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Summer: five things to do

David Nieper
Style Advice

Warmer, longer days means one thing: holidays! A change of scene, especially during the spring and summer, is always welcome, whether you’re jetting off abroad or staying somewhere a bit closer to home.

We’re huge fans of the humble staycation - after all, there’s always so much to discover in your own backyard. From quaint Welsh villages to Cornish cream teas, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite Great British attractions.

Pottering around Portmeirion

This Italian-inspired village sits just off the coast of Cardigan Bay and is home to picture-perfect architecture, stunning gardens and famous pottery. Portmeirion is a great destination for summer strolls among its quaint little shops, and taking in the views with an ice cream in hand.

Easy, breezy summer days call for effortless elegance, and a cotton floral print dress will keep you cool and comfortable while you wander. Just add your favourite sandals.

Seal spotting at Blakeney National Nature Reserve

Sitting on the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Blakeney is home to the UK’s largest grey seal colony. In fact, more than 3,000 pups are born here during late autumn each year. The best time to spot seals - whether they’re sunning themselves on the beaches or bobbing in the sea - is between June and August.

Nothing’s better for heading off on a wildlife-spotting adventure than our relaxed cotton-rich trousers - teamed with one of our essential tee-shirts, of course. For cooler days, pull on a pair of our ultimate comfy jeans and a slubby casual cotton jersey shirt.

Ambling around Hambledon vineyards

English wine is enjoying its moment in the sun, so take a trip to England’s oldest vineyard and sample the wares of one of the UK’s leading producers of sparkling wine. Explore its state-of-the-art winery (the only one of its kind) and underground cellars cut into the south coast’s chalklands - all stacked with maturing wine.

What to wear for a tasting session? Cool cotton casuals are perfect for the warmest days and keep you feeling fresh. Layer a lightweight cotton shirt over a simple white vest top, and combine with a pair of easy-to-wear slim-leg trousers.

Explore the Eden Project

Built in 2001 inside an abandoned china clay pit not far from St Austell, the Eden Project’s famous biomes are home to thousands of species of plants from all over the world, as well as the world’s largest indoor rainforest and vast outdoor gardens. All that exploring can make you peckish, so don’t forget to take a break and make time for a cream tea!

Keep cool while wandering through the tropical temperatures in our easy sunny day skirt, or take inspiration from the exotic plants and pull on our totally tropical skirt, and pair them with our essential cotton jersey vest or soft stretch jersey vest. Or try our eye-catching jersey kaftan dress for effortless chic.

A day at David Nieper

No top five is complete without a trip to our very own studio and factory here in Alfreton. Join us for a personal shopping experience and choose your new favourite outfit at our boutique, followed by a complimentary cuppa in our café.

A light cotton knit and favourite relaxed trousers make for a great combo when you’re shopping, and give an effortlessly elegant, timeless look.

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