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March Festival and Events Roundup

An overview of events and festivals throughout the UK during March

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Bank Holidays in March

If Easter is early enough, people in the UK get the bonanza of a four-day weekend during March. Both Good Friday and Easter Monday are bank holidays (or national holidays) in England and Wales.

Scotland does not observe Easter Monday as a bank holiday but many people do take the day off and some shops may be closed.

When I first arrived in the UK, you could not even buy a newspaper on Good Friday. Things have loosened up a bit, but the four day Easter Weekend is still one of the quietest weekends in the UK's cities that you can imagine.

UK Climate Averages for March

March is wet but longer days make up for damp spirits. England experiences the odd phenomenon of more hours of sunshine and more rainfall. Things are beginning to warm up and, in England, it is even beginning to feel like spring. Here are the 30 year averages, to 2000, from the UK Met Office to help you decide what to pack:
England
  • High - 49°F (9.3°C)
  • Low - 36°F (2.4C)
  • Average daily hours of sunshine - 3.31
  • Average monthly rainfall - 2.62" (66.6mm)

Check out average temperatures and rainfall throughout the year, all around the UK.

Scotland
  • High - 44°F (6.9°C)
  • Low - 33.62°F (0.9°C)
  • Average daily hours of sunshine - 2.82
  • Average monthly rainfall - 5.46" (138.76mm)
Wales
  • High - 47°F (8.6°C)
  • Low - 36°F (2.4°C)
  • Average daily hours of sunshine - 3.00
  • Average monthly rainfall - 4.67" (118.8mm)

Daylight Hours

With more than 13 hours of daylight by the end of March, there's plenty of time to see it all. In Scotland, expect to start experiencing the northern phenomenon of days growing longer at a much faster rate than down south; from March 1 to 31, days grow barely 2 hours in London and two hours and 20 minutes in Edinburgh.

March Highlights

  • Happy St. Patrick's Day The parades and Irish festivals in England's biggest cities get bigger and better every year. Find the best St. Patrick's Day festivities in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
  • Happy St. David's Day If you're Welsh you'll be honoring the patron saint of Wales by wearing daffodils, or a leek in you cap, and donning the Welsh national costume. Here's where to find St. David's Day celebrations in Wales.
  • And dog lovers, brace yourselves. It's time for Crufts. Billed as the world's greatest dog show, more than 20,000 pedigree dogs compete to be the Kennel Club's top dog during four days in March. Will you be one of the more than 150,000 who see Crufts live at the NEC in Birmingham?

Culture and Heritage

  • The Hawick Reivers Festival A colorful celebration of the 16th century Border Reivers - Scotland's "riding families" - in a turbulent era of in cattle thieving, plunder, raid, reprisal, blackmail and bloodfeud. Music, re-enactments, a 16th century market and encampment, falconry, storytelling, plays.
  • StAnza Scotland's Poetry Festival. Mid March in St. Andrews. Scotland's only regular festival dedicated to poetry, held in Scotland's oldest university town.
  • The Glasgow Art Show An international art fair, replacing the Glasgow International Art Fair

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