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September Sights: 15 things to do and events in September

Lisa O'Keeffe

05 September 2018

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September is all about saying goodbye to summer, starting with the kids going back to school and ending with digging out the jumpers and coats – let’s face it, we’re all excited for that!

The end of the school holidays doesn’t spell the end of great family days out though, as we’re back with more suggestions for making the most of your weekends. From Blackpool and beach cleans, to science and space, there’s still plenty of fun to be had with these September family events and things to do.

15 things to do and events in September:

  1. World Fireworks Championships, Blackpool

    See in September with a bang, as the World Fireworks Championships return to Blackpool every Friday from 7th - 28th September 2018. Promising a spectacular series of shows from the best of the fireworks bunch, it also coincides with the world famous Blackpool Illuminations - making it a double hit of family fun you won’t want to miss!

    Fireworks off Blackpool Pier
  2. Heritage Open Days, across the UK

    September is the month to celebrate our fantastic history and culture, with thousands of FREE events taking place across the UK! Taking place between 6-9 & 13-16 September 2018, you’ll find loads of varied events, including National Trust properties - just head to the Heritage Open Days website to find what’s on near you!

    A building hosting a Heritage Open Day


  3. WoodFest at Hatfield Forest, Essex

    Home to live music, arts and crafts, food and drink and loads more fun for the whole family, WoodFest is an Essex gem taking place every September. Found within the ancient Hatfield Forest, there’s a huge focus on local suppliers and performers, with this year’s event taking place between 7th - 9th September. Why not camp overnight too for the full family festival experience?



  4. The Great British Beach Clean, across the UK

    Beach days are some of our favourite kind of day out (don’t miss our guide to the best beaches in England!), but after a super summer, they’re in need of some TLC. The 25th annual Great British Beach Clean is run by the Marine Conservation Society, encouraging all of us to help tidy up our coastline. Taking place from 14th-17th September, see if there’s a local beach clean near you - or better yet, start your own!

    Plastics on a beach


  5. Wild Woods at Chester Zoo, Cheshire

    Experience the animal kingdom like never before, thanks to Wild Woods at Chester Zoo! Open until 30th September, this whole new concept is packed full of head-turning moments, breath-taking experiments and pop up performers, all themed around the zoo’s animals. Explore a Botanist’s Lab, relax on oversized talking chairs and spend time in the Dormouse Garden, just be prepared for an utterly mesmerising and magical day out!



  6. Enchanted Fairytale Festival at Cannon Hall Farm, South Yorkshire

    Jump straight into a storybook and explore your own fairytale, for the Enchanted Fairytale Festival at Cannon Hall Farm from 22nd - 23rd september. Featuring loads of costumed characters, a story trail and loads more fun, this is all in addition to the usual farmyard fun, including farm animals, playgrounds, soft play and more!

  7. Small Space Toddler Takeover at the National Space Centre, Leicester

    Head to the National Space Centre on 10th September, for its toddler takeover! Small Space Day combines stories, songs, trails and more in a fun and interactive day out designed especially for younger children. Plus, don’t miss the chance to meet astronaut George, we hear he loves having his photo taken!

    A toddler at the National Space Centre


  8. International Red Panda Day at Banham Zoo, Norfolk

    Get ready for a weekend of Panda-monium as Banham Zoo celebrates International Red Panda Day on 15th - 26th September. Close relatives of the raccoon, red pandas are excellent climbers, using their bushy tails for balance. Looking for even more red pandas near you? Don’t miss our blog on where to find your favourite zoo animals.

    Red Panda at Banham Zoo

  9. Roald Dahl Day at Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, Aylesbury

    Explore the magic of Roald Dahl with a visit to the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery! Set within the Buckinghamshire County Museum, there’s a mind-boggling range of activities, from the Fantastic Mr Fox Tunnel, to James’ Giant Peach, and seeing as it’s Roald Dahl Day on September 13th, there’s no better time to visit.

  10. Magical Unicorn Weekend at The Big Sheep, Devon

    Speaking of magic, don’t miss The BIG Sheep’s Magical Unicorn Weekend on 15th and 16th September. Meet the unicorn in its stable and join in with loads of fun themed activities, not to mention all the rest of the attraction, including jumping pillows, splash zone and Rampage Roller Coaster!

  11. The Tiger Who Came To Tea, various National Trust locations

    Step into the world of Judith Kerr’s much-loved tale of The Tiger Who Came To Tea, with a fantastic exhibition to mark the book’s 50th anniversary. Brought to life by Seven Stories and the National Trust, the touring exhibition runs until 2020, but is heading to Quarry Bank in Cheshire from 8th September to 28th October.

    Judith Kerr at The Tiger Who Came To Tea Exhibition


  12. Digital Missions at Hampton Court Palace, Surrey

    Who’d have thought you could explore a building that’s over 500-years old, using technology released in the last decade? That’s exactly what Digital Missions at Hampton Court Palace is all about! Download the free Time Explorers app before your visit (iOS only) to have a handheld guide and list of challenges to complete during your visit. It’s a great way to get the kids engaging in what’s in front of their eyes in a whole new way!

    Digital Missions at Hampton Court Palace


  13. Dinosaur Weekend at Pink Pig Farm, Scunthorpe

    Step back in time to take a walk with dinosaurs, as Pink Pig Farm hosts Dinosaur Weekend from 29th- 30th September! With dinosaur themed activities in the craftshack and an inflatable assault course, plus a build-a-cuddle ‘dinosaur style’ in the toy shack, there’s also the chance to post alongside a lifelike dinosaur! It’s set to be a roar-some family weekend of fun.  

  14. Edinburgh Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh

    Did you know this was the first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood? Prepare to reminisce with retro toys, and let the kids see some of their favourites on display, like Buzz Lightyear from 2000! Also exploring other aspects of growing up, a visit to Museum of Childhood Edinburgh will be like taking a step back in time as you explore some of the best bits from years gone by!

    Buzz Lightyear at the Museum of Childhood Edinburgh

  15. People’s Walk for Wildlife, London

    Your wildlife needs you on 22nd September, as wildlife expert and TV presenter, Chris Packham, leads the People’s Walk for Wildlife from Hyde Park to Richmond Terrace. Designed to rally support for protecting wildlife here in the UK, Chris is specifically looking for youngsters to be the next generation of wildlife champions - great for kids with an interest in animals!

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Lisa O'Keeffe

05 September 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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