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What’s on in September 2023

whats on in September 2023
Written by Hayley Woon

With summer coming to an end,
Don’t worry, there’s still lots to do with family or a friend,
Theatre, events, festivals, and air show displays,
you’ll be loving these action-packed September days!

Blackpool Illuminations Switch on

📍 Blackpool, Central Pier to the Tower Festival Headland
⏰ 1st September 2023

This FREE event promises to deliver an experience Blackpool has never seen before! Start the day by watching the Nickelodeon Grand Parade which showcases the much-loved characters. They will be joined by dancers, musicians and street performers making their way from Central Pier to the Tower Festival Headland. Sophie Ellis-Bextor will be performing and then pulling the switch to trigger four months of illuminations! That’s not all! Expect live music, entertainment, a sound and light show, topped off with a fireworks finale over the seafront. Not bad for a free day out for the family! Find out more here.


The London Dungeon, Rotten Royals

📍 London Dungeons, London
⏰ Running until 2nd November 2023

Picniq Exclusive – family ticket from £55 for 4 people!

Those who dare, take a step back in time to the Tudor era! See the dark side of Royal history under Henry VIII’s reign and risk of being sentenced to death for traitorous actions! Event included in the standard ticket price. Family ticket from £55 for 4 people when you book with Picniq. Book here!


Bournemouth Air Festival

📍 Bournemouth
⏰ 31st August – 3rd September 2023

Britain’s biggest free air festival of the year is returning to Bournemouth seafront! See aerobatics from the RAF Red Arrows, Typhoon and Battle of Britain planes, with more announcements expected soon. Take a walk from pier to pier where you’ll have the perfect view of all the air demonstrations, and check out all the amazing entertainment, activities, stalls and delicious food along the way. While you’re there, make the most of Bournemouth’s glorious beaches, but take care as it’s likely to be a very busy event! Find out more here.


Chaos Karts

📍 Manchester
⏰ New attractions – opens from 1st September

New racing attraction, Chaos karts, will be opening 1st September in Manchester Spinningfields! Race friends, compete, and get ahead with power-ups in this immersive-themed racing attraction! Race through virtual worlds like you’re part of a real life computer game and compete for the highest score. Find our more here.


London Theatre week

📍 London
⏰ Book by the 10th September

London theatre week is here! Get tickets from £15, £25, or £35 for incredible shows in the West End and beyond including Lion King, Frozen, Wicked, Matilda and many more! Find out more here. 


‘Back to Hogwarts’ Battersea Power Station LEGO® Build event

📍 Battersea Power Station, London
⏰ 1st – 3rd September 2023, 10am – 2pm

Celebrate ‘Back to Hogwarts’ and join the teams across the LEGO® stores from 1st – 3rd September 2023 for a free build event. Little ones can build their very own LEGO® Harry Potter™ Wand and take them home! Spaces are limited, so make sure you get there sooner rather than later! Find your nearest store here. 


Leeds Castle – Festival of craft and design

📍 Leeds Castle, Kent
⏰ 1st – 30th September 2023

Save up to 11% + Free £5 Picniq Voucher

FREE with your entry ticket. Enjoy an exciting event, showcasing the best of Leeds Castle’s interiors, architecture, gardens, textiles and more. With a range of talks, tours and workshops that explore the history, art and design, and a behind the scenes of this historic landmark! Save up to 11% + Free £5 Picniq Voucher. Book here!


Haynes Motor Museum – Outdoor Car Displays

📍 Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovil
⏰ 1st – 30th September 2023

Exclusive 20% off when you book with Picniq

On throughout September, Haynes Motor Museum will be displaying their special array of cars.  Meet the team of volunteers and see under the bonnet of some special motors and maybe even have the opportunity to sit behind the driver’s seat! FREE event with your entry ticket. Exclusive 20% off when you book with Picniq. Book here.


SEA LIFE Blackpool – Cocomelon

📍 SEA LIFE Blackpool
⏰ 7th – 24th September 2023

Exclusive up to 29% off when you book with Picniq

Join JJ have an amazing SEA LIFE Aquarium Adventure! Meet some incredible animals and sing-a-long to SEA LIFE’s exclusive new CoComelon song! FREE event with entry ticket. Exclusive up to 29% off when you book with Picniq. Book here. 


Thorpe Park Resort – Oktoberfest

📍 Thorpe Park Resort, Chertsey
⏰ 8th – 1st September 2023

Exclusive up to 50% off when you book with Picniq

Oktoberfest returns to Thorpe Park this September! With classic German treats, traditional beer, and Bavarian beats, so why not soak up the buzzing atmosphere in Thorpe Park’s Oktoberfest takeover! Exclusive up to 50% off when you book with Picniq. Book here.


Swanage Folk Festival

📍 Swanage
⏰ 8th – 10th September 2023

Enjoy a weekend of music, dance and fun around the beautiful town of Swanage. There’s lots of free activities including craft fairs, entertainment, concerts, dance displays and more. The heart of the festival is on Sandpit Field; where there’s the main marquee, along with lots of other stalls and activities to keep the whole family entertained! Find out more here. 


Longleat – Sky Safari

📍 Longleat
⏰ 8th May – 10th September 2023

Exclusive 10% off when you book with Picniq

A spectacular display of hot air balloons will take to the skies over the Longleat Estate. Enjoy the breath-taking views during the launches and tethered displays. In the evenings watch a stunning selection of balloons fire their burners up to an amazing soundtrack! Exclusive 10% off when you book with Picniq. Book here.


Alton Towers Resort – Oktoberfest

📍Alton Towers Resort, Staffordshire 
⏰ 9th September – 1st October 2023

Exclusive up to 52% off when you book with Picniq

This September get ready for Oktoberfest fun at Alton Towers! The lawns will be transformed into a Bavarian-themed venue with family fun entertainment! Try delicious food in a family-friendly atmosphere…with a German twist! Exclusive up to 52% off when you book with Picniq. Book here.  


Batman Unmasked

📍 180 Piccadilly, London
⏰ 15th – 17th September 2023

The first ever Batman immersive experience is coming to London! Enjoy a  pop-up live experience with archival material, costumes, vehicles, comics and more!  On Sunday 17th September there will be a family day, which will include face painting and themed activities. Batman Unmasked will be live from Friday, September 15 through to Sunday, September 17 at 180 Piccadilly in London. Find out more here.


Whipsnade Zoo – World Rhino Day

📍 Whipsnade zoo, Bedfordshire 
⏰ 22nd – 24th September 2023

Free £5 Voucher when you book with Picniq

To celebrate world Rhino day, Whipsnade Zoo are doing talks, Q&As, rhino enrichment/feeds, arts and crafts, plus much more in celebration of their two beautiful rhinos and the species as a whole. This event is free with an entry ticket. Free £5 Voucher when you book with Picniq. Book here.  

LEGOLAND – Brick or Treat

📍LEGOLAND, Windsor
28th September – 5th November 2023

Up to 56% off when you book with Picniq

Get your little monster Halloween ready at LEGOLAND®’s ultimate Halloween party! LEGO® Monsters are taking over and throwing a Monster Party to celebrate their favourite time of the year at LEGOLAND®’s Brick or Treat event! Join in the festivities with the frightfully fun 4D movie, get stuck in with some fabulously fun LEGO® builds, watch the fang-tastic Monster Jam show, plus ‘Monster Street’ returns. Up to 56% off when you book with Picniq. Book here.


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