4 Events for September

It’s September and autumn is almost here. The schools have gone back, and the holiday season is over. If you think that it’s now just the long wait until Christmas, you would be wrong.  There are still some great events going on across the UK. Here are four of them that you are happening during the month of September.

The 2021 Blackpool Illuminations

Everyone had heard of the Blackpool Illuminations, but you may not have seen them. They are definitely a spectacle that everyone should see at least once and have millions of visitors every year (in normal years). Known to many as the greatest free light show on earth, they have been on of Blackpool’s attraction since 1879 and have even been described as ‘Artificial Sunshine’.

Back in its full glory, after COVID-19, the annual Illuminations display is to be extended by two months this year, to provide an invaluable boost to the resort’s tourism season. The BIG Switch On event is back on Friday 3 September, with the incredible light show going on all the way through to Sunday 3 January 2022. A bigger and brighter Christmas this is also promised with themed events, shows and attractions.

DATES: Friday 3 September – Monday 3 January 2022

Take the Scilly Sea Swim Challenge

This is not for the faint hearted, but you can just be a spectator, or you can test yourself by taking the challenge of swimming and walking between all of Scilly’s main islands in just one day.

The event starts from Bar on the north side of St Mary’s, at sunrise, when those taking part dive into the sea to begin the Scilly Swim Challenge. Over the course of a single day, swimmers cross between all six of the main islands that make up the Isles of Scilly. It should be emphasised that the event is non-competitive. The point is to challenge yourself, not the others taking part. There is a total distance of approximately 15km (or just over 9 miles) of swimming to be done. Add that to the low temperatures of the September seas, and you need to be fit and prepared for this event. There is, however, another event offering the same challenge, which takes place over two days.

Dates:  The One Day Scilly Swim Challenge takes place on 10 September, while the Two-Day Challenge takes place between 7-8 September. Tickets for both are available from the website.

The Ludlow Food Festival

Add passionate local chefs and food producers, with thousands of food lovers and you get the perfect recipe for Ludlow Food Festival.

Normally held every September in the grounds of Ludlow Castle, Ludlow Food Festival claims to be the “Original Food Festival for Food and Drink Lovers” It showcases the very best local food and drink producers from Shropshire and the Marches. Inside the Castle walls, the festival includes demonstrations and talks, and it is possible to take part in workshops and masterclasses. If that sounds far too much like hard work, you can just spend time sampling the wares of the 180-plus exhibitors and stock up on tasty stuff to take home.  You’ll also find of related ‘foody’ events and activities taking place across Ludlow’s historic town centre.

Dates: 10th, 11th & 12th September 2021

Gloucester History Festival

You can Celebrate over 2,000 years of Gloucester’s history, with family activities, parades, re-enactments, talks and tours at the Gloucester History Festival. The Blackfriars Talks series features eminent historians and authors covering subjects of local and national interest.

Part of the festival includes one of the largest Heritage Open Days in the country, when the city celebrates its wealth of history, marvellous architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public.

Dates:  7-22 September

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