Our Top 10 Picks for September

Kathryn Wheeler
By Kathryn Wheeler,
updated on Aug 13, 2019

Our Top 10 Picks for September

This month, feel connected with the world around you at the art show asking the big questions, a podcast that celebrates our failures, and the app that introduces us to our neighbours in a bid to cut food waste

1. Page-turners

Neal’s Yard Remedies Complete Massage
Whether you’re a massage beginner looking to pick up some tips, or simply want to discover the wellness benefits, this beautiful guide will set you on your way. Covering the main massage disciplines, as well as treatment ideas and recommendations, learn your Swedish from your shiatsu in this journey into the power of touch. Out 5 September, DK, £18.99

2. Get going

Lone Wolf, Devon
Arriving in the UK for the first time, Lone Wolf is an endurance challenge where runners have one hour to complete a 6.5K course. Everyone who makes it back within the hour then has a chance to run it again at the start of the next hour, and so on until there is just one runner left. Be in with a chance of winning the Lone Wolf Trophy, or take in the stunning natural surroundings and cheer on the competitors.
1 September, find out more at

3. Treat yourself

Eyewear that gives back
Pala make sunglasses with a difference. Profits from their sales go towards grants that support eyecare projects across Africa. From building vision centres, to creating long-term solutions to facilitate eyecare, Pala’s stunning range of sunnies look good and do good. Browse the collection at

4. The conversation

Group of people holding hands

World Suicide Prevention Day
On this day, organisations around the world come together to raise awareness of the ways that we can work to prevent suicide. With previous years seeing more than 300 events taking place across 70 countries, it’s time to make some noise, and reach out to others. 10 September, join the conversation online by using the hashtag #WSPD2019

5. Tech tip-offs

Connect with neighbours and local businesses to make sure that surplus food is shared and not thrown away. Whether it’s food nearing its sell-by-date, or spare home-grown vegetables, simply add a photo to the app, along with a description and where the item is available to pick-up, and be part of the move to cut food waste. Download from the App Store and Google Play, find out more at

6. Square eyes

Downton Abbey
Calling all Downtonians, the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived as the much-loved story hits the big screen for the first time in Downton Abbey, the movie. Picking up a year on from the TV series’ finale, immerse yourself in the drama as the Crawley family receive a very royal visit. In cinemas 13 September

7. Out and about

People crafting at the Handmade festival

The Handmade Festival
Head to Hampton Court and get hands-on at the festival that offers three days of creativity, with a packed schedule of more than 150 workshops and 300 exhibitors. From watercolour to chalk paint, and crochet to cake decorating, there’s something for everyone. 13–15 September, tickets start at £16, find out more at

8. Lend us your ears

‘How to Fail’ podcast with Elizabeth Day
With guests including Nigel Slater, Jamie Laing, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, each week Elizabeth Day speaks to people about their failures, and the lessons that they learned from going through them. Find out more at, and listen to the podcast on iTunes and Spotify

9. Put on a show

Arts by the Sea
Travel to the south coast for an intriguing celebration of the arts, at venues across Bournemouth. This year the theme for the festival is ‘Mind Matter’, which will see artists exploring the biggest mental health questions that we’re all facing today.
27–29 September. For more information on the festival, head to

10. Plugged-in

Journey to Wellness
For regular self-care reminders and daily pick-me-ups, Journey to Wellness offers sweet and simple illustrations exploring everything from anxiety and depression, to practising self-compassion. Follow @journey_to_wellness_ on Instagram

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