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Summer solstice celebrations


To celebrate the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, people are being encouraged to find time to disconnect and get outside.

The solstice is when the Earth is at a maximum tilt towards the sun and means we will enjoy the longest period of daylight of any day of the year. It also when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky. As a result, daylight on June 20 will last between just over 16 hours and over 17 hours depending on where you are in the UK – the further north you are, the more daylight you will get.

However, after the summer solstice, the days begin to shorten.

While camping trips and weekend breaks still aren’t possible under current regulations, it’s easy to forget that the spirit of adventure can still be had by planning a rest break outside.

Whether it’s part of a day trip on two feet or two wheels, a short walk to the local park or retreating to the garden, the act of planning a small trip or activity can instantly boost our mood by giving us something to look forward to and providing a moment to stop and appreciate our natural environment.

On Saturday 20 June, at 11am, outdoor recreation retailer Cotswold Outdoor will be ringing an invisible bell to signal that break-time has started. It is asking people to put down their electronic devices, take in the view around them, before picking up a refreshing drink and snack of their choice.

One of a series of activities to encourage Britons to enjoy and document their time spent outdoors this June, "Elevenses" is part of Cotswold Outdoor’s ‘Solar Celebration’, with activities that have already taken place in the week preceding the solstice and on the day itself.

These include a photography tutorial, a backcountry coffee class, afternoon yoga and a sunset soundscape – all hosted via Cotswold Outdoor’s social media channels and led by notable personalities and specialists.




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