Festivals and Events
Spring is already here. Sunny days, warm weather and smiling people are an integral part of any spring season. Nature is waking up, so do people after a long “winter sleep”. Spring brings a lot of fun activities, events, music and cultural festivals. How not to miss the best ones? This article was created especially for those who are interested in the most interesting events and festivals in the UK that will take place this March. So let us start!
THE SPRING EQUINOX AT PERRYGROVE RAILWAY
WHEN: every weekend throughout March
WHERE: Coleford, Gloucestershire
The celebration of the significant astronomical event, the Spring Equinox, will take place this year at Perrygrove Railway. So if you are looking for the best place to spend your holidays with kids this spring, hold on tight for Perrygrove Railway’s Spring Equinox-themed event in March 2017.
The Spring Equinox marks the point when the day and the night become of the same length. This exact point leads to the lighter evenings and symbolizes the coming of spring. To celebrate this, the surrounding woodland at Perrygrove Railway will be illuminated, making train trips in the dark a fantastic light show.
If you are looking for all the imaginable sorts of entertainments for the whole family, starting from riding on steam engines as many times as you like, to experiencing the tree top adventure, or finding the hidden treasures in the secret passages of the indoor village. Here you can also find a cafe and try some tasty food and drinks.
Note: No charge for extra drive
Adults – £7.00
Seniors – £6.50
Children (Age 3 and over) – £5.65
Family (2 adults, 2 children) – £24.50
TICKETS: on the spot
THE YORK LITERATURE FESTIVAL
WHEN: March 16 – 30, 2017
WHERE: York, North Yorkshire
York’s Literature Festival is a youngster on the festival scene. Though the festival has already attracted some heavyweight names and hosted such guests as author Will Self and poet Carol Ann Duffy. The festival is also popular among critics, authorities, and sincere booklovers. The city of York itself has historical links to the Brontës, Charles Dickens, W H Auden and Kate Atkinson.
The festival has a lot of attractions both for adults and youngsters. Here you can visit numerous special events listed on the website, saw a lot of perfect performances and even win the prize for poetry!
TICKETS: on the spot
BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL
WHEN: March 16 – 19, 2017
WHERE: Bristol: Colston Hall, O2 Academy, and The Folk House
All the attendants of the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival will be able to see the world’s most inspiring and innovative jazz and blues artists. The previous fest hosted Lisa Simone, saxophonist Maceo Parker and The Bruce/Ilett Big Band. So if you are fond of unique rhythms of blues or jazz music, this festival is definitely for you.
A thriving jazz scene of Bristol makes this city the UK’s New Orleans. The Coston Hall usually takes the central place on the scene hosting world famous jazz and blues artists.
The festival includes more than 40 concerts, some free workshops, and jam sessions, as well as some nonfree but worth to visit ones.
Visiting Bristol’s International Jazz and Blues Festival is the best idea for all those looking for cultural city breaks.
PRICES: on the website
CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL 2017
WHEN: March 14 – 17, 2017
WHERE: Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH
Cheltenham is a good destination for sporting events, so if you want to spend your holiday attending the horse race, you have to visit the Cheltenham Festival and culminating on Gold Cup Day.
Races are always adrenalin-fuelled, promising an unforgettable time! Here you can place bets and eagerly await the outcome. Sounds exciting, huh? All these is followed by welcoming of race-goers from the town’s businesses.
Cheltenham itself with its beautiful streets and tourist attractions is a good destination for a wonderful holiday. Furthermore, if you come here, why not to stay at one of Cheltenham’s finest hotels, Ellenborough Park? It is located on the outskirts of Cheltenham and offers boutique bedrooms and heaps.
PRICES: on the website
TICKETS: on the website
WORLD’S ORIGINAL MARMALADE FESTIVAL
WHEN: March 18 – 19, 2017
WHERE: Penrith, Cumbria; Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens
This season gives you a unique chance to find your Paddington Bear in the World’s Original Marmalade Festival. The festival will take place in a beautiful historical city Penrith.
Every marmalade lover has to visit this unique celebration of this delicious treat. The festival will include over 2,000 homemade competition marmalades in the state rooms, and the collection of the best artisan marmalades in the world that visitors can taste for free and buy. While you still thinking about whether to come, toasts at the ready!
House & Gardens – Adults: £11.50; Senior Citizens: £9.50; U’16’s: FREE
Gardens Only – Adults: £8.50; Senior Citizens: £8.00; U’16’s: FREE
TICKETS: on the spot
WORDS BY THE WATER FESTIVAL
WHEN: March 3 – 12, 2017
WHERE: Keswick, Cumbria
This festival of words and ideas is one of the most exciting literature events in the UK. A ten-day program introduces writers to their readers, gets them together to share their thoughts about books, their words, and ideas. Here you can enjoy talks, lectures, and discussions, visit some workshops and special exhibitions. Words by the Water Festival is a heaven for every book lover!
The festival is also worth to visit thanks to its picturesque location. Theatre by the Lake, where the event takes place, is perfectly located right on the edge of Derwentwater. So the event is set by the lake surrounded by the beautiful Lake District fells. Sounds great, right?
PRICES: £16 – £160
LONDON GAMES FESTIVAL 2017
WHEN: March 30 – April 9, 2017
WHERE: 20 London venues, check on the website
The last two days of March will see a celebration of art, culture, and business of gaming presented by the second edition of London Games Festival. There will be nearly 400 games, and 30 events in 20 different London venues. It expected to host around 50,000 visitors this year, including both consumers and professionals. You can come to meet the creators of the world known games, learn more about the video game industry, test some new video games. Here you can also visit some workshops and to attend some special talks, and 20 more fringe events. By the way, do not miss the closing parade.
PRICE: Check on the website
TICKETS: Tickets on sale soon