Ice-cream parlours are booming – and it’s not only because of Instagram and teetotalism

Offering everything from liquid nitrogen-frozen creations to vegan sundaes, a new breed of dessert bars are changing the way people socialise – and date

Take the kids to … The Ice Cream Farm, Chester

The ice-cream is divine (and award-winning) at this free-to-enter attraction but costs add up paying for individual rides and the other food options aren’t so tasty

Monthly photographic competition from The Guardian

In the summer thoughts turn to the beach and the seaside, so here’s a selection of Guardian reader’s seaside photos for the July competition. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2014/aug/04/readers-travel-photograph-competition-july-beach