Looking for an event to feature? Here’s our pick of the best events coming-up this month. As ever, please check individual websites for the latest details.
Tickets: £6, must be booked in advance
A panoramic view of the City of Hull is the reward on offer to anyone who joins one of the Hull Minster Tower Tours and climbs the 180 steps to the ringing chamber. The daily tours are open to parties of up to 6 people who will be treated to views the East Yorkshire Wolds, the Humber estuary, Holderness area and north to Beverley.
Ancient Egypt Season
Ferens Art Gallery
17 March – 18 June 2023
Featuring two free exhibitions, the season will explore the beauty and mystery of ancient Egypt celebrating two of the greatest Egyptian discoveries of the last 200 years. The decoding of the Rosetta Stone in 1822, which unlocked our understanding of the ancient Egyptian world. Then one hundred years later, the discovery in 1922 of the almost undisturbed tomb of Tutankhamun which sparked a worldwide sensation.
Hull city centre
17 – 18 March 2023
A free-to-attend event will see Hull’s historic streets light-up with giant figures and world class installations, as the city’s newest arts festival celebrates the changing seasons and its maritime heritage. After a successful launch last year, The Awakening returns to the city centre for one weekend only, promising something “magical, beautiful, and very playful”. Along with marking the end of winter and beginning of spring, the installations and performances – both indoors and out – will explore Hull’s maritime identity, folklore and mythology.
Climate Feedback Loops, Oliver Ressler
Humber Street Gallery
Until 2 April 2023
Austrian artist and filmmaker, Oliver Ressler – who produces installations and films on issues such as economics, democracy, migration and the climate crisis – has created a sound and moving image installation based on recordings the artist made in Svalbard in the arctic ocean on expedition in July 2022.
Maritime City Guided Tours
Free, check website for booking details
Explore Hull’s rich maritime history with a guided tour of the city centre and discover 800 years of seafaring heritage through the buildings, stories and people. Led by dedicated volunteers, who are accredited White Badge tours guides, the tours offer visitors a chance to learn more about Hull and how the city has been shaped by its past, present and future. Two tours are available, a two-and-a-half-hour trail, and a 90 minute version.
European Open Beach Championship
East Yorkshire coast
3 – 5 March 2023
Free to spectate
Now in its 29th year, this is the largest three day beach fishing competition in Europe. The contest is based at Sand le Mere Holiday Park in Tunstall, but stretches the full length of the East Coast from Bridlington to Spurn Point.
Burton Constable Hall and Grounds
26 March 2023
Local businesses will be offering homemade sweets, handmade gifts, jewellery, clothes and other fun gifts, at the fair which will be held in the Riding School. Free parking, and the event is also dog friendly.
30 March 2023
Tickets: £16 per person
An evening of Georgian music by some of the county’s finest musicians, set in the period elegance of the Guildhall’s Georgian courtroom. The programme showcases Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s stirring String Quartet in E-Flat Major to mark Women’s History Month and is complemented by Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op.76, No.1.
Spring Bulb Pageant
Until 29 March 2023
Admission: £8.50 adults, £4.50 children (4-16yrs)
A spectacular pageant of spring bulbs on display at Doddington Hall’s Gardens celebrates the start of spring. Beginning in early February with displays of snowdrops and winter aconites, the Spring Pageant continues through March and early April with drifts of Lent lilies and heritage daffodils (including rare Edwardian varieties).
In Orbit Skegness
The Embassy Theatre
Until 24 March 2023
Free, but booking essential
The region’s premier live entertainment venue will host back-to-back displays of some of acclaimed artist Luke Jerram’s most striking creations – the first time that all three have visited one venue consecutively. The last of the artworks, MARS, will be on display from 10 to 24 March. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the artwork features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Martian surface.
Gainsborough Farmers’ & Crafts “Barket”
11 March 2023
A dog-themed farmers’ and crafts market will feature themed stalls packed with ‘pawfect’ products for your pooch. as well as themed stalls & doggy products, there will also be a ‘crufts style’ competition and a dog activities corner, plus Hydration Station, Sensory & Chill area
12 and 29 March 2023
In a picturesque setting by the River Slea, this award winning, fully restored working watermill is thought to be the only Sheriff’s Watermill still operating in England, and millers have produced flour on this site for over a thousand years. Explore the building as it rumbles away and staff and volunteers mill flour and answer your questions. As well as their weekly wheel turning, once a month you can see the whole mill in action as staff and volunteers work the machinery to grind flour.
Stained Glass Tour
31 March 2023
Tickets: £7.50 per person, plus general admission (£9 adults and £4.80 children (5-16 Years)
A spectacular guided tour experience through Lincoln Cathedral as the light floods in through their stained glass windows. Join the knowledgeable guides on an experience through Lincoln Cathedral to discover more about the meaning of the designs, the history of the panels and how such stunning windows are created and maintained.
Dog Friendly Days
18-19 March 2023
Castle day ticket: £15 adults, £8.30 children (5-16 years)
Unlock 1000 years of history, with your four-legged companion! Enjoy the castle grounds as your dog follows you on a journey back through history exploring the Medieval Wall Walk, Victorian Prison and Magna Carta with a follow-up visit to the Castle grounds for a takeaway treat for you and your pup at Puppaccinos!
Discover Lincolnshire Weekend
25-26 March 2023
Free or discounted entry
Celebrate spring with a real bargain – by exploring some of Lincolnshire’s top attractions with special discounts and deals. Part of English Tourism Week, the annual Discover Lincolnshire Weekend is a celebration of countywide heritage, history and hidden gems.
House and Gardens re-open
18 March 2023
Admission: starts from £18 for adults and £8 for children
Burghley House, built over 500 years ago by William Cecil, Elizabeth I’s most trusted minister, will offer visitors a few new surprises, as well as an opportunity to enjoy the spectacular building filled with nationally important historic collections set in landscaped parkland, when it reopens on 18 March.
South Gardens Opening
19- 31 March 2023
Check website for details
Enjoy seasonal displays as the spring bulbs give an injection of formality into ‘Capability’ Brown’s sweeping vistas as the South Gardens, normally only glimpsed from the windows of the State Rooms, open for a limited time.
22 and 23 March 2023
Tickets for each event cost £12.50 per adult and £8 per child
New for 2023, is a chance for a spot of Star Gazing at Burghley offered during two special evening talks from the Peterborough Astronomy Club, ending in the opportunity to use the club’s telescopes to gaze at the night sky from Burghley’s South Gardens.
Maille on Sunday
5 and 19 March 2023
Normal admission fees apply (£9.95 adults, £7.50 children up to 15 years)
See live maille making demonstrations in the Great Hall. Maille (also known as mail, or chainmail), is a type of flexible armour made from small interlocking metal rings to create a mesh. It was used as armour as early as the 3rd century BC until the late middle ages. One of the volunteers will be maille making and showing visitors how it’s created.
The Churnet Valley Saturday Lunch Train
From 4 March 2023
Cost: £54.50 per person for three course lunch and steam train ride
Turn the clock back to a more leisurely and relaxing era and dine in style in one of the period restaurant cars as the Churnet Valley countryside slips by the window. Enjoy an afternoon steam train excursion in the comfort of a classic 1960s First Class dining carriage, hauled by a steam locomotive.
Zog Activity Trail
Cannock Chase Forest
Cannock Chase Forest is now offering young families a whole new adventure within its woodlands… searching for Zog, the keenest dragon in school, and the latest creature created by Julia Donaldson. The new Activity Trail, starting at Birches Valley Forest Centre, invites families to download the Zog: A Forest Adventure app prior to a visit and then collect golden stars around the trail.
Middleport Artisan Market
11-12 March 20923
Showcasing the best makers, bakers and creators in partnership with Castle Artisan Markets, join us for a gift market this spring.Free entry to Market, Middleport Studios and The Packing House Cafe.
Mother’s Day Spring Wreath Making & Afternoon Tea
Emma Bridgewater Factory
18-19 March 2023
Tickets: £70 per person, limited places, must be booked in advance
Treat the mum in your life this Mothers’ Day and join Factory Gardener Jayne Jones to create a beautiful spring wreath and indulge in a special Afternoon Tea of sandwiches, homemade cakes and treats, along with a pot of tea and a complimentary glass of celebratory fizz to mark the occasion.
Longton Carnival and Pig Walk Parade
26 March 2023
Free to attend
A giant pig puppet will lead musicians and performers through the centre of Longton. The parade celebrates the story of John Aynsley, known as ‘Grandfather Aynsley’, who raised the money to create Queen’s Park and build Longton Cottage Hospital by driving a pig through Longton. There will also be community performances throughout the day, outdoor artisan market stalls and carnival games.
100 years of Norman Thelwell
Mottisfont National Trust
Until 7 May 2023
Free with normal House admission (£16 adults, £8 children)
Mottisfont celebrates the legacy of one of Britain’s most popular cartoonists with a new, major exhibition for his centenary year. Over 70 works include Thelwell’s trademark ponies and other humorous illustrations, local landscapes, and sharp satire. Drawing on Thelwell’s autobiography, Wrestling with a Pencil, the exhibition will provide an intimate look at his artistic life, with early drawings and extracts from diaries on display for the first time.
‘The Elements’ by Luxmuralis
6 – 11 March 2023
Tickets: £11.25 adults, £8 children (3-16 years), booking essential
Experience the awesomeness of the Earth’s elements this spring. Natural phenomena and the creation of the world is explored in a new spectacular immersive sound and light show by Luxmuralis. The Cathedral will be divided into four areas transitioning visitors between the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, which will illuminate the interior spaces in different ways.
Mother’s Day Paddle to the Pub
New Forest Activities
19 March 2023
Tickets: £37 adults, £21 children (18 months – 16 years), booking essential
Treat Mum to the Mother of all gifts this Mother’s Day; a wonderful paddle to the pub on the Beaulieu River. Enjoy a gentle guided tour through the idyllic Beaulieu River Nature Reserve, ending at the Master Builder’s pub to enjoy a glass of bubbly by the riverside to celebrate all things, Mum.
Portsmouth Ghost Tour
7 March 2023
Tickets: from £7
The award-winning ghost tour of Old Portsmouth is back. Starting inside the historic Spice Island inn, the tour will tour Old Portsmouth, featuring the area’s notorious ghosts, including John Felton and the terrifying Nun! This is a theatrical tour including live actors and scream-worthy accounts of battles, death, torture and more!
Science Explained: The Science of Star Wars
Winchester Science Centre
16 March 2023
In a Planetarium not that far away, discover the science behind the most popular science-fiction movie franchise of all time. Movie fans have been wowed by spaceships, super-weapons and visions of the future for decades. But how much of the famous movie world is rooted in a science reality? Author and science presenter, Jon Chase, will explore the physics of the classic movie series.
Chawton Village Walk: Mother’s Day Special
Jane Austen’s House
18 March 2023
Tickets: £16.50, check website for details
This special Mother’s Day guided walk will focus on mothers in Jane Austen’s life and writings. Walk in Jane’s footsteps and learn about her love of nature, village life, houses and views she knew, and the importance of village life in shaping her writing. Throughout the walk, short readings from Austen’s letters and novels will bring her world to life.
European Open Beach Championship, East Yorkshire
The Awakening, Hull. Photo: Malachy Luckie for UNFURL
Dog Friendly Days at Lincoln Castle
Springtime at Burghley House and Gardens
The Churnet Valley Saturday Lunch Train, Staffordshire
The Elements at Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire. Photo: Luxmuralis