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Marching into spring

Daffodils

We’re marching into spring and spring is a beautiful thing, so we have found you some exceedingly excellent events to get you excited about the month of March. From celebrating St David’s Day in Wales to giving a big up to all things Women at the WOW festival on the Southbank, London, there’s something here to catch everybody’s fancy.

St David’s Day Parade

Cardiff flag

Cardiff
1st March

St David is the patron saint of Wales, which means it’s a time to celebrate all things Welsh. Want to see parades of leeks, daffodils, flags of Saint David and loads of red dragons then Cardiff has a National St David’s Day parade. Head to the National Museum Cardiff from 10am, and get your face painted with a dragon or daffodil for free. Then you can join in with a sing-along with the museum choir before the parade begins at 1pm. Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus.

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Wow – Women of the World Festival

Southbank centre

Southbank, London
6th-8th March

Southbank Centre’s WOW Festival is celebrating its 10th year in 2020 and is continuing championing the incredible achievements of women and girls. If you’re going as a family, as part of the event you can go on a fantastic adventure with the author and illustrator of children’s fiction series Amelia Fang, Laura Ellen Anderson. It’s a fun-filled session of stories, drawings and a chance to design your very own creeptacular creatures. Or if you are a budding young gender equality champion and think girls should have the same opportunities in life as boys (erm, absolutely) there are workshops for girls aged 6 – 7 to explore what equality means and discover what life is like for girls across the world.

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Gateshead Jazz

Gateshead Jazz

Sage Gateshead
20th-22nd March

Gateshead Jazz at Sage Gateshead showcases the exciting melting pot of jazz including dance music, Afro-beat, R&B, neo-soul and electronic music from acclaimed and illustrious artists such as Jamie Cullum to the hottest rising stars. For children there’s Jambone, a youth jazz ensemble that comprises trumpet, trombone, saxophone and flute sections locked together by piano, guitar, bass and drums. Or there’s Zoe Gilby’s Family Jazz All Stars, a family friendly show that takes a whistle-stop journey through the history jazz.

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Oxford Literary Festival

Oxford Christchurch College

Oxford Christchurch College
27th March – 5th April

There’s something for everyone with a whopping 350 writers flocking to this famous university. Chris Packham will be revealing all about his passion for the environment and wildlife and the need for changes in the way we farm. Harry Potter fans can join Fleurble Laffalot for a family friendly journey through J.K. Rowling’s much-loved books. Award-winning author and illustrator Rob Biddulph will share how he became an illustrator, and everyone can join in and draw one of the characters in his wonderful book Show and Tell. There’s so much to do. Definitely one for all the book worms out there.

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