Indoor Sports Scene 1

Ashlie, Stephen and their cousins are going to the beach, but the British summer turns nasty on them. What is there to do in Britain when the weather is bad?

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Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What do you know about British weather?
  • How does it compare to the weather in your country?
  • What do people do for fun when the weather is bad in your country?

Now watch to find out what the gang do when the rain starts...


Ashlie: What have you got for the picnic, Stephen?

Stephen: I’ve got chocolate biscuits, crisps and cake. Everything kids like to eat!

Ashlie: I’ve got juice, fruit, carrot sticks. Food that is good for kids!

Stephen: Yuk! It’s summer holidays and we’re going to the beach today. All this food is for our picnic lunch.

Ashlie: We’re going to take our little cousins, Ellie and Joe. We’re looking after them for the day as their parents are busy.

Stephen: I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a lovely day, it’s going to be great fun. I’ve got my bucket and spade for sandcastles and a beach ball.

Ashlie: Is that for the children to play with or you? You’re a big kid, aren’t you!

Stephen: I love playing ball on the beach - it’s great fun! And are you just going to sit under a brolly, reading a book?

Ashlie: Well, I think I might need an umbrella, but not for the sun. The weather doesn’t look too good. I hope it doesn’t rain or we won’t be able to go.

Stephen: It’s not going to rain - it’s summer! Stop worrying. Come on, let’s go pay for all this food.


Ashlie: The traffic is terrible! Look at this traffic jam. We’re going to be stuck here for ages. You alright, kids?

Stephen: I know. I think everyone’s had the same idea as us. They’re all heading to the beach.

Ashlie: You know what?

Stephen: What?

Ashlie: I think it’s going to rain.

Stephen: Ashlie, don’t be such a pessimist. We’ve… Ash - is that fog?

Ashlie: I think it is. You’re right, it’s fog. This is ridiculous. It is supposed to be summer.

Stephen: Don’t worry, I think it’s clearing up… look. Is that hail?

Ashlie: I don’t believe it. So much for the British summer!

Stephen: Hail never lasts long. I’m sure it will pass over.

Ashlie: It’s so loud I can hardly hear you. What did you say?

Stephen: I said that... Listen, the hail’s stopping.

Ashlie: Thank goodness. Well, at least the weather can’t get any worse.

Stephen: It’s raining now! We’re going to get soaked.

Ashlie: That’s it! It’s pouring with rain! There’s no way we can go to the beach today. I’m sorry, Ellie and Joe. I’m afraid we’re not going to make it there today.

Stephen: It wouldn’t be much fun in the rain anyway. But what else can we do with the kids?

Ashlie: Well, we could try that new sports centre? You know, the one with the indoor sports, like the climbing wall and bowling? Could try that.

Stephen: That’s a great idea. What do you think, kids?


Stephen: I think the sun’s coming out

Ashlie: Yeah - it’s definitely brightening up. Typical!


Ashlie: Here we are, kids, a picnic feast! We have... some fruit, some fruit juice, some carrots. What would you like? All of this food is really good for you and I’m sure your mum and dad would be pleased we’re giving you all healthy food.

Ellie: I don’t like that stuff. Have you got any crisps or cake?

Joe: What about chocolate biscuits?

Ashlie: Stephen, where’s all the cake, chocolate and biscuits?

Stephen: I got a bit hungry in the car.

Ashlie: What? Have you eaten all of it? All the chocolate, all the cake and all the biscuits?

Stephen: I got very hungry in the car!

Ashlie: Stephen!

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Submitted by Emile U.Chavez on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 14:12

I do really amazed of their accent.In order for you to understand fully if what they are talking about,you need to listen carefully.

Submitted by flower m on Sat, 03/02/2018 - 19:51

This is my first comment and I'd love to say that I really like britishcouncil. It's really helpful. And, I love Stephen, he's a funny guy, just like my little brother. hehe Thanks all the teachers.

Submitted by thanhdong on Sat, 07/10/2017 - 03:34

Hi everyone!!! There's a big difference between weather in my country and Britain. we have just got 2 seasons. rainy season and summer. On rainy season it's pouring with rain. the street is flooded whenever it is rain heavily. but you can enjoy a cup of coffee while it is raining outside. It sounds like cozy. On summer, the weather is so hot, many people want to escape the heat by going to vacation on highland or the beach. that is why summer is often the holiday season

Submitted by Eugenia Cozzi on Sun, 24/09/2017 - 11:35

I'm Italian and, here, in Italy, there's a famous saying that tells: It doesn't exist median seasons anymore! (referring to spring and autumn)

Submitted by Adriancatanescu on Fri, 15/09/2017 - 17:59

Hello everyone, I think is a huge differences between the weather in Britain and my country. Firstly we have got four seasons,and when I said four season that means spring, with all the bright colors,that come from the flowers of the trees and birds' chirp.Summer with its hot weather and that feeling for holiday.Then the autumn, when it's pouring with rain almost everyday. And finally the winter,my favorite one,with all the white snow and all the game with the ball snow,ice skating,sledding and of course snowmen. Now, I think the only difference is in the winter we do have snow but as far as I know in UK isn't such much snow, beside that I think the weather is quite similar in the rest of the year. When we have got a nasty weather then we go shopping or go to the cinema,sometimes we spend the time in the market even we don't buy nothing. I think people in my country love to go in Malls when the weather is bad, there people can see a movie or can do some indoor sports and there are restaurants as well when they can eat after long hours playing or shopping. For me the best thing that I can do when the weather turns bad is to stay at home watching a movie, riding a book. Or sometimes in the summer I like to go out when it's raining but using a brolly or a rain suit.
Hi Adriancatanescu. Your country is similar mine. Could you tell me where you are from. İ just wonder it Thank you. Best regards.

Submitted by izzetshn on Fri, 14/07/2017 - 15:02

I repeated the scene 1 milion times but i cannot understand: "i hope it does not rain or we wont able to go" Why?

Hello izzetshn,

Ashlie does speak that sentence very quickly and so the words all kind of mash together. It's good that you've listened to the sentence many, many times, but if you still don't understand it after that, I'd recommend just leaving it and coming back to it another day. Perhaps after listening to more episodes, you'll get more used to her voice and the way she speaks such that in another couple of weeks this sentence will be more comprehensible for you.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Akbar Safi on Fri, 30/06/2017 - 11:41

''So much for the British summer!'', What does it mean?

Hello Akbar Safi,

This is an ironic statement. Britain is a country more famous for its rain than its hot summers and this sentence means something like 'Well, that's all we can expect from the British summer.'


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Nizam Balinese on Mon, 20/03/2017 - 09:07

Hello Team. Stephen : It's not going to rain, it's summer! Stop worrying. Come on. ============ Could I switch 'Stop worrying' here into 'Stop being worry'? What's the difference between them? Would you like to explain, please? Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam,

No, I'm afraid that wouldn't be correct, because 'worry' is not an adjective. If you used 'worried' (which is an adjective), it would be grammatically correct, but not natural. This is because the verb 'worry' is used instead of 'being worried' to talk about the emotional/mental state of worrying. And this is what Stephen is talking about -- Ashlie worrying around the present time, i.e. it's something she's still doing.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by serhataras on Fri, 24/02/2017 - 21:38

When the weather always change ,I feel tired . I like the sunny weathers and by the way the rainly weathers are dangerous because at that time driving can be so dangerous

Submitted by refugioluna on Wed, 22/02/2017 - 03:59

I've never travel to UK but I love the whether' England. I live in Chihuahua, Mexico and the whether here it's extreme
Hi, I'm from Mexico too. Here in Mexico we don't have similar weather like UK's countries, instead we have extreme weather conditions and more likely in the northern states of this country, I like the sun but I'd love to experience those beautiful rainy days and the smell of wet soil.

Submitted by caritol1923 on Wed, 22/02/2017 - 03:05

in my place the weather changes all day, In the early morning is cold, then the sun brigh up and then it's hot but not rain, and then at night rains, you always have an umbrella but don't forget sun glasses

Submitted by simonenmourao on Thu, 16/02/2017 - 12:06

I am from Brazil and the British weather is so diferent from ours. I live at Rio de Janeiro city and we have sunny days all the year even in winter. when the weather is bad cariocas go to the shopping, cinema, theater. We go to the natural parks too.

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