Make the most of September, whatever the weather.

VisitEngland give us their five must-see attractions.

See the Blackpool Illuminations in Lancashire

In September, Blackpool lights up the Lancashire skies with a sparkling spectacle that will leave you feeling dizzy. You really have to see to believe it. The flamboyant light show has been dazzling crowds since 1912, when 10,000 bulbs were lit to celebrate Blackpool's first British royal family visit. The Illuminations have lit up Blackpool ever since.


Nowadays, more than a million bulbs, lasers and animatronics flash, sparkle and twinkle along six miles of Blackpool's iconic Promenade from the end of August until November, and they get more extravagant each year. The very best way to experience this electrical extravaganza is to hop on a heritage tram, but be sure to book in advance as tours sell out quickly.

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Tuck into fish 'n' chips on the beach in Suffolk

Crisp golden batter, flaky white fish and fresh chunky chips doused in salt and vinegar. Fish 'n' chips is England's signature dish, and where better to eat it than in one of the finest seaside resorts around. With pastel-painted homes looking out to sea and a pebble beach topped with fisherman's huts selling the daily catch, Aldeburgh encapsulates the quintessential English seaside scene.

You'll find a superb fish supper or take away at the family-run Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop, whose famous fish and chips, fried in beef dripping, have been lauded as some of the best in Britain again and again by reviewers and foodies from far and wide. The queue, which often stretches right around the block, speaks for itself.

Go Ape in Sherwood Pines in Nottingham

Deep in the heart of Robin Hood country, Nottingham's Go Ape centre offers an adrenalin-pumping way to explore the vast 3,300-acre Sherwood Pines Forest Park. Watch the woodland floor spin almost 10 metres below you as you fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan swings, crash into cargo nets and tackle some of the tricky obstacles along this heady tree top adventure. A highlight is the 140 metre-long tree-to-tree zipline, where screaming as loud as you can on the way down isn't essential... but definitely fun!

As you're safely strapped into a harness at all time, Go Ape is perfect for days out with family and friends, though those with less of a head for heights can opt to take the hour-long Segway Tour through the forest instead.

Go Ape Nottingham

Walk through history in Northumberland

The northeast of England is teeming with history. Its dramatic golden-sand coastline is dotted with ancient castles, such as the mighty Bamburgh Castle, staring out to the North Sea from its defiant perch on a rocky outcrop. Further inland you'll find the magnificent Alnwick Castle, now immortalised as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

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Snaking across this landscape and beyond is an incredible piece of Roman history: the Unesco World Heritage site of Hadrian's Wall. Designed to partition Roman-occupied England from Scotland, the wall's route stretches for 73 miles, with many areas still largely intact. The county is also strewn with pieces of mysterious rock art that are estimated to date back as far as 6,000 years.

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Spot damsels and dragons in Cambridgeshire

Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve is one of the most important wetlands in Europe with over 8,400 types of plants, birds, otters, water voles and dragonflies. It's also one of Bill Oddie's favourite places to spot two of the oldest insect groups in the world. On a sunny day you might find thousands of these brightly coloured insects winging their way between ponds, ditches and lakes across the fen. Britain's largest dragonfly, the emperor, is common, as well as rarer species.

It's crazy to think that damselflies and dragonflies have been darting about the planet for 325 million years. Catch virtuoso displays of these mini flying dinosaurs in the summer months. Their glittering bodies will quite simply take your breath away.

Visit England have lots more ideas on making the most of the September, whatever the weather. 

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