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Family Days Out

MON 4 - SUN 10 SEP 2017

St Giles Fair, Oxford, Mon 4  – Tues 5 Sep

merry go round traditional horses spinning

Fancy scoffing diabetes-inducing amounts of candyfloss and winning a cuddly toy that’ll fall apart before you get home? Course you do! Or at least you probably know some small people who would like that very much indeed. The St Giles Fair in central Oxford is the biggie of our region and has been going strong since Victorian times. Just head for Debenhams – the rides and stalls extend into Magdalen Street to the south and Banbury Road and Woodstock Road to the north.


DUST, Corn Exchange Newbury, Thurs 7 Sept

alternative circus act performs Dust at the Corn Exchange Newbury

Roll up, roll up! Enter the black and white circus of upside-downs and inside-outs, where time freezes and friendships unfold. Blending circus skills, puppetry, movement and mime, Elusive Circus invites you to enter their fantasy world. A monochromatic scene awaits; one of lost horizons and tall, towering stories.


Playground Victories, Broad Street Reading, Sat 9 – Sun 10 Sept

If you’re out shopping in Reading, you’re in for a treat. Street theatre in the form of a huge playground waits to be conquered. Performers climb, crawl, swing and storm over it playing children, adults, teenagers, drunken students, single mums and even wildlife. Playground Victories is free, simply turn up outside M&S at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.


Highclere Castle Vintage Garden Party, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Sept

If you have a Downton Abbey fan in your midst you could just about make them the happiest person alive if you splash out (or is that remortgage?) on this event. Highclere Castle is going back in time to welcome guests for a vintage weekend including tour of the castle, access to the Egyptian Exhibition, croquet, jazz music, carousels to ride, brass bands, a traditional fete, vintage cars and marquees on the lawns. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in period or vintage clothing from the Edwardian era – choose from ‘upstairs’ or ‘downstairs’ and they’ll even provide details of costume hire companies if you need help. Tickets are £120 – good grief, what would Carson say to that?

10am to 6pm.


Ocean Film Festival World Tour, Hall for Cornwall, Thurs 7 Sept

Ocean Film Festival Truro: What's On Cornwall September 2017

The annual Ocean Film Festival is coming to Cornwall with a brand new selection of the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface.This collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. Be wowed at the mind blowing marine life; exhilarated by the power of the waves, and inspired by the characters who dedicate their lives to answering the call of the ocean. Tickets cost £15.50.

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Eden Arts Festival (including Proud Eden), Eden Project, nr St Austell, Fri 8 – Sun 10 Sept

Eden Arts Festival: What's On Cornwall September 2017

A long weekend of live performances, visual arts, music and family fun. The first day of Eden Arts Festival is a celebration of LGBTQ culture, including the acclaimed West End show Outings, Lucy Le Brocq’s photos of drag kings and talks, poetry and music from Matthew Todd, Dean Atta, Elani Evangelou, Toby Campion and Zee Gachette.

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Big Night Out on the Beach, South Milton Sands, Sat 9 Sept

boy toasting marshmallows around campfire

Celebrate the end of summer (said with heavy sarcasm), with this family event full of activities and culminating in a spectacular sundown parade. Try out watersports, rockpooling, crafts, and beach games, with storytelling, a bird walk and more.  Then it’s back to school we go-ho-ho!

4 – 9.30pm,


Northants Ironstone Railway, Hunsbury Hill, Sat 9 – Sun 10 Sep

On the South West side of the county, but only a couple of miles from Northampton Town centre, is a brilliant walk across the site of an Iron Age fort. I just love this walk, with it’s nooks crannies and secluded paths, and the pooch loves to roam as we try and keep pace. And whilst you’re taking the fresh air in, and perhaps visiting somewhere new, you may also want to take in the Northampton Ironstone railway trust, who operate a 1.5 mile heritage railway line. Rides are available on occasion via all means of vehicles including a converted brake can. Well its a bit different isn’t it? Like what we are ; ). On Saturday and Sunday, to celebrate Heritage day the Ironstone Railway, museum and gardens open their doors. Railway stock to see. Information on ironstone mining and quarrying. Play area for children.Train service available subject to its availability.

Ironstone Railway Museum, Hunsbury Hill Road, Northampton, Northamptonshire NN4 9UW


Bristol Puppetry Festival, Tobacco Factory Theatres & Watershed, Bristol, Fri 1–Sun 10 Sept

Puppets against yellow backgroundTen days of puppetry and animation shows, workshops, films, talks – including lots of free stuff – and a carnival parade at the UK’s foremost international puppet festival. From traditional to experimental, from light-hearted silliness to the Dark Side, for everyone from kids up to professional puppeteers and animators.


South West Outdoor Festival, near Cheddar Gorge, Fri 8–Sun 10 Sept

Outdoor festival South West National TrustSlide off the sofa and out into the great outdoors: mountain bike challenges, kayaking, caving, skiing and snowboarding (!), camping, live music. star-gazing, talks, story-telling, food and a lot of cider and ales.


Glow in the Park,  Longleat, Warminster, Sat 9 Sept

The ultimate night time neon family fun run over 6k: light shows and beats as you mosey on through UV paint blast, foam zone, time tunnel…


Brighton Racecourse Live with Human League & Groove Armada Fri 8/ Sat 9 Sept

‘Don’t you want me baby?’ of course you do – tickets to see Human League supported by Marc Almond that is, or, ‘if you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air’ you’ll be wanting tickets to see Groove Armada with Hacienda Classical (that’s club music played by an orchestra, yes really) and DJ sets. A pair of tickets for each gig is up for grabs in our simple social media comp – see here -which we are pulling the evening of 1 Sept. Don’t want to leave it to chance? Book here. Before then, on Sun 3 Sept, get down to the last race meet of the summer and coinciding Sunday Social, with gin cocktails served from converted VW campers, Made In Chelsea‘s  Alex Mytton spinning the tunes between races, plus kids’ entertainment, tickets are from £17.




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