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Welcome the autumn with these fun events and activities around the UK; we've got brilliant last-minute ideas for the week ahead

Great days out don't need to be expensive - we've got ideas for free things to do and what to see between Saturday 14 and Friday 20 September.

1. London Design Festival

14-22 September, The V&A and around London

Since its first event in 2003, the London Design Festival now attracts over half a million visitors each year, with some of the world's most celebrated designers showing off their creations that have led to new trends.

This year's theme is climate change and urban functionality, with the 'Landmark Projects' including Please Be Seated by Paul Cocksedge, while a wealth of displays around the Victoria & Albert Museum also give you a great opportunity to visit the museum while you're at it.

Elsewhere there's the Craft & Graft: Making Science Happen exhibition, design tours of Westminster Cathedral, and seminars on how to choose colours and paint furniture for your own home. Though most events are free many are ticketed, so always check in advance whether you need to book your place.

Free things to do this week: the Craft & Graft Making Science Happen exhibition as part of the London Design Festival


2. Worthing Food Festival

14-15 September, Steyne Gardens, Worthing

The Worthing Food Festival is one of the last of its kind in the south east this festival season, so head to the seaside town to bring it to an end with a bang. There will be over 60 stalls where local and national producers will be offering samples and deals you can take advantage of, from cheese and preserves to alcohol and sweet treats.

At the live stage local and celebrity chefs will be doing demonstrations, with doughnut- and chilli-eating competitions on the Saturday and Master Chef winner Kenny Tutt on the Sunday. Plus a programme of music and entertainment will add to the festive atmosphere.

Food indulgence experiences


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3. Pushing paper exhibition

14 September onwards, British Museum, London

The new Pushing Paper exhibit at the British Museum runs until January 2020, and is a celebration of contemporary drawing from 1970 to the present.

The 56 pieces of art are from the likes of David Hockney, Rachel Whiteread, Sol LeWitt, Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry, as well as up and comers Hamid Sulaiman and Rachel Duckhouse; they show off this most ancient form of artistic expression, which has been enjoying a revival in recent years.

If you don't get a chance to see it in London, the exhibition will be on tour to Durham, Orkney, Swansea and Barnsley through 2020.

Free things to do this week: Pushing Paper exhibit at the British Museum, Pablo-Bronstein © The Trustees of the British Museum, reproduced by permission of the artist

Pablo Bronstein (b. 1977), Greenwich Pendulum Mantel Clock, 2018, ink and watercolour © The Trustees of the British Museum. Reproduced by permission of the artist.


4. Love Minsmere Festival

15 September, RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk

From 10am-4pm, the first Love Minsmere Festival will be welcoming everyone to the wildlife reserve for fun, education and protest. With plans for a nuclear reactor to be built nearby, RSPB Minsmere are bringing together supporters to stand against the plans in an act of solidarity by forming a giant heart of people at 1pm.

Before and afterwards there are fun activities for all, as well as guided walks around the area to see the unique landscape and the wildlife that calls it home. You can reserve your place.

Free things to do this week: RSPB Love Minsmere festival


5. Let's Ride Pop-Up

14 September, Woodbank Park, Stockport

This Let's Ride Pop-Up event is smaller than some of the big similar rides that have taken place this summer, but it's perfect for an introduction to cycling for all ages. From 1.30-3.30pm a 0.6-mile route will be closed to traffic so you can cycle at your own pace, and a special Ready Set Ride area will be set up for learners.

There will be free bike checks and maintenance tips, and volunteers will be on hand to tell you where to go next. If you're busy, don't worry, as the event will also be back on the following Saturday.

Family bike ride

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