In Great Britain, longer daylight hours means an explosion of summer culture and epic outdoor experiences. From rooftop film pop ups to outdoor adventures, sports matches and festivals, these are the ultimate British experiences for summer 2019.

1. Embark on an island hopping adventure in Scotland

Yes you read correctly. Hit off the Inner Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland and see the breathtaking Isle of Skye, sample the peaty whiskies of Islay and explore the wilderness on the isle of Jura. On the isles of the Outer Hebrides you’ll experience native Gaelic culture, the crystal clear waters of Barra, and St Kilda, an archipelago of volcanic islands which is home to the largest colony of puffins in Britain.

2. Experience the magic of the cliffside theatre

What could be more dramatic than seeing the great romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet performed on a granite cliffside overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? Just an hour drive from Cornwall, the Minack Theatre promises an unforgettable summer season with opera performances and theatre classics brought to life in its world-famed outdoor amphitheatre.

3. Dance the day away at a music festival

There’s the well-trodden events like the simultaneous Reading and Leeds Festivals and Isle of Wight in England, Green Man and Festival N°6 in Wales and Electric Fields, or TRNSMT in Scotland. Our pick is the chilled, boutique Wilderness Festival in Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire that promises lakeside hot tubs, fancy dress and the ultimate summer vibes.

4. See a cult classic at the Rooftop Film Club

Returning to London for a 2019 summer run, this outdoor cinema experience is hosted on the rooftops of the Bussey Building, Roof East and Queen of Hoxton with some of London’s best skyline views in the distance.

5. Soak up some sunshine poolside

Over the past few years some of England’s oldest outdoor swimming pools have been restored to their former glory and are open for the summer. Try the Art Deco Saltdean Lido in Brighton, Ilkley Pool & Lido in West Yorkshire for freshwater and a prime lawn sunbathing area, or the recently revamped Thames Lido in Reading.

6. Embark on a hike to the peak of Ben Hope

Make your way to the top of Scotland’s most northerly munro on the summer solstice (June 21) and if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of the Arctic’s famed midnight sun.

7. Visit one of Wales most breathtaking beaches

The beauty of Rhossili Bay in South Wales was confirmed again in 2018, with the five-kilometre stretch of sandy coastline taking out the top spot in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

8. Be a part of the world’s largest arts festival

Every August, Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes over the entire city with thousands of theatre and comedy shows, exhibitions, street parties and live music. The 2019 program will be released on 5 June and you can be sure to expect the unexpected. The festival is set to run from the 2nd to 26th August this year.

9. Go along to a summer pop-up in London

2018 truly was the year of the pop up with everything from temporary rooftop bars, outdoor mini golf, music events and barbeque clubs. With events like Mexican eatery RANDE’s pop up supper clubs, disco brunch and a shuffle club already announced for 2019, this summer is already shaping up to be equally as impressive.

10. Get quirky at the World Bog Snorkelling Championships in Wales

This annual competition returns in 2019 with a whole new lineup of competitors donning fancy dress and snorkelling through a muddy, water-filled trench in Llanwrtyd Wells.

11. Enjoy a sunny picnic in the park

It might sound underrated but there’s nothing more authentically British than the vibe at Hyde Park in London or the meadows in Edinburgh on a sunny summer day.

12. Cycle through the Welsh countryside

For experienced mountain bikers there’s long distance rides like the coastal Celtic Trail East and the Taff Trail that takes you through Cardiff and past castles and industrial heritage sites. Or for a leisurely day cycle try the shorter Peregrine Path that follows the River Wye from the quaint town of Monmouth to the village of Goodrich in Herefordshire.

13. Support your favourite team at a live sports match

Whether it’s an iconic Wimbledon tennis match in London or a day at the Cricket World Cup hosted across England and Wales from May to July, you are guaranteed a day of passionate fans and good times.

14. Spend a night under the stars in Scotland

You can pitch a tent on almost any unenclosed land in Scotland so it’s the perfect opportunity to venture off the grid and set up for the night somewhere in the Highlands beneath the stars.

15. Get lost in the beauty of Snowdonia

The summer season is one of the best times to explore Wales’ oldest National Park. Be sure to tick off sites like the Glyders, the beautiful peak of Cadair Idris and the Snowdon Horseshoe.

16. Attend a prestigious equestrian event

Every summer, 11 towns on the Scottish Borders host The Common Ridings in a tradition that dates back to the 13th century. The main event consists of hundreds of riders on horseback galloping along the borders, but for those who don’t feel comfortable on horseback a mini festival erupts in each town, bringing the pubs and streets to life with outdoor stalls, live music and carnivals. If you’re in London, Royal Ascot runs from 18-22 June this year and is the highlight of the British racing calendar.

17. Sip an ice-cold pint in an outdoor terrace

There’s the Faltering Fullback in London which packs out as soon as the sun comes out, the recently restored Grange Pub in Cardiff and on Glasgow Green there’s West On The Green with its own onsite brewery. For a riverside beer in London head to Richmond where you’ll find old-fashioned pubs like The White Cross and Stein’s on the banks of the Thames.