Things To Do In September

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Summer is over…but that doesn’t mean the fun stops! September is full of funtastic family-friendly days out that everyone will enjoy. From the autumn annual festival season to engaging in Viking combat… Here are the best things to do in September!

Top Events To Do In September

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Fire and Light Immersive Nature Walk, Fyne Court

Step foot into the woods after dark… Wander through the towering trees and shrub bushes as you’re led through the beautiful woodland of Fyne Court. But it won’t be like any other woodland walk, this will be full of fire and light performances, soundscapes and live music!

It’s an event to celebrate the coming autumn and its fiery atmosphere with changing colours. You’ll also find an immersive performance on the ground with ambient music and fire braziers!

Walks last an hour, and if it’s a little chilly – wrap up warm!

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Fyne Ct, Bridgwater, TA5 2EH

Opening Times

Friday 29th September at 18:45 - 20:00

Pricing

Adult £10.00
Child (under 16) free

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RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show, Wisley

Enjoy a late summer celebration of flourishing flora and bountiful blooms! This year, they’re celebrating 10 years of the delightful National Dahlia Society Show, so expect a fantastic event!

From bright and beautiful dahlia flower displays of all sorts of colours and forms to an array of mesmerising garden dahlias and competition classes! You’ll even find a stunning stand of cut flowers, containers and special displays celebrating the special flower.

Not only that but you can immerse yourself in all things floral at the imaginative exhibits in Wilson’s Wood. If you’d like to learn more about gardening science, head to Hilltop Live Talks, for all you need to know on how to cultivate your own flower garden, how to garden for less and even seed harvesting.

Of course, you can’t go to a flower show without bringing home some beautiful blooms. From pruning tools and garden art to nurseries, seeds and top-quality plants!

It’s a chance to celebrate the end of summer and all its flourishing flora.

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Wisley Ln, Wisley, Woking, GU23 6QB

Opening Times

5th - 10th September from 10:00 - 18:00 on weekdays and 09:00 - 18:00 on weekends

Pricing

Adult £16.50
Child £8.25

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Bat Walks at WWT London Wetland Centre, London

This September discover nocturnal animals in a brand new way. What’s small, squeaky and black? Bats! They’re a symbol of Halloween, but you can spot them in the UK from May to October, especially at night. Whether it’s in your garden, in the woods or even on your daily canal walk.

But at WWT London Wetland Centre, they’re offering you the chance to gaze upon the bats in the best places.

Learn more about the flying mammals from bat experts, observe the bat’s incredible aerial aerobics and see whether you can spot all 7 species of bats on their site!

It’s an amazing learning opportunity for their little ways and an activity that they can get excited about. Because who doesn’t love going out at night and past your bedtime? It’s an educational treat!

You’ll even be handed bat detectors that will help you identify the species and listen out to their chattering!

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WWT London, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT

Opening Times

7th, 14th, 21st and 28th September from 19:30

Pricing

£28.00 per person

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English Heritage Open Days, Nationwide

Did you know every September you can explore a range of English Heritage sites for freeVolunteers gather across England to hold amazing events about the history of the country and its culture in areas where you normally need to pay admission.

But from 8th – 17th September it’s free to explore! You’ll find over 5,000 events on everything from historic houses and museums to music halls, formal gardens, graveyards and spaces all across the country!

This year, the theme is England’s colourful history and the kids can engage in medieval combats, meet animals and get stuck into arts and crafts! From colourful stained glass jars and Georgian gaming to walking trails!

There’s something for everyone at Heritage Open Days – why not check it out? It’s the perfect thing to do in September that gets your family outdoors without having to spend money!

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Nationwide

Opening Times

8th - 17th September

Pricing

Free

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Roald Dahl Story Day, Nationwide

Kids and adults alike will love this annual celebration of the beloved Roald Dahl author and his imaginative stories. From James and The Giant Peach and Matilda to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – it’s a day to celebrate them all!

Some schools like to participate in this fun event and encourage their pupils to dress up! So, whether you choose to dress up for school or hold your own celebration at home, it’s time to get creative!

You can only visit many locations all across England that inspired his stories.

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Nationwide

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Visit Outernet, London

You’ve heard of this fantastic art exhibit right? It’s been all the talk since it opened last year! Displaying out-of-this-world, technologically advanced art that transfixes audiences everywhere.

Until the 20th September, they’re displaying the world’s first mixed reality experience with The Butterfly Trail, which you can check out for FREE! This exhibit is all about the beauty of butterflies, where you can interact with them and explore the Glass House. You can even hold one in your hand using your smartphone!

The brilliant immersive experience is made possible for giant floor-to-ceiling, four-storey high, 16k wrap-around screens! Which is the most advanced in the world! The trail will also take you through a botanical workshop where you can release magical AR butterflies and trigger real-time animation!

It’s a must-see thing to do in September!

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The Now Building, Centre Point, London, WC2H 8LH

Opening Times

20th September 12:00 - 18:00

Pricing

Free

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York Food Festival

Come along to celebrate all things food and drink in York! This annual festival brings local delicacies, refreshments and culture to one place.

You’ll be able to taste test all sorts of goodies, take food home with you and indulge in street food too. There will be over 100 stalls there to take your dip, as well as observe chef demonstrations, engage in free cookery workshops, browse the markets, taste food and enjoy the cookie tour!

The workshops are designed for any age, whether it’s making bread, pasta or smoking your own food!

It’s a tantalising event that everyone, young and old will love!

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Parliament Street, York

Opening Times

22nd September - 1st October

Pricing

Free

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Blackpool Illuminations

Every year during the autumn right through winter, 6 miles of Blackpool are illuminated with traditional festoons, tableaux and interactive illuminations and features that brighten up the night sky. All the way to the Promenade! It’s been dubbed the greatest free light show around.

From fabulous Blackpool Tower projections to illuminated tram tours that will take you along the world-famous Blackpool Tramway!

But that’s not all… Along the tramway, you’ll discover the Tableaux Tour. Quirky and unique light displays that are truly big and bright! And you can walk right along them.

They include a wide range of themes, from hula dancers and a giant pirate ship to ballerinas from Swan Lake and an entire Egyptian scene. It really is an amazing family fun evening out! They even have Noddy for the kids with all their favourite characters including Big Ears, Martha Monkey and of course, Noddy himself.

Opening Times

1st September 2023 to 1st January 2024

Pricing

Free

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Vikings Festival, Drayton Manor

Travel back in time and see whether you have what it takes to become a Viking! Don your helmets and head to Walhalla for the most epic Viking celebration at this brand-new event!

Meet big and strong Viking clans, witness impressive fire-flaming skills and get involved in the Viking skills show!

Not to mention the Viking appetite… From smokey hot dogs and BBQ meats to a pop-up bar! Don’t miss the Rorys Viking Show, street entertainers or even the live DJ that will entertain you all day.

Psst…did we mention there’s a Viking trail? Embark on the Valiant Vikings Trail on your quest to become the ultimate Viking warrior.

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Drayton Manor Dr, Fazeley, Mile Oak, Tamworth B78 3TW

Opening Times

9th - 30th September

Pricing

From £29.00 for those over 4
Child (2-3) £15.00
Child (0-2) Free

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So, just because the kids go back to school in September doesn’t mean that they still can’t experience an autumn adventure! With this round-up of the best things to do in September, the fun never stops.

Looking for more things to do in autumn? How about heading out on a woodland walk? Have fun with some autumn activities or even visit the most magical attractions in the UK!

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