Who’s ready to say “Cheerio” to the cold? We are! March marks the beginning of spring and we have a great line-up of events that are perfect for the warmer weather. Check out our guide to find out what needs to go into your diary.

Flipping Pancake Race

What: Flipping Pancake Race

Where: Greenwich Market, London

When: 5 March

Cost: Free

Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, is traditionally celebrated by gorging on pancakes. It is the day before the start of Lent, a 40-day fasting period observed by Christians around the world.

One good way to have some fun (and a free pancake) on the day is to take part in a pancake race near you. A popular one in London is the one hosted in Greenwich Market. All you have to do is run as fast as you can whilst tossing a pancake. Be warned it is harder than it sounds!

Pans and pancakes will be provided. Email your details to enter or just turn up on the day.

Crufts Dog Show

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What: Crufts Dog Show

Where: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham

When: 7 – 10 March

Cost: £18

Whether you like dogs or not Crufts Dog Show should be in your diary. The 128-year-old show is dubbed the biggest and most popular dog show in the world and is a uniquely British event.

The show is televised by Channel 4 and has 22,000 dogs competing for world class titles, including the top accolade of ‘Best In Show’, which means this dog is considered the best in Britain.

Greening the City Dublin

What: Greening the city Dublin

When: 16 March @ 6pm

Where: Iconic buildings across Dublin city

Cost: Free

To celebrate the life of the Patron Saint of Ireland St Patrick, who is often depicted as wearing all green, Dublin is illuminating buildings, venues and spaces across the city in green lights for the festivities. After the sun goes down, take a stroll through Dublin’s fair city to check out these iconic buildings. 

St Patrick’s Day

What: St Patrick’s Day

When: 17 March

Where: Nationwide

Cost: Mainly free

The Irish know a thing or two about having a great time. And there’s no bigger proof of that than St. Patrick’s Day, a celebration of the Patron Saint of Ireland.

St. Paddy’s day as it’s affectionately known falls on Monday 17th of March and the whole of the UK celebrates, not just Ireland. We’ve searched the length and breadth of the UK to bring you THE BEST St. Paddy’s Day celebrations.

Glasgow

What: Learn Irish Workshop

Where: Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre, Daisy Street, Glasgow

When: 8 March

Cost: Free

Belfast

What: City of Belfast St. Patricks Day Celebrations

Where: Belfast City Hall

When: 17 March – 12.30pm – 4pm

Cost: Free

London

What: The Mayor of London’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

Where: Trafalgar Square, London

When: 17 March – 12noon – 6pm

Cost: Free

Manchester

What: The Manchester Irish Festival

Where: From Irish World Heritage Centre to Albert Square, Manchester

When: 10 March 12noon – 6pm

Cost: Free

Hindu Festival of Holi

What: Hindu Festival of Holi

Where: Across the UK

When: 20 – 21 March

The Hindu Festival of Holi, which is also known as the “festival of colours”, signifies the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. 

Traditionally the festival is celebrated over two days with a bonfire on the first day and throwing vibrant colours on the second day.

Holi is widely celebrated throughout the UK and you’ll definitely find a celebration near you. However, if you’re willing to travel further afield these are our favourites:

Manchester, England

Celebrations in Manchester, organised by the local Indian Association, will see a colour-throwing session followed by music, dancing and Indian food.

Date: 30 March 1-4pm; colour-throwing until 2pm

Location: Platt Fields Park, Manchester

Cost: Free but the colour has to be bought at the venue

Aberdeen, Scotland

The Aberdeen Holi Mela is the biggest celebration in Scotland and involves plenty of colour-splashing, hot food stalls and live DJ pumping out Bollywood hits.

Date and time: 28 April 12pm onwards

Location: Ashdale Hall, Westhill Drive, Westhill, Aberdeen, AB32 6FY

Cost: £4

Cardiff, Wales

Looking for the best Holi party in Wales? Cardiff is where you should head to. The ticket price includes a white T-shirt and the paint powder.

Date and time: 20 March 10.30pm till 21 March 3am

Location: Tramshed Cardiff, Clare Road, Cardiff CF11 6QP

Cost: £7