The daffodils are popping up, the clocks are changing and the evenings are getting lighter – looks like spring is just around the corner! What better way to start this energising season than with a holiday? The UK is full of things to do in March, so pack your bags and book a break to one of these top holiday destinations with plenty of great events happening.
From muddy obstacle courses in Stevenage to arthouse films in Glasgow, March is a fantastic month for things to see and do in the UK. It’s also a fantastic time to book a rental as the longer evenings and warmer weather eggs us on to get out and about. Talking of eggs, how about taking the family away for an Easter holiday? Whether you’re looking for a sprawling townhouse to suit toddlers and teenagers or a chocolate-box cottage for two, Holiday Lettings has your March holiday rental in the bag.
The Whyte & Mackay Glasgow International Comedy Festival (GICF) returns for its 16th year in 2018 with over 500 shows at 54 venues across the city – the most ever in the festival’s history! Over 103,000 tickets are on sale for this 18-day long festival, which includes performances from household names such as Katherine Ryan, Ed Byrne, Bridget Christie, Limmy, David Baddiel and many more. As well as stand-up performances in some of the city’s biggest venues and intimate gigs in pubs, the festival features plays, sketches, improv, film and comedy for kids. There’ll be magicians, rappers, interactive comedy games and shows inspired by everything from Elvis to Star Trek! If Glasgow wasn’t already on your list of best holiday destinations, a visit in March might change your mind.
GSFF, Scotland’s biggest celebration of short films, is back! There’ll be a dreamy, overnight screening of Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s otherworldly films, with pillows and mattresses provided. Immerse yourself in an interactive experience from prolific US filmmaker, Kevin Jerome Everson: the 8-hour long Park Lanes invites an audience to commit to a full day’s work in a factory producing bowling alley mechanisms. And for a celebration of the glory days of US hip hop, stay up for a late-night after party brought to you by the ladies from Tomboy, a Glasgow-based all female rap/grime/trap night that supports women in the music industries.
Kirkcaldy’s Food and Drink Fair is part of the Adam Smith Festival of Ideas which celebrates the Kirkcaldy-born, 18th-century economist and philosopher, Adam Smith. The Fair is brought to the town by Kirkcaldy 4 All and Fife College, and takes place from 11am – 3pm at the St Brycedale Campus of Fife College. The event stars BBC’s MasterChef The Professionals 2016 winner, Gary Maclean, and features cooking demonstrations, cupcake decorating and pizza-making workshops for children. Plus, there’ll be over twenty local food and drink producers showcasing and selling their wares so be sure to go on an empty stomach! While you’re there, why not buy some tasty treats to enjoy back at your private holiday rental?
Mud, mud, glorious mud! And it’s even better when you’re rolling around in it for a good cause. Join other enthusiastic participants at Knebworth House park in Stevenage to raise money for Garden House Hospice Care. The 5k obstacle fun run is a great opportunity to improve your fitness, raise funds for a vital cause and have a fantastically fun day out! Run, jog, clamber, crawl and climb around the 5k route, enjoying the beautiful setting en route. After a soak back at your holiday rental, why not return to explore the stunning Tudor stately home, Knebworth House, before heading into Stevenage for a well-earned evening meal?
Derry’s most delicious event is back in March for two mouth-watering days of street food, kitchen theatre and tasty treats as part of the St Patrick’s Spring Carnival programme. It was voted ‘Best NI Food Event’ at the NI Year of Food and Drink Awards, so your taste buds are in for a treat! This year, the festival welcomes celebrity chef, Rachel Allen, and local restaurants will be serving up their signature dishes for visitors to try. There’ll be live cooking demos, hand-crafted confectionary, perfect preserves and much, much more. Feeling inspired? Put your new-found skills to the test by cooking a relaxing supper at your rental using some of Derry’s finest local produce.
Organised by the Hastings Lions Club supported by Hastings A.C. and Hastings Runners, The Hastings Half Marathon has long been a leading event in the racing calendar. It’s been voted ‘The Best Half Marathon in the UK’ many times and suits runners of all abilities, from beginners to champions. Add to this the fantastic support from the spectators (which is second to none!), the six bands, three discos, three choirs and a marching band, and you get some idea of the atmosphere at this fantastic event. The unique ‘Hastings Brass’, which is given to all finishers, has become a collector’s item, and a very prized possession!
Even if you’ve been before, you won’t want to miss 2018’s Scottish Golf Show. There’ll be 28 indoor driving bays, plus amazing interactive features including the unbelievably fun Ladbrokes golf darts. Other highlights include the custom-built bunker challenge, short game zone, putting challenges and exclusive junior golf area. The show theatre is back (by popular demand) where you can get up close and personal with golf’s sporting heroes. For those of you looking to brush up your skills, there are over 700 free golf lessons with PGA professionals on offer. And, if you want to treat yourself to some new kit, some of the biggest brands in golf will be selling their wares while American Golf returns with its biggest Scottish retail shop.
One of Europe’s biggest vegan festivals, Vegfest UK, returns to the Brighton Centre this March. The festival consists of around 230 stalls including 19 globally inspired food caterers. Events include The FxEctive Factor vegan talent contest on Saturday, a Veganuary “class of 2018” reunion party on Sunday, and talks on the health and performance benefits of plant-based diets. This family-friendly festival has a fantastic kids area so there’ll be plenty to keep the whole family entertained. There’s also an art exhibition, cookery demos, live music, vegan comedy and a vegan activists corner. So, if you’re looking for a great March holiday destination—and fun things to do—book a break in Brighton and celebrate all things veg! For more information, please visit www.brighton.vegfest.co.uk
One place you’re guaranteed to find plenty of eggs this Easter is Paradise Park in Cornwall – whether it’s the chocolate kind or spring hatchlings popping out! Families will love going on an egg hunt, spotting clues (and maybe even some dinosaur eggs) around the Park. Don’t forget to claim your free mini-egg treat when you finish! Easter sees the beginning of the ‘Eagles of Paradise Display’ and the ‘Free Flying Bird Show’ where you can experience macaws, owls and eagles flying just above your head. And to top it all off, there’ll be indoor fun in the Jungle Barn centre, with fantastic giant slides, multi-level soft play and a toddler’s zone with ball fountain. More details can be found on: www.paradisepark.org.uk/easter-egg-hunt-2018
The Edinburgh International Science Festival is the world’s oldest science festival and one of the highlights of Edinburgh’s events calendar, making the capital city one of March’s best holiday destinations. You’ll find a huge and diverse range of workshops, hands-on activities, discussions, exhibitions and special events, all designed to show just how amazing and inspiring science can be! Why not make a holiday of it and stay for a week or two? Edinburgh is packed full of things to see and do, from scaling the heights of Arthur’s Seat to exploring the underground streets at Mary King’s Close.