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…
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.