As soon as everyone starts seeing the sun coming out, the first thing people think of is summer time! We all long for the days out in the sunshine and can't wait to get on our shorts and get out our BBQ's. But June has only just started and we have already seen loads of sunshine and in fact I have already attended one BBQ. So far May and the start of June has already been filled with lots of things we do in summer. Picnics, ice creams, long sunny walks, playing in the sand. So when does summer actually start?
A survey of over 2000 people carried out by Little Tikes found that despite the official start of summer being the Solstice on 21st June, the majority of UK residents (over a quarter) class the first week of June as the start of the holiday season. In fact, just one in ten thought the start of summer was the Solstice week and some thought it wasn’t really summertime until the schools break up for holidays.
With over 63% of Brits stating that summer is their favourite season, perhaps more surprising is that less than a quarter (23%) said that warm weather heralded the start of the season for them.
For one in ten Brits, summer officially starts with the smell of cut grass, whilst for others, it is the smell of the well-loved BBQ, the sound of children playing outdoors, the first spray tan of the year or even, the Queen’s Birthday. An unlucky 3% of Brits know it’s summer when their Hayfever symptoms kick in and the same number believe the season starts when they book their official summer holiday.
Almost half of those asked didn’t feel they spend enough time outdoors during the summer months and would like to change it.
Said Michelle Lilley, Head of Marketing for Little Tikes: “It’s no surprise that Summer is the favourite season for us Brits – especially with the weather we’ve had this May. There’s nothing better than getting outdoors with all the family and being able to have fun together in the sunshine and that’s something that Little Tikes celebrates.”
This summer, Little Tikes is calling on all Brits to make the most of the season by spending time together outdoors. The brand offers a full range of outdoor play products – from playhouses, sandboxes and water tables to the iconic Cozy Coupe. It also launched the new Fun Zone range this season - which features toys like Splash Face, Dual Twister, Tumblin’ Tower and Drop Zone - which can be used indoors or outdoors with a water-play twist!
We for sure will be spending more times out doors this summer. We already plan to take a walk over to the park later and we plan to make the most of outdoor time with our Little Tikes outdoor toys, including the Sizzle and Serve Grill we have been recently sent by Little Tikes.
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So, What do you class as the first signs of summer?