March is almost here so it’s time to come out of winter hibernation and get yourself revved up for spring. The clocks go forward this month meaning we’ll have longer days to enjoy, so let’s get started! Here’s our round up of some of the best events on offer in the capital this month…
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London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival
2 – 4 March
Camden Centre, 1 Judd Street, WC1H 9JE
So that January detox is long gone, right? Time to get back into the spirit of enjoying a fine beer or cider and head down to north London’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) annual Beer and Cider Festival! The CAMRA community will put on an event to celebrate all that is great about beer, with a whole load of homemade food thrown in to keep you fed while you water yourself. Run by volunteers, and with a great crowd last year, it’s worth a trip down for just £4.
Image: Southbank Centre
8 – 13 March
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Ladies, put your hands up! This month, the Southbank Centre celebrates the women of today’s world at the WOW Festival! The event returns to Southbank for its sixth year, bringing women together in celebration of the trailblazers, activists and innovators amongst us. From talks and debates to workshops and activities, expect to be truly inspired by some of the great ladies of our world. Caitlin Moran’s performance is top of our list! Check out the full schedule and book tickets here.
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St Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade
13 March, 12-6pm
Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
Irish or not, we all love St Patrick’s Day! Come together with the rest of the capital to celebrate in the heart of London this month at the annual festival and parade. Held in Trafalgar Square, you can expect a jam-packed and entertaining celebration of all things Ireland! The parade will be filled with London sports clubs, dance schools and marching bands, so it’s more than worth a trip down to cheer along with them! And there’s lots of pubs along the route to extend the festivities, of course.
East Village Chocolate Festival
19 March, 12-8pm
Victory Park, East Village, E20
With Easter at the end of the month, there’s no better excuse to indulge in all of the chocolate you can find! And this year, we’ve got just what you need – East Village is hosting its very own chocolate festival! Billed as an ‘Easter pop-up experience with a difference’, we’re definitely excited for this one. With some of the capital’s best chocolatiers on board, the free festival will be full of fine chocolate gifts, demos, tasting treats and a selection of cocoa-themed products to sample from East Village’s local restaurants. Get ready for a host of activities – including the prestigious Easter egg hunt!
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Where’s Wally Fun Run
Clapham Common, Clapham,
Looking for a fun day with your mates? We’ve found you the best excuse to dress up – the Where’s Wally Fun Run at Clapham Common! Fundraising for a brilliant cause, the National Literacy Trust will be hosting the event and using all funds raised to help disadvantaged children learn to read and write. There are various distance options to pick from (from 1k to 10k) and a £22 registration fee includes your ‘Where’s Wally?’ costume and a medal once you make it to the end of the run. The event is open to all ages, so why not make a family occasion of it? Book your place before Friday 4March!
The Boat Race
And last but not least; one of the capital’s most prestigious events of the year – the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race! Every Easter, the two university teams go head to head in a tradition that’s been a part of London’s sporting calendar since 1829. Expect an incredible atmosphere along the banks of the Thames, with around 250,000 people coming down to be a part of the tradition every year. Oxford won the race in 2015 so get down there, join in the free festivities with the family and see if Cambridge can call it a comeback!
What events in the capital are you planning to fill your diary with this month? Leave a comment below and let us know!