September events guide: ten things to do across the UK and in London this month

Immerse yourself in the 1920s underworld or bake a culinary masterpiece

Crooks 1926 - COLAB Tavern
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August’s mini heatwave might be over but things are far from cooling down this September.

The UK is home to an abundance of fun things to do, from one of the country’s first ever floating cinema experiences to the return of Fuller’s popular Shakespeare In The Garden event, which will see The Tempest play out in spacious beer gardens across the nation.

If your September plans are minimal, make way for DesignMyNight’s guide to the month ahead.

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Openaire: Float-In Cinema - London

Openaire: Float-In Cinema - London

Drive-in cinemas originate all the way back to the early 1910s and almost 100 years on, the on-wheels experience has witnessed a major comeback with screens popping up across the UK. If you happen to rely on London’s excellent transportation system and don’t own a car of your own, there’s always Openaire; one of the UK’s first ever cinematic experience by boat. Based in Paddington, you’ll float up to the big screen in a boat of your own to catch everything from Bohemian Rhapsody to Mamma Mia.

Tickets from £15; Various dates from 9 September; Merchant Square, Paddington, London W2 1AJ

Colchester Oyster Fishery - London

Colchester Oyster Fishery - London

Company of Cooks has partnered with Colchester Oyster Fishery this month for a special one-off evening to offer up the best seafood in Britain. The three-course meal on 17 September will be accompanied by the backdrop of Chelsea’s historic botanical garden and your experience will kick-start with a complimentary glass of Chablis. The menu consists of a silky smoked salmon starter with a shellfish platter for mains - which can be upgraded to lobster for an extra £20 - and a honeycomb cheesecake for dessert.

Tickets from £60-£80; Thursday 17 September; Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS

The Southbank BBQ Club - London

The Southbank BBQ Club - London

Jimmy Garcia has built up his reputation thanks to TV appearances on the likes of Sunday Brunch, not to mention the sell-out success of his pop-up, The BBQ Club. Situated along the Southbank, the award-winning chef is bringing back his interactive experience this month so you can cook a seven-course meal right along the banks of the Thames. This time around the experience is BYOB and all tickets come with a complimentary welcome cocktail and fireside snacks.

BBQ Club tickets (for four to six people) from £260-£390 or sample menu for £65 per person; Various dates from 9 September; Riverside Queens Walk, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

The Big Birmingham Bake - Birmingham

Like pasta, flour was one of those necessities that became increasingly hard to purchase during the height of the pandemic. Baking saw a huge surge, with the chances of finding gold dust significantly higher than an ounce of McDougalls. For those who have found an undiscovered talent during lockdown, you can show off your skills at The Big Birmingham Bake. This pop-up baking experience is held in a familiar looking white tent where all participants will have 90 minutes to follow instructions and turn several ingredients into a culinary masterpiece before presenting it to the judges.

Tickets from £33.50-£45; Various dates from 9 September; 110-112, Floodgate Street, Birmingham, B5 5SR

Felipe Schrieberg and The Dram Team whisky tasting masterclass

The Virtual Whisky Tasting Masterclass - Online

As a nation our concept of staying in has changed drastically since lockdown, birthing a flurry of new and never-seen-before online experiences, one of which is the Virtual Whisky Tasting Masterclass. This two-hour online experience is hosted on Zoom and can be enjoyed by anyone in the UK. Orchestrated by Felipe Schrieberg, whisky writer and World Whiskies Awards judge, you will nose and taste six different drams throughout the masterclass, all of which will be delivered to your door before the event.

Tickets from £39-£99; Online; Various dates throughout the month

Craft Beer Experience - Liverpool

Craft Beer Experience - Liverpool

A craft beer experience is taking place in Liverpool this September, giving ale aficionados the chance to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at some of the city’s best breweries and taprooms. The walking tour will see you stop off at Love Lane Brewery, Hobo Kiosy and Black Lodge Brewery where you’ll get to smell, taste and touch the elements that make each beer so unique, all before trying samplers at each which equate to a total of 8⅓ pints.

Tickets from £40; Saturday 12 September; meet inside The Bridewell, 1 Campbell Square, 33A Wapping, Liverpool, L1 5FB

Electric Shuffle Bottomless Brunch - London

Responsible for putting Canary Wharf on the map for a fun night out, Electric Shuffle has reopened its doors and is now taking bookings. With ten shuffle lanes and two floors to play across, this is an atmospheric but socially-distant evening away from your front room. Sharing cocktails and paddle board pizzas are the speciality and come the weekend you can book a bottomless brunch experience for up to eight people which includes a bottle of prosecco each and endless slices for two hours.

Tickets from £30-£35; Various dates from Saturday 12 September; 10 Cabot Square, North Colonnade, E14 4EY

Crooks 1926 - London

Immersive experiences are at the heart of London’s event scene and although many have been put on hold due to the pandemic, COLAB Theatre is back in action, this time with a 1920s underworld operation in Elephant & Castle. Inspired by the TV hit Peaky Blinders, this cloak and dagger show will encourage you to take part (whilst maintaining social distancing) as one family fights for supremacy. Dodgy deals, boxing rings and fortune telling will all play a part in the story as you rub shoulders with criminals and attempt to keep your enemies at bay.

Tickets from £49-£119; 12, 19 and 26 September; COLAB Tavern, The King William IV, 16 Harper Road, London, SE1 6AD

Shakespeare In The Garden - UK-wide

Shakespeare In The Garden - UK-wide

Fuller’s has been running Shakespeare In The Garden for a total of nine years and it’s set to return to 14 beer gardens up and down the country this month. Bristol, London and Reading are just some of the cities where you can catch The Tempest, which will be run by theatre company Open Bar and this year they’re promising the boldest show yet. Original music, outlandish costumes and a hint of aerial circus will conjure the bard’s tale with an impressive modern twist.

Tickets from £18; Various dates in September and various locations

Immersive Chef’s Table Supperclub - London

Immersive Chef’s Table Supperclub - London

Kitchen Theory is an award-winning experience based in an old Victorian warehouse and it’s worked with leading scientists and psychologists to bring its dining concept to life. It aims to push the boundaries of gastronomy with a combination of audio, lighting, table projections, aromas, and textures. Taking private bookings of up to 12 and running at a 40% reduced capacity for its monthly supperclub, it’s down as one of September’s best experiences.

Tickets from £190; Various dates in September; Kitchen Theory, Alston Works - Unit 9A, Falkland Road, Barnet, EN5 4LG

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