3 September 2015

5 reasons to get out and about this september

Early Autumn
The smell of early Autumn is in the air, well to be honest it's been in the air for awhile after our "damp" summer! Still September is a fabulous month, the trees are starting to change colour, sometimes the weather can be fantastic and the fields and gardens are being harvested. So as was the case last month and will for each continuing month thereafter Sketches is offering up reasons to get outside and into the fresh air, embracing the smells and sounds of this month of change. 
"Apples" by Gavin Darvell


A is for Apples 
September really is the month for fresh produce in the UK. And the fruit that for me really represents this season is the apple. So why not have a go at apple picking if you're not fortunate enough to have your own trees. There are many places where you can pick seasonal apples, so why not find your local apple farmer that offers this and take the family for a fun day out. If cider is your thing then seek out a cider festival, there are many. For example The Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival where you can taste one of the UK's great drinks. 


O is for Open House
If you are visiting London this September then why not take advantage of Open House. On the 19th - 20th September many famous and architecturally interesting places throw open their doors to allow you a glimpse into often restricted buildings. The Bank of England? 10 Downing street? The Gherkin? There's plenty to choose from and well worth adding to your itinerary when you visit the capital. Check the link for more information Open House London and its free! 

The Gherkin by Gavin Darvell
H is for Harvest
September is the time when the harvest is traditionally celebrated and there is no better way to taste the delights of what the UK can offer than visiting a food fair, produce show or if inclined a harvest festival celebration in one of our many churches throughout September. Rural produce shows are a great way to see what makes a village or area tick. You walk around and marvel at vast array of vegetables and fruits thinking "How did they grow that pumpkin to be that big!?" Or "What's the secret of your Victoria sponge?" Quintessentially British but what a great way to get a feel for our rural heritage.

R is for Rugby 
September sees the arrival of the Rugby World Cup to England's shores, starting on Sept 18th. Venues across the country are hosting this prestigious event. From Brighton to Newcastle, rugby fever will be in full swing (pardon the pun) throughout September and into October. Whatever your team it's time to embrace the tournament, whether you're going to the game or watching it in a pub or sports bar. 

F is for Festivals
It may be September but festival season continues from classical to folk and rock. From Bestival on the Isle of Wight to Proms in the Park in London. The music just keeps on flowing..

Lets get out there
So whether visiting or a resident there's plenty to get us off our feet and out and about. I love the early autumn, warm days and misty evenings. The trees starting to change colour, the harvesting of our fields. The changing season is one we should embrace. I'm sure I've missed many other things to do, so why not let me know. Would be great to hear from you. 

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