Things To Do In England - September 2012

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Looking for something to do in England during September? England has a vast range of things going on and I’m hoping for an Indian summer as there are still plenty of festivals and outdoor events to look forward to. Why not get yourself to the capital to see London’s great gorilla invasion, visit one of the many festivals, or get limbering up your face muscles for the world gurning championships!  Here are To There And Back Travels picks for September:


1.  THE GREAT GORILLA RUN 2012
Participants in this fun run don hairy gorilla suits to run, jog or walk 7 kilometres around the streets of London. Now in its 10th year this event plays a crucial role in drawing attention to and helping to protect the declining number of mountain gorilla’s left in the wild. You don’t have to run to be involved, it’d be great fun just to go and watch. 

When:  22nd September
Where:  London
Info:  http://www.greatgorillarun.org


2.  BRIGHTON & HOVE FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL
This is one for any food lovers to visit, the 10 day festival is a celebration of the Sussex regions local growers, producers and food retailers. There should be something to get everyone’s taste buds going.

When:  7th to 16th September
Where:  Brighton & Hove, Sussex
Info:  http://www.brightonfoodfestival.com
 

3.  PARALYMPIC GAMES
The world of sporting events continues, where our paralympians are set to add to the medals the British have already achieved in the Olympic Games. The Paralympics kick off on 29th August and will be held at various venues throughout England, check their website below for event schedules and tickets.

When:  29th August to 9th September
Where:  Various venues
Info:  http://www.london2012.com
 

4.  BESTIVAL
A great alternative to the Isle of Wight Festival, this four day music fiesta has headlining acts such as Florence & The Machine, Stevie Wonder and New Order. It’s deliciously different and diverse compared to the Isle of Wight Festival and has far more than just music on offer, take a look at their link below.

When:  6th to 9th September
Where:  Robin Hill Country Park, Isle of Wight
Info:  http://www.bestival.net
 

5.  AGATHA CHRISTIE FESTIVAL
September sees the transformation of the English Riviera into the crime capital of England. There are theatre shows, steam trains, vintage bus tours and much more, all with a murder mystery theme to celebrate the life and works of Agatha Christie.

When:  9th to 16th September
Where:  Various towns, Devon
Info:  http://www.englishriviera.co.uk
 

6.  THAMES FESTIVAL
The annual Thames Festival has an extensive programme of entertainment lining the river over the weekend. It’s a free festival which includes a carnival, street entertainers, market stalls, barge-driving races and a spectacular fireworks finale.

When:  8th to 9th September
Where:  London
Info:  http://thamesfestival.org
 

7.  BEDFORDSHIRE STEAM & COUNTRY FAYRE
Another annual event in England’s calendar has many great attractions from days gone by. Over the three days you’ll see working demonstrations of vintage vehicles, heavy horses, falconry displays, and many other working crafts.

When:  14th to 16th September
Where:  Old Warden, Bedfordshire
Info:  http://www.shuttleworth.org
 

8.  ABBFEST
This is a three day ale and cider extravaganza with well over 100 different ales and ciders from various breweries in Devon to enjoy. Live entertainment is put on throughout the weekend along with a wide variety of home made foods, crafts stalls and cookery demonstrations.

When:  21st to 23rd September
Where:  Newton Abbot, Devon
Info:  http://www.abbfest.org
 

9.  HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
From the Heritage Open Days website:  “Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life”

There is a searchable map on their website to find your local event.

When:  6th to 9th September
Where:  Various across England
Info:  http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk
 

And last but by no means least:

10.  THE WORLD GURNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
These championships are held annually on the third Saturday of September. It’s part of the Egremont Crab Fair and contestants put their heads through a horse collar then contort their faces into the ugliest or silliest expression possible – apparently false teeth may be taken out, left in or turned upside down! The winner is the person who gets the loudest cheer.

When:  15th September
Where:  Egremont, Cumbria
Info:   http://www.egremontcrabfair.com

Comments

I was thinking of DOING the gorilla run cos I thought it would make Adam laugh as well as raise money for Gorillas.But then I just couldn't face the thought of running in a great furry costume.I thought I might die. Save some gorillas but snuff it myself.
Paula Guy's picture

Hehe, yes it could prove fatal if it was a really hot day!! Bet it’s great fun though!