England May Be Out Of The World Cup, But Here Are 7 Things To Look Forward To This Summer

Pride, festivals and Wimbledon? It's not all bad.

It’s official, football is not coming home. While the nation applauds the England team for giving us the first semi-final match for 28 years, we can’t help but feel a little deflated, too.

But all is not lost. If you’ve caught a serious case of World Cup blues, there are plenty of things to look forward to this summer that’ll ease the pain.

Festival season is just heating up.

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With Latitude this weekend, and festivals including Bestival, Wilderness and Neverworld still to come, the festival fun is just getting started.

Pride parades are out in full force.

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There’s still time to join Pride parades around the country, with the biggest event, Brighton and Hove Pride, still to come from 3-5 August. Britney Spears is headlining, what’s not to love?

It’s still a summer of sport.

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The football may be over for England but sports fans have still got Tour de France and the rest of the Women’s Hockey World Cup and Wimbledon to look forward to. Serena Williams may be American, but we’re still pumped for her upcoming semi-final match, just 10 months after she gave birth.

It’s perfect picnic weather.

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Today may be a little more dreary across parts of the UK, but on the whole the warm weather is set to continue, so get those BBQs going and picnic blankets ready.

The school summer holidays are only just beginning.

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Buckets and spades at the ready! Whether you’re looking forward to spending some extra time with your kids, or you’re a teacher in need of a well-deserved break, those sweet six weeks are just kicking off. (Try not to spend the whole break planning for September.)

We’ve got a bank holiday weekend to look forward to.

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Those of us without school holidays can still look forward to the upcoming August bank holiday weekend. Get in the mood with our guide of things to do, whatever the weather.

There’s another chance to see that waistcoat.

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It’s not the match any of us wanted to see them play, but England will play Belgium in the third-place playoff on Saturday. Get behind the team and if nothing else, enjoy seeing Gareth Southgate’s glorious waistcoat one last time.