Special Days in September
Special days in September
The frenzy of summer activities is now beginning to abate. For people not tied to a normal weekday working routine, there are some great special offers and deals around, plus this can be the time to visit the really popular places that can be just too crowded in the summer school holidays.
But even if you can only have special days out at weekends, there is still a host of lovely things happening in September for everyone.
Cruising: For anyone interesting in cruising, the Telegraph Cruise Show could be interesting. The Telegraph Cruise Show is being held at Manchester Central, M2 3GX, on the 7th and 8th September, in Birmingham NEC, B40 1NT and the 21st and 22nd September. www.cruisingshow.co.uk
Food and drink: If you are interested in food and drink (and who isn’t!!), then Aldeburgh in Suffolk is holding a Food and Drink Festival at the nearby Snape Maltings on September 28th and 29th. Lots of hands-on workshops including bread making and wine tasting. www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk
History: Now the summer rush is over, September might be the time to visit the hugely popular Life and Death in Pompeii exhibition at the British Museum in London. It is on until September 29th and has been put together in a fascinating way including bringing back to life the bustling streets of the Roman Empire. www.britishmuseum.org
September the 14th is a date everyone across the country should mark in their diary - the day will see many National Trust properties throwing open their doors totally free of charge.
The event is Heritage Open Days with the National Trust, and has been organised to celebrate England’s most amazing historic places. It highlights everyone who has played a key role in our heritage, including the homes of artists and architects, diarists and journalists, monarchs, and everyman.
As part of Heritage Open Days 2013, many National Trust places are showcasing rarely seen rooms, parts of the house and hidden gems.
This includes places such as A la Ronde in Devon and Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, both of which recently featured on the ITV documentary series “Britain’s Secret Treasures”, hosted by Michael Buerk.
Here are just some of the places that you can visit for free as part of Heritage Open Day on Saturday September 14th 2013...........
A la Ronde, Devon
It wasn’t only gentlemen who undertook the ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe in the 18th century; cousins Jane and Mary Parminter also travelled abroad, and on their return commissioned this unique, 16-sided house. Containing many wonderful objects and mementoes from their travels, the house was also showcased on the recent ITV “Secret Treasure’s” documentary. A la Ronde will be opening its doors for free on this weekend and there will be lots of trails, costumes, garden games and craft activities for all to enjoy.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01395 265514.
Birmingham Back to Backs, West Midlands
Step back in time to the atmospheric experience of Birmingham’s last surviving court of back to back houses. The intimate insight into the lives of former residents reveals some unexpected curiosities and will take you on a journey in time, from the 1840s through to the 1970s, with lots of sounds and smells from the past. You can visit the ground floors of the houses as well as share a few interesting stories around the privies and wash house. On the day visitors will have the opportunity to book onto the regular guided tours and there will be various craft activities in the courtyard for families.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 0121 622 2442.
Explore the birthplace and artwork of Northumberland's most famous artist Thomas Bewick. A revolutionary wood engraver and naturalist, who changed print art forever in Georgian England, see his craft brought to life with traditional printing demonstrations and exhibitions. You can also get a taste for life growing up on a small Northumberland farm.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01661 843276.
Polesden Lacey, Surrey
This country retreat with breathtaking views of the Surrey Hills, is the perfect space for relaxing with friends and family. Once home to the famous Edwardian hostess Mrs. Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time, the house is a place of contrasts, with both a touch of Edwardian elegance and muddy countryside walks. At Polesden there are always things for families to do, whether it's giant games in the Orchard, an interactive trail, dressing up or just running around outside. Older kids also will love the popular geocaching trail.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01372 452048.
Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire
Birthplace and family home to world-famous scientist Sir Isaac Newton, Woolsthorpe Manor will be opening for free on this weekend. Highlighted on the recent ITV “Secret Treasure’s” documentary, visitors will be able to discover the house and see it furnished as it might have been in Newton's 1665-6 'year of wonders'. During this time he split white light into colours and saw the apple fall from the tree that spurred on his thinking about gravity. You will also be able to explore some of Newton’s ideas in the Science Discover Centre.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01476 860338.
Old School, Mausoleum and Tower at the Blickling Estate, Norfolk
For four centuries, the 4,700 acre Blickling Estate has been at the heart of the Norfolk community, offering a home to many – from the famous Boleyn family to the RAF in more recent times. For this year’s Heritage Open Days a wealth of period buildings on the Estate will be opening their doors, which are not normally open to the public. This includes the Old School, built in 1867 for local children by Lady Constance Lothian, owner of the Blickling Estate at the time. Visitors will also be able to see inside the unique pyramid Mausoleum and also the Tower, which was designed for watching horse racing in Tower Park.
Charges will still apply for admission into Blickling Hall and Gardens.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01263 738030.
Corfe Castle, Dorset
One of Britain’s most iconic and evocative ruins, be captivated by the romance and breathtaking views of Corfe Castle. The inspiration for ‘Kirren Castle’ in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books, it remains a place to allow imagination to come to life. With over 1,000 years of history as a royal palace and fortress, tales of treachery and treason lurk around every corner. There will also be lots of free activities available to do on the day, including brass rubbings.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01929 481294.
Enter the world of Lord Armstrong for free this weekend – Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. Cragside was a wonder of its age – the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity and crammed full of ingenious gadgets. The grounds are just as wonderful; with one of the largest rock gardens in Europe leading down to the Iron Bridge, which has superb views across the surroundings.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01669 620333.
Sizergh Castle and Garden, Cumbria
With more than 700 years of history, Sizergh Castle has been the much loved medieval family home to the Strickland family. Filled with centuries-old portraits and 1,600 acres of garden to explore, visit for free as part of the Heritage Open Days weekend and discover this unexpected treasure at the gateway to the Lake District.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 015395 60951.
Wordsworth House and Garden, Cumbria
At this beautiful, homely property you can step back to the 1770s and experience the birthplace and childhood home of William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. A living Georgian townhouse with a walled kitchen garden, fascinating working kitchen, live costumed interpretation, and a replica 1720s harpsichord, all of which help to bring this delightful house to life.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01900 824805.
Bateman’s, East Sussex
Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th century house, with its secluded garden, provided a much needed sanctuary to Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling. Explore the spacious garden, working watermill and countryside walks, quizzes and Jungle Book trails.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01435 882302.
Hill Top, Cumbria
Mrs Tiggy Winkle, Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck; all familiar names to most of us, but what about the woman that created them? Take the family to Hill Top for free and discover the beloved home of author Beatrix Potter. A time capsule to her life, there are still many of her possessions and favourite things dotted around the house, and her garden kept as it was in her lifetime.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 015394 36269.
Visit Overbeck’s garden to discover his exotic, hidden garden with banana and palm trees, and see Otto’s weird and wonderful inventions, including a giant Victorian musical box and a ‘rejuvenator’. The perfect day out for anyone who enjoy exploring, or the keen gardener who wants to be inspired or excited.
Booking is not required, for more information please call 01548 842893. www.heritageopendays.org.uk
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