What better way to clear your head than a refreshing swim in the open air? The Hampstead Ponds in London are ideal. There are three ponds: men's, ladies' and mixed, all fully supervised by trained lifeguards, but watch out for the crayfish ... They are open from 7am to 7pm, entry is free, and the nearest Tube is Hampstead


Why spend the day in here, when France is at your disposal? Pop down to Folkestone and catch Le Shuttle to Calais - there's a train every half-hour - or nip to Heathrow or Gatwick. If you don't have a passport, you could always go to the airport Post Office (open to 1pm on Sundays). For further information on Le Shuttle, phone 0990 353535


One of the biggest and best balloon shows in the country is the Northampton Hot Air Balloon Festival in Racecourse Park. Open from 10am- 6pm today, the show offers the opportunity to see more than 80 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes. The ascents begin at dawn and continue until dusk. Admission is free


More spectacular airborne fun is to be found at the London Docklands Sport Kite Festival, with a large, varied programme of stunt-flying events and displays, circus skills workshops, stalls and a funfair. The event starts at 11am and goes on until 6pm. Admission is free. Call Beckton District Park (0171-512 3000) for further details



Rock the Park? With the Suns of Arqa, Space Monkeys, Edward II, the Gathering and Claire Mooney playing, it's more like a New Age Ambient Techno theme Park. The ideal place to get luv'd-up on a Sunday. Queen's Park, Heywood (01706 521263). 12noon-6pm. Admission free


For an unusual lunch try the Puppet Theatre, Glasgow, with its themed rooms, Chinese puppets, and Italianate decor. The food's a little out of the ordinary, too: salmon pizza, and Yorkshire pudding served with foie gras. The set menu is pounds 14, and main courses range from pounds 12 to pounds 17, with wine from pounds 10 a bottle. The Puppet Theatre is at: 11 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow (0141-339 8444), 12noon to 2.30pm


For a book fair with a difference, try boarding Logos II in Swansea Docks. An international floating book fair, the ship boasts a bookshop with more than 4,000 titles, a coffee-shop, and plenty of on-board activities. Open from 2pm-10pm on Sundays (For details, telephone: 01792-589062). Admission free


"Ooooh Matron": the Carry On films have finally become respectable with a season of favourites at the Barbican Cinema London. For an afternoon of naughty British mirth, punctuated by peals of Sid James's laughter, catch Carry On Screaming at 3.30pm. Box-office: 0171 638 8891; pounds 4 / pounds 3 concessions; nearest Tubes: Barbican or Moorgate