Summer Solstice Incoming

Welcome to the ultimate guide for surviving and thriving during the summer solstice! The longest day of the year is fast approaching and we can't wait.  Here are some tips and must haves to help you make the most of this vibrant season.

What is the Summer Solstice?

The summer solstice, falls on June 20th this year in the Northern Hemisphere, and marks the peak of sunlight hours. This is a time when the tilt of the Earth's axis is most inclined towards the sun, resulting in the longest day and shortest night of the year!  Traditionally, people gather at Stone Henge as it's believed it aligns with the sun on the solstices. On the summer solstice, the sun rises behind the Heel Stone in the north-east part of the horizon and its first rays shine into the heart of Stonehenge. It's also the only day of the year that visitors can walk among the stones free of charge.

Whether you're heading to Stone Henge or just looking forward to the extra daylight, here's how we're preparing at CG.

Have the essentials ready...

Sunnies, sunhats and sunscreen are always top of our must-have lists in the hot weather.  Here are some of our favourites.

These sunglasses are both fun and functional addition to your Summer style.

 Copper Emma Sunglasses £44

wave edged round frame emma sunglasses, made by Charly Therapy

Or, opt for classic tortoiseshell with vintage vibes for a more laid back feel.

 Light Tortoise Rosie Sunglasses £44

light tortoiseshell rosie sunglasses, made by Charly Therapy

Handmade in Italy, this wide brimmed hat will get you through a whole heap of Summer scenarios in style.

Stripe wide brimmed straw hat £158

natural & pink stripe woven straw wide brim hat, handmade in Italy by Ferruccio Vecchi

Add a pop of colour to your outfit with this visor style hat, perfect for the beach or a picnic.

Pink Straw Visor Hat £138


pink woven straw visor hat, hand made in Italy by Ferruccio Vecchi


This statement piece is definitely a head turner.  You'd be the best dressed guest at any wedding in this black number.

Black Large Straw Hat with Ribbons £158

large black straw hat with black ribbon ties, hand made in Italy



As Baz Lurman told us way back in 1999, 'Wear Sunscreen'.  There are some simple rules with sunscreen, the first being that we should all be wearing it, especially in the summer seasons and even if we can't 'see' the sun. The second is, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and then, when you're 'in' the sun, reapply every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.  As well as the rules, there are also some myths that need busting - you can still tan wearing sunscreen and tan, we promise.  Importantly though, it does help prevent premature ageing as well as protect your skin from the likes of pigmentation and Melanoma and if you're with kids, no lower than SPF 50 as their skin is more delicate and sensitive to burning.  

Cult Beauty has a great range of SPF's to suit everyone, no matter what the budget, skin type or situation.

A great product for little ones is Beach Powder, this amazing product removes sand instantly from skin so no more worries about applying sunscreen and playing in the sand. 

Stay hydrated

Drink water.  With extended daylight and potential heat waves, it's crucial to stay hydrated. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water a day, more if you're active.


Mono Floral Metal Water Bottle £26

Dress right

Wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing to reflect sunlight.  We have a great range of kaftans and loungewear that carry you from beach to bar.  This one works great as separates too.

 women's multi coloured flower print short sleeved shirt and shorts pyjama set

Multi Bloom Short Set £78

Stay Cool

Seek out shady areas, especially during peak sunlight hours (10 AM - 4 PM) especially if you are with little ones or our canine pals who will feel the heat more than we do. 

Enjoy the great outdoors

Why not try camping or hiking?  The advantage of the extended daylight and explore nature.  Early morning or late afternoon hikes can help avoid the heat and camping on drier grounds is always better than Glasto-style muddy campsites in our book.

Get wet!  For more refreshing fun look up local outdoor waters and ponds near you or try kayaking... We have some avid open water swimmers in Team CG who love the warmer months and the social side of swimming outside.

Go green! This is a great time to tend to your garden or any outdoor plants/window pots. Ensure plants are watered regularly and protected from excessive heat. Longer days mean more time to observe wildlife. Set up bird feeders and enjoy the activity.

All we need now is the sunshine....