The Best Things to do This September
Updated: Sep 11, 2020
With life almost back to normal, although some of our most loved events have been postponed, some were able to still go ahead and are safe to do so. Some events have adapted and will be taking things online instead for a digital exclusive before their active return in 2021 and we will be there to support them.
We know you have been cooped up inside for most of the summer months and are keen to get out so we won’t stand in your way! With September events looking ready to welcome us with open arms, we look forward to reuniting and catching up with friends and family members who we have not seen in months (with masks at the ready of course).
Participate in a charity run or be entertained by one of many outdoor theatrical performances, here are our top things for you to attend this month!
28th August to 12th September 2020 - London
Head over to the South East of London to find the wonderful Greenwich and surrounding communities, which hosts an annual performing arts festival in its remarkable streets and landscapes. This year they aim to celebrate the NHS Hero's, togetherness and the environment in what's set to be a remarkable show. Safe to say they have a lot of iconic outdoor settings to stage these engaging theatre shows including the Cutty Sark and the many museums. After last year winning a local award for excellence in creativity and culture they are only going to be bringing the high quality back again.
28th August to 12th September 2020 - Online
This fantastic orchestral masterpiece celebrates its 125th year and is set to take place in the Royal Albert Hall for a two week finale of the season. It is however unlikely that the performance will be accessible live this year due to public safety restrictions on live music instead the hope is for it to be streamed on BBC iPlayer with added extras and a mix of pieces from the archives for you to relive some iconic moment in classical music.
September - Hoxton Docks, London
Performers of The Royal Ballet can wait no longer for the stages to reopen and are itching to show you their work whilst remaining socially distanced (hence the name). Find them canalside on a floating stage for exclusive live performances for you to watch from the towpath opposite throughout weekends in September (5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th)
Check out their instagram for more images and amazing video content!
Photograph: Andrej Uspenski/@dancersdairy
1st to 30th September 2020 - London
The Thames is the heart and soul of our capital and it’s banks are thriving with life. Totally Thames celebrates this wonderful river in a month long festival of arts, culture and activities for all. Learn about its history and importance in a mixture of walks, talks and digital workshops with a programme of over 40 different events throughout September. We are most looking forward to finding out about its heritage as well as walking down The Line, London's first dedicated public art walk.
Check out The Lifestyle Guides blog on Totally Thames Part One! Part Two to follow in the next edition.
4th to 6th September 2020 - Online
This years’ Freedom Festival will be coming to you in the comfort of your own home with an online programme of spoken word, interactive art and live music broadcast straight to your doorstep. The Festival originated in the City of Hull carries powerful themes which are portrayed through artist movements, theatre and sounds. They will be inspiring families to get creative and participate virtually with acts with a full Freedom at Home weekend schedule.
4th to 6th, 11th to 13th and 18th to 20th September - Henley, Knebworth and Tunbridge Wells
Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge is hosting a socially distanced festival combining music and exquisite catering for you to go wild with your car sharing clan. With amazing artists including Kaiser Chiefs, Gabrielle and even Toploader who will have you dancing in the moonlight in your own private area. If you can’t attend the parties, Tom also has a Drive and Dine theatre and comedy tour to look out for.
4th September 2020 to 3rd January 2021 - Blackpool
The annual lights festival has been taking place since 1879 and is full of atmosphere and magic. Social distancing is nothing to worry about here as the lights are enjoyed through your own car windows. Drive along the promenade and see the dazzling display that sparkles along the coast for the winter months. The perfect way to spend an evening with the children whilst also reliving your own childhood memories.
4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th September 2020, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th and 18th October 2020 - Islington
Islington Square will be hosting a new temporary food market in its lavish quarters. With the best local, ethical and sustainable food stalls and Mix & Muddle whipping up their speciality cocktails.
Opens 11th September - Museum of London
The biggest collection of the Bronze Age is coming to the Museum of London this September. The hoard was discovered in Havering and will now be a part of the museum’s major exhibit. There is a total of 453 objects dated from between 800 to 900 BC.
12th to 20th September 2020 - London
Be in awe at the projects that cover the landscapes across London at the Design Festival. Look into the future with incredible work from students and creatives promoting London as the design capital of the world. Innovative designers are educating a different perspective with incredible and thought-provoking structures that are a must-see experience.
12th to 13th September 2020 - Kew Gardens and Richmond
We were sad to hear that the Great North Run is no no longer going ahead this year, instead they are running a virtual campaign to complete 40 days worth of solo runs to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event. Should you miss the momentous feeling of support and togetherness that usually comes with running a race, there is a series of runs you can participate in including a Marathon and a Family Fun Run taking place in Kew Gardens and Richmond. With the theme of the ‘Rainbow’ to thank the courageous NHS staff, it is a great cause for celebration, best of luck.
19th to 20th September 2020 - London
Get behind usually closed doors in London's most prestigious exclusive weekend. Over 800 buildings open their doors to the public for free to explore and learn about their great architecture, planning and infrastructure. Professionals host tours and will be educating us on the history and secrets of these buildings and help inspire our future generations. There are so many places to see, it’s not to be missed.
18th to 22nd September 2020 - London and Online
Top designers showcase the latest fashion trends to an international audience at the second fashion week of the year. They have promised both physical and virtual viewings of the catwalk shows which are a haven for upcoming creatives and influencers. See the likes of world class designers as well as the fresh new faces to look out for.