Here’s our pick of the best events coming in March across the destinations and attractions we work with. Most events require booking in advance. As ever, please check individual websites for the latest updates.
Wizarding World Wand Tour
Queen Victoria Square
2 – 8 March 2022
It’s not quite Diagon Alley, but in Queen Victoria Square you might just witness the warm glow of sorcery as the Wizarding World Wand Tour illuminates the city. Hull City is celebrating the release of the new movie Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore – in cinemas 8 April. Standing 15 feet tall and set within concrete bases, the nine wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the favourite characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – will illuminate each evening, performing a light show to the thrilling music from the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films.
Hull Trinity House Tours
From 14 March 2022
Tickets: £5, booking essentia
Long regarded as one of Hull’s best kept secrets, Hull Trinity House is opening its doors to the public. Learn about a history dating back to 1369 when Hull, formerly known as Wyke until 1299, was still a developing town. See rare and valued artefacts which include nautical memorabilia, furniture, artworks and treasures from around the globe. Various rooms on display include the Court Room, with its gold leaf adorned ceiling, and the Council Room with its traditional floor covering. View the renowned 400-year-old Arctic canoe display.
Hull city centre
18 – 19 March 2022
A stunning new arts installation aims to recreate a Northern Lights experience in the skies above Hull to celebrate the shift from winter to spring and the ‘move towards normality’ post pandemic. The Awakening, a “mesmerising” light and sound experience, is heading for the heart of Hull in March, lighting-up the historic Old Town and city centre with the light installation, fire trail, arts projections, and interactive music-making. Hull City Council and the Freedom Festival Arts Trust have partnered to bring the new event to Hull over two nights, 18 and 19 March, promising a “magical and entertaining experience”.
The Manor Rooms, The Drewton Estate
11 and 22 March
From £55, check website for details
The Drewton Estate is privately owned with 1,200 acres of farmland and woodland on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, and home to the award-winning Drewton’s Farm Shop and The Manor Rooms, sympathetically built with luxurious interiors. It is the venue for two craft workshops in March, both including Drewton’s Afternoon Tea. Up first is silver clay pendant making (11 March, £80pp) followed by a chance to make your own copper hare sculpture (22 March, £55pp)
Discover the Royal Lancers
5th March 2022
Did you know that the Royal Lancers Museum is based in Derby Museum and Art Gallery? Join the curator and volunteers in the Soldiers’ Story Gallery to discover more about the Lancers and their connections with the region. Handle objects from the collections, try on uniforms and kit, and hear inspiring Lancers’ stories with special talks throughout the day.
Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
Museum of Making at Derby
Until 13th March 2022
Tickets: £4.50 adults, Under 16s free
Since 1979 Cabaret Mechanical Theatre (CMT) has played an integral role in the revival of automata and supported a growing number of automata makers. Its visually stunning art, science and engineering exhibitions have been seen by millions of people worldwide. Now CMT will bring 30 automata from the collection to the Museum of Making. The automata are made by 12 contemporary artists, including Paul Spooner, Carlos Zapata, Wanda Sowry and Fi Henshall. Marvel at the ingenious mechanisms, get inspired to make your own automata, and learn more about this wonderful art form.
Kedleston Country House
13 March 2022
Spring is on its way and Kedleston Country House is set to stage its fifth seasonal artisan market. Stall holders will have some spring produce on offer, from handmade crafts to locally made cheeses. The outdoor market will be held in the House’s beautiful garden.
Music From The Movies
18 March 2022
Tickets from £24
Join world-renowned London Concertante as they bring a stunning red carpet ride of iconic movie soundtracks. From aliens and spies to dinosaurs and war heroes, this evening concert within the Cathedral promises to be an exciting exploration of the power of film music, packed with family favourites made famous by Hollywood.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea and Tour
Museum of Making at Derby
27th March 2022
Tickets: £21 adults, £12 children 12yrs and under. Booking essential
Looking for a truly special treat this Mother’s Day? Join an exclusive guided tour of the newly renovated Museum of Making telling Derby’s 300-year history of making. To include a trip to the top of the tower, plus an indulgent Afternoon Tea from the River Kitchen.
Gaia by Luke Jerram
The Collection Museum, Lincoln
From 5 March – 29 May 2022
Take a trip around the world and explore our planet like never before with Gaia by Luke Jerram. The awe-inspiring art installation, called Gaia, is by the same artist who brought the moon to The Collection in 2018, Luke Jerram. Measuring six metres in diameter, the internally-lit sphere has been recreated from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology ‘Gaia’ is the personification of the Earth. A programme of events and talks will also be staged during the exhibition.
2022 season opening – The Collections of Two Countesses exhibition
From 19 March 2022
Tickets: £20 adults, £9 children,
Lincolnshire’s Burghley House will be offering visitors a packed programme of events when it opens for the new season, including a revealing look at the personal collections of two countesses spanning more than 200 years. Showcasing items not usually on public display, the 2022 Treasury Exhibition provides an insight into Anne Cavendish (1649-1703) and Hannah-Sophia Chambers (1702-1765), two highly independent, spirited women with a passion for collecting. As well as nationally important collections and spectacular architecture, Burghley is also home to two public gardens, free-to-enter parkland, and events.
Bishton Hall Ghost Hunt
16 March 2022
Tickets: £59, booking essential
Join Dusk Till Dawn Events for a night of ghost hunting inside Bishton Hall, a Georgian Mansion, built in the 1700s and surrounded by majestic gardens and creepy woodlands. A property full of history with many original features to be found in its 17 bedrooms, front rooms and servants’ quarters. There has been much ghostly activity reported here from past investigations. During your ghost hunt, you will have the chance to use ghost hunting equipment and take part in seances and vigils in the most active parts of this property
Titanic: Honour and Glory
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Until 1 May 2022
Tickets: £5, £3 concessions, under 16s free
This poignant and emotive exhibition explores the legacy of the world’s most famous ship and includes genuine artefacts from the Titanic and her sister ships and memorabilia from the 1997 James Cameron movie. Objects include beautiful fine china dinner plates, personal belongings of Titanic’s passengers and crew and a recreation of a Third-Class cabin. The exhibition will also feature the accounts of local Staffordshire personnel connected to the ill-fated liner including Captain Edward John Smith.
Philip Hardaker’s ‘Stoke creates Art from Earth & Fire’ Exhibition
LoveClay, Valentine Clays
7 March to 29 April 2022
View sculptor Philip Hardaker’s latest ceramic creations inspired by all that is formed in Stoke-on-Trent and showcasing his homage to the industry’s first female pioneer Clarice Cliff.
Wizarding World Wand Tour
Smithfield, City Centre
21-27 March 2022
A dazzling installation of Wizarding World Wands will be located at Smithfield in the City Centre to celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, in cinemas on 8 April 2022. Standing 15 feet tall and set within concrete bases, the nine wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the favourite characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – will illuminate each evening, performing a light show to the thrilling music from the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films.
Mother’s Day Paddle to the Pub
New Forest Activities
27 March 2022
Tickets: £37 Adult £21 Child (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 with New Forest Activities. You’ll enjoy a gentle guided tour through the idyllic Beaulieu River Nature Reserve before disembarking at the Master Builder’s pub on the riverside at Buckler’s Hard. You’ll paddle to your destination in stable, 3-seater canoes – so let Mum relax as she takes in the views! The Master Builder’s is the perfect pub to grab a bite to eat after your paddle, and perhaps a glass of bubbly to celebrate Mum too! Food and drink not included. Table reservations may be required.
Paint Let Loose – Art Exhibition
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Free entry to the exhibition (garden entry: £12.10 adult, £3.30 children (5 to 16)
2 – 15 March 2022
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is an arboretum covering 180 acres and accommodating over 42,000 trees and shrubs – most notably an almost unparalleled collection of oaks, camellia, magnolia and rhododendron. To welcome the arrival of Spring, Artseen has put together another colourful exciting exhibition of new original works featuring a mixture of different styles and media, together showcasing the wide artistic range of the group. All original paintings for sale with a selection of prints and cards.
Winchester Science Centre
19 March – 8 May 2022
Admission: £12 adults and children (3-18 years old), 2 years and under free. Must be booked in advance
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium is looking forward to celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2022 and will be taking its visitors on a trip down memory lane to enjoy some of its best show themes and demos – all with a retro twist. Next stop – climate and environment. Join the Planet Protectors, Winchester Science Centre’s very own team of noughties eco-fashion warriors. Explore the carbon cycle of clothes. Discover why green is the new black when it comes to fabric dying. And delve into the world of alternative fuels.
Wizarding World Wand Tour, Stoke-on-Trent
The Awakening, Hull. Photo: Borealis NCET Gluttony
Burghley House. Photo: Matty Graham
Mother's Day Paddle, Hampshire. Photo: New Forest Activities
Planet Protectors, Winchester Science Centre, Hampshire
Hull Trinity House Tours