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Things to do in September

21 August 2018
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Jamie Bellinger
Things To Do

Autumn may be just around the corner, but summer still has plenty to give at our historic places throughout September. Our programme of events is in full swing, with something for all ages wherever you are in England. Plus there’s guides to summer walks, a chance to build the ultimate castle in Minecraft and much more.

Did you know? 🤔

  • Queen Elizabeth I was born on 7 September 1533. She visited Kenilworth Castle in the summer of 1575, which had been extensively developed by Robert Dudley in an attempt to ‘woo’ the queen.
  • On 4 September 1962, the Beatles started their first recording session at Abbey Road Studios in London. Many famous musicians are commemorated with blue plaques throughout the city, including John Lennon.
  • Stonehenge was bought at auction for £6,600 on 21 September 1915, by local landowner Cecil Chubb who three years later gave it to the nation. He reportedly only went to the auction to buy some dining chairs!

1. Step into history with unmissable events this month 🎫

Our summer season of events continues this month, and there are amazing experiences to be had at historic places wherever you are in England.

Classic Cars, Audley End House, Essex – Sun 9 September
Rev your engines and enjoy a charming collection of classic cars on display at Audley End. Admire the motors parked up on the lawn with this decadent Jacobean mansion house as a backdrop. Discover what it takes to take care of your dream motor. Meet the proud owners, ask your questions and learn more about the cars.

Outdoor Cinema, Brodsworth Hall, Yorkshire – Fri 21 & Sat 22 September (doors 7.30pm) – BOOK ONLINE
Calling all film fanatics – join us for our first ever outdoor cinema evenings at Brodsworth Hall. Grab a spot on an inflatable sofa, settle down in a deck chair or bring a blanket, then sit back to enjoy a movie under the stars. We’ll be showing the following films:

  • Friday 21 September: Beauty and the Beast (sing-along)
  • Saturday 22 September: The Greatest Showman

Medieval Falconry, Witley Court, Worcestershire – Sat 29 & Sun 30 September
Gaze skywards in awe as hawks and falcons soar above the spectacular ruin of Witley Court. Discover the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds and hear the stories and legends from medieval times.

Illuminating Rievaulx, Rievaulx Abbey, Yorkshire – Fri 28 to Sun 30 September – BOOK ONLINE 
See Rievaulx Abbey in a whole new light for the very first time. For three nights only the ruins will shine bright with coloured lights. Explore the abbey after dark, toast marshmallows in the fire pit and have a go at playing a tune on the illumaharp – a giant illuminated electronic instrument.

Explore our full programme of events


2. Walk between England’s greatest castles 🚶

This year we’re celebrating England’s castles, and scenic walks are a great way to explore them for yourself. Whether it’s a challenging hike from Dover Castle to Deal Castle along the dramatic white cliffs, or a gentler countryside stroll from Helmsley Castle to Rievaulx Abbey, our walking guides have everything you need.

Find a castle walk near you

Visitors enjoying the panoramic views from Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire

Visitors enjoying the panoramic views from Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire

3. Build your own historical castle in Minecraft 💎

Last month, we teamed up with the experts at Blockworks to recreate Kenilworth Castle in Minecraft. Built as it may have looked in 1575 when Queen Elizabeth I visited, every detail has been carefully thought out.

Join YouTuber GeminiTay in the video below to explore this amazing creation. Then have a go at building your own on our public server with her top 10 tips for success. The server is open until the end of September.

🏰 Love Castles?

Support our Crowdfunder campaign to protect England’s castles for future generations, and claim your reward. Choose from exclusive postcards, private castle tours or even the opportunity to fire a cannon.

4. Ace that history homework 📚

It’s back-to-school month, and a new academic year brings new curriculum areas to cover. What better way to engage with the past than family days out in the places where history happened?

See places and artefacts spanning more than 6,000 years. Try your hand at historic skills and crafts. Meet people from the past, from Roman soldiers to Victorian servants.

And visiting a historic site doesn’t need to cost a fortune. We’ve highlighted just some of the places where you can enjoy a day out with the whole family for under £20.


5. Step into the ‘splendidly ugly’ world of Sir Julius Wernher

The elegant Georgian villa, Ranger’s House in Greenwich, is home to one of Europe’s finest private art collections, the diverse acquisitions of Sir Julius Wernher.

This summer, the house opened to general public access for the first time, allowing you to explore Wernher’s collection of often ‘splendidly ugly’ (his words) objects. Highlights from the collection include a gold earring in the shape of Victory, the Greek goddess of war, dating back to 2 BC; an exquisitely-carved pendant in the shape of a skull from around 1500 and an enameled jug depicting the Greek god Triton.

Find out more and plan your visit

Dr Sarah Moulden holding the memento mori pendant

Dr Sarah Moulden holding the memento mori pendant

History through your lens last month 📷

With plenty of sunshine days in August, lots of you shared your photos of days out with us during the month. One of our favourites was this fabulous shot from @martina_lw of poodle Lord Colonel “surveying his ha-has” at Audley End House in Essex.

What a proud pooch.

We love to see your photos. Share with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #englishheritage. We might even ask to feature your picture here next month.

  • About the Author

    Jamie Bellinger
    Jamie is a writer and editor at English Heritage.