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Things to do across the UK in March

Feb 28, 2015

by Jenny Gresham handmade and vintage goods

Are you looking for fun, inspirational things to do around the UK this March? Here are some of the events happening nationwide this month that we’re marking in our diaries…


biscuit factory blog

The Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle was originally very industrial, but in more recent years serves as a hub for the arts and creative industries. It also has a lively pub scene with lots of live music and real ale. March brings to events for your diary based in that area.

First up, on Mother’s Day there will be a contemporary take on afternoon tea at The Biscuit Factory – the perfect way to treat your mother.

The Biscuit Factory will also be hosting the Ouseburn Open Studios on 29th March; it’s a chance to see artists’ work and buy things you wouldn’t normally get on the high street.

If you do find yourself in Newcastle, you have to go to Soul Heaven – probably the coolest trainer shop around and known for having unique styles. And while you’re knocking about near to the river I recommend The Broad Chare on the Quayside as the food is divine. It’s good to book in advance, though. Top tip: choose ‘the monk’s cheek’ to start.


vintage fair blog

Yorkshire’s biggest hospice St Gemma’s is holding a vintage fair to raise money. This month’s fair will be on the 7th and 8th at the hospice in Moortown, Leeds. I’ve heard that this is not to be missed and you never know what gems you may find- plus you’re helping raise money for a good cause.

After picking up bountiful bargains you could head to Almost Famous, which serves marmite fries – that’s a definite must. Almost Famous have restaurants in Manchester and Liverpool, too.


ed fashion week blog

So, it’s an exciting month in the Scottish capital as it’s Edinburgh Fashion Week.  There is so much going on including catwalk shows, tutorials, pop-up shops and in-store events. Although some of the free unreserved seating has gone, keep an eye on the website as they will list more soon, and you can also get seats on the day, too. Brands like Gap and L.K. Bennett will be giving 20% off over the weekend, so it’s a win-win.

Edinburgh is also the home of a Brew Dog, where the beers and scotch eggs are simply eggsellent.


icebar blog

This month there will be a pop-up ice bar hosted by Coors Beer in the centre of Manchester, following the success of the one held in London. It will run from 13th – 19th March and you can also enter a competition for the opening night where Rudimental will be playing.

Fancy something a little warmer? There are lots of tea shops in Manchester including The Northern Quarter’s Teacup Kitchen, if you fancy some rainbow cake and purple haze milkshake (which, let’s face it- you probably do).


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It’s a must to go down to the Fashion and Textile Museum and visit the first ever exhibition on the work of Thea Porter who initiated bohemian chic in the sixties and seventies.

You could tie this visit in with a trip to Borough Market (open on Fridays and Saturdays) or have dinner at Edwin’s (I hear the food is delicious).


wildlife blog

Okay, so this is not actually happening in March, but tickets are going fast so you’ll need to buy soon. Wildlife Festival is happening on the 6th and 7th June. It’s in Brighton City Airport – also known as Shoreham Airport, which is right on the lovely Sussex coast. The tickets are super reasonable and there are some really cool bands playing, too.

For foodies: Top five places to eat next
Hand and Flower – Marlow
Honest Burger – London
Terre Terre – Brighton
Ox and Finch – Glasgow
The Lazy Cow – Stratford Upon Avon

More upcoming events from Etsy

Come to Etsy’s Wedding Fair this Spring!
Manmade: Celebrating men who make


  • abenakcreation

    Virpi Irene Bendandi from ABenakCreation said 3 years ago

    Spring is coming and with it all these cool and wonderful events!

  • sweetiepips

    katrien from sweetiepips said 3 years ago

    Wild life festival....... Tickets between £100 - £200 Super reasonable I THINK NOT!

  • amgarchive

    Alex from AMGARCHIVE said 3 years ago

    Support the vintage fair at St Gemmas in Leeds I will be popping along to find more treasures for my shop .. Its a great cause please do your best to make there .....

  • lolaron

    lolaron said 3 years ago

    Seeing Etsy promote a restaurant which serves foie gras (Ox and Finch) makes me feel very disappointed.

  • CinnabarAndSienna

    Richard Harvey Allsop from CinnabarAndSienna said 3 years ago

    All the best for those holding fairs etc in the UK, I hope your sales go well ;0)

  • anafrez

    Anafrez Notions from AnafrezNotions said 3 years ago

    This really nice.

  • JuliaPeculiar

    Julia from JuliaPeculiar said 3 years ago

    I need to get myself to a vintage fair,would be so much fun.

  • mcleodandjacobson

    McLeodandJacobson from digitalanddictionary said 3 years ago

    Would Love to come to the vintage fair too..but it's a bit far to come from the sunny beaches of new zealand !

  • edifyboss

    Ed Brown from EdifyClothing said 3 years ago

    Love the idea of the ice bar!

  • carolerussell

    Carole Russell from AwfyBrawJewellery said 3 years ago

    Great info! Thankyou. Live near wonderful Edinburgh so will be there in March shopping and browsing. x

  • jujujewellery

    amanda shaw from jujujewellery said 3 years ago

    Love this blog! Great to see so many cool things happening around the UK x

  • paisleypat

    Patrick Moriarty from PaisleyPowerShop said 3 years ago

    I went to the Thea Porter exhibition in London. Very inspirational for my paisley-inspired textile designs. The music in the museum helped recreate the atmosphere of the late 60's and early 70's. I definitely should have taken a wig!

  • FireHorseTextiles

    Julia K Walton from JuliaKWalton said 3 years ago

    Great round up of events to attend - nice to see things all around the country, too, not just in London.

  • sumydidydo

    scattycat from ScattyCatArtWork said 3 years ago

    Great mix of events :) Thank you!

  • missharry

    miss harry from missharry said 3 years ago

    I am going to try to visit the London ones. :)

  • BarbaraATurner

    Barbara Turner from BarbaraATurner said 3 years ago

    Ohhhh, I thought you said march across the UK, (tough going from NI to Glasgow). Seriously, a creative, unconventional tour would be great, lending time to meet people and really hear them.

  • thenativestate

    The Native State Native State from TheNativeState said 3 years ago

    I'll be at my first Markers Market this weekend in Morningside...just in case any lovely Edinburgh people need some weekend shopping tips - 11am to 4pm, Columcille Centre. Yay to the UK and it's delightful mix of creativity! Wishing everyone taking part in these events, an abundance of success and fun!

  • tmhowley

    Pearlypants from Pearlypantscrafts said 3 years ago

    Forget the foi gras restaurant, head off down to Brighton where you will VegFest on 28th & 29th March, Europes biggest Vegan event.

  • MyVintageChic

    Audrey Why said 3 years ago

    Lovely to see things to do in my area - Newcastle. It would be lovely to have a local Etsy meet up once a year, with a Etsy craft day - crafts for sale, workshops and talks on selling on Etsy, I could do a workshop on bear or dollmaking? and don't mind traveling up to 100 miles at most.

  • jamiebeecullen

    Jamie Cullen from jamiebeecullen said 3 years ago

    The Hand & Flowers in Marlow is just an amazing experience


    Craig Anthony from ReformationsGlassArt said 3 years ago

    Great read . I wonder if i could sell my abstract art directly to bar/club owners in Newcastle...don't know until i try ;)

  • vtb7

    Tanya B said 3 years ago

    I am going to attend Textile Forum on 4-5 March in London at One Marylebone ))) and tickets are free, you just need to do registration online!

  • lilyandlacevintage

    Leanne from lilyandlacevintage said 3 years ago

    I love this kind of post. It's very rare I can find unique events like this. More of this kind of post please! xx

  • zenophobe

    Tina Giuntini from BeaEvie said 3 years ago

    Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style is on at the Imperial War Museum until August for all you wanting vintage London

  • priyaamrit

    The White Fire from TheWhiteFire said 3 years ago

    I love Borough market! Wish it would get warmer soon though :)

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