The Top Things to Do This September if You Live in the UK

The colourful harbour in Tenby, Wales, makes for a scenic getaway
The colourful harbour in Tenby, Wales, makes for a scenic getaway | © Magdalena Bujak / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Josephine Platt
Commissioning Editor30 July 2020

Travel options may be limited right now, but if you live in the United Kingdom, there are a number of exciting destinations and activities you’ll be able to enjoy this autumn. From having a pint in a 17th-century brewery in Prague to strawberry picking in the English countryside, we’ve curated the perfect September itinerary.

Covid-19 has created the most uncertain year in modern history – and in the UK, it has affected how we travel, both domestically and internationally. The landscape might be ever-changing, but we’ve rounded up some of the most brilliant things you can do this September as it stands.

Tour a vineyard and enjoy a tipple

When planning a vineyard trip, perhaps France, Italy or Portugal spring to mind. But did you know that England and Wales are home to more than 200 wine producers? Among them are Rodington Vineyard in Shropshire, known for its shiraz, Giffords Hall in Suffolk, which produces rosé, and Coates & Seely in Hampshire, which is lauded for its royal-approved bubbly.

Coates & Seely is a beautiful Hampshire vineyard | © PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Enjoy a pint in a restored 17th-century Prague brewery

Prague, in the Czech Republic, is included in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office list of countries that have been given the green light for travel to and from Britain. Enjoy a long weekend in the city and discover what it’s most famous for: Pilsner, dark and amber beers. The Strahov Monastic Brewery, established in 1628 and restored in the year 2000, is a popular place to try them. You’ll also get your history fill, a taste of hearty Czech cuisine and panoramic views.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, we recommend an old town penthouse complete with its own rooftop terrace for sipping wine while taking in the sunset over Petrin Hill.

Enjoy a beer at the Strahov Monastic Brewery in Prague | © Zoonar GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

Climb Ben Nevis in Scotland

The year 2020 has seen the cancellation and postponement of sporting events such as the London Marathon and Bolton’s Ironman Triathlon. However, you can still set fitness challenges on your terms – and Ben Nevis is one place to do that. At 1,345m (4,413ft), it’s the highest mountain in the British Isles, taking anywhere between seven and nine hours to climb, with the descent coming in at around three hours. Training for stamina is the name of the game here.

You’ll need all the home comforts you can get after clambering up the UK’s loftiest peak; and you’ll get them in abundance in an amazing lakeside retreat in Letter Finlay, a short drive from the foot of the mountain. Walk from your bedroom through a huge garden to steps that lead down to the loch, where you can enjoy your private beach and jetty.

Walkers ascend the steep but well-marked path to the summit of Ben Nevis | © Steve Taylor ARPS / Alamy Stock Photo

Discover Dubrovnik’s rich history

Croatia, like the Czech Republic, doesn’t warrant any self-isolation when you get home. And with September temperatures often topping 26C (79F) in Dubrovnik, it makes a strong case for a late-summer getaway. Discovering the Unesco-protected city walls and old town should be high on the agenda for architecture lovers.

Bear in mind it can get quite crowded in the so-called Pearl of the Adriatic – all the more reason to rent your own Airbnb hideaway overlooking the medieval city, with stunning postcard views to wake up to every morning.

Dubrovnik’s old town has narrow streets, steps and alleyways | © Kumar Sriskandan / Alamy Stock Photo

Go strawberry picking in the home counties

June and July are generally considered Britain’s high season for strawberry picking, though it’s not unusual to see it roll on into August and September. With friends and family in tow, book to go picking in one of Britain’s home counties, such as Hertfordshire, Hampshire or Buckinghamshire.

You can pick strawberries at Parkside Pick Your Own Farm, Enfield | © Alex Segre / Alamy Stock Photo

Discover Tenby, Wales

In southwest Wales sits the tiny harbour town of Tenby, recognised as one of the country’s best seaside destinations. Come rain or shine, head to this Pembrokeshire beauty spot to appreciate 13th-century architecture and a beautiful coastline; Castle Beach is an award-winning stretch.

There’s no shortage of friendly B&Bs here, but if you’d rather have your own place for a few days, then try this renovated one-bedroom apartment by the picturesque harbour. With an open-plan lounge and kitchen, there’s plenty of space for a romantic night in.

The harbour in Tenby, Wales, is a scenic spot to relax | © Nathan King / Alamy Stock Photo

Take a day trip to Brighton beach

If travel overseas continues to feel a little daunting at this time, keep your trips local with a day visit to Brighton beach. In true English fashion, chips and ice cream should be on the menu, after an afternoon of sunbathing, swimming and winning big at the arcade.

For a place to stay, we recommend a centrally located, one-bedroom Victorian conversion – with all the modern conveniences you’d expect from a top-of-the-range Airbnb, yet retaining many original period features. It’s in the Seven Dials neighbourhood, where you’ll find pubs and restaurants at the end of the street.

Put up a deckchair on the Palace Pier in Brighton | © david mbiyu / Alamy Stock Photo