MORE Fantastic Events and Where to Find Them
The end of summer may be in sight, but there’s still plenty going on across the region. Here are Michael Graham’s top picks for events and attractions guaranteed to provide some late summer fun.
Evenley Fete and Dog Show, Northamptonshire, Saturday 2nd September. Dogs far and wide bring their owners to this quintessentially English fete on the village green, with dog agility classes back this year by popular demand. If you don’t have a pooch, any pet is welcome in the Not The Dog Show. Michael Graham are hoping their cow #Michaela will give last year’s cats and alpacas a run for their money. With dancers, children’s games and a tea and beer tent on the green, what better way to bid farewell to the summer? From midday to 4pm, Evenley village green.
Heritage Open Days 7th-10th September. England’s largest heritage festival sees attractions far and wide throwing open their doors free of charge to celebrate our history, architecture and culture. Bletchley Park, the once top-secret home of the World War Codebreakers, has a limited amount of tickets offered free on each of the four days. Entry is free to National Trust property Stowe on the Saturday and to Hertford Castle on the Sunday, with castle visitors able to explore the dungeons and watch battle re-enactments. Search www.heritageopendays.org.uk to find a participating venue near you.
Open House London 16th-17th September. Further afield but well worth a trip, this annual weekend offers the chance to explore some of the capital’s best buildings and most secret venues. From private homes and government buildings to historic sites, tours are on offer and amazingly it’s all free! Some tours need to be pre-booked at www.openhouselondon.org.uk otherwise just turn up on the day.
Woburn Abbey Honey Festival, Saturday 30th September. A celebration of honey, against the stunning backdrop of Woburn Abbey and Gardens. The Bedfordshire Beekeeper’s Association will be holding their annual honey show, with demonstrations and talks on beekeeping. Stock up on candles after watching them being made. The Festival is included in entrance to Woburn Abbey Gardens.
Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire and The Natural History Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire have collaborated to bring you Creatures and Creations. Waddesdon is displaying this vibrant exhibition, including a giant tortoise on loan from Tring. Museum admission is free and entry to the exhibition at Waddesdon free with entry to the grounds. Open throughout September.