What’s on this September

Food & drink

Foodie Festival

It’s the Oxford Foodies festival taking place this weekend in South Parks Oxford.  If that’s not enough notice then ….

Get yourself booked on to the Patisserie workshop taking place on 22 September from 11.30 to 12.15 at The Tower of London, part of this year’s BBC Good Food Festival taking place from 22-24 September.

Plus it’s The Beavertown Extravaganza taking place 8-9 September in Rotherhithe featuring over 65 (yes – sixty five!) of the World’s greatest brewers of beer.

Beauty & style

September is when a whole host of design projects are popping up over London as part of the London Design Festival plus it’s London Fashion Week festival from 14th September.  For the creative retailers there’s also Top Drawer.

Crafts & hobbies

The Great British Sewing Bee Live takes place from September 21-24 at ExCel London although if you fancy a trip outside of London then Exeter sees the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show from 7-9 September.  The Weald of Kent Handmade Fair takes place between 8-10 September in Tonbridge.

Don’t forget the London Design Fair will give you a great chance to explore craft and design at its very best.  Taking place from 21-24 September at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane.


Tall Ships Festival

Of course the roads become busier as the school runs start again.  That means the focus is on the new school year.  Yet there are still plenty of things to see and do during September for kids.

There’s still a chance to head along to the Science Museum for the Engineer Your Future (11-15 year olds).  For the younger children there’s also the Wonderlab at the Science museum taking place till 28 September.

There’s a family day at the William Morris Gallery on 30 September.

The Tall Ships Festival is always a treat (and for adults) taking place between 15-18 September.

As part of the Open House festival you’ll be able to take your kids along to the Open House Junior festival which returns this year with a range of activities for children aged five to 11.

On Saturday 16 there’s the chance to watch Jurassic World outdoors at Hockey Woods.

The Arts

This month you can see Diana Krall at The Royal Albert Hall or John Legend at the O2.  Plus there’s still time to capture The One Love Festival which takes place until this Sunday September 3rd in Tunbridge Wells.

The crowing glory has to be the grand finale of the BBC Proms with fireworks and live music during BBC Proms in the Park on Saturday 9 September.

A couple of films to watch out for this September include:  The Vault (8 September release), The Centre of My World (15 Sep), Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Director’s Cut (15 Sep), Borg vs McEnroe (22 Sep), and IT (8 Sep).   We’ll start back our movie meet-ups for those who want to escape for a few hours.  Keep a look out in the closed Facebook group and our website.

A couple of good books to read for September include:  John Le Carre – A Legacy of Spies, and aptly titled: Autumn – by Ali Smith.  Don’t forget there’s our very own Book Club Live Skype Chat taking place.  To book yourself on click on the RSVP within the site.  We’re currently reading: How to have a good day – Caroline Webb.  Got to say, it’s got some really useful and practical tips inside.  Definitely recommend this one.

You can catch Gareth Gates (remember him from reality song competition?) in Footloose, which will be at the Peacock Theatre from 12-30 September.

You’ve got until 23 September to go along to Alice’s Adventures Underground which is at The Vaults and having seen this I highly recommend it – big and small kids alike will enjoy it.

If you head to Canary Wharf on September 14 between 1-2 you can take part in Paint Jam where you’ll experience art workshops to encourage painting – street art at is best!

Science & Technology

British Science Festival

Has Minecraft changed the way architecture and design is taught and practised?  This is just one thing being discussed at the Museum of London: Video Games and design:  Minecraft on 18 September.

5-9 September sees the British Science Festival in Brighton where you can take part in over 150 free events across the city.

The Audio & AV show is on Sunday 17 September up in Birmingham at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, if you’re up to finding out the latest gadgets.


September is time for the Totally Thames festival where you can experience art in all forms and learn more about the history of the Thames through a range of free exhibitions and walks.

8-9 September it’s time for the On Blackheath Festival where you can get to see the likes of Travis, De La Soul (stop me there … I can’t take it anymore … one of my favourites!)

There’s also Open House London happening again to book yourself on to see inside the likes of The Shard, The Gherkin, Baitul Futuh Mosque, and and even Southwark’s Integrated Waste Management Facility.

Health & Fitness

Lorna Jane Active Nation Day

The Cycle Show is taking place at The NEC in Birmingham.

There’s a Grenade Fit Nutrition Workshop taking place this Sunday at 12.30.  Organised by UN1T and taking place at London Bridge.

For those pregnant ladies amongst you there’s The Beauty of Pregnancy through Yoga taking place on Sunday 10th in Triyoga, Camden.

Finally on Sunday 24 September at Ministry of Sound there’s a free ticketed event celebrating active living – Lorna Jane Active Nation Day.  Looks to be a great one.

Homes & gardens (and cars!)

If you’re in to classic cars then head along to Capel Manor Classic and Vintage Car show this Sunday from 10am to 5pm.  As well as an array of vintage cars and autojumble stalls, there will be a Battle of Britain Memorial Dakota flypast as well as live music throughout the day.

If that’s not enough Concours of Elegance takes place from today until Sunday at Hampton Court Palace where you can live in style, well dream of living in such style….

Enjoy September.


By Michelle Stromgren
Chartered Marketer and Performance Coach with a postgraduate diploma in digital marketing. Over 25 years of corporate and individual marketing experience. A mother of two, organiser of many, blogger, budding photographer, and serial student.