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September Festival and Events Roundup

An overview of events and festivals throughout the UK during September


Tour of Britain cycle race

Tour of Britain cycle race


September - Hope for Summer's Last Hurrah

September is mild but noticeably cooler and slightly wetter than the summer months. Bring layers, a rain hat and an umbrella to cope with any eventuality. Mornings and evenings are quite cool and often surprisingly bright compared to the rest of the day. Though it rains - at least a little bit - one day out of three in England - more in Scotland and Wales - if you're lucky, you could be treated to a rare blast of Indian Summer.

Average September Climate

  • High - 64°F (17.5°C)
  • Low - 49°F (9.3°C)
  • Average daily hours of sunshine - 4.5
  • Average monthly rainfall - 2.9" (73.4mm)
  • High - 57°F (14°C)
  • Low - 45°F (7°C)
  • Average daily hours of sunshine - 3.48
  • Average monthly rainfall - 5.5" (140mm)
  • High - 61°F (16°C)
  • Low - 48°F (9°C)
  • Average daily hours of sunshine - 4.19
  • Average monthly rainfall - 4.9" (124mm)

Check out average temperatures and rainfall throughout the year, all around the UK.

September Daylight

Now days will be getting noticeably shorter. Compared to the 17 to 19 hours of daylight in July, expect about 12 1/2 to 12 3/4 between sunrise and sunset and between 13 1/2 to 15 hours of useable daylight. Toward the end of the the month, some attractions may reduce their opening hours, but for the most part, gardens and other attractions still operate summer schedules.

September Highlights

Music, Literature and The Arts

Heritage Festivals

Food and Drink

As Britain shakes off its dated reputation for bad food and celebrity chefs proliferate - on television, in the press, in restaurants and gastropubs - the food festival has become a mainstay of the tourism calendar in communities all over the country.

Ranging from an afternoon under a marquee to ten days in venues all over a county, the typical festival features:

  • tastings
  • sampling of restaurant dishes
  • opportunities to buy local product and specialities
  • discounts or events at local restaurants
  • cooking demonstrations and master classes.
Here are some of the festivals on in September, 2008:


  • The Goodwood Revival Classic, pre-1966 motor cars compete for spectators dressed as classic pre-1966 guys and dolls, with classic pre-1966 booze and grub as well.

    Weird and Wonderful

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