EVENT Open House
The annual Heritage Open Days festival opens up hidden places, history-soaked houses, and culturally rich spots for everyone to explore. There are over 5000 events taking place from September 6–9 and 13–16, including plays, talks, open houses and trails. This year, the festival celebrates extraordinary women; focusing on the stories of both well-known and less celebrated female achievers. Visit ancient sites such as the Calder Stones in Liverpool, or brand-new buildings such as those at the Anglia Ruskin University, offering the chance to see ground-breaking medical research. Climb Wakefield Cathedral’s 247-foot spire, or wander through Liverpool’s Williamson Tunnels. Where will you find yourself? Full programme here.
RECIPE, LEARN, DO Start Anew
This weekend sees the start of Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. It’s a two-day festival that commemorates the creation of the world. It’s a time for people to reflect on the achievements of the last year, as well as assessing priorities in life. Whether you’re religious or not, creating a Family Blessing Journal is a lovely idea for families Alternatively, try special New Year recipes here (find vegan takes here ). It’s a tradition to eat apples and honey during the holiday – why not follow the suggestions here of making apple-print tablecloths or turning one into a honey bowl (find other fun ideas there too).
EVENT Green Fingers
Whether you’ve got a window box, a garden or a smallholding, if you’re green-fingered you’ll love Cultivate, which continues through September. The Waltham Forest festival is aimed at those who grow food, with practical help such as compost giveaways, fermenting and seed sprouting workshops and networking afternoons mixed in with fun events including beer and cider festivals, street theatre, family bike tours and kids activities. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people, form alliances, and get some clever gardening tips.
DO Pimp Your Rides
We love cycling together as a family, and customising our bikes makes the ride even more fun. Try making this cute laminated cotton handlebar bag. Or go for a magical night ride with fairy lights adorning your frame, and LED lights on your wheels. Older kids will love making their own stickers, changing up their bar tape, or even free styling a paint job on their trusty set of wheels –you’ll find those plus lots more inventive ideas here
EVENT Snozzcumbers and Wangdoodles
Magical storyteller Roald Dahl is beloved of children across the globe, and every September 13, his birthday is celebrated with a day of events, parties, book readings and online broadcasts (last year’s draw-along with Quentin Blake was enormous fun). Download a pack and throw your own party, dress up as your favourite character, try some revolting recipes, or simply curl up together with your favourite Roald Dahl book.