12 things to do in the UK in March 2024

Winter is truly behind us and Spring is well and truly on its way!

And as the flowers begin to bloom and the days get a little longer, there are plenty of great events and fun things to do in the UK in March. From historical celebrations to the return of the UK’s iconic drinks festivals – there’s lots to look forward to this month. Discover our top picks for March below.

1. Celebrate St. David’s Day (Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus)

1st March 2024

St Davids CathedralPlanning a trip to Wales this March? Well, brace yourself for a blast with traditional St. David’s Day celebrations up and down the country on the 1st March. Though we are sure you can get involved wherever you are in the UK.

This annual Welsh celebration honours the life of the famous bishop, Saint David. Synonymous with daffodils, parades and festivities, you can expect plenty of people dressed in traditional Welsh outfits on the 1st March! Why not make a trip to St David’s Hall in Cardiff and marvel at Wales’ iconic composers, performed by the National Chorus of Wales?

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2. The Art of the Brick LEGO® Exhibition

From 6th March 2024

Lego T-Rex exhibitThe world’s most famous LEGO® exhibition has arrived on Brick Lane (the perfect location we think!). After touring over 100 cities in 24 countries and being visited by over 10 million people worldwide The Art of the Brick has become a favourited exhibition that truly immerses visitors in the creative world of LEGO®.

Featuring 150+ LEGO® sculptures and re-imagined real-life artwork made from over 1 million bricks, this spectacular exhibit is the perfect day out for any age. From Michelangelo’s David to Van Gogh’s Starry Night, there are countless other sculptures that have to be seen to be believed – the 6-metre-long T-Rex skeleton is our favourite!

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3. International Women’s Day

8th March 2024 

International Women's DayTaking place on the 8th March, International Women’s Day is an annual event celebrating the countless accomplishments of women from around the world. The theme of International Women’s Day 2024 is #inspireinclusion, and intends to ‘inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion to forge a better world’.

With an array of events across the UK, why not celebrate the day with a BBC performance experience honouring the IWD 2024? With guest conductor Ellie Slorach, this moving performance will feature Indian classical music and Western choral symphonies.

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4. Spot dogs of all shapes and sizes at Crufts 2024 in the NEC Birmingham

7th-10th March 2024 

Scottish Terrier at dog showThis tail-wagging celebration is one of the biggest March events of the month. Crufts 2024 is returning to the NEC, Birmingham between the 7th-10th March!

Founded in 1891, this annual K9 competition sees dogs of all breeds compete for the prestigious Best in Show title. But that’s not all. With plenty of other categories, including agility, obedience, heelwork (and even music!), this ticketed event is the perfect day out for any dog enthusiast.

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5. Enjoy a Mother’s Day brunch at The Alchemist, Oxford 

10th March 2024

Brunch at The Alchemist Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Mothering Sunday is the perfect time of year to show our mums some extra love – and we’ve got the perfect Mother’s Day idea for you.

Why not treat them to the ultimate brunch extravaganza at The Alchemist Oxford? Located on the rooftop of Oxford’s famous Westgate shopping centre, The Alchemist’s Alchemy Cocktail Brunch even features a bottomless drinks option. Explore The Alchemist’s spectacular choice of cocktails, ranging from the classic Espresso Martini to the theatrical Colour Changing One.

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6. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

17th March 2024 

St Patrick's Day paradeNothing quite sums up St. Patrick’s Day like shamrocks, leprechaun hats and pints of Guinness. Taking place on the 17th March, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration has been recognised for over 1,000 years.

This vibrant Irish spectacle marks the death of Saint Patrick, the man responsible for bringing Christianity to Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day is also an opportunity to honour Irish culture with several cities across the UK joining in with the event – but nobody throws a party quite like the Irish. Why not head to Dublin to join the flocks of visitors and locals raising a toast to Ireland? Celebrations normally last the entire week and offer an experience unlike any other!

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7. Test your film & music knowledge with the Full Volume Quiz at SPARK York

Every Sunday

Pub quizHeading to York this March? This gorgeous Roman city in northeast England is the perfect spot for a UK city break this spring and there are plenty of things to do in March. If you’re looking for a vibrant night out in the city, Spark is the go-to spot!

Located on Piccadilly, Spark is a spirited entertainment space known for its array of dynamic events, including the Full Volume Quiz Night. Entry is just £1 per team member but be prepared to test your musical and movie knowledge with this exciting Sunday night quiz.

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8. Grab a pint at The International Brewing & Cider Festival, Manchester

22nd & 23rd March 2024

Group of people cheers-ing glasses of beerAll new for 2024! The International Brewing and Cider Festival is arriving at Manchester’s historic Depot Mayfield this March. Dubbed to have the biggest collection of international beers and ciders across Europe, this community-focused festival showcases some of the best brewery produce in the industry.

Alongside this, the International Brewing and Cider Festival will also see awesome live music and entertainment with plenty of street food eateries to explore.

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9. York Chocolate Festival

27th-31st March 2024 

Chocolate brownies market stall

With Easter taking place at the end of March this year, why not make a trip to the UK’s ‘Chocolate City’ for the ultimate sweet treat festival? York’s annual Chocolate Festival is back for 2024 and sharing even more scrumptious chocolate goodies than ever before.

With plenty of local chocolatier market stalls to explore as well as an array of workshops and tasting events to attend, your sweet tooth won’t be able to resist a trip to the York Chocolate Festival this March.

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10. Immerse yourself in art and culture at Tate Morden Lates, London 

29th March 2024 

Get ready to discover the funkiest after-hours event in London. Taking place on the last Friday of every month, Tate Modern Lates (also known as Tate Lates) is a free monthly event that combines live music, contemporary art and quirky workshops.

With regularly changing themes, one-of-a-kind DJ sets and even talks from up-and-coming names in the creative industries, Tate Lates is a unique night in London you won’t forget.

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11. Place your bets for The Boat Race 2024

30th March 2024 

The Gemini Boat Race on the River ThamesAs March 2024 comes to a close, we’re closing off the month with the annual iconic race between two of the UK’s most prestigious universities – The Gemini Boat Race. Originating over two centuries ago, the now ‘Gemini’ Boat Race sees Oxford and Cambridge University rowing teams go head-to-head in a tense race along the River Thames.

And with the hope of early spring sunshine to keep the spirits up, The Gemini Boat Race is the perfect excuse to head to southwest London for a day at the pub. With plenty of taverns along the river, our favourites being Stag Brewery and Crabtree Tavern, this four-mile boat race is a stellar British event to catch from a riverside beer garden.

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12. Warm your heart with Paddington™ in Concert, Brighton 

31st March

Paddington bear statue in Leicester SquareLooking for cosy things to do in March? Relive one of the UK’s best-loved characters and his touching award-winning movie, all accompanied by the London Concert Orchestra. Paddington™ in Concert is arriving in Brighton!

Based on beloved books by Michael Bond, Paddington™ 2014 has become a box office hit. With a glorious live orchestra alongside this moving story, Paddington™ in Concert will surely brighten your day.

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