What’s on in September… Futon Company presents ideas from across the UK


Time flies, so they say, and with the nights drawing in and autumn on the horizon, it’s time to check out what’s on in September across the UK with Futon Company…


The Pantiles Harvest Food Festival
The next Pantiles Food & Drink Festival will take place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September 2015 and – as last year – will celebrate a seasonal Harvest Festival theme. Building on the success of past festivals which have enjoyed crowds of 10,000 people, culinary fans will be treated to the very best of Kent and Sussex produce on this additional autumn date. The Festival presents the best of the town’s culinary talent showcasing regional producers, local chefs and food businesses. Foodies will be treated to a delicious choice of locally-sourced treats from over 50 stalls positioned throughout the Pantiles.

Jazz on the Pantiles
Jazz on the Pantiles will run every Thursday evening throughout August to late September from 7pm. Acts for August include Over the Edge on the 6th, Sue Rivers on the 13th, Protect the Beat on the 20th and Volare Trio on the 27th. Listeners are asked to pay £2 towards the cost of musicians and event staff.

Food & Craft Market
The Food and Craft Market is located in The Pantiles, the historical centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells. It revives the tradition of an open air market staged at the venue several centuries ago and is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month between the hours of 9am and 5pm. The market features an excellent range of stalls selling high quality local produce, hot food, crafts, homewares and accessories. A visit to the Pantiles Food & Craft Market is an opportunity to experience the value of shopping at a local market in an attractive pedestrianised area surrounded by shops, cafes and eateries.

Historic Walk of Moulsham Street
Moulsham Street, named by the Saxons, is perhaps the oldest street in Chelmsford and has a past which predates the city centre. An historical walk, taking place on Sunday 20th September 2015, covers the history of the hamlet from before the Roman occupation, through Saxon and Medieval times up to the industrial revolution and the present day. Over time the street has seen many dramatic changes, but hidden away are some fine examples of its evolution. The walk starts at the Stone Bridge in the High Street next to Toni & Guy, CM2 0LR from 2-3.30pm. Booking essential. Price £5 per person. Email

Step Back in Time
Essex Record Office is running a four week course in the Conservation Studio to introduce locals to the world of bookbinding. Learn how to make your own books from scratch starting with a simple pamphlet style binding, working up to a sewn hardback book using traditional methods. From 15th September – 6th October every Monday from 6-8pm. Contact 01245 244 644.

Essex at War 1914-1918
Hylands House, Chelmsford, plays host to a weekend of special events for Heritage Open Days to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, exploring the impact of the war on Essex. Sunday 14th September 10am-4pm. Free. Contact 01245 244 644.

York Food & Drink Festival
York’s fabulous food festival returns again from 18th-27th September 2015. The Festival’s emphasis is on using diverse locations and engaging the community. The programme for 2015 includes events and restaurant offers, cookery school, chef demonstrations and competitions, taste trail and ale trail, wine tastings and drinks events, bars and live evening music, stands and street food and kids activities.

York Beer & Cider Festival
Organised by the Campaign for Real Ale and held at York Racecourse, YO24 1DJ, this fabulous Festival features more than 400 real ales and over 100 ciders. Housed in a spacious marquee on 16th-19th September 2015 with ample seating, a huge beer garden and a wide selection of food stalls.

Brilliant Brands: York Chocolate Through the Ages
Discover the history of York’s brilliant brands at this unique exhibition. While other British cities were built on steel, coal or wool, York’s fame and fortune have rested on chocolate for almost 300 years. World-famous brands including KitKat, Aero and Terry’s Chocolate Orange all originated from the historic city of York. This exciting exhibition held at King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD close to the Shambles and Shambles Market is open daily from 10am-6pm and runs from now until December 31st 2015.

The Railway Children
All aboard! The stunning adaptation of E.Nesbit’s classic novel returns to the National Railway Museum for summer 2015. Set in a new, purpose built 1000 seat venue, this breathtaking show, featuring the original locomotive from the film version is a truly unique theatrical experience. Running from now until Saturday 5th September 2015 at The Signal Box Theatre at the National Railway Museum with performances at 2pm and 7pm.

Mumbo Jumbo at Norwich Playhouse
Multi-award winning comedian Sean Hughes is back with a new show called Mumbo Jumbo. Throughout his life he has been battling to stay on the right side of sanity. This is because in middle age he has realised that the two sides of his brain are in constant conflict. There is common sense against mumbo jumbo, and mumbo jumbo seems to have the upper hand. The show consists of stories including being serenaded at the break of dawn by Robert Smith, trekking mountain gorillas in Rwanda and coming to the conclusion that he will never have a proper conversation with his dear mum. There will be a few poems and a 3 minute musical about ageing too. Age 16+. 17th September.

Behind Closed Doors Exhibition
For one year, Viscount and Viscountess Coke gave the removed Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins unrestricted access to their home and the estate. The result is a stunning collection of intimate photographs that portray the reality of living and working on the estate. This photographic exhibition portrays aspects of the estate that are rarely visible to visitors; a glimpse into a world that is both familiar and extraordinary, portraying how a young family, over 200 employees and 21 different businesses live and work together in one of England’s most beautiful landscapes. Holkham Hall Estate, Norfolk from now until 10th September 2015.

Artist Rooms Exhibition
This exciting exhibition showcases ground-breaking work by American artists Jeff Koons, widely regarded as one of the most important, influential, popular and controversial artists of our time. This is the only chance to see Koon’s work in the UK in 2015. Open now until 6th September at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

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New Farmers Market
New Farmer’s Market opening West Hill Wandsworth, bringing a range of farmers and producers to West Hill Primary School, Merton Road, every Sunday. Ideal for residents located in Wandsworth, East Putney and Southfields. Lots of free parking and loads of space for kids to play. All farms are based within 150 miles of London and everyone is visited prior to acceptance. Every Sunday 1-am-2pm.

Ghost Hunting at Stanley Palace
One of the most reported paranormal occurrences at Stanley Palace is the figure of a hooded man walking around the older parts of the building. Witnesses have claimed that the figure is that of one of the Dominican Friars. The spirit of a woman wearing a 17th century style cartwheel farthingdale dress has been seen walking the corridors of the building as if looking for something or someone. Join Simply Ghost Nights as we investigate who this lost soul could be. Ghost Hunts & Paranormal Ghost Hunting at Stanley Palace, Cheshire on 5th September 2015 from 9pm until 3am. £39 per person.

Chester Lakes Family Fun Fest 2015
Come along and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Chester Lakes on Saturday 12th September 2015 from 11am-10.30pm. Chill and enjoy a full day of music and entertainment with seven live bands including Sinners, The Fuse, Superfly and JackFlash.

New World Wine Tasting
Discover some amazing wines from the New World; embark on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, South America, the USA and South Africa to discover how these ever-developing wine regions of the world are evolving. Enjoy wine and food pairing at its best with a four course lunch included. At Restaurant 1539, 9 Nuns Road, Chester, CH1 2LY on 19th September.
Oxford Castle Unlocked Jailbreak
In 1952, Oxford’s finest detectives were confounded by the disappearance of prisoner number D42. Can you solve the ingenious puzzles and clues left behind, solving the jailbreak in under an hour? If you have the cunning and creativity to escape from a REAL prison cell, then the top of the tower will be unlocked for you to make your escape! Jailbreak is a locked room puzzle game for 3-5 players (suitable for cunning 10 year olds and above), perfect for team building, corporate away days, stag and hen parties, birthday parties…or just for fun. To arrange, call +44(0)845 070 6255.

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
2015 will be the 25th annual running of the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. The competition is now firmly established in the eventing calendar, attracting the world’s best riders and thousands of spectators. Events include dressage, cross country, show jumping and capability cutting. 17th-20th September 2015.

Steam Trains in the Chilterns
A chance to explore the quintessential country branch line in the style of the Great Western Railway in its heyday, operating restored steam locomotives. Join at Chinnor Station for the seven mile round trip along the bottom of the Chiltern Hills. Trains depart 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm. September 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th 2015.
Doors Open Day
Edinburgh Doors Open Day is your chance to explore some of Edinburgh’s architecturally and culturally significant buildings – all for free. From heritage landmarks to the city’s newest architecture, Doors Open Day offers free access to properties that are either not usually open to the public or would normally charge an entry fee. The event also offers the public an opportunity to find out more about the capital’s public buildings.

Riding of the Marches
The Edinburgh Riding of the Marches will be held on Sunday 13th September 2015 and culminates in a spectacular cavalcade of over 250 horses making its way up the historic Royal Mile towards Mercat Cross.

CycleFest Edinburgh
CycleFest Edinburgh is the inaugural event taking place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, 19th-20th September. More than a show, this is a celebration of cycling within a festival experience for the whole family to enjoy, whether you are a cycling novice or experienced rider. CycleFest 2015 will offer a multitude of exhibitors, features, displays, all located both indoors and outdoors over a weekend of cycling fun.

Bristol Open Doors Day
Bristol Open Doors Day is a once-a-year chance to look behind closed doors and discover the city’s hidden treasures. You can explore fascinating buildings, join guided tours and enjoy a range of events and activities – all free for the day. Join us for a fantastic celebration of Bristol’s history, architecture and culture. Saturday 12th September 2015.

Bristol Half Marathon
The 2015 Bristol Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 13th September 2015. For enquiries about the online registration or details about the race, call the Race Hotline 01782 396 113 or email

Apple Day
Apple Day Brighton, hosted by Brighton Permaculture Trust, has been growing annually from strength to strength and has quickly become established as an annual date for the diary. 27th September 2015 promises a bumper year of harvest filled fun including: the chance to buy delicious homemade and French produce, delicious food and drink from the ever popular Apple Cafe, cocktails and mocktails, orchard tours, display of Sussex apple varieties, apple identification and more.

Fiery Foods UK Chilli Festival 2015
The Fiery Foods Festival is nearly here – and it’s bigger and better than ever before! The show where pain is pleasure and pleasure pain…Make sure you don’t miss FFUK Infamous Chilli-eating contests and National Chilli Awards. 19th and 20th September 2015 at Victoria Gardens, Brighton.

The D.H.Lawrence Festival of Culture
From now until September 19th 2015, celebrate one of the UK’s most controversial authors in his hometown of Eastwood. A programme of talks, exhibitions, readings, special events and workshops will explore the different facets of D.H.Lawrence’s works and personalities. Previous events have seen special exhibitions of some of his rare writings and paintings.

Nottingham World Music Family Festival
You are invited to the first Nottingham World Music Family Festival. Taking place on the historical Sneinton Market Square on Saturday 5th September from 2pm until 9pm. Live sets including Eastern European contemporary folk, contemporary reggae-soul, dub, ska and Latin grooves. Free entry.

Heritage Open Day
Heritage Open Day celebrates history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore. Come and celebrate Heritage Open Day 2015 at the Galleries of Justice Museum over the weekend of 12th and 13th September. Take a historic Lace Market Tour with the Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and discover the secrets of the past as the ancient buildings are brought to life in the fascinating actor-led tour.

Ocean City Festival
World famous for its long seafaring and maritime history, Plymouth’s links with the ocean still influence almost every aspect of city life – from food, leisure and tourism to cutting-edge marine research. The Ocean City Festival brings a brilliant programme of events, activities and entertainment running throughout September which will offer something for everyone. Whether you take to the water in a kayak, get up close to our incredible marine wildlife, follow the exciting film festival or just enjoy the sea air and some locally caught scallops, you’re bound to be impressed. Saturday 5th to Sunday 27th September 2015.

Sky Ride History & Heritage
Plymouth City Council in partnership with Sky and British Cycling are hosting weekly group cycling activities throughout the summer. Sky Ride local rides are fun, free community bike rides that offer a great way of getting out and exploring your local area and meeting like-minded people. This ride is 12.2 miles long and is moderately paced from Devil’s Point. Overlooking Firestone Bay, Drake’s Island and Mount Edgcumbe, it takes in some of the wonderful parks and heritage sites of the old towns of Stonehouse and Devenport before meandering through the historic Barbican and climbing up towards the panoramic view from Plymouth Hoe.

Salsa Workshop for Beginners
The Incognito Dance Company presents a 3 hour Salsa Intensive Workshop Beginners and Improvers – the workshop will be split into levels. On Saturday 19th September 2015 from 2-5pm at Putney Salsa Club, Dancelab Ballroom, SW15 2RD. Cost £25. Call 07831 715 368.

Santus Circus
Circus with a French flavour from Le Cirque de France. Bringing exciting family entertainment to town, this year’s new show is titled The Edge. A traditional-style show for all the family. An all-human show featuring high wire, knife throwing, juggling, aerial silks, the Chinese pole, doubles trapeze, the nerve-tingling motorcycle Globe of Death and gentle, friendly clowning. Prices from £9. Lower Common, Lower Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 1HJ.

Argentine Tango Classes
Learn the improvised social artform of Argentine Tango with Leonardo and Tracey every Wednesday from 7.15-8pm. Basics and techniques for all levels with dancing until 11pm. Everyone welcome, no partner required. £10 per person for all evening at Kingston Working Men’s Club KT2 6ND. Starting 2nd September 2015.

Historical Tour of Kingston
Take a historical tour of Kingston on 13th September 2015 for just £5 per adult. A guided tour by a trained professional exploring the important sites of Kingston, meeting in the Ancient Market Place outside the Church Gates at 11am. Call 020 83990160.

Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today. Up to 10 people paddle each 30 foot boat with a drummer at the front beating time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course. No previous experience is required – just plenty of team spirit. Taking place on Saturday 12th September 2015 as part of the Cambridge Festival in aid of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.

Cambridge Film Festival
The 35th Cambridge Film Festival will take place from the 3rd to 13th September 2015. The Festival started out in 1977 as a small event that showcased a handful of films at the single screen Cambridge Arts Cinema and has since grown into one of the UK’s largest and most ambitious film events. This is now the third-longest running film festival in the UK, overtaken only by London and Edinburgh, and prides itself on not being a red carpet event, instead offering audiences and film-makers an intimate and approachable film festival unlike any other.

Open Cambridge
11th-13th September 2015 hosts ‘Open Cambridge’, a weekend of history, heritage and culture which grants a look in at colleges, churches, the mosque and museums as well as outliers like the Waterbeach waste management park, the fire station and more.


Brian Mellor’s Jazz Ramblers
Join the Solihull Trad Jazz Club at The Royal British Legion on 6th September and watch Brian Mellor’s Jazz Ramblers, with a great atmosphere, cheap drinks, raffle, large dance floor and parking. Tickets £7-8.

Farmer’s Market
A traditional farmers market full of local goods all produced within a 30 mile radius ensuring everything is fresh and local. 4th September at High Street, Solihull, B91 3W from 9am-5pm.

Reading Music Competition
Auditions for this exciting music competition in Reading, Open Mic, will take place on Sunday 13th September 2015, bought to you by Future Music who are responsible for bringing us acts such as Birdy, Jacob Banks, Lucy Spraggan, Jahmene Douglas and Luke Friend. The competition will be looking to find the UK’s best singer, duo, vocal group or rapper to be crowned the Best On the Mic 2015. The competition provides a platform to help acts get noticed and offers winners the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artists.

Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich in Concert
Star instrumentalists Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich will join players from Maiastra in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence in this concert which starts at 7.30pm on Sunday 13th September in the Mairlot Hall, St Teresa’s School. The programme also includes a Maistra performance of Mozart’s great String Quartet in G minor K516 and a duo, played by Nicola and Leonard, that will be announced from the stage. The concert will raise funds for the Aidan Woodcock charitable trust whose main objective is the organisation of chamber music courses, entirely free to the student participants.

International Ocean Film Festival
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean without getting your feet wet! This short film festival brings you the world’s most amazing ocean films from both above and below the surface. Brought to you by the producers of the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this extraordinary collection of films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray, who chase the crests of waves and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. 11th September 2015 at Exeter Corn Exchange.

The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain
Exeter Corn Exchange welcomes back the amazing Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain for two performances. Eight ukuleles, sixteen hands, thirty two strings, sixteen million minutes, one billion seconds, thirty years. They play ukuleles, they sing, they say funny things, they whistle, but they bring a lot more to the table than that. Exeter Corn Exchange on Saturday 19th September 2015.