With spring approaching there are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of Britain in bloom. But even if the weather lets us down, there’s more than enough to enjoy in March.
Take a look at a few of our picks for the best events and activities throughout the month.
Words by the Water, Keswick: 3-12 March
There are few more scenic settings for a celebration of words and ideas than the shores of Derwentwater in the Lakes. Similarly, there are few better festivals bringing together the brightest and best from the worlds of comedy, journalism, politics and literature. The 2017 festival line-up offers appearances from Melvyn Bragg, Vince Cable, comedian Mark Watson and a host of special events taking full advantage of the stunning scenery. https://www.theatrebythelake.com/words-by-the-water-festival.
Glasgow International Comedy Festival: 9-26 March
One of the highlights of the comedy calendar, Glasgow’s Comedy Festival is where you can see upcoming stars alongside a wealth of renowned performers. The 15th festival offers such luminaries as Jimmy Carr, Stewart Lee, Al Murray and Russell Howard with plenty more unique events taking place in venues around the city. Choose from live podcast recordings, music performances, film commentaries and more! http://www.glasgowcomedyfestival.com/
Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival: 25 March – 2 April
The hometown of Roald Dahl seems like the perfect place for a celebration of children’s literature. And since the recent Dahl-inspired City of the Unexpected is still fresh in the mind, you, and your young readers, can expect quite a time in Cardiff. The 5th festival features a host of readings and workshops, featuring a who’s who of literary talent, including Nick Sharrat, Andy Stanton celebrating the tenth anniversary of his creation Mr Gum, Holly Smale and more. Whether you’re with a budding writer or devoted reader, there’s plenty for the family to enjoy. http://www.cardiff-events.com/cardiff-childrens-literature-festival/
Marmalade Festival 2017, Penrith, Cumbria: 18-19 March
Join the town of Penrith in Cumbria as it goes orange for the international celebration of Paddington’s favourite condiment! The Penrith & Dalemain Mansion will be hosting the majority of the demonstrations, with talks, exhibitions, tastings, music and awards. Meanwhile Penrith town centre will be celebrating marmalade with street entertainers, magicians, musicians, dancers, storytelling, stalls and much more. There are free buses between the venues and, such is the prestige of the event, Virgin Trains’ service will be transforming into the West Coast Marmalade Line for competition entries – where they will be met by Paddington himself at Penrith station. https://www.dalemain.com/marmalade-festival/
Mother’s Day with the National Trust, various locations: 26 March
Treat your mum to a special day out with a host of events and activities taking place in National trust locations throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Whether you fancy high tea and a peaceful stroll, getting green fingers by potting daffodils and planting snowdrops or just taking the time out to appreciate hundreds of gorgeous heritage locations throughout the land, there’s plenty to show your mum how much you appreciate her. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/mothers-day-events
Cheltenham Festival, Gloucestershire: 14-17 March
One of the UK’s most popular racing events on one of its most popular courses, Cheltenham is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the racing calendar. Four days of equine events open with the most important hurdle race of the season: the Stan James Champion Hurdle. The second day is the ever-popular Ladies Day with a St Patrick’s Day special on the Thursday. Finally, the 17th offers Gold Cup Day, arguably the best day’s racing of the year! http://cheltenham.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/the-festival
Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival: 16-19 March
Bristol’s musical heritage is justly celebrated with pioneers Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky creating a whole new musical genre. The city has continued to be one of the key arts and culture hubs of the UK, cultivating a thriving jazz and blues renaissance in the process. Enjoy over 40 workshops, dances and live performances at the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival with artists like Macy Gray, Mud Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters) and more gracing the stage. http://www.bristoljazzandbluesfest.com
Borderlines Film Festival 2017, Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Borders: 1-12 March
Celebrating 15 years of exclusive film screenings and events in lovely rural settings, Borderlines goes from strength to strength. This year’s offerings include screenings of Oscar darlings: Moonlight, La La Land, Jackie, Fences and more alongside one-off screenings of Cuban cinema and a chance to see sneak peeks of a number of films before they go on general release. With a wealth 0f lovely locations on offer, there are few better places to stretch your legs afterwards too! www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk
York Literature Festival: 16-30 March
One of the UK’s most prestigious literary events, the York’s festival of the written word places and emphasis on literature, spoken word and poetry with diversions into music, comedy, film and theatre. In short, it’s a one stop shop for wonderful cultural events. Enjoy events and appearances from Michael Palin, Sue Perkins, Mark Gatiss, Michael Faber and more in a glorious historic setting. There’s much to enjoy for literary lovers and budding writers and novelists. http://www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk.