TIMPI Top Picks for September
The kids are back at school, the leaves are changing colour, and people keep muttering the word ‘Christmas’. Yep, it’s nearly September – a month that tends to get a bit of a bad rap with most people. So we are here to change that. Because not only will we (hopefully) get an Indian summer, there is plenty to look forward to this month. Take a look below for our top picks…
Top event picks
Despite its name, Oktoberfest starts in September. This means that, from 16th September – 3rd October, Munich will host the world’s largest Volksfest. With over 6 million people attending from across the globe, there must be something special about this folk festival. Oh yes, the beer. 7 million litres of which is regularly consumed each year. If you can’t afford to take the trip to Munich, no worries – London has you covered, with a multitude of Oktoberfest events taking place around the capital.
Proms in the Park
On Saturday 9th September, the BBC will be hosting its annual Proms in the Park, and this year marks the event’s 21st birthday. As we all know, turning 21 is a time for celebration, so who better to join the party than Steps, Texas and The Kinks frontman, Sir Ray Davies. With picnics and afternoon tea available too, Hyde Park is ready to make some noise.
Hamlet at the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre.
The night manager himself, Tom Hiddleston, will be taking to the stage from 1st – 23rd September in Kenneth Branagh’s take on Hamlet.
Lorde at Alexandra Palace.
Lorde, of ‘Royals’ fame, will aptly be performing at Alexandra Palace on 27th September to promote her long awaited album, ‘Melodrama’.
Great North Run
On Sunday 10th September, get ready to see thousands of runners make their way through Newcastle and beyond in the name of good causes. Go on, cheer them on.
Wild card pick
If you are looking for something a little different, this could be for you. Taking place from 14th September, Restival is a digital-free retreat-cum-festival in Arizona’s Painted Desert. So expect yoga and meditation amidst breathtaking scenery, traditional tipis for beds, and a detox diet. The retreat has much input from local communities, including artists, medicine women and the nearby STAR school, so there is ample opportunity to learn about Navajo life, in the knowledge that you’re helping to preserve their culture too.
Destinations to visit in September
September sees Madagascar come alive again, as the temperatures become drier and milder, and hibernating wildlife begins to wake up. This is peak bird breeding season, a good time to start spotting baby lemurs, and a last chance to see a humpback whale before they head back to Antarctic waters. It’s also the perfect time to head to the beach. We’re sold.
It’s not just Madagascar that’s thriving at this time of year. The rest of Africa is too. Head to the northern Serengeti to watch the Great Migration cross Mara River, travel south for a close-up of whales breaching, and take your pick from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana or Namibia for going on safari.
Jordan is one of the top adventure destinations in the world, but is still met with much unease by tourists, who often choose to avoid the region altogether. In actual fact, this country is ranked one of the safest countries in the Middle East. September is a great time to visit, as the weather is milder and the sites less busy. Which means you can explore the “lost
city” of Petra, hike the Jordan
Trail, and 4WD your way around
Wadi Rum’s sandstone wonder-
land, without the crowds.
Ok so Rome is pretty beautiful in any month, but September is one of its best. Temperatures remain warm, but become more comfortable, and the tourists lessen – perfect for strolling down cobbled streets, gelato in hand, soaking up the city’s history, and eating as much pizza as you can handle.