Ideas for family days out in September

Brilliant ideas for family days out and activities for children and parents to go to around the UK this month.

Horrible Histories: Rotten Rationing Big Picture Show, Manchester
All month
Daily at 11am (11am and 2pm, weekends) enjoy an immersive family show about food and the second world war, from the makers of the hugely entertaining books and TV show Horrible Histories, at the Imperial War Museum North.

Family Bat Night, Lanark
Saturday September 7
Take an evening walk around Craignethan Castle near Lanark in Scotland, looking and listening for bats. A great activity for curious explorers.

The Great River Race, London
Saturday September 7
For a fun day out with the kids head down to the Thames for this free event in London. Teams dress up and row in all kinds of wacky vessels in the Great River Race, from Docklands to Ham (near Richmond). It’s due to pass under Tower Bridge at 12.10pm and Westminster Bridge at 12.25pm so position yourself along the South Bank around noon and watch the action for free.

Roald Dahl Day, Cardiff
Sunday September 8
To mark the much loved author’s birthday, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay is hosting a free day of crafts, stories and activities for children on Roald Dahl Day.


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Widecombe Fair, Widecombe
Tuesday September 10
One of the most fun and colorful celebrations of agriculture and the countryside, Widecombe Fair on Dartmoor in Devon is an annual event running from 9am to late, so small children can go along and see animal displays earlier and older children or teenagers can join the festivities after school.

The Festival of Fire, Kilarney
Friday September 20 to Monday 23
This Irish town in Co Kerry plays host to a vibrant festival of artist blacksmiths creating all kinds wonderful ironworks. This is a fun family day out as there is plenty of music and dance to enjoy at the Festival of Fire, too.

Loch Ness Marathon, near Inverness
Sunday September 29
The Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running in Scotland also features lots of events for supporters and spectators to enjoy, including a children’s run called The Wee Nessie, entertainment, and a food fayre.

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