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8 Things to do in September

Now that the kids have gone back to school and the memory of summer holidays are but a few grains of sand in your shoes, it’s time to make the most of this season of mellow fruitfulness. Come rain or shine, it’s a great idea to get outside and banish the blues.

Visit A Deer Park 

Late September through to early November is the deer rutting season. This is the time to catch stags putting on shows of bravado and clashing antlers.

deer at Eastnor Castle

We’re lucky enough to have a deer park in Herefordshire, which is set in the beautiful grounds of Eastnor Castle which is free to visitors. Although dogs are allowed, it’s probably safer to leave them at home during rutting season as it may unsettle the deer.

Eastnor Castle

It’s a good idea to watch the herd from a distance of around 100m. Although people may be tempted to try to pet these endearing creatures, remember they are wild creatures and the males will be highly charged at this time of year.

Autumn foliage in Herefordshire

Autumn foliage

It may not be New England but Herefordshire boasts the hidden secret which is Hergest Gardens which has a maple grove featuring certain species unique to the UK. From September through to October, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular autumn colours as well as taking in a host of other horticultural attractions such as the fabulous ploughing matches that take place across the UK. There’s a rather lovely tea room and you can treat yourself to a plant or two, which are on sale in the conservatory.

Where to find conkers

Conkers are like treasure when you’re a child – especially newly fallen when they’re still glossy and plump. Horse chestnut trees can be found everywhere but here’s a few special places we’d recommend.

Conkers on the ground

Over the hills and not-so-far-away in Worcestershire is the beautiful National Trust property at Croome. One of the walks there features some huge horse chestnut trees and there’s lots of other great things to see and do.

Green Crize Woods are another great place to find conkers as well as the village of Kinsgland, so we’ve been told.

Make a scarecrow

September is a good month to head along to a scarecrow festival -they seem to be a popular in the lead up to Halloween although Bromyard, a market town in Herefordshire, hold theirs in June.

Scarecrow

There’s Belbroughton Scarecrow Festival on September 21st and 22nd – it’s a village in the Bromsgrove district of Worcestershire. Further afield there’s one in Bothwell, Scotland, the Norland Festival in Calderdale and the Dyke Scarecrow Festival in Lincolnshire.

If you’d like to try your hand at making a scarecrow yourself, here’s a useful resource put together by the RHS.

Toasting marshmallows

Nothing is more satisfying than gathering around a wood fire and toasting a marshmallow to perfection on a cool autumn evening. Have a look at our piece on Smores, together with some cracking recipes.

Toasting marshmallows over a fire

Good Life Experience, North Wales

A festival with an emphasis on craft, outdoor activity, food, music and ideas, it’s described by organiser Cerys Matthews (of  Catatonia fame) as "days at The Good Life Experience are full of nurturing, learning and fun and the nights are one big, family-friendly party”.

Find out more at https://www.thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk – there’s even marshmallow toasting!

Abergavenny Food Festival

Just across the Welsh border from us is the charming market town and community of Abergavenny in Monmouthshire. Their family-friendly food festival is held from 21st – 22nd September and is one of the biggest ones on the UK foodie calendar. Started in 1999, it now attracts around 30,000 visitors a year and has a Cooking over Fire stage sponsored by Kadai Fire Bowls and you will notice that they will be using some rather fabulous kiln dried logs, kindling and Flamers too!! 

Great British Beach Clean

OK so Herefordshire doesn’t have any beaches, but what we do have in the head office of the Marine Conservation Society in Ross-on-Wye and they organise the Great British Beach Clean. It takes place from 20th – 23rd September all around the UK and with the issues facing our oceans and seas, we think it’s a very worthy thing to promote. However, clean beaches are for life and not just for the Great British Beach Clean – that’s why it’s important to think about conservation and sustainability all-year round. We do our bit here at Certainly Wood.

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