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Top 5 things to do in September

From the rarest farm animals in the world to a Victorian circus, here are our top recommendations of one-of-a-kind experiences near The Runnymede this September.

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1. Chihuly Nights, Kew Gardens

Immerse yourself in Dale Chihuly’s incredible glass artworks in Kew Gardens on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings throughout September. This al fresco event celebrates the ingenuity of the American glass sculptor, within the grounds of the iconic botanical gardens at Kew. As you explore the illuminated glassworks amid the gardens, there will be a number of musicians providing the soundtrack to the experience – the line-up even includes the UK’s only glass harmonica player, Alasdair Malloy. A must-visit for culture vultures and anyone looking for a truly original experience!

2. Italian Tourist Board Festival of Food and Wine Weekend, Royal Ascot Racecourse

A two-day event taking place on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September, expect horse racing accompanied by the flavours of Italy. Hosted at Royal Ascot Racecourse, culinary masters and Italian food and wine producers will descend on the venue to whet your appetite. Raymond Blanc OBE and Eric Lanlard – the Master Patissier – will be hosting events, while an Italian Wine Tasting session will be another highlight. With dozens of stalls serving plentiful Italian specialities too, this is an event for all the senses.

3. Family Festival: Queen Victoria’s Circus, Windsor Castle

Get involved in the celebrations marking 200 years since Queen Victoria’s birth while you still can! This event takes place at Windsor Castle on Saturday 14th September, with performances throughout the day by a Victorian circus troupe – inspired by similar performers who visited Windsor Castle all the way back in 1847. You’ll also be able to see falconry and horse-riding displays, listen to storytelling sessions and dress up in Victorian costumes.

4. Country Fair Raceday, Royal Windsor Racecourse

Make your way to Royal Windsor Racecourse on 2nd September for a family day of horse racing and celebrating the countryside. Food specialities hailing from the British countryside will be served, while an array of countryside activities will be available for children, teens and adults to take part in. With horse racing events going on too, this promises to be an exhilarating day out. Best of all, children can enter free when accompanied by an adult.

5. Rare Breeds Month, Odds Farm Park

Meet some of the rarest breeds of farm livestock in the UK at Odds Farm Park from 3rd to 30th September. A registered Rare Breeds Farm Park, learn more about some of the rare residents here, from the Whitefaced Woodland Sheep to the Bagot Goat. Some of the rare breeds at this farm are equally as rare as the Sumatran Tiger and Giant Panda, so this really is a one-of-a-kind experience!

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