The name of the ninth month of the year - September - comes from the old Roman word 'Septem', meaning 'seven', because in the Roman calender it was the seventh month. September is the first month of the Autumn. Many people gather in the beginning of September at annual events to celebrate the ending of summer. There are many things in the UK that you can get up to, to celebrate summer, for example, family days out, festivals, active adventures, pleanty to ensure your summer is going out with a bang.
One thing you could do to celebrate your summer coming to an end is to take a trip to St Anne's on Sea Kite Festival. Here the skies above the beach will be filled with colour as eye-catching display kites take to the air and each year is bigger and better than the year before. The St Anne's international kite festival is free for all to attend, so its perfect for a day of family fun on the beach. Perhaps enjoy a traditional English fish and chip lunch and an ice cream on the beach to finish. (Watch out for the seagulls though!)
In addition if you are more into sports you could take a trip to the Cotswolds and observe The Tour of Britain, maybe make a weekend of it and whatch the courageous cyclists as they speed through the countryside visiting the iconic towns and villages including Charlbury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Moreton-in-Marsh and Winchcombe before descending down Cleeve Hill and speeding into Cheltenham for the finish. Flags will be flying high, the route and towns decorated, as you would expect to welcome the cyclists and visitors to the area. There will also be many local events throughout the weekend.
September is the most popular time in Britain for food festivals to commence. Feast upon the edible delights that swim Cornwall's waters as local chefs cook up a treat, right before your eyes at the Newquay Fish Festival. Every September Nequay rounds off the summer festival season with a celebration of the finest seafood the local waters have to offer. Based around the historic harbour, the festival sees chefs from local hotels and restaurants giving live cookery demonstrations using freshly caught seafood and shellfish. Or perhaps follow your nose to Aldeburgh in September and your in for a treat. In recent years this tiny costal town has developed a reputaion for its local food and drink, with people lured to the Adleburgh Food and Drink Festival in search of sausages and cider, wild meats and wine. Held in the historic Snape Maltings, dating back to Vitorian times, the festival is fast becoming one of the best in the country - and not just because of the opportunity to pig out. Alongside 80 food and drink stalls there are live demonstartions, book readings and talks from celebrity chefs and food experts - plus competitions like the 2nd world pickled egg championship.
Hulls annual mixed arts, music and culture festival could be one for you to visit if you are into arts and crafts. It features torchlight processions, flaming installations, street dance, pop up galleries, aerial acrobats and music. Freedom is Hulls annual mixed music arts and culture festival that brings together some of the newest and unique festival acts, performances and music from across the world. Having grown from a humble one-day festival begginings to the 3-day festival attended by over 75,000 people you have to experience the city coming alive with the crowds heading to the artisitc fruit market part of the city, and even better? Most of the festival is free entry.
So overall there are many things that you can see and do to celebrate your summer coming to an end. We hope we have given you some inspiration on where you can go and what you can get up to celebrate your Summer!
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