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March 2017

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28/02/2017 Pancake Day Official name is Shrove Tuesday. Pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way of using up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before fasting began. In the UK it is celebrated with having pancakes as a meal but also lots of fun and activities getting communities together. Wiki


Olney Pancake Race

Starts at 11.55am at Market Place and is a 415 yard street race ending at the Church. Participants are female only, wear traditional costume and carry a frying pan containing a pancake. On crossing the line the winner tosses the pancake.

Olney Pancake Races


Atherstone Ball Game

Atherstone, Warwickshire. 3pm-5pm. A game played with a water-filled ball decorated with local football team's colours. The game lasts 2 hours, its played in the streets, all shops are boarded up and closed. It originates from the reign of King John as a contest between men from Warwickshire and Leicestershire, who competed for a bag of gold.

Visit Atherstone



Shrovetide Fair and Pancake Toss

Guildhall, Lichfield, Staffordshire. 12 noon. Shrovetide Fair opens with ancient ceremony, Civic Procession and Pancake Races. Pancake races in Bore Street and Fair in Market Square. The 300 year old Shrovetide Fair is opened by the Town Crier's proclamation in the Market Square at noon. The 'pan on bell' then sounds from St Mary's church and children who follow the mayor onto the funfair rides can have their first go free. Free event to spectators.

Shrovetide Fair and Pancakes


Shrove Tuesday Skipping Festival - Scarborough

A mile of 'the front' is used for the skipping festival and pancake races. The event is set off with the ringing of the pancake bell in the museum.

Skipping Festival


Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football

Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Starts at 2pm. Game lasts until 10pm, if goal scored before 6pm then new ball allocated until end of game. If goal scored after 6pm then it ends for that day. The largest, most insane football game in the world. Shops are boarded up. The Goals are 3 miles apart on the sites of Old mills, one at Clifton and one at Sturston. A goal is scored by a player striking the mill wheel three times with the Ball. The ball may be kicked, carried or thrown, but generally proceeds in a series of 'hugs' invisible to the spectator.

Shrovetide Football


Cornish Hurling

St Columb Major, Cornwall. Starts around 4.30pm. An ancient game with few rules played over a 25 square mile playing field on Shrove Tuesday. A silver covered applewood ball is thrown into the opposing teams of townsmen and countrymen.The teams scramble for the ball in order to pass it through their goal, one a mile into the country, the other a mile out on the other side of town.



St Davidís Day

Saint David is the "patron saint" of Wales. He was a member of the Celtic church and died on 1st March 589 A.D. There will be events in many towns in Wales, and Welsh communities in other parts of the UK will also gather together in pubs, churches or other places.

St David's


St Davidís Day Parade

Cardiff, Wales. 12:30pm from outside City Hall. The parade goes through the streets before ending within the grounds of Cardiff Castle to the sound of Welsh bands and other traditional music and more until 4pm.

St David's Day Parade

01/03/2017 Snowdrop Valley Exmoor 28th January to 5th March 2017. Wheddon Cross, Exmoor, Devon. A privately owned remote valley in a hidden part of Exmoor opens up for this period only to allow visitors to see the snowdrop spectacle. There are suggested walking routes so you get to see the best. Snowdrop Valley


Yorkshire Brass Band Championships

4th and 5th March 2017 St Georges Hall, Bradford, Yorks. More than 60 Bands from around Britain are all competing in the Championship.

Brass Band Championships

04/03/2017 The Nuts Challenge 4th and 5th March 2017 Swires Farm, Henfold Lane, Beare Green, Dorking, Surrey. Competitors in fancy dress take on a number of different Mud and Obstacle Races, including an Mudstacle all raising money for charity. Nuts



9th to 12th March 2017 The annual British Dog show at NEC Birmingham. Open 8.15am to 5.30pm each day.



Womenís Eights Head of the River Race

Mortlake to Putney, London. Race on the River Thames starts at 3:30pm. 3,000 athletes take part.

River Race

11/03/2017 Thoresby Country Fair 11th and 12th March 2017 Thoresby Park, Nr Ollerton, NG22 9EH 10am-6pm each day. Displays of Falconry and horsemanship, Scurry Trials and Driving National Championships as the first heats of the Horseboarding UK National Championships, plus dogs, crafts and shopping. Country Fair
12/03/2017 St Patrick's Day Birmingham Birmingham. 12noon-6pm. At 12noon the parade starts and goes through Camp Hill, Digbeth High Street past traditional Irish pubs, ending on Alcester Street. Pipe bands, floats, Irish music, county flag bearers, Irish dancing, and loads more taking part. Patricks Day


Commonwealth Day

An annual event on the second Monday of March where all member countries of the Commonwealth celebrate their links with each other. There is a special service at Westminster Abbey.



Cheltenham Festival

14th to 17th March 2017 Cheltenham Racecourse, Glos. Gates Open 10:30am, first race at 2pm each day. One of the main horse racing events, of the year. Jump racing (fences). The GOLD CUP race is on the Friday.

The Festival


The Kiplingcotes Derby

Etton, East Yorks. Englandís oldest horse race, said to date from 1519. The race over 4 miles of farm lanes and tracks starting in Etton, near Market Weighton and finishing at Londesborough Wold Farm.



St Patrickís Day

Ireland and the Irish Communities around the globe celebrate their Patron Saint, Patrick.



Delting Up-Helly-AA

Brae, Shetland. This is the last Viking Festival of the season lights up at 7pm, and is the last opportunity to engage in sacrificial ship-burning and sun-worship until next year.

Shetland Helly Aa


St Patrickís Day Parade and Festival

17th to 19th March 2017 London. 12noon to 6pm. The parade features floats, marching bands and pageantry covers 1.5 miles including Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall. The main festival taking place in Trafalgar Square.

Visit London


Shire Horse Spring Show

17th to 19th March 2017 Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford ST18 0BD. 8am-5pm. The Worlds largest gathering of Shire horses, hundreds on display over 3 days. There will be demonstrations and classes featuring harness, turnout, ridden and cross country driving, well as 200+ trade stands.

Shire Horse Society


West of England Game Fair

18th and 19th March 2017 Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. 9am-5pm. Two days of countryside demonstrations in indoor and outdoor arenas, including blacksmiths, gun dogs, vintage tractors and machinery, clay shooting. Also shopping for country clothing, shooting and stalking equipment, feed, and more.

WOE Game


The Photography Show

18th to 21st March 2017 The NEC, Birmingham. Doors open 10am each day. The major photographic show in the UK for photographers. See all the latest equipment and offers available.

The Photography Show


Kempley Daffodil Weekend

18th and 19th March 2017 Kempley, Gloucestershire. Starts 10:30am each day. The Daffodil Way is 10 mile footpath through the Windcross Parishes in North West Gloucestershire - wild daffodils once grew in such profusion here that they were picked and sent to market. Kempley has a Daffodil Weekend as a fund raising event featuring guided walks and exhibitions.

Daffodil Weekend

Kempley Walks


Reading Half Marathon and Fun Run

Reading, Berkshire. Starts at 10am from Green Park. Around 17,000 competitors take park raising money for charity. Many dressing up.

Half Marathon


Pioneer Motorcycle Run

8am Start at Tattenham Corner, Epson Downs and finishes in Madeira Drive, Brighton Sussex. Pre 1915 motorcycles take to the road, walk into a living museum for the day.

Motorcycle Run


Hastings Half Marathon

Hastings, East Sussex. Starts at 10.30 from Hasting Seafront and goes towards Battle. Up to 5000 competitors take part. Entertainment around route provided by choirs, bands, fairground organ etc.

Half Marathon


Spring Equinox (UK)

Where the day and night are each 12 hours. Also known as the vernal equinox.



World Meteorological Day

Celebrated on the 23rd of March each year. This year's theme is Weather and Climate.


24/03/2017 Red Nose Day Red Nose Day, day of difference. Have a laugh and raise money for charity. Red Nose


Hawick Reivers Festival

24th to 26th March 2017 Hawick, Scottish Borders. A weekend of events including a Procession in the High Street, 16th Century market and encampment, Firework Spectacular and a Torchlight Procession. Plus loads more going on all weekend.




Ideal Home Show

24th March to 9th April 2017. Olympia, London. The annual event where thousands of ideas for the home and garden can be found.

Ideal Home


Head of the River Race

Chiswick Bridge, London. First race at 2:45pm. A boat race on the River Thames in London for "eights", rowers and one "cox". There are several hundred boats competing, setting off at 10-second intervals. Race ends at Putney Bridge.

River Race


British Alpaca Futurity and p-LUSH Show

25th and 26th March 2017 The International Centre, Telford, Shropshire. 9am-5pm. An international educational and networking event for those interested in Alpacas, with some of the best British born alpacas in the show ring. Also showcases the making of products using alpaca fibres as well as craft stalls.

BAS Show


British Summer Time

British Summer Time (BST) begins.

Clocks go FORWARD 1 hour.

Clocks Change


Mothers Day UK

Go somewhere special with Mum on Mothering Sunday.



Sand Sculpture Festival

31st March to 8th October 2017 Weston Super Mare Beach, Somerset. 10am-6pm daily. This has become an annual event and has some spectacular craftmanship on display.

Sand Sculpture

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