11 things to do this September 2017

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What’s on this September 2017?

This September sees the last of the summer’s festivals, foodie dates and fetes, here’s the events not to be missed:

Little Italy comes to Southend, Essex, 2 September

We Brits have an enduring love affair with Italy and all things Italian, and once again, Southend BID is hosting its popular Italian Festival; recreating the atmosphere, sights and smells of Italy across the town centre and seafront. The High Street will be where much of the action takes place, with offerings from the very best (and authentic) Italian food producers, restaurants and bars.

Visitors can also expect to see the ‘Delights of Italy’ team offering pizza making workshops in The Royals Shopping Centre with an Italian food market to the north of the high street, alongside live entertainment. There will also be a ‘Supercar Catwalk’, opera and arts and crafts for children. The event promises to be an immersive town-centre wide celebration that embraces Southend’s surprisingly rich Italian food scene and heritage. For full details visit www.visitsouthend.co.uk


Deepdale Festival, 22-24 September

A visit to the North Norfolk Coast is always a good idea, so this month why not combine it with the Deeepdale Festival at Deepdale Backpackers and Camping? The festival will be welcoming bands from Norfolk and the East of England for a weekend of live music, street food and entertainment, festivals stalls, spoken word and dance.

So far bands and solo artists confirmed include: Jess Morgan, Little Red Kings, Marina Florance, Pepper and Shepherd, Georgia Shackleton Trio, Falling From Trees, Kolin Durier, The Tin Heart Troubadours, Matt Watson, Homefires and Ardeth Bey. 

Though the festival is primarily for those staying at the hostel and campsite, there tickets available for those staying else where or who live locally, priced £15 per adult, and £7.50 per child. Visit https://www.deepdalebackpackers.co.uk/festival/ to book.

Falling From Trees by Adam White

Animal Antics in Welwyn Garden City, 10 September

A great day out for the whole family from 11am – 3pm, there will be plenty of activities for animal lovers in this event organised by the WGC Business Improvement District (BID). Birds of prey displays, have a go agility course and exotic animal as well as a charity dog show which will be run by local rescue centre Glendee with all profits going to helping their rescue dogs find homes in the area. With categories such as the Best Sausage Catcher and the Dog that Looks Most Like Their Owner, the dog show promises to be great fun! www.welwyngarden.co.uk

Creation theme for sixth Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, 28 September – 1 October

Tickets are selling fast for the sixth Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival, taking place at Hatfield House at the end of this month. Getting up close to some fabulous musicians in the beautiful venues of The Old Palace, Marble Hall, and – for the first time this year – The Long Gallery, is a treat not to be missed. You can look forward to musical offerings from three string quartets, three orchestras, a chorus and several acclaimed singers and soloists. Opening the festival are the extraordinary Aurora Orchestra (fresh from their BBC Proms debut) performing with tenor Ian Bostridge and Artistic Director of the festival, cellist Guy Johnston. For the full programme and tickets (starting at £10) please visit www.hatfieldhousemusicfestival.org.uk

Guy Johnston will perform at Chamber Music Festival

Open air cinema at Audley End House, 23 September

Take a trip to the 1950s with East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) open air cinema experience in the grounds of Audley End. ‘Grease’ will be the film of choice and visitors are encouraged to dress up in 150s attire while enjoying a screening of the classic musical. The evening promises to be full of fun, with a live band to entertain and the miniature railway operating until the film begins. In addition there will be a barbecue, or guests are welcome to take a picnic. Gates will open at 6.30pm, and the film, a little less than two hours long, will start at sundown around 8pm. There will be no reserved seating so guests are advised to take blankets and collapsible chairs for full comfort. Dogs on leads are welcome. Tickets are £12. To book visit www.each.org.uk.

Rural Magpie Jewellery Fair, 30 September,  Gt Chesterford Saffron Walden Essex

What girl doesn’t love jewellery? If you want to add to your collection or simply fancy browsing items from local makers, stop by the first Rural Magpie Jewellery Fair in Great Chesterford, Essex. A new shopping event hosted by the online vintage business, Rural Magpie, it offers the opportunity to shop ornate jewellery and designs from sellers and makers and local artisan jewellers from the surrounding areas. The event will take place at Chesterfords Community Centre, from 10am-4pm.                                                                                                                    Visit www.ruralmagpie.co.uk

Warden Abbey Vineyard Open Day and Wine Sale, 10 September, 11- 4pm

The vineyard’s biggest event of the year, find out the story of the medieval vineyard and abbey, why and how the monks made wine, and how they care for the vines all year round. There will be tours, wine tastings, a pop up wine school, animal encounters with Teaching Talons, Morris Dancing, other local food stalls, BBQ and other refreshments. The vineyard, near Old Warden, is now run as a community and education project by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and cared for year round by volunteers. For more information and directions see www.wardenvineyard.org.uk

Down on the Farm: Harvest Past, 24 September

Visit the beautiful setting of Peak Hill Farm for an autumn festival with a jam-packed programme for the whole family. Harvest Past promises to be a great day out with a range of activities, demonstrations and attractions to entertain while celebrating farming heritage – and all in support of the Long Shop Museum in Leiston!

Take stock of engines and vehicles galore including vintage cars and motorbikes, small and classic engines, jeeps, beautifully painted gypsy caravans and a best tractor competition. A variety of animals will be present and there will be a delicious array of refreshments, as well as a host of traditional games and activities for children. Suffolk’s Captain Mannering will be on hand with some Dad’s Army style entertainment and last but not least, live music from local performers to help the afternoon go with a swing. Tickets: are £8 for adults or £4 for children. For tickets visit www.longshopmuseum.co.uk

Woburn Abbey Honey Festival, Saturday 30 September

Enjoy a celebration of everything honey, set against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey and Gardens, this autumn.

The Bedfordshire Beekeeper’s Association will be holding their annual Honey Show plus demonstrations and talks about beekeeping, honey and hive products. Try on a beekeepers outfit and have a look down a microscope at bee anatomy.

Enjoy a range of stalls including local honey, candles, other beeswax related products and food items. There will be an observation beehive for you to have a close-up look at bees at work. Demonstrations include the traditional craft of skep-making and candle rolling. Get advice if you are thinking about starting out in beekeeping and see some of the equipment that is used.

The festival is at no extra cost and is included in your entrance ticket to Woburn Abbey Gardens. Gardens entrance prices: Adults £7.50, Child (3-15) £4.75 (under 3’s free), Concessions £6.50 (60and over). More details at www.woburnabbey.co.uk/honeyfestival

Subterranean, 30 September 

This month the Corn Exchange plays host to Subterranean – Cambridge’s newest rock and indie festival.

The venue will be bursting with creative talent for this one-day festival, with three stages placed inside the auditorium for people to enjoy, the Underworld, Labyrinth and Inferno stages. As one band finishes on one stage so another will start on the next, giving people the chance to move between them and to enjoy them all, very much in the style of Later… With Jools Holland.  Outside of the main space there will also be the chance to experience the pared back beauty of The Lair, which will be an exclusively acoustic stage.

Festival-goers will have a whole range of delicious food and drink to sample throughout the event, and there will be time in-between sets to browse the delights of the Underground Market, featuring a stall from Cambridge’s very own Black Barn Records. 

The line-up features a number of bands from Cambridge and the surrounding areas, each bringing their own distinctive style and energy to the Festival. Full line-up at www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/cornex/events/subterranean

Ely Vegan Market, 30 September 

Following the success of last year’s first Ely Markets Vegan Fair, the family-friendly event for vegans, v-curious and lovers of good food is set to make its return on Saturday 30 September.

The Vegan Fair brings together familiar faces from Ely Markets, alongside regional and national vegan producers, makers and street food vendors. Whether you are already vegan or just want to sample some of the delights vegan food and produce has to offer, there will be an array of street food, vegan beer and wine, unique crafts and information for you to sample and browse.

Ely High Street will be transformed with over 20 traders including culinary delights such as Lizzi’s Famous “Scotch Eggless”, delicious street food vendors Wandering Yak and a host of vegan sweetie treats including exotic fudge and baklava.  It’s not just about the food, there will also be a covered seating area with live music, a vegan bar as well as henna tattoos, vegan handbags, cosmetics, gifts and information stands.  The event runs alongside Ely’s hugely popular weekly Craft, Food & Vintage Market.


The Vegan Fair is free and open to all from 9am to 3pm. Visit www.facebook.com/elymarkets for further info and updates.


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