8 September short break ideas

After a scorcher of a summer, autumn feels like it’s come early and we’re craving short break ideas already. The nights draw in quicker than we recall. The sun doesn’t quite seem to make it high enough in the sky. There’s a jumper scrunched up in our bag – just in case.

So what? We cry! September is here and it’s weeks before the clocks change. Summer days are yours for a while yet and there’s bound to be some annual leave yet to scatter liberally across long weekends.

Short breaks mean less packing and more focus on your destination, and what there is to cram in to a two or three night break.

September short break ideas

Follow the Tour of Britain

Move over France, cycling is hot to trot in the UK these days. So much so, not only do we have Tour de France champions topping the podium, but our country lanes are heaving with weaving cyclists come the weekend or summer evening. Enter stage left: OVO Energy Tour of Britain. Racing to take in as much of the British Isles as possible, you can follow a leg of the tour for a few days with a short break in South Wales, a weekend in Devon, or your own cycling holiday in the Lake District.

Heed the Gloucester History Festival

If there were a better excuse for a weekend in the Cotswolds, falling back on a history festival will impress even the meanest of bosses. The Gloucester History Festival consumes this Cotswold town for two whole weeks attracting the likes of Lucy Worsley and Jenni Murray to talk historic tales and split the facts from the fibs.

Wander the Yorkshire Wold Walking & Outdoors Festival

Walking holidays in Yorkshire tick every rambling box. Up hill, down dale, over moorland and along the coast, you’re spoilt for choice of route and tier of challenge. This activity festival also incorporates horse riding and cycling should you have walking wounded in your entourage. Fit in a short break over the 10 day festival to see what scenes you could explore. Extend your stay in Yorkshire to experience an active autumn calendar on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

Eat your way around a month of food & drink festivals

Pick your corner of the UK, or what not do a foodie tour one weekend after another. Start in East Anglia with the acclaimed Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival while soaking up some sea air and some fine local brew. Head to central England and the original food festival of Ludlow where the big name chefs rock up alongside the latest artisan producers. Head up north and experience harvest time in Yorkshire’s capital of food, Malton, or wander a little further across the region to the Holmfirth Food & Drink Festival. While you’re in the locality, the annual World Black Pudding Throwing Championship takes place in September between teams from Yorkshire and Lancashire. Duck!

Home in on Hull’s Freedom festival

How many of you visited Hull when it was crowned UK City of Culture 2017? Well now the crowds have dissipated it’s time to descend. Hull short breaks are brimming with live music, architecture, history and arts. The Hull Freedom festival is the perfect Yorkshire weekend break combining all of these elements. Most elements of the festival are free to enter and you’ll see some genuinely unique performances.

Be dazzled at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

Put your visions of sporting pursuits and country attire in the Scottish Borders to one side, if only for one week of the year. Come September, Berwick upon Tweed comes alive with its Film & Media Arts Festival. Celebrating the newest films from independent directors, there will be red carpet and world premieres, just no Hollywood heroics. For those fascinated by filmmaking there are workshops galore too.

Fill up at the Newquay Fish Festival

While the warmest sea temperatures of the year might lure you to the surf, the Newquay Fish Festival is certain to refuel you. Newquay Harbour comes to life with cooking demos from local chefs using the freshest of locally caught fish and seafood. Cornwall’s food heritage is on full show here and Newquay’s reputation for partying continues with performances, entertainment and live music each evening of the festival.

Hammer the Hills Killer at the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival

We close this list of September short break ideas with yet more cycling. Sorry! Spanning two weekends and a week of activities in between, you’ll soon see the appeal of cycling holidays on the Isle of Wight. The Hills Killer might not be the way to start – it’s designed to test even the toughest of cycling heroes, but the plethora of pedal happy events incorporates road cycling and mountain biking. There’s something for all abilities and ages; just bring your bike.


If ever the hint to get on ‘yer bike was less subtle we hope you’ll forgive us for balancing our September short break ideas with plentiful foodie fuel too. Find your September escape from our selection of short break holiday cottages.


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