Suggestions for things to do outside London during September

My regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway.

The Braemar Gathering1st Sept
Commonly known as the Highland Games, international athletes will be among those taking part in the “heavy” and “track” events.Braemar, Aberdeenshire

Ryde Illuminated Carnival1st Sept
Street parade with illuminated floats.Ryde, Isle of Wight

Raveningham Fair1st Sept
The Fair was started in 1976 as the Raveningham Threshing Fair to raise funds for the Raveningham Group of Churches. Since then it has grown in size to become one of the longest established events on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.Thurlton, Norwich

Faversham International Hop Festival1st-2nd Sept
Held on the 1st full weekend in September it sets out to commemorate the golden days of hop-picking when families would come to Kent and pass the evenings with music and stories.Faversham, Kent

Shackerstone Family Festival1st-2nd Sept
For over 15 years the Shackerstone Family Festival has taken over the village  for the first weekend of September. It brings together a large number of different family attractions that are centred around the village.Shackerstone, Leicestershire

Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing1st-2nd Sept
Rushbearing dates back several centuries to a time when rushes were simply a floor covering in churches. Each year, it was out with the old and in with the new. Over many years this tradition has gradually turned into a celebration and a holiday involving music, morris dancing and revelrySowerby Bridge, Yorkshire

The Burghley Horse Trials1st-2nd Sept
Three days of horse events and shows.Stamford, Lincs.

The National Gardening Show1st-2nd Sept
The event showcases the finest in Autumn gardening, with lots of features that are unique to the show, advice from experts, and help on how to grow your own plants and vegetables.Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Chatsworth Country Fair1st-2nd Sept
The Country Fair hosts one of the largest Horse Driving meets of the year, one of the biggest hot air balloon lifts in the country after Bristol.Chatsworth, Derbyshire

World Bellyboard Championships2nd Sept
10th annual competition based on the earliest form of surfboarding.Chapel Porth, Cornwall

St Giles Fair3rd-4th Sept
The Fair evolved from the St Giles’ parish wake of the early seventeenth century, which later became known as St Giles’ Feast. It is now a large funfair in the town.St Giles’, Oxford

Blenheim Palace Horse Trials6th-9th Sept
Famous horse events with show jumping, cross country events and various country fairs and stalls.Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Findon Sheep Fair and Village Festival7th-8th Sept
Friday Night begins with a funfair on the green then a barn dance and curry in the marquee. Saturday is the fair itself, with craft stalls, sheep displays, sheep judging and other displays on the green.Findon, West Sussex

Windsor Driving7th-9th Sept
Three days of horse driving trials in Windsor Great Park, along with dog championships and a classic car display.Windsor, Berkshire

The Sheriff’s Ride8th Sept
The Ride dates from Queen Mary’s Charter of 1553 in which Lichfield was separated from Staffordshire and made a separate County with a right to appoint its own Sheriff.Lichfield, Staffordshire

Hop Hoodening8th Sept
Expect Morris men accompanied by the Hooden Horses and lots of hops from the local harvest. The Hop Queen will arrive amidst a bower constructed of hop-bines and everyone makes their way into the CathedralCanterbury, Kent

Carshalton Straw Jack8th Sept
A straw figure made from the previous year’s harvest is paraded around town then burnt at the end of the day.Carshalton, Surrey

Newent Onion Fayre8th Sept
As the world’s only event of its kind dedicated to the onion family, visitors have enjoyed fun-filled fayres of live music, entertainment, street stalls and shows for centuries, and this year is hoping to surpass all others.Newent, Gloucestershire

Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival8th Sept
The Festival is open to everyone and over 40 crews are expected to battle it out over the 200m race course, watched by several hundred spectators.Fen Ditton, Cambridge

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival8th-9th Sept
All the usual favourite food and craft stalls will be there with a few new additions and lots of great music on both daysSturminster Newton, Dorset

Duxford Air Show8th-9th Sept
In an outstanding aerial spectacle, the very best historic and modern aircraft display in the skies over this famous airfield.Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Malpas Yesteryear Rally8th-9th Sept
Annual rally since 1972 with steam engines, heavy horses, working demonstrations and rural crafts.Malpas, Cheshire

Abbots Bromley Horn Dance10th Sept
The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, performed at the Barthelmy Fair in August 1226, is one of the few ritual rural customs to survive the passage of time. After collecting the horns from the church, the Horn Dancers perform their dance at locations throughout the village and its surrounding farms and pubs.Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire

Westmorland County Show13th Sept
The Westmorland County Show is one of the largest one day Agricultural Shows in the country and certainly one of the oldest.Milnthorpe, Cumbria

Bedfordshire Steam & Country Fayre14th-16th Sept
Country fair with steam engines, heavy horses, fair, fairground and flying displays.Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Goodwood Revival14th-16th Sept
Well-known faces from most motor sport disciplines will be in action at this year’s Goodwood Revival, including Formula One stars, rally winners, endurance racing champions, tin top tearaways and top bikers.Goodwood, West Sussex

Egremont Crab Fair’s Gurning Contest15th Sept
Egremont Crab Fair and Sports was established in 1267, which makes it one of the oldest fairs in the world. It combines ancient and traditional events with modern attractions – and the famous gurning contest.Egremont, Cumbria

RAF Leuchars Air Show15th Sept
A celebration of 100 years of aviation from North East Fife, along with static displays, fairs, and stalls.St Andrews, Fife

Grand Henham Steam Rally15th-16th Sept
Steam engine rally and country fair with displays, rural crafts, helicopter flights and vintage fairground.Southwold, Suffolk

Midland Game and Country Fair15th-16th Sept
Renowned as the annual meeting place for country sports enthusiasts, the Midland has evolved into a comprehensive countryside event that now attracts more than 90,000 visitors.Weston Park, Shropshire

Salute to the ’40s15th-16th Sept
1940s themed event at the naval heritage centre – includes a big gun firing by a 1940s Royal Navy destroyer at noon.Chatham, Kent

The Berkshire County Show15th-16th Sept
Country fair with horse driving, pig showing skills; taste Britain’s finest foods and watch cookery demonstrations; sample the best craft and watch traditional crafts in action.Newbury, Berkshire

The Festival of the Plough16th Sept
Attractions include horse ploughing, vintage tractor ploughing, steam ploughing, static tractor display, vintage cars, craft tent, poultry exhibition, model display, stationary engines, terrier racing.Epworth, North Lincs.

Brambles Bank Cricket Match17th Sept
Annual cricket match carried out at low tide on a sand-bank in the middle of the Solent.Portsmouth, Hampshire

Stone Skimming Championships23rd Sept
The championships are held every year on the last Sunday in September. Anyone of any age and any level of skill can enter. Each competitor is allowed 3 skims using specially selected Easdale slate skimming stones.Oban, Argyll, Scotland.

Surrey Ploughing Match23rd Sept
There are ploughing competitions which draw up to around 85 ploughmen, including heavy horse ploughing.Eashing, Surrey

Annual Clypping Service23rd Sept
The clergy of St Mary’s Church will encircle the church and dance will walking around the church – part of a restored ancient tradition.Painswick, Gloucester

Hovercraft Racing29th Sept
Set in the grounds of Claydon House this popular course has a testing mix of fast straights and technical sections making it a real challenge. The fast water straight is right in front of the spectator viewing area, getting you as close as possible to the action.Claydon House, Buckinghamshire

Burgess Hill Bonfire Society29th Sept
Several processions through the town with flaming fire carts (barrels), and a bonfire at the end along with fireworks.Burgess Hill, Sussex

Southwell Ploughing Match & Show29th Sept
The show represents all the really important interests of agriculture from horse ploughing through the vintage years to the modern day tractor, a variety of livestock, static displays and trade stands.Kneesall, Nottinghamshire


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