September may be upon us but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the sun, or fun! Now’s the perfect time for couples and families without children to get away outside of the summer holidays.
If you’re planning on hitting the road in the next few weeks, we’ve put together a list of some of the events happening around the UK throughout September and October.
There’s plenty on throughout September for foodie fans! Ludlow in Shropshire becomes home to more than 180 independent food and drink producers for three days from the 9th – 11th September. The town will also feature plenty of foodie events such as a Sausage Trail and Ale Trail!
From the 16th – 18th September head on down to Newquay for their annual Fish Festival. Live cookery demos from local chefs with freshly caught seafood will be amongst the fishy fare alongside pasties, curry, chocolate, and live entertainment.
Aldeburgh in Suffolk holds its Food & Drink Festival on 24th & 25th September and features cooking demonstations, pop-up restaurants and workshops. It’s fast becoming the country’s most popular food festival, so if you’re a fan of all things gastronomical it’s one to make room for!
Holmfirth in West Yorkshire is also holding its food festival on 24th & 25th September. It’ll be the 11th year the festival has run and it promises to be a treat for hungry bellies with plenty of food, drink and live music.
Take In Some Fast Paced Cycling
The Tour of Britain kicks off in Glasgow on the 4th September and follows a route south through Scotland and England before finishing off in London on the 11th. The Tour is our biggest road cycling event and hundreds of people turn out to watch the final stages in their part of the country. If you fancy getting in on the action, check out the following towns on their dates – many of them are putting on events to capitalise on the cycling spirit!
Glasgow to Castle Douglas – Sunday 4th September
Carlisle to Kendal – Monday 5th September
Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford – Tuesday 6 September
Denbigh to Builth Wells – Wednesday 7 September
Aberdare to Bath – Thursday 8 September
Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor – Friday 9 September
Bristol – Saturday 10 September
Central London – Sunday 11 September
Get Your Walking Boots On
For those who like to spend time outdoors there are a fair few specific walking events going on in September and October that you might want to check out if your walking boots need an airing.
The Yorkshire Wolds plays host to the Walking & Outdoors Festival from the 10th – 18th September. They have an action-packed roster filled with historical walks, nature safaris, Nordic walking, treasure hunts, and even buschcraft and a Buddhist experience! There’s plenty to keep you entertained.
If you’re heading down south, be sure to check out the Coast and Country Walking Festival at South Downs National Park in Eastbourne. Featuring over 60 walks focusing on history, literature, and health, they all have one thing in common – they’re a great way to get out and about and enjoy nature. This event runs from 24th September – 2nd October.
Fancy going somewhere slightly warmer? The Isles of Scilly hold their Walk Scilly event from the 13th – 17th October. Scilly is a small archipelago off the coast of Cornwall and benefits from a temperate climate, never getting too cold or too hot; the perfect walking weather! This event involves walks on some of the uninhabited islands, alongside foraging and nighttime walks. It’s also brilliant for nature enthusiasts as the isles become home to scores of migrating birds.
In October, the city of Nottingham comes alive with a month long festival-filled rota. There’s so much to do that we can’t list it all here, but there’s definitely something for everyone! From food to beer, dance to music, and a few special guest appearances by Robin Hood, you’re bound to find something to take your fancy.
We particularly like the sound of the Goose Fair; from the 5th – 9th October the UK’s oldest travelling fair visits Nottingham. It’s been going for more than 700 years and has only been cancelled a handful of times – once due to an outbreak of the plague, and for the two World Wars. With more than 500 attractions it’s sure to keep your adrenaline levels high and leave you thrilled.
Wherever you’re spending your time throughout September or October – on the school run, on a sunny beach, or in the office, don’t forget that we’re there for your life’s journeys.