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4 Cheap Things To Do In The Summer

Summer is a time of year that everyone looks forward to, and why wouldn’t they? It gives us all a chance to catch up with friends and family, not to mention enjoy some (occasional) glorious weather.


With many holidays and days out being relatively expensive, most summer activities can come with a cost. But if you’re looking for fun things to do in the summer that don’t cost an arm and a leg, we’ve got you covered.

Check out this article to discover some cheap activities you can do this summer, and some delicious summer recipes to keep your guests well-fed. After all, nobody is going to refuse a summer pudding – especially if it features our famous Lyle’s Golden Syrup! 

4 Summer ideas that won’t break the bank 

These cheap activities could just be the perfect way for you to celebrate summer in style, without breaking the bank. 

Host a garden party 

The cost of a venue for a party can really blow your budget, but there are no extortionate hire prices when the party is in your home. Fire up the barbecue, create your own garden games, and make the most of the sunny weather by hosting a garden party. 

Bring your own food and drink

If you’re hosting a party at home, don’t worry about the price of all the food. Why not encourage your guests to bring their own food and drinks? Whether it’s food to throw on the barbecue, or nibbles everyone can tuck into, it can really save you a lot of money. Take a look at the summer dessert recipes in this article for some ideas! 

Ice cream sundae bar

Ice cream is not only the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer’s day, but it’s also a deliciously scrumptious treat. An ice cream sundae bar can be a great, cost-effective activity. Lay out some ice cream and a selection of toppings and sauces, then let your guests go wild! Our chocolate fudge brownie sundae recipe will be sure to put a smile on your guest’s faces.

Have a picnic 

If you can’t host anything at home, a good old-fashioned picnic is a great way to get people together. Find a park or a local beach, bring some delicious food and outdoor games and you’ll have an inexpensive, fun day out with plenty of opportunities to make precious memories. 

Save money by making your own summertime munchies! 

Although it may save you time, buying pre-made food can be very expensive. To save yourself some money, roll your sleeves up and get baking!

We have pulled together some delicious summer pudding recipes that are sure to make the perfect additions to any summer celebration.

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Showstopper desserts for the centre of your table

Make these desserts for your summer celebrations, they’re the perfect way to impress your guests!

Eton mess trifle 

A fun take on the classic British dessert, this delicious Eton mess trifle will be the star of the show. 

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Union jack flapjack

Perfect for any celebration, this flapjack contains fruit and a zing of lemon, all in the shape of the Union Jack. 

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Union jack treacle tart

Another British classic that may give some of your guests a taste of nostalgia, this treacle tart is decorated with blueberries and strawberries to give an impressive finish to this tasty dessert.

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Easy dessert ideas 

If you’re a baking novice, don’t worry! These recipes are easy to make and will leave your guests wanting more. 

One bowl chocolate cake

Whether you’re a master baker, or just starting out, this easy summer cake recipe will give you a moist and tasty chocolate cake!

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Chocolate fudge brownie sundae

What’s more of a crowd-pleaser than an ice cream sundae? This recipe gives you the perfect chocolate fudge sauce to top your ice cream. Why not check out our triple chocolate brownies and peanut butter ice cream recipes to add to your sundae?

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Afternoon tea

Whether you do cream then jam, or jam then cream on your scones (we’ll let you and your guests have that debate!), an afternoon tea is a great addition to any celebration.

Lyle’s elegant golden scones

These light scones are the perfect base for your cream tea. The addition of Lyle’s Golden Syrup gives them a gorgeous, caramelised flavour. 

Vegan Raspberry Scones with Orange Zest

If you or your guests want a vegan alternative for your afternoon tea, check out these fruity scones with the yummy additional flavours of orange and raspberry. 

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Add Lyle’s Golden Syrup to your summer puddings! 

Food is an essential part for all your summer activities. All of our recipes feature the delicious flavours of our famous Lyle’s Golden Syrup, don’t forget to add it to your bakes!

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