March’s top events

Looking for an event to feature? Here’s our pick of the best events coming up in March. As ever, please check individual websites for the latest details.

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There’s plenty more to experience, for details on the full range of events check out each destination’s What’s On pages:

Visit East Yorkshire

Visit Hull

Visit Lincolnshire

Visit Stoke

Enjoy Staffordshire

Visit Hampshire


Motor on down to Hampshire

Star items from Hampshire’s National Motor Museum collections will be the focus of a new exhibition of images by acclaimed photographer Rick Guest. Known for conveying energy and elegance – whether in capturing Olympians, Formula 1 cars or musicians – this new exhibition will feature his images of some of Beaulieu’s prized motoring exhibits. In Focus: by Rick Guest runs from 23 March until 8 September 2024. Beaulieu day admission tickets £24.50 per person.

Discover Lincolnshire… in one weekend

Celebrate spring with a real bargain – by exploring some of Lincolnshire’s top attractions with special discounts and deals. Head to the county on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March for the Discover Lincolnshire Weekend and enjoy special offers, discounts, and events at many of the area’s top attractions. There are also guided tours and food and drink treats in store, from themed cocktails to local tasting menus.

Lighting up Hull

Hull’s maritime heritage will take centre stage with a free to attend evening outdoors show featuring a lighthouse erupting with fireworks, music and flaming torchlit procession. Being staged on Thursday 14 March 2024, the torch parade will make its way from Hull Minster to Hull Marina, where audiences will then enjoy a spectacular performance of The Tower of Light – transforming the city into a magical theatre of pyrotechnics and performance.

Double Bubble Trouble

Spring into a new season of science fun at Hampshire’s Winchester Science Centre. During weekends and school holidays between 6 March and 15 April 2024, Boom & Bloom offers everything from discovering more about the science of bubbles in Bubble Trouble, to solving the mystery of whether it’s the Easter rabbit or hare. Over in the Planetarium, there’s a new live presenter-led show, Atmospheres. Tickets from £12.50 per person.

Spring has sprung in Stoke-on-Trent

Over a million bulbs have been planted for the annual Trentham Spring Bulb Festival, which once again features a contemporary mix of bulbs and displays stretching over a three-month period, 1 March – 31 May 2024. While the main bulb displays are likely in April with the Italian Gardens alive with tulips, March will be dominated by large daffodils displays and the start of the pot displays with irises and narcissus. Tickets from £11 per person.

Join a seabird special in East Yorkshire

RSPB Bempton Cliffs in East Yorkshire is home to one of the UK’s top wildlife spectacles when around half a million seabirds gather here between March and August to raise a family on the towering chalk cliffs that overlook the North Sea. To find out more about what visitors can discover in spring, join a special two-hour guided walk on the reserve with one of its expert leaders on Saturday16 March 2024. Tickets from £12.75 per person.

Seasonal glory at England’s finest Elizabethan house

Only open for a handful of weeks each year, Burghley’s normally private South Gardens welcomes visitors for its this month. The special opening of the gardens, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century, offers visitors the chance to enjoy fine views of the Estate along with the spring flowers. Open from 16 March until 14 April, tickets cost £9, with the event raising funds for local charity Evergreen Care Trust.

Explore a plant pageant at an Elizabethan gem

Lincolnshire’s Doddington Hall – an Elizabethan manor house with 400 years of unbroken family ownership – is once again hosting a pageant of spring bulbs throughout the Gardens. While it began in February, the display continues through March and into early April with drifts of Lent lilies and a collection of heritage daffodils, including rare Edwardian varieties. Gardens Only tickets cost £9.50 adults and £4.50 children (4-16 years).

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    In Focus: Closer to the Edge – Precision Photography. A panel section from Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird © Rick Guest / National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire

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    East Yorkshire cliff tops

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    Lighting up Hull: Photo: Tower of Light, Hartlepool, Tall Ships Festival 2023. Image by Paul Norris

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    Double Bubble Trouble at Winchester Science Centre, Hampshire