the garden. Build your own slip and slide with plastic, or have the ultimate water balloon fight.

water balloons hanging from a washing line

Make magical lanterns

Illuminate your garden with some super simple DIY outdoor lighting hacks. These magical lanterns are a doddle to make using recycled tin cans.

tin lanterns on an alfresco table

Go on a nature hunt

Explore the great outdoors and turn it into a game for the kids with these free nature hunt printables.

Build an indoor teepee den

Create a cosy indoor den for the kids, ideal for those inevitable rainy days. Watch the video and discover what you need and how to build it yourself.

Make citronella lanterns

Turn citrus peel and leftover herbs into a pretty, bug repellent citronella light and dot them around your garden to ward off pesky flies.

Candle, water, herbs and citrus in a jar | Citronella lanterns | Tesco Living

Make a movie

Have a fun family night in and create lasting memories that won’t cost you a penny. Let the kids dress up and choose the theme (superheroes and space are winners) and then play film director by filming their efforts. Lights, camera, action!

A child in a superhero outfit jumping

Host an alfresco dinner party

Don't be put off by fancy summer garden parties. You can throw an alfresco night to remember with our amazing no-effort summer hosting hacks.

Make a terrarium

No garden? No problem. Bring the outdoors in by crafting a miniature garden using an old vase.

Get creative with washi tape

Upcycle home accessories and furniture with these colourful washi tape ideas and add a pop of colour to your living space.

Colourful washi tape on vases with flowers | Creative washi tape ideas | Tesco Living

Have a street party

Bring your local community together and throw your own street party on a budget. Our tips, tricks and free photo booth printables will help you get started.

Create a vertical garden

Don't feel left out of summer fun because you don't have a big garden. Get creative with balconies, terraces and small outdoor spaces using these clever vertical gardening ideas.

ideas for a vertical garden

Go camping

Embrace the outdoors with a few nights' camping. There's no need to fork out on expensive gadgets – check out our DIY camping light using a recycled milk bottle to brighten up your tent at night.

Go on a family road trip

Summer isn't summer without a road trip! Jump in the car and go explore what the UK has to offer – head to the seaside or visit a heritage site – and make sure to entertain the kids on the journey with fun games and activities.

Love these ideas and want more? Check out our Summer Bucket List Pinterest board for more inspiration.

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