Find things to do this September. We’ve got the low-down on the best exhibitions, festivals, fairs and outdoor cinema.
The Sandringham Game Country Fair, 7-8 September
Sandringham Estate, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE35 6EN
One of the biggest country fairs in the region, visitors can enjoy arena attractions, falconry, fishing, the shooting village, steam and vintage vehicles, displays from working dogs, crafts and an impressive selection of food and drink. www.sandringhamgameandcountryfair.co.uk
Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival, 7-9 September
South Quay, Great Yarmouth
A mix of traditional and modern maritime vessels will be moored on South Quay for visitors to admire and go aboard. Land-lubbers who prefer to keep their feet firmly on terra-firma will have plenty to keep them entertained with free children’s activities, exhibitions and demonstrations as well as craft stalls and refreshments. Shanty and maritime music will be performed throughout the festival at three different venues up and down South Quay – the Main Stage, The Fo’c’sle and in Horatio’s Bar with a packed programme of artistes. www.gyta.com/great-yarmouth-maritime-festival
Maldon Oyster and Seafood Festival, 8 September
Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon, CM9 5JQ
Enjoy this fun-packed foodie celebration and tuck into delicious oysters, seafood and drinks on offer. Join in with the heralding of the Landing of the Oysters while taking in the beautiful river views and the historical barges. With face painting for the kids and live music, invite the family over and get set for an afternoon of fun. www.facebook.com/TheMaldonOysterAndSeafoodFestival
Sworders Art and Antiques Auction, 10-11 September
Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex
Sworders, an art and antiques auction houses is selling part contents of Burnham Westgate Hall in Burnham Market from 10 to 11 September. Baroness Rawlings (Patricia) has lived in Burnham Westgate Hall since 1992. Patricia breathed new life into property, brought low by its institutional past, by reinstating its architectural integrity and filling it with an informal mix of modern and traditional art. Selected furniture and chattels from the house will be sold by Sworders fine art auctioneers.
Noirwich – Crime Writing Festival, 12-15 September
Multiple venues Norwich
Enjoy panel talks, discussions and readings from respected crime writers. There’s workshops too! Full line up at www.noirwich.co.uk/the-line-up
Tom Kerridge presents Pub in the Park, 13-16 September
Front meadow, Verulamium Park, off Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL
Join Tom Kerridge and friends for the biggest celebration of the best food and music the country has to offer. With a stellar line-up of chefs, pubs and music, Pub in the Park will play host to Tom’s two Michelin-starred pub, The Hand & Flowers, plus a selection of other top UK pubs and restaurants who will serve signature tasting dishes. Combined with great live music, chef demos, top quality shopping and other festival fun, Pub in the Park has become the UK’s fastest growing food and music festival. Entry by pre-purchased ticket only.
North Norfolk Railway 1940s Weekend, 14-15 September
Sheringham Station, Sheringham, NR26 8RA
Step back in time at the annual 1940s weekend, the railway’s most popular event! Come in uniform or 1940s civilian dress to add to the atmosphere. Don’t forget your gas mask and ration books! www.nnrailway.co.uk
Common Ground Theatre Company, 13 September – 26 October
Multiple venues across Suffolk & Essex
Take a ride up the comedy freeway with a tale of mobsters, missing gems and a mashed-up motorbike. This autumn, Common Ground Theatre Co. are touring ‘A Sidecar Names Despair!’, a black comedy, starring Julian Harries & Dick Mainwaring – reprising the characters they created for Common Ground’s 2013 comedy, ‘Stuff in the Attic’. Expect “The Odd Couple” versus the Mob! To book tickets, call 07807 341364 or visit www.commongroundtc.co.uk
Newmarket Food and Drink Festival, 14-15 September
Multiple venues in Newmarket
Newmarket town centre in Suffolk is set to be transformed into a foodie wonderland as it celebrates the finest food and drink from across East Anglia with tasty food, delicious drinks, celebrity chef demonstrations, live music and family entertainment. The Newmarket Food and Drink Festival, a much-loved free event that welcomes approximately 10,000 visitors from the region every year, takes place in the heart of Newmarket across Palace Street, Sun Lane and the site of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House.
Out There Festival, 14-15 September
St George’s Park, Crown Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2JN
An one action-packed weekend, bursting with circus and street entertainment. It’s got everything from daring acrobatics and daft comedy to dancing, juggling, theatre, circus, storytelling, music and more! It’s mostly free and is a fun and different way to experience Great Yarmouth with your family and friends. www.seachangearts.org.uk/out-there
Boyzlife, 17 September
Norwich Waterfront, 139-141 King Street, Norfolk, NR1 1QH
If you were a fan of 90s boy bands, don’t miss your chance to see Boyzlife! The show brings together two members of biggest boybands of all time, Boyzone and Westlife. Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy will take to the stage to perform a whole host of their biggest chart hits. Tickets from £28.50. Buy tickets at www.vmstickets.co.uk
Cinema Under the Stars, 21 September
Audley End House & Gardens, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4JF
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) brings its open air cinema experience to Audley End with the critically acclaimed biographical film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Guests will be treated to a live band until the film begins, and food and drink will be on-site. Film-goers are welcome to bring along a picnic, blankets and collapsible chairs for comfort. The doors open at 5.30pm, and the film will start at 7.15pm. Standard tickets are £13. There are 50 VIP tickets available for £20 each.
IWM Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show, 21-22 September
Duxford Airfield, Duxford, CB22 4QR
Be transported back in time to summer 1940. The roar of Merlin engines will fill the air as historic aircraft take to the skies above this important RAF fighter station, famous for defending Great Britain during the Second World War. Step into Duxford’s remarkable past as the museum, hangars, airfield and showground is transformed for the weekend with re-enactors, 1940s music and dance, entertainments and activities. www.iwm.org.uk/events/duxford-battle-of-britain-air-show-2019
St Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2019, 25-28 September
Alban Arena, Civic Centre St Albans AL1 3JE
Up to 350 real ales, 50 ciders and perries, 50 bottle conditioned beers and 80 foreign beers. Live music Thursday and Saturday. Open 11am-11pm all days. www.stalbansbeerfestival.org.uk
Scummy Mummies on Tour
28 September, Hertford Theatre, 5 October, Norwich Playhouse & 29 October, Cambridge Junction
The Scummy Mummies, Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn, have announced a 2019 UK tour, which will be stopping in Hertford, Norwich and Cambridge. The tour comes hot on the heels of their Edinburgh Festival debut during August at the Assembly Festival. Comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine out of a mug at kids’ teatime to hiding from the PTA. Expect stand-up, sketches, songs and some very scummy stories. Guaranteed to make parents and non-parents laugh out loud, with many leaving happier about their life choices.
Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, 28-29 September
Snape Maltings, B1069, Snape, Saxmundham IP17 1SP
Now in its 14th year and is going to be better than ever. Over 100 producers take part in the two-day event, focal point of a two-week food-related fringe programme. The popular Hill Farm Family Meadow will be at Snape again this year as will the Adnams’ Drinks Experience and the Wild Suffolk area. Not only is there an amazing array of local produce but the festival also has two cookery demonstration stages hosting visiting and local chefs. See the full programme at www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk
A Taste of History, 28-29 September
Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden, Essex
Wander through the beautiful grounds at Audley End House and Gardens on a discovery of food through the ages, when expert historians join cooks and chefs to dish up a feast of activities delving into cooking and eating over the past 2000 years. Foodies can hear expert historians talking about everything from Roman delicacies to discovering how Georgian ice-cream was made. Historic traders will give live demonstrations on everything from hot chocolate making and pottery to herbs for medicine and wood carving.