Our Guide To What’s Happening Across The UK In March 2018!

Spring into action this month! With the clocks going forward and the seasons officially changing it’s the time of year for longer days and lighter nights. Check out what’s on locally with our Futon Company What’s On Guide…

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Visit the National Museum of Scotland between now and April 29th for an atmospheric display of 100 awe-inspiring images which present the incredible diversity and fragility of life on Earth in a new and spectacular way. This is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, attracting tens of thousands of entries from photographers worldwide. On loan from the National History Museum in London, this world-renowned touring exhibition features acclaimed photographs displayed on large-format, backlit panels, bringing you face-to-face with some of nature’s most astonishing sights. Showing until April 29th.

Puppet Animation Festival
This annual Festival takes place across Scotland every Easter, bringing 140 puppet performances, workshops and animated film screenings no matter where you live in Scotland. From Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis to the most Southernly tip of Dumfries and Galloway, and everywhere in between, the Festival visits school halls, community centres and theatres across Scotland to bring the performing arts and film to children and families. The Festival runs from 24th March to 14th April.

Edinburgh’s 101 Objects
Discover the rich history of Edinburgh through 101 of its most treasured objects. To celebrate the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, this unique visitor experience will bring Edinburgh’s vibrant past to life. The city-wide attraction is a first for Edinburgh, with 50 partners, including city institutions, attractions, universities, galleries and local pubs, coming together to each showcase their precious objects in celebration of 1,000 years of Scotland’s capital city.  Seven themes provide a thread running through the Edinburgh’s 101 journey through time: Building a City; Faith & Nation; City of Innovation; Arts & Performance; Everyday Life; On the Dark Side and Books, Words & Ideas. Running until April 2018 in various locations across the city.

Camellia Show 2018
Come and admire the rare and historic Camellias in the Grade 1 listed conservatory of Chiswick House & Gardens, a gorgeous array of blooms:  pink, red, white and striped. Visit the collection of 33 different varieties, many of which are descended from the original planting in 1828. Showing now until 25th March.

Chiswick Food Market
Open every Sunday come rain or shine from 10am to midday at Dukes Meadows Trust Pavilion Car Park W4 2RX, the market is a social enterprise, and proceeds made from running it are used to improve and maintain both the local meadows and the surrounding riverside area. Features 25 top producers from around the country.

Charles II: Art & Power
After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England. The court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, which served not only as decoration for the royal apartments but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as King. This exhibition exploring the captivating world of the opulent Restoration court is on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace until 13th May.

Abba: Super Troupers
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA as they take over 1970s Britain in this one of a kind exhibition. Led by a personal tour guide and the voice of narrator Jarvis Cocker, a Southbank Centre guide will take you through nine immersive rooms exploring the music, lyrics and lives of one of the world’s most unforgettable bands. Approximate run time 60 minutes. Open until April 29th.

Cirque Berserk
Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Circus Berserk! Celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular. Showing at the Palace Theatre 8th-11th March.

This gripping adaptation directed by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Xia, with Shane Zaza (Happy Valley) playing Victor Frankenstein, by playwright April de Angelis, marks 200 years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s famous Gothic horror. Showing at the Royal Exchange Theatre 9th March to 7th April.

The House of Kings & Queens
Documentary photographer Lee Price explores life as a member of the LGBT+ community in Sierra Leone, where homosexuality remains illegal and people face persecution for revealing their true identities. Providing a glimmer of hope to the community is a young transgender woman who offers her home – The House of Kings & Queens – to those in need, providing a sanctuary for visitors to be amongst those who understand and accept them. Powerful images on display from 4th February until 15th April at People’s History Museum.

Tootsie’s Tease’ Beginners Burelsque Workshop
Unlock your inner diva, feel fabulous and get a new zest for life with The Scarlet Vixens. This brilliantly fun and empowering Beginners Burlesque workshop is designed for all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities, and takes you back to the basics of burlesque.  Great for those who have never taken a class before or want a refresher session. The workshop will cover a new choreographed routine, glove removal techniques, working with a boa and learning to walk like a showgirl. 7th March from 7.30-9.30pm at The Jericho Tavern in Oxford.

Experimental Landscapes
This drawing and watercolour workshop taking place at Arts at The Old Fire Station on 24th March will look at how colour, and removal of colour, changes our perception of shape, line and composition in the landscape. We will be working from plans and photographs of the Oxford area. From black and white maps we will locate different shapes through adding colour, and from colour landscape photographs we will create black and white drawings.

Victorian Passions and Pursuits
This new exhibition, on display at Blenheim Palace from now until 16th April, will transport visitors back in time to the Victorian era when Sir Winston Churchill was a child at the Palace.  Tour the State Rooms and explore how the Palace and its collections were presented during Victorian times.  Learn how the huge fleet of servants managed the running of one of the most formal stately homes in the land, and hear the stories of the Palace’s inhabitants during this exciting period of our history.

Ashmolean Museum
Contained in a gorgeous building across from the Randolph Hotel, the Ashmolean has paintings, coins, musical instruments and antiques, statues of deities and a must see Egyptian exhibition.  Open every day.  Free admission.

Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival
From swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to gospel, soul to rock ‘n roll, Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival never fails to delight music lovers. The programme is designed to appeal to music lovers of all ages and tastes, and the Festival celebrates jazz and blues in a way that makes these important genres accessible and appealing to a wide and diverse audience. Colston Hall and other venues from 15th-18th March 2018.

Bristol Film Festival: Pulp Fiction
Join Bristol Film Festival for another season of cult cinema classics, screened deep within the Redcliffe Caves – it’s an unforgettable way to discover, or rediscover, some of the silver screen’s hidden gems, sleeper hits and genre favourites.  Venture underground into one of the most unique locations in Bristol, themed like a military bunker.  Pulp Fiction is showing on 9th March at 8.15pm.

Dracula at The Loco Klub
Experience the terror of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in this eerie and immersive production deep in the underground caverns of Temple Meads Station.  A promenade-style immersive performance with seating for those that need it as the cast and audience move through the tunnels.  Audience encouraged to wear sturdy shoes and wrap up warm in dark coloured clothing.  9th-17th March.

Rob Auton – The Hair Show
A show for anyone who has, or has had hair and hairs!  Award-winning stand-up comedian and poet Rob Auton returns with another heartfelt and offbeat comedy/ theatre/ spoken word show that explores hair and hairs.  He casts an introspective eye over the world of hair, underpinned by leaving his head hair and beard to their own devices until he has performed The Hair Show for the final time.  Join Rob as he explores the importance of appearance and how people react to someone who looks like they have checked out.  Showing at The Glee Club on 16th March from 7pm.

Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra
Come along to the Albert Hall in Nottingham on Sunday 18th March from 3-5pm for three masterworks by 20th century composers with jazz, film and ballet connections.  To mark the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, the Orchestra presents the suite from his 1953 movie On the Waterfront, which starred Marlon Brando.  Erich Korngold’s superb Violin Concerto is next up, followed by Stravinsky’s great ballet suite Petrushka.

Nottingham Trent University Free Concert
The University’s free Lunchtime concerts are held throughout the academic year and feature NTU students, staff and internationally recognised musicians. As it is lunchtime, please feel free to bring your sandwiches! Held fortnightly in the Old Chemistry Theatre from 1-1.30pm.  21st March.

Cave Tours
Take a tour to experience the caves at Nottingham Castle for yourself, learning on the way the gruesome tales of Roger Mortimer, King David II of Scotland, or you may be able to take a tour with Robin Hood himself…With some of the caves dating back to medieval times, the tour is strenuous with LOTS of steep steps.  However, for those who wish to descend through hundreds of years the tour is a must.  Tours last approximately 30-40 minutes.  Costs £5 per person plus normal castle entry.  Tours run all year round.

Spring Workshops
Learn to paint realistic wildlife art using pastels at a two day small workshop painting a hare at 15, Little Acton Drive, LL12 8DH.  Cost £60 excluding materials.  3rd and 4th March from 9am-5pm.

Maelstrom Art Installation
Maelstrom, a public artwork by artist David Cotterrell, will acknowledge Chester’s evolving relationship with water and provide an excuse to stop and stare; to encourage alternative viewpoints and to reward urban curiosity and contemplation.  Showing at the Chester Centre from now until 27th October 2018.

Unexpected Elegance:  Female Fashion from the 1970s
The 1970s are often called ‘the decade that taste forgot’ but the dresses in this small exhibition at Chester Costume Gallery running now until 1st July 2019, show that this was far from true.  From minis to midis and maxis, in fabrics ranging from cotton and corduroy to polyester and fake leopard-skin, with designs by Ossie Clark, Givenchy and Zandra Rhodes, this celebrates some of the more subtle pleasures of 1970s fashion.

Charmed Lives in Greece
Showing 8th March-15th July at the British Museum, this exhibition focuses on the friendship of the artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Their shared love of Greece was fundamental to their work, as they embraced its sights, sounds, colours and people. Cultural figures of the 20th century, these three met at the end of WW2, becoming lifelong friends, spending much of their subsequent lives in Greece. Their time here was to shape each other’s works for the rest of their lives. The exhibition brings together their artworks, photographs, letters and personal possessions.

Living with gods, peoples, places and worlds beyond
Beliefs in spiritual beings and worlds beyond nature are characteristic of all human societies. By looking at how people believe through objects of faith, this exhibition at the British Museum provides a perspective on what makes believing a vital part of human behaviour. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Museum, the BBC and Penguin Books. It is open now until 8th April.

Charles II: Art & Power
After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England. The court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, which served not only as decoration for the royal apartments but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as king. An exhibition exploring the captivating world of the opulent Restoration court is on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace until 13th May.

Go West
The Brit award winning band Go West was formed in 1982 and went on to have huge commercial success and was one of the most successful singer/ songwriter duos of the 1980s. Six albums and 20 million sales later, Go West will perform at the Assembly Hall Theatre on 25th March.

Seasons of Change: The Story of Fegans
The story of Fegans, the children’s charity.  Deeply moved by the plight of destitute boys in London in the 1860s, James Fegan set up a society to provide desperately needed housing and schooling.  In 1870 he founded the charity that set up homes for children which brought shelter, care and hope.  His story and that of the children in his care became intertwined with the history of child migration from Britain to the Empire in the late 1800s and early 1900s, with many boys being sent to live in Canada.  This exhibition, showing now until 2nd June at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery, tells Fegan’s 148 year long story through the historic archive held at the Museum.

Tunbridge Wells Farmers’ Market
Held outside the Town Hall, located centrally in the heart of the town, this Farmers’ Market provides a good source of local, fresh food. It is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 9am to 2pm.

Michael McIntyre’s Big World Tour
Britain’s biggest comedian is set to return to the stage with his eagerly awaited new tour, and this time he is going global! Performing at arenas across the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Norway, America, Canada, Switzerland, Iceland, Malta and the Netherlands, he’ll be live at Plymouth Pavilions from 2nd-11th March.

Russell Brand: RE:BIRTH
What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from? In RE:BIRTH, Brand wrestles with these questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death.  Join him at Plymouth Pavilions on March 28th as he tries to make sense of life having just made a new one.

The Devon Family History Society – Plymouth Meetings
Join the Society on 27th March for an insight into The Voyage of the Mayflower in 1620: The Myths and Reality with Mike Haywood.

Gordon Giltrap
Over five decades Gordon Giltrap has graced the music business with his dedication to his craft and his affection for his audience. As one of the UK’s most respected guitarists, he has consistently proved the adage that respect cannot be bought. It must be earned. Gordon’s back on the road, and performing at the Cramphorn Studio on 3rd March at 8pm.

The King Lear
Shakespeare’s classic tragedy set in a pub. Giving a modern comedic twist to Shakespeare’s popular tragedy, acclaimed clown theatre company Shifting Sands presents a compellingly inventive retelling, mixing slapstick and pathos with warm humour. Showing at the Cramphorn Studio 8th March at 8pm.

Cezanne – Portraits of Life
Exhibition on Screen at The Picture House is thrilled to present one of the most talked about exhibitions of the year. Dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cezanne, the exhibition opens in Paris before travelling to London and Washington. 21st March at 8pm.

Farmers & Crafts Market
Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Stables Visitor Centre at Hylands House, the wonderful Farmers & Crafts Market features a growing number of craft stalls and local farmers who are passionate about food. They sell a range of specialist foods including organic, locally grown seasonal vegetables, fine sausages and bacon, homemade cakes, fudge and pastries, pies and fantastic cheeses, homemade Indian foods and spices, locally grown plants and sweets and candyfloss for children. Held the first Sunday of every month from 10am-4pm.

City Roots
After the resounding success of last year’s first ever City Roots Festival, the event is back to Cambridge!  Injecting the city with winter cheer and the spirit of Cambridge Folk Festival until 6th March, this showcases exceptional music and events.  March sees performances by Tom Robinson, Creative Roots:  Entrepreneur Day, Fred’s House, Darren Eedens The Slim Pickin’s, Ward Thomas, Knight & Spears and more.

The Winslow Boy
Following acclaimed productions of The King’s Speech and Single Spies, the same creative team bring a major new revival of Terence Rattigan’s classic family drama to Cambridge Arts Theatre. A gripping masterpiece that is engrossing for Rattigan lovers or newcomers alike. Showing 26th-31st March.

Cambridge Science Festival
Cambridge Science Festival returns on 12th-25th March exploring questions including: where will the genome revolution take medical science? Why do we continue to engage in unhealthy behaviour when we want to be healthy? Why are machine learning experts teaching computers to talk exactly like us? How ready are we for the future?

Makers Month: Making Space for Yourself
Creative activity is good for you. Join staff at The Forum on March 12th and 13th to find out creative ideas to make time for yourself and be creative. Whilst you’re there, enjoy a hand massage or have a go at finger labyrinth relaxation. This event is part of Maker’s Month at The Forum. As well as opportunities to try out some of the skills for free, learn something new and discover just how creative you can be!

The Vintage & Creators Spring Market
Looking for Mother’s Day or Easter gifts or a little treat for you or your home? Come along to this fab little market with a variety of handmade and local small businesses in one space. A great chance to meet the actual people who design and create the goods for sale. Many offer commissions which give you the opportunity to purchase something really unique. 10th March at The Narthex Cathedral of St John The Baptist, NR2 2PA.

Northern Lights
UAE Symphony Orchestra warmly invite you to join them for their spring concert Northern Lights on 9th March, 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich. Under the direction of UAE Director of Music Stuart Dunlop, the 70-strong orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Overture-Fantasia Romeo & Juliet, Greig’s Piano Concerto in A Minor Op. 16 and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in E Minor.

Shaping the Body
This major new exhibition looks at how body shape has changed over the past 500 years through culture, diet, fashion and lifestyle. From 18th century bum rolls, through to the Victorian hour glass figure, the punks of the 70s and the perms of the 80s, see how our bodies have been shaped and designed through the choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyle. York Museum Trust’s extensive collection of costumes, social history, archaeology and art will highlight how the perfect height and weight have fluctuated in different periods and how economic circumstances and cultural ideas impact on fashion. Open now until 31st January 2019.

Medieval York:  Capital of the North
From the fifth century, for a thousand years, the north of England was ruled by York. Yorkshire Museum presents an exhibition of its permanent collection of the region’s greatest surviving treasures, exploring how York became England’s second city and how its fortunes rose and fell with its ties to the Crown and the Church. As the capital of regional, royal power, commerce, art, conflict and wealth across the Anglican, Viking, Norman, Medieval and Tudor periods, discover how the most powerful people in the world once ruled from within York’s City Walls.  Open now until 6th June.

Wolf Hall comes to York
Barley Hall’s ‘Power & Glory’ Exhibition is now home to some of the most beautiful costumes from the smash hit BBC series, Wolf Hall. Adapted from the international bestseller by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall chronicles the rise of Thomas Cromwell, son of a humble blacksmith, who becomes the right hand man of the most powerful man in England, Henry VIII. Explore the complex relationships of court life in Tudor England, where love, lust and politics mixed together creating chaos for the nation. Discover how Cromwell’s machinations allowed for the annulment of one of Henry’s marriages, leading to the English church’s divorce from Rome. At Barley Hall until 31st March 2018.

York Famers Market
York’s monthly Famers Market celebrates the best of local produce, including meat, eggs, bread and oils as well as selling non-food gifts like pottery and woollen goodies. The Farmers Market joins the city’s regular market at the Shambles on the last Friday of every month. Fresh goods sold here are grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders within a 40-mile radius of York.

The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth
Immerse yourself on a journey through rugged Scottish landscapes and encounter storms, betrayal and a murderous plot. Shakespeare’s tragedy is vividly told with illustration, masterful puppetry and a live score.  Watch a captivating silent film created before your eyes. Hand drawn puppets collide with music, Foley and cinematic projection to create epic battle scenes and intricate characters. Showing at Battersea Arts Centre 20th March-4th April.

Venn Street Market
Held on a cobbled alleyway by Clapham Common, this market is a sight for sore eyes. Here you’ll find The Portland Scallop Co bringing seafood from Dorset, organic Suffolk mushroom pates at Pate Moi and Venn Street Flowers selling stunning arrangements. According to Elle Decoration, Vivienne Westwood buys her honey here, so it has fashion credentials too! Saturday mornings.

Charles II: Art & Power
After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England. The court of Charles II became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art, which served not only as decoration for the royal apartments but also as a means of glorifying the restored monarchy and reinforcing the position of Charles II as king. This exhibition exploring the captivating world of the opulent Restoration court is on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace until 13th May.

Fast Forward Flashback: 1920s fundraiser
Peaky Blinders meets Great Gatsby at this 1920s themed night taking place at New Venture Theatre & Bar, BN1 2PT on 3rd March.  Expect live entertainment and vintage remix, DJ, deluxe photbooth and vintage hair and beauty salon, Charleston lesson and gin-soaked bar, mini auction and more.

Morrissey is proud to announce his first full UK tour since 2015, giving fans the chance to hear tracks from Low in High School. 3rd March at the Brighton Centre.

Gluck: Art & Identity
This major exhibition explores the life and work of the 20th century artist Gluck (1895-1978), who is now also recognised as a trailblazer of gender fluidity. Born Hannah Gluckstein into a wealthy Jewish family, Gluck attended art school in London and ran away to Cornwall with fellow students during the First World War. The artist mixed with the Newlyn School of painters and adopted the name Gluck. The exhibition is open now until 11th March at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.

MyCharleston Dance Classes
MyCharleston run fun and sociable adult Charleston dance classes and workshops which are accessible to anyone who has ever wanted to dance. With 6 weekly courses and regular workshops in the best studios in Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Lewes and Portslade, you will be heel flicking and toe tapping to release your inner flapper and dapper in no time! Course suitable for all ages and levels. The sessions are energetic, liberating and full of humour. Various dates and venues.

An Evening of Wine & Cheese
Enjoy five tasting glasses of selected wines, accompanied by delicious cheeses, with expert insight from a Cellar Wines sommelier at G Live on 12th March from 7.30-9.30pm. Learn about the intricacies of matching cheese to wine, and find out what makes these wines and their producers so special.

The Stranglers
One of the UK’s most exciting, credible and influential British groups, The Stranglers are riding high on the crest of a resurgent wave of popularity. They’ll be hitting the road again and coming to G Live on 26th March.

Guildford Farmers Market
Held on the first Tuesday of every month on the famous High Street.  Buy high quality, fresh, local produce directly from over 50 local farmers and producers. Try the best seasonal produce and ask questions about growing, rearing, manufacture and cooking methods. Enjoy the freshest meat, fish, cheese, eggs, fruit and vegetables and breads.

George Shaw: My Back to Nature
This series of new paintings and drawings was created by Turner Prize nominee George Shaw whilst in residence at the National Gallery as the Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist. George had unrestricted access to explore the collection when the gallery was closed. Inspired by woodland scenes in the collection, these new works resonate with the artists’s experience of walking in the forest near his home town as a teenager. He was inspired by the mythological woodland landscapes of artists including Titian and Poussin. This exhibition is accompanied by the loan of two of the works that inspired Shaw during his National Gallery residency, a rare opportunity to view works by Piero del Pollaiuolo and Nicolas Poussin outside London. Showing at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum from now until 8th April.

Exeter’s Fine Art: Modern
This diverse selection features two works by the British Pop Art movement artists Brian Rice which are shown for the first time, having been gifted to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum through the Art Fund. Other works include Barbara Hepworth’s remarkable figurative drawing Preparation, Leighton Hall Woolatt’s Post Eleven Speaking and Patrick Heron’s Two Vermillions, Green and Purple in Red. Open now until 29th April.

Keeping up Appearances
On the Home Front during the First World War, women were encouraged to maintain a positive outlook and to dress well, especially when men returned from posts overseas.  This exhibition will showcase a selection of pretty, decorative accessories worn for days out or evening occasions.  Part of a four year programme commemorating the First World War led by the Imperial War Museum, this small changing display focuses on the impact of the war on the South West.  On display at Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery from now until 20th May.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
Brit & Echo Award winner, Rory Graham aka Rag ‘n’ Bone Man will embark on the highly anticipated Grande Reserve Tour in 2018 and will come to Alexandra Palace 8th March.

Low in High School is Morrissey’s first studio album since 2014 and was recorded at La Fabrique Studio in France and in Rome at Ennio Morricone’s Forum Studios.  The record is produced by Joe Chiccarelli and showcases the singer’s talent for combining political statements and beautiful melodies.  See him live at Alexandra Palace on 9th March.

Springfest returns to Alexandra Palace on 30th March from 5.30-10.30pm featuring live music, biers and food, Bavarian servers, The Village Green and much, much more.

Exhibition: Kingston Characters
March 3rd is the last opportunity to see this quirky exhibition of stitched textile portraits by local artists Ruth Blackford. In an explosion of colour, she has created a charming and idiosyncratic gallery of portraits celebrating Kingston’s wonderfully diverse community. Traders, residents, buskers, students, and people of prominence are included. Showing in the first floor foyer of the Rose Theatre.

David Baddiel: My Family (Not the sitcom)
Following a sold out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel brings his Oliver-nominated one-man show to theatres nationwide. It comes to the Rose Theatre on March 22nd. This is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf and gay cats.

The Comedy Store: March
Enjoy the very best in stand-up comedy at The Rose as The Comedy Store returns with the brightest talent on the UK and international circuit. This is the place to see the stars of tomorrow. 4th March at 7.30pm.