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September Summer Holidays

In September the sea is warmer, you’ve more chance of bagging that elusive luxury holiday cottage and you don’t have to get up early to bagsy the best bit of beach.

So the holiday season is at an end. Or is it? The children are back to school next week and so the beaches and roads will clear – more time on your holiday, less in the traffic. However, the summer isn’t quite over yet and this weekend families will be clamouring to make the most of their last few days together before the school routine kicks back in. And there is plenty on throughout the West Country to create a final few lasting memories.

Here in Cornwall, Gorsedh Kernow are holding this year’s Open Gorsedh in Helston, a non-religious ceremony where new ‘bards’ will be admitted and the Celtic spirit of Cornwall will be celebrated through the promotion of literature, art, music, history and language.

If you’re in Devon for the start of the month, a week of local cultural celebration is beginning with the Totnes Festival.

Somerset is hosting the National Gardening Show at the Royal Bath and West showground where you can get help with growing the best of the west, be amazed by the giant veg show and compete at building the best scarecrow!

Dorset County Show is an extravaganza of animals, display teams and stalls whilst just down the road is the Great Dorset Steam Fair – a spectacular gathering the size of a small town with 200 working steam engines and around 2,000 other working exhibits.

Septembers past have brought some of the best weather, along with traditions and festivities unique to the South West. Make the most of it by booking a September holiday cottage – either by the sea to take advantage of the sudden lack of tourists, or head inland and discover a rural haven with only sheep and wild ponies to give a courteous nod to.

Once the children are safely ensconced in their educational environments, there’s room for a romantic rendezvous to treat yourselves, having treated them all summer long. Wherever you decide to go on your last minute break, the West Country has a wealth of wonders to keep you entertained – just see our Classic Guide for inspiration.

We want to welcome you to the West this September and share our love of where we live - winter will arrive before you know it.

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