September Sights: 15 Best Family September Events & Things to Do
September is all about saying goodbye to summer and the kids going back to school but with all the great September events we’ve found for you, the end of the school holidays won’t also have to spell out the end of great family days out for your and your kids. From new openings to family festivals, there are plenty of things to do in September, so you better get excited for autumn!
Wondering what we’ve got in store for you? Well, let’s just say that our awesome list of 15 September events and things to do in September features everything from exotic birds and mischievous creepy crawlies, to magical unicorns and fairytale forests…
Autumn Stargazing 3D at We The Curious, Bristol4th September - 2nd December 2019
Discover the secrets of the night sky and ensure an out-of-this-world adventure with the stunning autumn stargazing show at We The Curious, opening this month! Step inside the giant silver ball, pop on your 3D glasses and explore everything from constellations of stars to mysterious Neptune, plus distant galaxies and fascinating worlds far beyond our solar system.
Join your expert guide as you hear stories of ancient stargazers and explore the myths and legends they used to explain the mysteries of the sky. Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or completely new to stargazing, you can then sit back and marvel at the wonders of the universe from the comfort of the Planetarium. The 3D shows are suitable for kids aged 6+ and costs £3.50 in addition to your usual admission.
Big Bug Hunt at Basildon Park, Reading, Berkshire1st September - 30th October 2019
Join the Big Bug Hunt at Basildon Park, kicking off this September! A band of pesky bugs is about to destroy the entire collection at the house and stopping them is entirely in your hands. Your brave young nature detectives will be tasked with helping a team of conservationists to find all Agents of Deterioration hidden inside the building.
Solley’s Sundae at Solley's Ice Cream Parlour, Deal, Kent8th September 2019
Solley’s Sundae is one of the most delicious September events in the whole of the UK! The first Sunday of the month Solley's Ice Cream Parlour will buzzing with excitement as a family festival descends on the farm. It will feature local musicians, local food & drinks market, plus lots of activities for the kids, including face painting, tractor rides, farm trail and of course - Solley’s irresistible Ice Cream!
Brambly Hedge Summer Story Trail at Thoresby Park, Newark, Nottinghamshire23rd August – 8th September 2019
Even though the summer is ending, during the first week of September, you can still experience the Brambly Hedge Summer Story Trail at Thoresby Park. Your little ones will have the chance to explore the world of the mice of Brambly Hedge, and to get into the excitement of preparing a very special celebration. It’s a wonderful family trail, so be sure to put it on your list of things to do in September!
Brand New Quarry Karts at Zip World, Bethesda, GwyneddHave you tried the new Quarry Karts at Zip World Penrhyn Quarry yet? It’s the UK’s only mountain cart experience and it just opened up, so why not go on an adrenaline-fuelled off-road adventure with the kids (10+)? It’s a great way of injecting some thrills into your next family outing AND you’ll get to spend the day surrounded by stunning Snowdonian scenery.
New Rainbow Landings at Blackpool Zoo, Blackpool, LancashireSpeaking of new openings, you must put a visit to Blackpool Zoo on your list of things to do in September. Their brand new Rainbow Landing takes you on an interactive walk-through experience, which brings you up-close with beautiful Australian Rainbow Lorikeets. Your little nature lovers will be super excited to feed these colourful parrots with tasty nectar!
Roald Dahl Day Celebrations at The Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire14th September 2019
The Roald Dahl Museum is throwing a Roald Dahl Day Celebration and it’s going to be one of the most interesting September events for those of you who love kids’ books. From storytelling, trails and talks, to building a giant peach of a mosaic, using over 24,000 toy bricks - your whole day will have a whimsical James and the Giant Peach twist.
Lunar Pastels: Watt Make and Take at Soho House Museum, Birmingham, West Midlands15th September 2019
Birmingham Heritage Week 2019 is taking place from the 12th to the 22nd September, featuring over 200 events at some of the city’s most famous attractions. Out list of September events wouldn’t be able to contain all 200, so we had to pick one and we went for Lunar Pastels: Watt Make and Take at Soho House Museum. It’s a fun drop-in craft activity for kids aged 5-12, which will teach your little ones everything about James Watt and the Lunar Society through hands-on art activities.
Family drawing activities at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, West Yorkshire15th September 2019
If you and your kids are feeling in the mood to put your artist’s hats on, then head out to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for a family drawing session. You’ll have the chance to discover David Smith’s geometric sculptures and channel his style into your own drawings. It’s a fun creative thing to do in September with your little ones (suitable for kids over 6).
Zip Now London, LondonCloses 15th September 2019
Fancy flying over London’s skyline on a blood-pumping zip wire ride? Well, you better hurry up because the 2019 season at Zip Now London is ending on 15th September. If you miss it, you’ll have to wait until next year to have a go. 35-metre high, 225 metres long and developing speeds of up to 50 kph, it’s enough to get any daredevil excited...Are you willing to wait?
Super Hero Science at International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear18th May - 22nd September 2019
In September, you’ll also get your last chance to experience the Super Hero Science event at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. If you’ve got Marvel fans at home, watching Science Explainers recreate Spider-Man’s web-line and build an alternative power source for Iron Man’s mask live on stage will be awe-inspiring!
Fairy Tale Forest at Kelburn Castle, Fairlie, Ayrshire and Arran21st -23rd September 2019
What would our list of September events be like, if it didn't have a sprinkle of magic? Head out to Kelburn Castle and venture into the Never Never Forest in search for Peter Pan’s favourite fairy. It’s a self-led family trail featuring lots of your kids’ favourite characters. With crocodile swamps and pirate ships thrown in the mix, it won’t all go without shenanigans...
Magical Unicorn Weekend at Easton Farm Park, Woodbridge, Suffolk28th - 29th September 2019
This year’s September events don’t get more whimsical than the Magical Unicorn Weekend at Easton Farm Park. After all, the chance to ride a unicorn doesn’t come around every day...If you like your days out pink and full of glitter, this is exactly where you should be!
Bounce at the Park at River Dart Country Park, Newton Abbot, Devon29th September 2019
Bounce at the Park returns to River Dart Country Park this year with even more exciting inflatables to enjoy. There’s going to be 19 of them; sounds like a whole lot of bouncy fun to us! Your ticket includes one bounce session, plus you also get to spend the whole day at the park, so your little ones can explore the adventure playground for as long as they like.
Wiltshire Game & Country Fair at Bowood House & Gardens, Calne, Wiltshire28th - 29th September 2019
The last September event on our list for 2019 is the Wiltshire Game & Country Fair at Bowood House & Gardens. It’s a fun two-day festival, perfect for animal-loving families. From working ferrets and shire horses, to birds of prey and rare hounds - you’ll see all sorts of countryside animals show off their skills. Go a dog at home? You can even enter your pooch into a competition!
Our list of 15 September events and things to do in September may have come to an end, but there’s a whole load more to explore on our blog!