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Summer sizzlers

Summer sizzlers

Last updated: 25 Jun 2018
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With the sun shining (some of the time) and kids and adults alike thinking of their next day off, we've rounded up the hottest summer and outdoors offers. Scorching deals include £1 BBQs, £1 sun cream and free outdoor activities.

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Sun cream

 logo1 sun cream dealsBritish Skin Foundation says they check out on skin safety

Ongoing

Summer is coming and you should be wearing sun cream in the UK as well as on your holiday abroad. Staying safe needn’t cost the earth either, if you’re willing to ditch the brands you know, you could save with sun cream for £1.

It sounds too good to be true, yet we've found a number of products available for £1 rather than the usual £6-£12. We've contacted skincare experts to find out how safe the lotions are, and they check out on skincare safety. See our full £1 sun cream round-up for the full details.

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BBQ deals

BBQ logoCheap BBQs, incl 1 disposablesAlso portable BBQs from 9, 5kg charcoal from 3.50

Ongoing

With the bank holiday weekend upon us, there could be an ideal opportunity to light up the barbecue, so we've rounded up some of the cheapest barbecue deals we could find, including portable charcoal barbecues from £9, disposables from £1 and 5kg bags of charcoal from £3.50.

£1 barbecues 

Disposable barbecues are available for £1 in store at Poundland, and you can also find them for £1.49 at Home Bargains. The next cheapest we've found are £1.99 at B&M or £2 at Tesco*, Morrisons* and Wilko*. They often sell for up to £5 in some supermarkets, so if you want one it's worth making the trip to one of the stores above if you have one nearby.

You should check the quantity of charcoal and burning time if you plan to cook for several people, as there's a lot at steak (sorry), and you may need to purchase more than one – or risk a grilling.

Portable barbecues

  • 13" diameter portable BBQ - £9 at Homebase in store or click and collect only.
  • 14" diameter portable BBQ - £14.99 at B&M.

Standard-sized charcoal barbecues 

If you're cooking for a family of four, a standard-sized free-standing barbecue should do the job. On Fri 4 May, we found these deals:

  • 17" diameter kettle BBQ - £20 at Asda*.
  • 17" diameter oval kettle BBQ - £19.99 in store at Home Bargains (sold out online).
  • 17" diameter kettle BBQ - £26.99 at Argos*. Incl utensils and cover. Collect in store for free or delivery is £3.95.

5kg charcoal £5 or less

The hottest deals we found on 5kg bags of charcoal, which are sure to get you sizzling, include:

Instant lighting charcoal bags

If you don't want guests barbe-queuing up for a sausage whilst you're still trying to light the grill, then you might want to opt for the easier option of instant lighting charcoal bags. We checked the prices at these retailers:

  • £2.99 at B&M for a £2kg bag
  • £3.99 at Home Bargains for a 4kg bag
  • £4 at Wickes* for a 2kg bag or two for £6
  • £4.50 at Wilko* for a 3kg bag or two for £7 in store only
  • £5 at Sainsbury's* for two 1.5kg bags
  • £5.50 at Morrisons* for a 4kg bag
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Barbecue safely

Whichever barbecue you choose, be sure to follow the Fire Service's barbecue safety advice, never leave your barbecue unattended, always dispose of charcoal or disposable barbecues responsibly and never bring your barbecue indoors.

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BBQ food deals

Quorn logoQuorn meat-free burgers & sausages from 1*For a pack of eight sausages. Good for the BBQ

Ongoing

If you're planning to fire up the BBQ this bank holiday and have veggie or vegan guests or anyone who simply prefers meat alternatives, we've rounded up the cheapest Quorn meat alternatives for everyone to enjoy.

Suitable for vegetarians:

  • £1 Quorn sausages, pack of eight at Tesco* until Mon 16 Jul. Next cheapest we found, £1.50 (in four for £6 offer) at Asda.
  • £1.50 (in four for £6 offer, £1.90 each) Quorn burgers, pack of six at Asda*. Next cheapest we found, £1.97 at Morrisons.

Suitable for vegans:

  • £1.50 Quorn burgers, pack of two at Asda*. Next cheapest we found, £1.75 at Tesco.
  • £2.50 Quorn cumberland sausages, pack of six at Asda* and Tesco*.
MSE Rhiannon says:

If you're vegan, Quorn products can work out quite expensive at supermarkets, so it's worth checking for own-branded vegan saugages and burgers where possible as you'll save money.

Do also check Holland & Barrett as it offers vegan-friendly packs of six frozen burgers or saugages for £1ish. It's not a well-known brand, but they BBQ really well - as do Taifun's tofu sausages, which are £3.50 for four at Waitrose*. If you're looking for burgers that barbeque well, Sainsbury's* has an offer on Linda McCartney pulled pork-style vegan burgers for £1.50 until Tue 3 Jul.

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Electric fans

 logoCheap fans round-up, eg, 12in desk fan 10Best prices at big retailers incl Argos, B&Q, Currys etc

While stocks last

As much of the UK swelters through this summer heatwave, we've had a look for some cheap electric fans to make staying cool a breeze. While not an exhaustive list, we've rounded up the best deals we've seen on the most common types of fan. It should at least get you started.

These prices don't include delivery, so you'll need to factor that in if you're buying online.

Small desk fans (6in-7in)Cheap electric fans

Medium desk fans (12in)

Large pedestal fans (16in)

Last year during a heatwave, we saw cheap fans flying off the shelves, so we can't guarantee they'll be easy to find - it might be worth phoning the store to check stock before you make a special trip. 

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Outdoor activities

Swim Safe logoFREE 'Swim Safe' sessions for kids (7-14-yrs)Open water locations in England, Wales, Scotland & NI

12,000 places avail

Sign up online at Swim Safe to book your child onto one of the free annual outdoor swimming and water safety courses for 7-14-year olds at 20 open water locations UK-wide from June to September (if you’ve older kids, also see Free Summer Activities for 16 & 17-year-olds).

Each session will run for about one hour and include water safety messages with lifeguards and then 30 minutes of in-water tuition from a qualified swimming teacher. Children, who must be able to swim 25 metres, will be taught about the dangers of swimming in the sea or lakes and how they can survive should they find themselves in difficulty or spot someone else in danger.

There are 12,000 spaces available in total (booking opened on Thu 24 May), although last year they filled up fast so go quick if you're interested. For a full list of locations and dates of courses, see the Swim Safe website. As a reward for taking part, children will receive a Swim Safe swimming cap, swimming badge and a T-shirt.

Do I need to bring anything?

Children will need to bring swimwear (worn under their clothes if possible as changing areas may be limited) and a towel as well as sun cream depending on the weather, but rash vests, swimming caps and wetsuits will be provided.

More info

In total, there are 29 locations with 25,000 spaces but 13,000 spaces are reserved for booking by schools directly, rather than parents.

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Lawn Tennis Association logoFree weekend tennis sessions & coaching500+ events in Eng, Sco & Wal on 21-22 Jul

July 2018

If you or your kids dream of being the next Andy Murray or Johanna Konta, you can net free tennis sessions and coaching as part of the Great British Tennis Weekends, organised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), at 500+ venues across England, Scotland and Wales on Sat 21 and Sun 22 Jul.

Events and activities will vary between venues, but include cardio tennis, coaching and free play. It's aimed at young families, but everyone is welcome - all ages and abilities (though under-18s must be accompanied by an adult). Rackets and balls will be provided.

How to book

The LTA suggests you visit its website to book online in advance, but in some cases it's fine to turn up on the day as long as there's room. At some smaller venues, you won't be able to book in advance - just turn up. But it's always worth calling ahead to prevent a wasted trip.

More info

Excludes Northern Ireland. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult, but they don't need to participate. Although it's completely free to take part, there may be a charge for off-court additional activities and extras, such as food.

If you book online, you'll be asked to create a ClubSpark account (if you don't have one already). It's a free booking system run by a third party called SportLabs (a software and digital services company). You'll have to agree to it and/or LTA contacting you, sending information and using your personal details. 

You can opt out of being sent marketing material and it sharing your details with other third parties though. It's all explained when you register.

You can cancel your account after the event by emailing enquiries@sportlabs.com

Our Parks logoFREE 5-10ish yoga, Zumba & moreOutdoor classes across Ldn & Beds. Sign up & book online

Ongoing

If you go online to free fitness initiative Our Parks, you can sign up for completely free exercise classes for adults and children held in more than 50 locations across London and Bedfordshire (see ‘more info’ the full list of boroughs).

There are 28 different classes to choose from, including yoga, pilates, Zumba, bootcamp, dance, tots tennis and kids' fitness (see ‘more info’ for all classes included). It provides free group exercise classes mostly in parks, but also in community centres and libraries during winter.

Classes like this would normally cost £5-£10ish, but it's worth noting that some of the calmer classes in particular, would normally be indoors.

What is Our Parks?

Our Parks has been running since March 2014 with funding from local councils. It currently has more than 20,000 users and offers around 160 hour-long classes per week. 

How to book

  • Join Our Parks by completing a short registration form online (you'll need to give a contact email address and fill out a health questionnaire).
  • Subscribe to one or more boroughs near you.
  • Browse and book classes. Classes can be booked online up to two weeks in advance and you can book as many as you like. 
  • Sign in with your instructor at the start of each class.

Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. Our Parks says all trainers are fully qualified and all coaches who work with children or vulnerable adults are DBS checked. 

 

More info

Classes included:
Abs, bums & thighs 
Baby yoga
Bootcamp
Boxfit
Boxing yoga
Buggy exercise
Cardio tennis 
Dance fit
Elite fitness 
Flow yoga
Hula hoop fitness
Kids fitness
Olympic fitness
Our circuit
Our circuit with box fit
Parkour
Pilates
Run fit
Skip fit
Soccercise
Social basketball
Social football
Social volley
Social netball
Social rugby
Tots tennis
Yoga 
Zumba

Boroughs and other locations included:

Waltham Forest
Hackney
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Tower Hamlets
East Village
Haringey
Brent
Harrow
Hammersmith & Fulham
Hounslow
Hillingdon
Central Bedfordshire
Baking & Dagenham
Camden
Kingston-upon-Thames
Southwark
Lambeth
Richmond-upon-Thames
City of Westminster
Peterborough
Redbridge
Cannock Chase
Croydon
University of Roehampton
University of Warwick
Newham
Waverley
Bexley

ParkLives logoFREE 5-10ish yoga, Zumba, bootcamp etcOutdoor classes across Eng & Scot. Sign up & book online

Ongoing

If you go online to free fitness initiative ParkLives, you can sign up for completely free exercise classes for adults and children held in more than 130 outdoor locations across Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Newham in London and Nottingham (find your nearest park).

If you live in London or Bedfordshire, see Our Parks free fitness classes.

There are 69 different classes to choose from, including yoga, pilates, Zumba, bootcamp, family rounders & baby ballet (see ‘more info’ for all classes included). Classes like this would normally cost £5-£10ish, but it's worth bearing in mind that all ParkLives sessions are outdoors - so if you fancy taking part, during the summer is your best bet.

What is ParkLives?

ParkLives is a partnership programme funded by local authorities and Coca-Cola Great Britain, that runs 260 hour-long fitness classes per week in playing fields and some other venues across England & Scotland. It currently has about 10,000 users and has funding to run until 2020.  

How to book

  • Join ParkLives by filling in a few details on its website, including your email address, postcode and local council (you can leave the boxes at the bottom of the page unticked if you don't want to be sent marketing from your local council or Coca-Cola).
  • Browse available classes in the list of upcoming sessions.
  • Reserve a place by selecting 'save me a spot'. Classes can be booked up to two months in advance and you can book as many as you like. ParkLives told us that some classes have started to build a regular following, so it'd be worth checking the website in advance if you've got a particular session in mind.

Under-13s must be signed up and accompanied by a parent. All session leaders are qualified professionals employed by the council, so should be DBS checked.

More info

Classes included:

Active push
Adult come and try tennis 
Baby ballet 
Baby loves disco
Basketball
Beginners netball
Bootcamp
Bowls
Buggy bootcamp
Buggy safari
Canoeing 
Circuits
Conservation and down to earth
Couch to 5km 
Cricket
Cycling 
Den building 
Dog walking 
Donkey grooming 
Exercise to music
Family circuits
Family frisbee golf
Family fun fishing 
Family fun fitness
Family fun golf
Family games
Family rounders 
Family tennis
Family Zumba
Fitness
Fitness bingo
Flexibility & wellness (over-16s)
Football
Gentle bootcamp (over-50s)
Green fit baby
Green flag walk
Kids & teenage giant twister
Kids & teenage sports day
Led walking group
Lickey explorers
Mousercise
Muddy hands
Multisport
Nordic walking
Park rangers 
Park rugby 
Parkfit
Pilates
Play in the park
Power walking
Reggae aerobics
Roaming rangers
Rounders
Rowing 
Rugby
Rugby fitcamp
Running 
Sailing 
Skateboarding 
Summer games
Tai Chi
Tennis
Ultimate frisbee
Walk to run 
Walking football
Women & girls' Zumba
Women only bootcamp
Yoga
Zumba

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Parkrun logoFREE weekly timed 5K runWith Parkrun in parks throughout UK. All abilities welcome

Ongoing

If you go online to free physical activity provider Parkrun you can sign up to take part in completely free weekly timed 5K runs at selected parks (find your nearest) across the country, usually at 9am on Saturday mornings.

You don’t need to be Mo Farah to participate, Parkrun welcomes all abilities. You don't even have to run, you can walk if you prefer and kids and dogs are also welcome. Once you’re registered you’ll be allocated a barcode which you’ll need to print out and bring with you to the park as this will be scanned to give you an accurate 5K time.

What is Parkrun?

Parkrun has been running (pardon the pun) since Oct 2004 with funding from sponsors. It currently has more than two million registered runners and volunteers and operates free weekly runs in 850+ parks worldwide. 

Junior Parkrun for 4-14-yr-olds

Junior Parkrun is similar, and often at the same locations as the regular Parkrun (which children are also welcome to run), but is 2K long instead of 5K and held at 9am on Sundays instead of Saturdays. Children aged between four and 14 years old can participate.

How do I get a 'free' T-shirt?

On your 50th official timed run (as an adult), you can claim a 'free' Club 50 T-shirt (you'll pay £1.99 postage, see full T&Cs).

If you're aged 17 and under, you can claim a 'free' Club 10 T-shirt after your 10th official timed run.

If you don't want to run or prefer to volunteer, you can get a 'free' volunteer's T-shirt after volunteering on 25 separate occasions. 

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