September events

September festivals and events

Summer may be gone but festival season is still in full swing, and September brings with it an abundance of unique festivals and events for literary lovers, sporty types and foodie fans to enjoy. Head to the spa town of Bath to celebrate the works of its most famous literary resident at the Jane Austen Festival; enjoy guided walks throughout Yorkshire’s scenic countryside at the annual Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival, sample the very best of Liverpool’s gastronomic delights at its Food and Drink Festival and enjoy a weekend of music, cabaret and fancy dress at Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

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Cheer on the Tour of Britain in Bristol

Cheer on the Tour of Britain in Bristol

Watch the world’s top cyclists pedal their hearts out in Bristol’s iconic locations this autumn.

Location: Bristol

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Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Explore the City of Bath that inspired one of England’s most famous writers, and step into a Georgian world.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Celebrate Doncaster at the St Leger Festival

Celebrate Doncaster at the St Leger Festival

Join the party at St Leger, the oldest classic horse race in the world, with an array of music, fine food, arts and culture – and racing of course!

Location: Doncaster, South Yorkshire

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Take the Scilly Sea Swim Challenge

Take the Scilly Sea Swim Challenge

Watch the spectacle as 150 swimmers swim and walk between Scilly's main islands in just one day.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Close the summer festival season in style at Bestival

Close the summer festival season in style at Bestival

If you are looking for an eclectic mix of music, cabaret and entertainment then this is the festival for you.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

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Go to the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

Go to the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

This annual competition between Lancashire and Yorkshire, which dates back to the 1980s, sees black puddings hurled at a pile of Yorkshire puddings on a 20 foot high plinth.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Be inspired by Canaletto's A Regatta on the Grand Canal

Be inspired by Canaletto's A Regatta on the Grand Canal

Canaletto’s masterpiece A Regatta on the Grand Canal is on display at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens from 11 July to 13 September as part of a tour from the National Gallery.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Enjoy Nordic walking at the Walking and Outdoors Festival

Enjoy Nordic walking at the Walking and Outdoors Festival

The annual Yorkshire Wolds Walking and Outdoors Festival, offers a host of exciting outdoor pursuits and taster sessions.

Location: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Get your jazz hands out for the Scarborough Jazz Festival

Get your jazz hands out for the Scarborough Jazz Festival

Each September the annual Scarborough Jazz Festival on Yorkshire’s north coast provides the ideal tonic for music lovers to wash away those summer blues.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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See Lynn Lumiere light up King's Lynn's historic buildings

See Lynn Lumiere light up King's Lynn's historic buildings

Rich in history and fascinating by day, Lynn Lumiere lights up some of King's Lynn's stunning building with an amazing animated light display every evening from dusk.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Mix culture and countryside at Sussex Walking Festival

Mix culture and countryside at Sussex Walking Festival

Discover ancient woodland, the rolling South Downs and vineyard tours, in one of the fascinating walks at this annual Coast & Country Walking Festival.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Visit Yorkshire’s food capital this autumn

Visit Yorkshire’s food capital this autumn

Visit Malton’s hub of artisan food production for a tasty treat of some of Yorkshire’s finest and freshest autumnal flavours.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

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Get on your bike and take on the ‘Hills Killer’

Get on your bike and take on the ‘Hills Killer’

Do you have what it takes to battle your bike up the most challenging hills on the Isle of Wight?

Location: Freshwater, Isle of Wight

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Indulge in all things affordable and vintage in York

Indulge in all things affordable and vintage in York

‘York Does Vintage’ better than anyone else as the city’s affordable vintage fair in Merchant Adventurers’ Hall transports you to bygone eras.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Steam into autumn at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Steam into autumn at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Get on board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this autumn with a varied diary of events offering a great way to spend time with family and friends.

Location: Pickering, North Yorkshire

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Give cultural films a go at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Give cultural films a go at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival gives you the chance to watch films you won’t find in your local cinema in a range of unusual surroundings.

Location: Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland

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Celebrate over 2,000 years of Gloucester’s history

Celebrate over 2,000 years of Gloucester’s history

Experience the city’s rich history at the Gloucester History Festival in September with family activities, parades. talks and tours.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Indie A-listers in a country oasis at End of the Road Festival

Indie A-listers in a country oasis at End of the Road Festival

The intimate surroundings of the End of the Road Festival give you the chance to get up close and personal with the bands and their music.

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

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Experience the Southampton Boat Show this autumn

Experience the Southampton Boat Show this autumn

This unique event is the biggest marine show in the south of England and it will be showcasing over 300 boats.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

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Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

Experience Agatha Christie's Riviera in Devon

Discover Agatha Christie's Riviera and follow in her footsteps by attending her namesake festival, and walking the Agatha Christie Mile in the bustling harbour town of Torquay.

Location: Torquay, Devon

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