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March On: 15 things to do in March

Lisa O'Keeffe

28 February 2018

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Let’s make a deal; leave crazy snow storms and any temperature with a '-' before it firmly in February, as we keep our fingers crossed for the start of spring this month!

The days are getting longer, the theme parks are re-opening and warmer weather is hopefully on the way, making it a great time of year to get exploring. Plus, with the Easter holidays just around the corner too, adventure most certainly awaits.

From World Book Day and lambing season to British Science Week and even Winnie the Pooh, here’s our guide to the best things to do in March:

  1. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire

    With World Book Day taking place on 1st March, this month is the perfect time to reignite your kids love of books, and where better place to start than the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre? Situated in the village that the famous author lived in and wrote for 36 years, you can explore 40 interactive displays bringing his enchanting stories to life. On selected dates this month, kids can make heads for Hornswogglers, create Boggled Box Beasts and fly a Kicksy Kite – it’s a truly gloriumptious day out for the whole family.

    Exterior of the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

  2. Tim Peak’s Spacecraft at Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

    Rewind back to June 2016 and you might just remember Tim Peake returning back to Earth following his space mission, and now you can see his space capsule up close at the Museum of Science and Industry! Landing in Manchester on 10th March, you’ll be able to take a closer look at the Soyuz TMA-19M, complete with scorch marks from its re-entry through the atmosphere. With 15-minute presentations, every weekend, the out of this world adventure takes place here until 13th May, before continuing its tour.

  3. Lambing season at Umberslade Farm Park, Warwickshire

    Head to your local farm park this month, and chances are you’ll come face to face with some very cute newborn animals, and Umberslade Farm Park is certainly the place to do just that. Kids can meet the new lambs and even have the chance to help with the bottle-feeds, something I still remember doing (and loving!) as a child. As a real working farm, there’s always something new and exciting to see too, and don’t miss the tractor and trailer ride for a fun tour of the site.

    Tractor and trailer rides at Umberslade Farm Park

  4. Winnie the Pooh Exhibition at the V&A Museum, London

    There’s a new playful exhibition in London, as the Victoria and Albert Museum showcases the enchanting world of Winnie the Pooh until 8th April. Discover the story behind the charming bear, with sketches, letters, photographs and more exploring the classic tales. Whether you’re bringing a young child who may be experiencing Winnie the Pooh for the first time, or you remember growing up with the books, there’s something to entertain all ages. And in the very wise words of Winnie the Pooh, “we didn’t realise we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun”.

    Winnie the Pooh original drawing on a yellow background
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  5. Day Out With Thomas, selected railways around the UK

    Everyone’s favourite blue engine is making tracks to railways around the UK, as Day Out With Thomas returns for 2018! Families can ride on a real Thomas the Tank Engine steam train, meet the Fat Controller and take part in a range of themed activities, making it a must-visit for train-mad toddlers and kids. In March, he’s visiting Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, East Anglian Railway Museum, Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line, Didcot Railway Centre and Kirklees Light Railway, but you can find more Day out With Thomas dates for 2018 to see if he’ll be pulling into a station near you soon.

    A boy on a station platform looking at Thomas the Tank Engine

  6. British Science Week at Living Seas Centre, East Yorkshire

    British Science Week runs from 9th – 18th March, and is designed to celebrate all things science, technology, engineering and maths with loads of activities around the UK. One of our favourites is at Living Seas Centre, where they’re bringing the seas to life with some fab hands-on activities. Try seashore science like seaweed pressing and plankton ID on 17th March, or go on a Seashore Safari on 4th March to go in search of weird and wonderful wildlife lurking in the rockpools. Ideal for inquisitive youngsters, it’s a great way to get stuck in to science.

    Kids exploring sealife creatures at Living Seas Centre

  7. Super Science Saturday at National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

    Another event to celebrate British Science Week takes places at the National Waterfront Museum on 10th March, featuring hands-on activities to really make the mind boggle. See jaw-dropping experiments, watch inspiring demonstrations and explore over 300 years of industry and innovation – if this doesn’t inspire your kids to love science, then we don’t know what will!

    A family engaging with an exhibit at the National Waterfront Museum

  8. Terrific Trees Trail at Cragside, Northumberland

    Home to some of the tallest trees in the UK, discover them all in an exciting trail at Cragside this month. Running until the 29th March, the trail will see you uncover the role of the forestry team and discover exciting facts along the way. During your visit, be sure not to miss the Adventure Play Area and the Labyrinth too; it’s a great outdoor adventure for the whole family.

    Stunning trees and a river at Cragside

  9. Fairy Trail at Bodenham Arboretum, Kidderminster

    Ready for some magic? Follow this enchanting trail around Bodenham Arboretum, as you discover the miniature fairy houses. There’s a story behind each little house, so you’ll need to fill in the clues to solve the secret quest, with a chance to win a prize too. Running until 25th March, each house is made from Bodenham’s own wood. Trust us, the kids will love it! Find even more fairy days out in the UK in Kara’s blog.

    Fairy houses as part of the trail at Bodenham Arboretum
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  10. Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow

    Step back in time at Scotland Street School Museum, to discover just how school life has changed over the years. With chalkboards, writing slates and school uniforms from bygone eras, kids will be fascinated by this back to school adventure. Plus, with special events this month including making your own sycamore spinner, beanstalk races and the chance to make your own pop-up forest, make sure you’re not late or you might just face the wrath of Horrible Heedie…

    Exterior of the Scotland Street School Museum

  11. Tudor Geocaching at The Vyne, Hampshire

    Combine modern technology with a little taste of the Tudors, as two worlds collide for the Tudor geocaching challenge at The Vyne. Download the free geocaching app before you visit, then follow the clues to find the hidden themed geocaches across the site. Prefer something less digital? Pick up a map at the visitor reception for a more classic trail option.

    Views of the house and lake at The Vyne

  12. Daffodil Fair at Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

    Home to the only Burmese rope bridge in the UK (worth a visit alone!), spring is definitely in the air at the Lost Gardens of Heligan. From 10th – 24th March there’s a feast for the eyes, as the woodland floor is home to over 50,000 Cornish Daffodils, including over 50 varieties! In a sea of yellow and white, it’s just the splash of colour we all need after the recent snowfall, plus, if you visit on Mother’s Day, all mums can pick up a free bunch!

    A woman amongst daffodils at the Lost Gardens of Heligan Daffodil Fair
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  13. St Patrick’s Day, nationwide

    Celebrate the Emerald Isle, with St Patrick’s Day events taking place across the UK on and around 17th There are huge parades in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Belfast, where you can expect live music, Irish dancing and lots of food and drink, making it a great day out for the whole family!

    Irish dancers at Birmingham's St Patrick's Day Parade
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  14. Kidspace, London

    Recently crowned our favourite sports & activity day out as part of our DOWTK Loves campaign, Kidspace is well worth a visit if you haven’t been before. With sites in both Romford and Croydon, this ultra-modern soft play is the future of indoor fun and will have the kids tired out in no time!

    A kid reaching up at Kidspace Romford

  15. Peter Rabbit in cinemas, nationwide

    It’s a big year for cinema (take a look at our guide to the best family films being released in 2018 if you don’t believe us!), and Peter Rabbit is one of the most anticipated. Starring James Corden in the lead role, Beatrix Potter’s loveable rabbit is brought to life again for the younger generations, in a film that is sure to have the grown-ups reliving their childhood too. Book now, you won’t want to miss it!



Lisa O'Keeffe

28 February 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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