The UK’s Best Events and Festivals in September 2014




As summer draws to a close, it may be time for the kids to go back to school and life to return to the usual routine – but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. This September stave off the post-vacation blues and add some pizazz to your weekends by planning a trip to one of these super events and festivals going on throughout the UK this month.




Abergavenny Food Festival, Wales

Taking place on the weekend of 21st – 22nd September, the Abergavenny Food Festival won the National Tourism 2013 Award for the Best Event in Wales. Originally a small scale event , the food festival has expanded over the years but still maintains its core philosophy that celebrates the craft of food production,  the diversity of Welsh food and the pleasures of eating. This year, along with top exhibitors from a huge number of suppliers from the local area and beyond, the weekend also includes lots of special activities, from chef demonstrations and tasting sessions to live music and kid’s workshops.


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Newent Onion Fayre, Gloucestershire

If you are looking for a day out with a difference, that won’t break the bank, the Newent Onions Fayre could be the answer. Taking place on Saturday 13th September, this one day event, which celebrates the first day of the onion harvest, is free to enter and is the UK’s only onion festival. The festival has its roots in the 12th Century and was relaunched in the mid-1990s, quickly becoming famous for its unique character. Highlights of the day include an onion show, an onion eating contest (we dare you to join in!) and a dog show, as well as a produce market, live music and street entertainers.


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Air Cooled VW Show, York

Love music and classic campers? Then the Air Cooled VW Show is right up your street. Running from 12th – 14th September on the Escrick Park Estate, the show is a hot-spot for vintage VW campers, but you don’t have to own one to participate. Head to the event to see gorgeous examples of restored vehicles, show off your style in the themed fancy dress competition and enjoy the diverse range of musical acts on stage. There is even a dog show, so that your canine companion can join in the fun too!




The Jane Austen Festival, Bath

The Jane Austen Festival is Bath’s annual event in honour of one of the England’s best-loved authors – Jane Austen. Running from 12th – 21st September, the festivities open with a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest gathering of people in Regency costume, and continue over ten days. Other events include literary talks, etiquette classes, concerts, dance lessons and much more – all with a distinctive period theme.




Heritage Open Days, Various

Don’t miss out on the heritage open days taking place in hundreds of historic locations throughout England from 11th – 14th September. Special volunteer led events include guided walks, talks and the opportunity to access parts of properties that are not usually open to the public. For further information and to discover what is happening in your area, check out the link we’ve added below.



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