Going out: ideas for September

Going out: ideas for September

Great North Run Opening Ceremony, Tyneside, Sep 4

Join Ant and Dec plus musician Sting in their Geordie homeland for this landmark event, to celebrate the Bupa Great North Run as the first event in the world to reach its one millionth finish. It's also the first project of its kind to be seen on Tyneside, and will include a spectacular aerial performance over the river! Anyone who has ever taken part in the Great North Run can apply for a free ticket (there are 10, 000 of these available) - or buy them for £12 Adult, £7 Child at www.gnrmillion.org

West Dean House annual opening,West Sussex, Sep 6-7

Visitors are welcome to explore this Grade II listed house for this weekend only in 2014. The Sue Timmney for West Dean Collection will be on display, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the House's educational trust. Entrance also includes access to the newly restored Sunken Garden and award-winning gardens in the grounds. 10am-5pm, Adult £9, Child FREE. www.westdean.org.uk

Ludlow Food Festival, Shropshire, Sep 12-14

Everything you'd expect from a day of foodie fun, and all with the backdrop of Ludlow Castle's medieval walls. From coffee workshops, chocolate and cheese tasting to special Food Festival Trails and even pottery making classes. Adult £8.50, Child £2, Park & Ride £5 per car (optional). www.foodfestival.co.uk 

Contemporary Glass Fair, Manchester, Sep 13-14

Celebrate Heritage Open Days at the Victoria Baths. To complement the building's Edwardian stained glass, for which it is famous, a range of glass displays and stalls are to be brought in (glass art by Lesley Miller pictured above). Try your hand at coaster and pendant making, or help the little ones to make their very own mini moasaic. Then, enjoy a tour of the pool halls and Turkish baths, which date back to 1906. 11am-4pm, FREE entry. www.victoriabaths.org.uk

Hops 'n' Harvest Festival Maidstone, Sep 13-14

Pop down to the Garden of England for rural history, and more than 70 local ales and ciders. There's live music to enjoy in the Pimms Garden and hop-picking to do - plus the working farm and restored, period houses on location at Kent Life. Adult from £9.25, Conc from £8.25, Child £7.25. Book tickets online at www.kentlife.org.uk and receive one FREE pint of beer or cider per adult.