At last, spring is on it’s way! I’m really looking forward to the longer days and some warmer weather. There’s plenty going on this month to encourage you to get out and about; I’ve listed a selection of events below. Do leave a comment if there are any others you’d like to add.
1. Partial solar eclipse, nationwide
This will make for an interesting school run! The partial eclipse will be visible, clouds permitting, from around 8.40-10.30am on Friday 20 March. I’ve seen a couple of headlines stating that Britain will be plunged into darkness; it won’t but you’ll still need to wear eclipse viewers and not look directly at the sun.
2. Red Nose Day, nationwide
Taking place on Friday 13 March, there are events across the country to raise money for Comic Relief. If there isn’t one near you already why not organise something yourself? And remember to buy your red noses!
3. Mother’s Day, nationwide
Mums go free at many attractions on Sunday 15 March. Some of these include Trebah Garden in Cornwall, The National Botanic Garden of Wales, The Big Sheep in Devon and Corfe Castle Model Village in Dorset.
4. Discover Lincolnshire weekend
Attractions across the county of Lincolnshire are offering free entry during the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March. The Visit Lincoln website details the attractions taking part; they include Tattershall Castle, Gainsborough Old Hall and Lincoln Cathedral.
5. Lambing weekends, nationwide
Is there anything more spring like than newborn lambs? I think not! There are lots of lambing events across the country including Saddlescombe Farm near Brighton, Kentwell Farm in Suffolk and Oaklands College in St Albans.
The National Trust also has a list of their properties where you can see lambs.
6. Big Bang science fair, Birmingham
With over 75,000 visitors in 2014 the Big Bang science fair is the largest show of its kind in the UK. Aimed at 7-19 year olds the free event runs from 13-16 March. It’s a mix of science related shows, workshops and fun activities to inspire young people to consider careers in science, technology and engineering.
7. Children’s Literature Festival, Cardiff
There’s lots of story telling, Horrible Histories and Diary of a a Wimpy Kid shows and a creative writing workshop at the Cardiff Children’s Lit Fest. Most public events take place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March and are aimed at primary school children. Tickets are from £3 per event.
8. St Piran’s Day celebrations, Cornwall
St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall. St Piran’s festival takes place in Redruth on Saturday 7 March with a parade, street entertainment and children’s town trail. There are also parades in Falmouth and Bodmin on Thursday 5 March and a procession in Perranporth on Sunday 8 March.
9. World Book Day, nationwide
School children across the country will be dressing up as their favourite book characters on World Book Day, Thursday 5 March. You’ll find events at local libraries and bookshops and if you live near the Roald Dahl museum in Buckinghamshire you can pop along to their after school World Book Day party.
Older children might be interested in Teen Fest from 6-8pm on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March. They can chat online to more than 40 authors, including Holly Smale, Malorie Blackman and Andy McNab.
10. Family fun day, British Geological Society, Nottingham
If your kids are interested in rocks and geology they’ll enjoy this family fun day held at Keyworth in Nottinghamshire. This free event is on Saturday 21 March between 10am-5pm; geologists will be on hand to talk about earthquakes and fossils and there’ll be family specific activities. Register online on the BGS website if you plan to attend.