March Events and Activities in the UK

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 – including Easter activities.

National Trust Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, Various Locations: Easter Weekend 

Easter egg hunt  

Over 250 themed egg hunts will be taking place at National Trust and National trust Scotland locations around the UK. Explore magical woodlands, gorgeous grounds and enjoy a host of additional activities – with chocolate!

Words by the Water Festival, Keswick: 9-18 March


There are few more scenic settings for a celebration of words and ideas than the shores of Derwentwater in the Lakes, and there are few better festivals to get you thinking than this festival of words and ideas. In the stunning setting of the Theatre by the Lake, 2018 features plenty of events to get you thinking about.

Glasgow International Comedy Festival: 8-25 March

Easter activities

Glasgow’s Comedy Festival is where you can see the stars of tomorrow hone their acts alongside a wealth of established performers. 2018’s is the biggest yet, with over 500 shows at 54 venues across the city and turns from Tommy Tiernan, Rob Delaney, Katherine Ryan, Ed Byrne, Limmy, David Baddiel, Jerry Sadowitz, Alexei Sayle and more!

Marmalade Festival 2017, Penrith, Cumbria: 17 March


From Peter to Paddington; join fellow fans as the town of Penrith in Cumbria goes orange for this unique celebration of marmalade. The Penrith & Dalemain Mansion hosts the majority of the demonstrations, with talks, exhibitions, tastings, music and awards while the town centre offers street entertainers, magicians, musicians, dancers, storytelling, stalls and much more.

Mother’s Day with the National Trust, various locations: 11 March

mother's day

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 England, Wales and Northern Ireland, there’s plenty to show your mum how much you appreciate her.

Cheltenham Festival,  Gloucestershire: 13-16 March

horse racing

Cheltenham is one of the highlights of the racing calendar. Four days of equine events open with the most important hurdle race of the season: the Unibet Champion Hurdle. The second day is the ever-popular Ladies Day with a St Patrick’s Day special on the third. Finally, the 16th offers Gold Cup Day, arguably the best day’s racing of the year!

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival: 15-18 March


Bristol is one of the UK’s key arts and culture hubs with a thriving jazz and blues scene. Enjoy dozens of workshops, dances and live performances at the 6th Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, with celebrations of Jimi Hendrix, performances from the James Taylor Quartet and more!

Where is Peter Rabbit? Treasure Trail, Lake District: 4 April

easter eggs

With Peter Rabbit hopping, skipping and jumping to cinemas in March we expect the annual treasure trail to be very popular this year. 100 special eggs are hidden around the Lake District; use a live Google map and solve clues to find them, and some have very special prizes!

Borderlines Film Festival 2018,  Herefordshire, Shropshire and the Borders: 23 Feb- 11 March


Celebrating over 15 years of exclusive film screenings and events in lovely rural settings, Borderlines goes from strength to strength. This year’s offerings include a chance to see sneak previews, retrospectives and films from around the world with plenty of peaceful places to explore afterwards.

York Literature Festival: 15-26 March


One of the UK’s most prestigious literary events, 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! This year’s programme focuses on history, and what better setting than historic York?