‘Fantastic!’ Eight best things to do around the UK in September

Carol Vorderman on designing at the Chelsea Flower Show

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Britons are spoiled for choice this month. No matter where they are, they will be able to find something new to do. From food to music, the arts to the sky, here is a round-up of some exciting things to do this month.

Sussex – Great Sussex Wine Tour
The Ashling Park Estate, Tinwood Estate and Upperton Estate have been linked by The Great Sussex Way.

Wine-lovers are encouraged to bike or e-bike their way around, but it is also possible to drive.

Danielle Dunfield, CEO The Great Sussex Way said: “In West Sussex we produce the finest wines in England, so it is fantastic to offer visitors a unique way to enjoy our award-winning vineyards. […] After the year we’ve all just had, this is the perfect great escape.”

London – The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Garden design, beautiful flowers and shopping combined to make the Chelsea Flower Show one of biggest events in London.

This year, it’s taking place from September 21 to 26 and tickets are on sale now. 

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Manchester Food and Drink Festival
The Food and Drink Festival will be taking over Manchester City from September 16 to 27.

While events are taking place all over the city, Britons who need help with where to start can’t go wrong with The Hub.

Located in Cathedral Gardens, this will be free to enter with a limited number of bookable tables inside.

With both a main programme and a fringe, there will be plenty to eat and drink all over Manchester during the event.

Lake District – Stargazer Experience
Autumn is a fantastic season to go stargazing in the Lake District.

Which is why Victorian House Hotel in Grasmere launched its new experience now.

The Stargazer Experience includes a backpack and waterproof rug to borrow, a map to the viewing spot, homemade sausage rolls, Whisky Mac (a mix of blended whisky and green ginger wine), a Red Torch, binoculars and a star guide.

The experience is available to both guests and non-guests.

Cotswolds – Rural Skills workshops
Britons who fancy learning some rural skills should look no further and get themselves to a Cotswolds Hideaways and Cotswolds National Landscape workshop.

The Call of the Wild Woodland Experience includes gathering wood for a fire, log splitting with axes, charcoal burning and cooking an outdoors meal.

Britons can also go fossil hunting or take longer courses.

The Foraging and Wild Foods Course is one day while learning Dry Stone Walling with take two days.

All the workshops take place in September or early October.

Cheshire – Carden Park Estate
Cheshire’s Country Estate has opened a new garden last month.

BBC’s Antiques Roadshow expert Grant Ford curated the new Sculpture Garden and said: “Sculpture provides the perfect marriage to the backdrop of luscious green rolling landscapes, tranquil lakes, old woodlands and big open skies.”

The attraction is free to enter and visitors can the sculptures at both the Sculpture Garden and inside Carden Park Hotel.

Inverness, Scotland – Under Canvas
September is the last month to enjoy the Scottish outdoor festival Under Canvas. 

Over three months, the festival presented music, performances, family-friendly activities and food on their lawn.

It closes on September 30 so Britons still have a bit of time to pop by.

Lisburn, Northern Ireland – Balmoral Show
The Balmoral Show has something for everyone.

There’s a display by the RAF Parachute team, livestock show, show jumping (part of the National Show Jumping Schedule), a children’s farm, a Healthy Horticulture area with gardens and trails, a food pavilion, sheep shearing, a fun fair and even ladies football competitions.

The show is on from September 22 to 25.

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