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.
What: Flipping Pancake Race
Where: Greenwich Market, London
When: 5 March
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.
What: Crufts Dog Show
Where: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
When: 7 – 10 March
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.
What: Greening the city Dublin
When: 16 March @ 6pm
Where: Iconic buildings across Dublin city
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
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.
What: Learn Irish Workshop
Where: Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre, Daisy Street, Glasgow
When: 8 March
What: City of Belfast St. Patricks Day Celebrations
Where: Belfast City Hall
When: 17 March – 12.30pm – 4pm
What: The Mayor of London’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations
Where: Trafalgar Square, London
When: 17 March – 12noon – 6pm
What: The Manchester Irish Festival
Where: From Irish World Heritage Centre to Albert Square, Manchester
When: 10 March 12noon – 6pm
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:
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
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
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