From challenging loved ones with outdoor activities, to learning how best to balance life’s demands, we share 10 things to do this August
Joe’s Family Food
The nation’s favourite PE teacher is also a bestselling author, and is back with a brand new cookbook full of simple recipes for busy family life. As a dad himself, Joe is familiar with the dinner-time rush when you have children, and has created 100 meals that are easy to prepare with little ones running around, but will have them eating their veggies, too!
(Out now, Bluebird, £20.00)
Out and about
As the heat of the sun continues to rise and we move into the height of summer, aqua parks can make for a wonderful way to cool down. Situated all around the UK, these inflatable courses are fun for the whole family, including water slides, splash pads, and lazy rivers for those in need of a few moments of calm water.
(Search ‘aqua parks’ to find a location near you)
Put on a show
Joining a running club can be a great way to meet like-minded people, and get out in the fresh air. You don’t need to be a professional runner to join a group, and it can act as a great way to combine exercise and a good chat. There are groups that aim to compete, and those who prefer to take things slowly on scenic routes, so you can find one that suits your needs – why not take a friend along, too?
Lend us your ears
‘Your Broccoli Weekly’
Keeping up with the news can be a hobby in itself, alongside all of the other demands of life. ‘Your Broccoli Weekly’ aims to get you up to speed with a summary of the top three stories each week. In each episode, host and journalist Diyora Shadijanova is joined by two guests to discuss and dissect the news in a short 30-minute burst!
(Listen to the podcast on iTunes and Spotify)
Casey Rose Frank
As a bookshop owner and avid reader, Casey’s account makes wonderful book recommendations for every mood. Whether you’re on the hunt for a thriller, or want something a little more uplifting, Casey’s account will have you looking no further for your next read!
(Follow @caseyrosereads on Instagram)
What3words is an easy way to explain to someone else your exact location. Used in emergency situations to direct a first responder to your exact location, or to tell breakdown recovery exactly where you’re stuck, this system has saved many lives. Completely free, it is a brilliant app to download and keep on your phone for an unexpected time of need!
(Download from the App Store or Google Play)
Bake Off: The Professionals
Bake Off: The Professionals is back! Although not held in the famous tent, this renowned version of the show sees professional pastry chefs work in teams to impress industry critics with their complex and utterly delicious creations. With just as many baking mishaps as the original, this series is not to be missed!
(Available on All4)
CandleSpa Lavender and Black Pepper Candle and Reed Diffuser
Lavender can be a really effective way to calm the senses after a busy day, and what better way to fill a room with the scent than lighting a candle or placing a reed diffuser near your favourite evening spot. CandleSpa’s Lavender and Black Pepper Candle and Reed Diffuser make the perfect pair for a tranquil scent with a little fiery extra.
(Visit candlespa.biz to browse)
National Dog Day
Dogs can give us a lifetime of love and fun, so of course they deserve to be recognised! This celebratory day inspires owners to give their dogs an extra treat, while those who are not yet accompanied by a furry friend are encouraged to donate food and blankets to a local shelter, or consider adoption.
(26 August, visit nationaldogday.com to learn more)
What better way to challenge your friends or loved ones than to see how well they can navigate a swinging dragon head, or focus their aim enough to pass through a dog’s mouth? With hundreds of courses to try across the UK, there will be a chance for everyone to get a hole in one!
(Search ‘mini golf’ to find a location near you)
To connect with a life coach or discuss ways that you can work on your own mental wellbeing, visit lifecoach-directory.org.uk