5 things to do in Britain in March

It’s March and winter should be coming to a end although it doesn’t feel like it!

Don’t worry there’s plenty of things to do that will keep your mind off this very cold weather.

1.Celebrate St David’s Day – 1 March

Festivals and celebrations take place across Wales on 1 March when the whole country come out to celebrate Saint David.  It’s a colourful day not to miss with children dressed up in traditional dress (black chimney hats and red shawls), dragons, leeks and of course daffodils . If you’re in Cardiff for the event then make sure you see the National St David’s Day parade. Cardiff is a fascinating city so make sure you spend a few days there and book a Blue Badge Guided tour to show you around.  Enjoy a bowl of the traditional leek and vegetable soup to warm you up!

2.Visit Hampton Court for Mother’s Day – 11 March

Treat your mum like the queen with a visit to Hampton Court Palace.  There’s so much to do and see so make sure you book a Blue Badge Guide to make the most of your time.  If it’s too cold to see the gardens then take her to the Florimania exhibition King’s Apartments of Hampton Court Palace which showcases flowers from around the world. The exhibition is on from 9-11 March with floral demonstrations at 11.00 and 14.00 each day.

Hampton Court Palace

3. The Cheltenham Festival – 13 to 16 March

The Cheltenham Fesitval is one of the biggest horse racing events of the year with prize money second only to the Grand National. It has a rich 250 year old history and world class horses and jockey’s and trainers will be there. There’s always a great buzz around the event and if you’re visiting the Cotswolds at this time you can’t help but be swept up in the atmosphere.  The Cotswolds is an area of natural beauty with picturesque villages and rolling green fields. To appreciate them fully we recommend booking a Blue Badge Guide to show you around.

The Cotswolds

4. Celebrate St Patrick’s Day – 17 March

Warm yourself up in the crowd of people celebrating St Patrick’s Day around the country. If you’re headed to London then you can join in the 3-day celebration in Trafalgar Square from 16-18 March. There will be a parade of floats, musicians and dancers and a chance to enjoy some Irish food (and of course a pint of Guinness). But if you’re really up for celebrating then why not go to Belfast where the celebrations kick off in the morning from Belfast City Hall. It’s a family day with a huge range of entertainment including and a free concert. Make sure you make the most of a trip to Belfast by booking a Blue Badge Guide to show you the secrets of this historical city.

Belfast by night

5. Oxford and Cambridge Boat races – 24 March

Swap your pint of Guinness  for a glass of Pimms and a cucumber sandwich and join the crowds at the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. It has been running annually since 1856 on the River Thames starting from Putney Bridge and finishing at Chiswick Bridge.  The race is just over 4 miles and afterwards there are plenty of pubs along the river to pop into and warm up.  If you’re interested in finding out more about the origins of the race then why not start where it all began and join us for a walking tour of either Oxford or Cambridge. You can learn about the history of these great University cities.

Cambridge by boat