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Last of summertime

As we approach the end of August, you may be thinking that summer is almost over. But don’t be disheartened. We’re really only partway through summer, which officially ends 22 September, leaving a few more weeks where we can enjoy the long light evenings.


Actually, we love this part of the summer. Children are heading back to school, but many attractions stay open until the end of the month, so you can explore without the crowds. It’s a great time to take a break. Enjoy an amazing view of the mountains and forests of wild Scotland from a new perspective – book a cruise across the loch close to our Ardgartan Argyll location. Discover the history of Nottingham from the underside, with a tour of the manmade caves beneath the city; take a trip from our Sherwood Forest location.  Look down from the exciting treetop heights onto the forest of Thetford with Go Ape; only a 20 minute drive from Thorpe Forest.


September also marks the end of the Proms season, and there are events held across the country as the UK joins in. Grab your chairs, pack some snacks, wear your red, white and blue and join in at Plymouth, Alresford, Radcliffe and, slightly further afield, Glasgow, on 9 September for a fantastic evening of music in an overwhelmingly cheerful British atmosphere. If you are looking for something even more magical, try Proms at the magnificent outdoor Minack theatre in Penzance on 30 September; drive there from our Deerpark location.

Music festivals

In fact, there’s plenty of open air music to enjoy throughout September. Enjoy some ‘Music on the Platform’ at The Old Station in Tintern, while children explore the brand new play area and zip line. For a more adult evening, enjoy some Indie Pop on 23 September at Yorfest in York.

Something a little quieter...

If you are looking for something a little quieter near the Forest of Dean, Herefordshire Art Week could be the place for you. Explore the art trail from 9-17 September – with almost 300 artists taking part, you’ll surely find something to catch your eye. For a festival of a different nature, try the Festival of Food and Drink at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, on 16-17 September near our Sherwood Forest location.

The Southampton Boat Show

Bright sunshine and a fresh sea air – that’s all you need to enjoy the Southampton Boat Show from 15-25 September. If you are staying in Hampshire, don’t miss the Round Hayling Island Race on 23 September – definitely a sight to see.


Our forest locations are perfectly placed to put you in the centre of all the fun, giving you a base to get out and explore the area. You don’t even need to leave the forest to enjoy a refreshing cycle ride through woodland trails, or to enjoy one last perfect summer’s picnic, listening to the children building dens while you relax with a book and a delicious scone layered in jam and clotted cream.

So, don’t pack away the barbecue just yet. Summer isn’t over – far from it. Grab on to the longer days and fill them with adventure. There’s so much to do, before we head back to the cosy indoors for autumn. Enjoy the light evenings, the warm temperatures and stay outside for as long as you can.