What’s On in September

We might be heading towards the end of summer but there’s still plenty to entertain you throughout September. 

As always, please check the appropriate website before setting out to check times and any advance booking that may be required. 

Outdoor Theatre: Pride and Prejudice at Chawton House
Take a step back in time as we meet Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters. Whilst their interfering mother engineers various courtships, Elizabeth and Jane must pursue their own quest for true love. Amidst mistakes and miscommunications, can Elizabeth finally surpass her prejudices to see past the proud exterior of the enigmatic Mr Darcy? Find out more and book tickets….
Friday 2nd September

Alresford Agricultural Show
The Alresford Show is a celebration of rural life and the communities which live it. Originating in 1908 when an enthusiastic group of local people staged the first show to promote farming, the event has always showcased the best of local agriculture. Not only will you see all sorts of farm animals on show, but birds of prey, country crafts, food and drink and children’s entertainment. Find out more…
Saturday 3rd September

Vintage Tractor on Display
Vintage Tractor on Display

Secret D-Day Bunker Guided Tours, Fort Southwick
Join Hidden History Tours on a unique underground torchlit tour. Built in 1942 as a Combined Operations Headquarters, this huge underground bunker – hidden deep beneath Portsdown Hill and Victorian Fort Southwick – was the operations centre that coordinated the D-Day Landings in WWII. This labyrinth of tunnels was home to 700 men and women of the Royal Navy, Army, RAF and Allied nations that directed Operation Neptune – the naval phase of D-Day. The Fort Southwick UGHQ had a direct link to nearby Southwick Park, where Supreme Commander General Eisenhower was based in the weeks leading up to D-Day. Find out more…
Sunday 4th September

Billy the Sailor King at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Join the Dockyard’s storyteller and listen as they share tales of Billy, the Sailor King – Britain’s only monarch who served in the Royal Navy. Find out more…

Corgis Aboard! At the Submarine Museum
A special storytelling event, featuring some cheeky misbehaving corgis on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Take part in this exciting tale and let your imagination run wild, just like the corgis! Find out more…
Both run until Sunday 4th September

West Meon Music Festival
This music festival appeals to a wide range of music lovers. The festival, now its twelfth year, was founded by the Primrose Piano Quartet – one of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles – who regularly invite their musician friends to join them for the event, held in three beautiful Meon Valley churches. Music includes classical guitar, a prize winning pianist, chamber music and a dazzling young soprano. Find out more…
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th September 

The Watercress Line
The Watercress Line

Open Weekend at the Watercress Line
The Watercress Line opens its stations so you can view current restoration projects at Ropley, as well as exploring the yard, the Engineering Sheds and finding out more about how the trains are restored. Unlimited train travel across the day. Hop on and off as you please to explore the four heritage stations. Find out more…
Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th September

The Romsey Show
The Romsey Show takes place at Broadlands in Romsey. The Show is one of the largest country shows in the South and provides a fantastic day out for the whole family. Displays include vintage machinery and steam engines, the Grand Parade of Livestock and Heavy Horse Parade. Attractions include the Countryside Area with plenty of ‘have a go’ opportunities, livestock and equine classes, live music and floral displays. Bring your dog and take part in the Family Dog Show, scurry and agility area. Find out more…
Saturday 10th September

Gilbert White's House in Selborne
Gilbert White’s House in Selborne

Heritage Open Day at Gilbert White’s House, Selborne
Explore the home and gardens of one of Britain’s most innovative naturalists Gilbert White. Learn about the father of ecology whilst enjoying a great day out for free! Find out more…
Thursday 15th September

Goodwood Revival
The Goodwood Revival is a magical step back in time, a unique chance to revel in the glamour and allure of motor racing in the romantic time capsule of the Goodwood motor circuit. It is the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged entirely in the nostalgic style of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Find out more…
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September

Enjoy a day at Goodwood Revival
Enjoy a day out at the Goodwood Revival

Simply British Classics at Beaulieu
All British classic car owners are invited to drive into the Beaulieu parkland and park up for what promises to be a superb day out for both owners and enthusiasts. From Sunbeam, Austin, Riley and Triumph, to Alvis, Lagonda, Humber and more, any pre-2000 classic vehicle built in Britain, or by a British manufacturer, is welcome to join the display. Tickets also include entry to the whole museum. Find out more…
Sunday 25th September

The Mechanical Organ Extravaganza at the Weald & Downland Living Museum
Hear the sounds of street organs and the roundabout/carousel organs that you hear when visiting fairgrounds. Hear the buskers’ organs on the streets winding their handles to create that wonderful upbeat music. Some of the organs date back to the Victorian times. Find out more…
Sunday 25th September

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Weald & Downland Living Museum

Image credits:
Vintage tractor by Andy Watkins on Unsplash