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September 2023

Find activity ideas for occasions and events in September.

Find inspiration for occasions and events to plan into your programme in September. You can view the PDF version of our September calendar or find even more ideas on this page. 

Illustrated calendar for September 2023 in grid format
  • Secondhand September (September) 
  • Gilwell Reunion (Friday 1 September to Sunday 3 September) 
  • World Letter Writing Day (Friday 1 September) 
  • International Day of Charity (Tuesday 5 September) 
  • International Literacy Day (Friday 8 September) 
  • Emergency Services Day (Saturday 9 September) 
  • Hot Cross Bun Day (Monday 11 September) 
  • Great Beach Clean Week (Friday 15 September to Sunday 24 September) 
  • Talk Like a Pirate Day (Tuesday 19 September) 
  • World Gratitude Day (Thursday 21 September) 
  • International Day of Peace (Thursday 21 September) 
  • Bi Visibility Day (Saturday 23 September) 
  • Yom Kippur (PM Sunday 24 September to PM Monday 25 September) 
  • FSC Forest week (Saturday 23 September to Friday 29 September) 
  • International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (Friday 29 September)  

Secondhand September

This month, people are encouraged to buy only secondhand clothes. A great time to get creative and rescue some pre-loved items.  

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World Letter Writing Day (1 Sept)

Keep in touch with Scout friends around the world, or inspire change in your community. 

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International Day of Charity (5 Sept)

Find out more about a charity focusing on a cause you’re passionate about.

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International Literacy Day (8 Sept)

International Literacy Day is about the importance of literacy and inclusive education for all.  

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Emergency Services Day (9 Sept)

Celebrate our emergency services and brush up on your lifesaving skills. 

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Hot Cross Bun Day (11 Sept)

Don’t want to wait until next Easter for those tasty spiced sweet buns?

Perhaps whoever came up with this day felt the same! 

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Great British Beach Clean (15-24 Sept)

Take part in the Great British Beach Clean. What strange litter will you find? 

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Talk Like a Pirate Day (19 Sept)

A fun occasion to treasure. Why not dress up with your mates too?  

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World Gratitude Day (21 Sept)

Show your thanks and appreciation on World Gratitude Day. 

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International Day of Peace (21 Sept)

International Day of Peace (or World Peace Day), is dedicated to peace around the world.

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Bi Visibility Day (23 Sept)

Celebrate our amazing bi young people and volunteers, challenge biphobia, and build a society where everyone is free to be themselves.

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International Day of Sign Languages (23 Sept)

Learn more about British Sign Language (BSL) and try finger spelling, on the International Day of Sign Languages.

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Yom Kippur (evening 24-25 Sept)

Yom Kippur, which means the Day of Atonement, is a time where Jews reflect and ask God for forgiveness.  

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FSC Forest Week (23-29 Sept)

Explore the importance of forests to our planet and help build a sustainable future on FSC Forest Week.

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International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (29 Sept)

Take action to fight against food waste. 

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