What’s on March 2017


Spring into action this month as the clocks go forward and the lighter nights kick in. With the weather on the turn, there’s plenty to do both inside and out. For inspiration on where to find the action check out our Futon Company What’s On guide and see what’s happening where you live in March 2017…


Clay Modelling Evening Classes
Come along to Powerhall Bronze, Leith on March 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th for the Clay Modelling Evening Classes with Alan Herriot from 6-8pm.  The course will have an open format so you can bring along your own project to develop.  Experienced figurative sculptor Alan Herriot will be leading this class and supporting students to make a sculpture in clay on a wire armature.  Students are invited to bring along sketches, photographs and an idea of what they want to make.

Tomorrow’s Lobsters
The Scottish Seabird Centre is collaborating with The Firth of Forth Lobster Hatchery to host the exhibition Tomorrow’s Lobsters which explores the importance of lobsters, both locally and nationally, as a vital part of the marine environment.  Visitors can discover how The Firth of Forth Lobster Hatchery works to sustain lobster populations in the Forth, helping to ensure the livelihood of local fishermen.  Included with admission to the Discovery Centre and free for Seabird members.  Running until 31st March 2017.

Monkey Business
This family-friendly exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Old Town, runs from now until 23rd April and explores the world of primates, from the tiny mouse lemur to the mighty gorilla.  More than just monkeys, this extraordinary exhibition explores the diversity of the species, examining their key characteristics and how they have evolved and adapted over time.


Camellia Show 2017
The Camellia Show returns to Chiswick House and Gardens from 3rd March to 2nd April 2017.  Come and admire the rare and historic camellias in the Grade 1 listed Conservatory, 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.  Among them is the unique Middlemist’s red, originally brought from China in 1804 by Londoner John Middlemist, a nurseryman from Shepherds Bush.  It is one of only two in the world known to exist – the other being in Waitangi in New Zealand.  This year, the house will run free Tours for the local community, on Wednesdays at 11am and Sundays and midday.

Head of the River race
Cheer on rowers from around the globe on March 25th as they race along the Thames in one of London’s longest-running sporting traditions.  Pack your picnic and Pimms and arrive at least 45 minutes early to secure a good viewing spot, as the banks of the River Thames will be brimming with spectators for the race.  See the crews off from Chiswick Bridge, cheer them on from Barnes Bridge as they gather pace, or watch them approach from the Hammersmith Bridge.

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 around 25 top producers from around the country.


Andy Warhol at The Whitworth
Andy Warhol’s work will be showing at The Whitworth as part of its Artists Room exhibitions which will show the sharp, critical opinions of an artist known to many primarily as an art salesman, purveyor of product and celebrant of capitalism.  Supported by Arts Council, Art Fund and Creative Scotland, the exhibition is drawn from Artists Rooms, a collection of international modern and contemporary art owned by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the public.  From now until 16th April at Whitworth Art Gallery.

Hashtag Quiz – Smartphone Quiz Night
The quiz that makes it impossible to cheat!  A cheap and cheerful night out that guarantees entertainment!  Smartphone quiz each and every Thursday at The Cock Hotel in Manchester, M28 2RZ.  from 7-11pm.  Minimum age 18, free entry.

Bat Out of Hell The Musical
Following Strat, who has fallen in love with the daughter of the despotic Falco, this new musical is a high-octane rock’n’roll adventure that tears through over 20 years of Stenman’s hits including ‘I’d do anything for love’ ‘dead ringer for love’ and ‘it’s all coming back to me know.  Showing from now until 29th April at Manchester Opera House.


The New Theatre, Oxford hosts Rambert – Ghost Dances plus other works on March 15th, 16th and 17th, with free pre-performance talk at 6.30pm on Thursday 16th.  Tickets from £13.90.

Bill Spectre’s Oxford Ghost Trail
Voted on TripAdvisor as one of the ten best ghost tours in the world.  Join Bill Spectre, a professionally trained actor and Equity member on his award-winning theatrical ghost trail of Oxford as he lifts the lid on this great seat of learning.  This entertainment-based tour is illustrated with props and illusions.  Bill in costume with his black top hat, will lead your through the streets revealing the darker side of this most ancient city.  Tour starts outside Oxford Castle Unlocked (New Road).  Duration 1 hour 15 minutes.  4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th March at 6.30pm.

Cameras in the Sky
Aerial photography of Oxfordshire from a unique Aerofilms collection cared for by Historic English Archive at Oxford Museum.  Free entry.  From now until 26th March.


Lubaina Himid:  Navigation Charts at Spike Island
Spike Island presents the first major survey of British artist Lubaina Himid, a pioneer of the Black Arts Movement in Britain in the 1980s.   Known primarily as a painter, Himid has also made significant contributions as a curator, archivist and writer focused on the experience of the black diaspora in Britain over the past 30 years.  To accompany Himid’s exhibition at Spike Island, an extended public programme of symposia, screenings, artists’ talks and workshops engage with topics of labour, migration and black identity.  From now until 26th March.

Lace in Fashion
Designer pieces and those worn by royalty rub shoulders at Bath Fashion Museum – just a 15 minute train journey from Bristol.  On show from now until January 2018.

Warrior Treasures:  Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Set within a mysterious forest enter Warrior Treasures to be captivated by a dazzling collection of gold, silver and semi-precious gems from Anglo-Saxon weaponry.  Damaged and fragmentary, these superbly crafted fittings were discarded, but who buried them?  And did they intend to come back for them?  The collection is part of the Staffordshire Hoard, considered one of the most significant Anglo-Saxon finds.  It almost certainly represents the spoils of war, fought in an ancient kingdom during the 7th century AD.  On show now until 23rd April 2017


Shifting Sands:  Lawrence of Arabia and the Great Arab Revolt
The mud and blood of the First World War’s Western Front scarred a weary British nation.  So when an American reporter stumbled upon a dashing British soldier in Arab dress in distant Jerusalem, the publicity machine went into overdrive.  Soon the glamorous story of Lawrence of Arabia and his dazzling exploits spread across the world.  But who was this larger-than-life character who fought with the desert tribes during the Great Arab Revolt to help topple the Turkish Ottoman Empire?  How much of Lawrence’s story is true?  How did the events he took part in shape today’s war-torn Middle East?  Discover the extraordinary tale through artefacts, testimony and the results of years of research by a team of intrepid archaeologists in Jordon at the National Civil War Centre between now and March 31st.

Brick Wonders
Nottingham’s new LEGO exhibition is coming to The Harley Gallery until 2nd April 2017, following the phenomenal success of last year’s Brick City.  Brick Wonders – Ancient, Natural and Modern Marvels in Lego, created by Warren Elsmore, will take visitors on a journey through history and round the globe featuring both old and new wonders of the world.  In all, the show will present more than 70 fantastically detailed models.

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.


Escher String Quartet
Chester Music Society presents Escher String Quartet playing Borodin String Quartet No 2 in D major, Shostakovich Quartet No 9 in E flat and Tchaikovsky Quartet No 1 in D major.  8th March from 7.30pm at St Mary’s Creative Space, CH1 2DW.

Some Enchanted Evening
With iconic songs from the golden age of musicals including ‘The King and I’, ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Carousel’, ‘South Pacific’ and ‘The Sound of Music’ , Some Enchanted Evening – Opera at St Mary’s CH1 2DW will be a night to remember.  Adults £14, children £8.  From 23rd-25th March 2017.

4 Square – The Ferocios Folk Foursome
The powerful young quartet has already stormed festivals and venues all across the UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden, The Czech Republic, Greece and Denmark, with their fiery, inventive and virtuosic brand of alternative folk.  The group’s trademark performance offers a powerful infusion of folk, jazz, latin and any other musical style they feel the inclination to absorb.  Performing at Alexander’s Live, 2 Rufus Court, CH1 2JW on 16th March at 7pm.


Tom Hollander, last seen playing a villainous right-hand man in The Night Manager, returns in the much-hyped West End transfer of Tom Stoppard’s play Travesties at the Apollo Theatre.  Tickets from £24.25.  Showing now until 29th April 2017.

Secret Cinema:  Moulin Rouge
The secret cinema is back!  As ever, the full details are under wraps but, true to Secret Cinema form it’s sure to be one hell of an experience.  Secret Cinema takes place in Central London from now until 30th April 2017.

David Hockney at The Tate
In the footfall of his 80th Birthday, Britain’s most stylish man and our finest living art export, David Hockney, is getting the no-holds-barred greatest hits treatment, says  His retrospective is an all killer, no filler, a circumspect summation of his genius with painting, photography, film and print.  For beginners, this is entry-level materials for the story of modern art.  For diehards, it’ll be just amazing to see it all in one place.  At Tate Britain from now until 29th May.


Capturing on Collodian
Photographer Sean Hawkey has worked across the world documenting lives and diverse communities.  His work as a photojournalist has led him to evaluate the impact of the photograph on the story of people’s lives.  For his exhibition at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, open from now until 20th May, Hawkey has chosen to work with the Victorian wet plate collodian process to make his images.  Using original camera and lens from the 1870s, he captures portraits of people which have an intense, ethereal beauty to them.  Free admission.

Collectors’ Fair
Monthly Tunbridge Wells Collectors’ Fair at King Charles Hall selling a wide range of antiques and collectibles, including china, glass, brass, militaria, books, postcards and ephemera.  Open from 10am-4pm on 11th March.

Vintage Fair
Vintage Fair at King Charles Hall with 25 stalls of top-quality, affordable vintage fashion from the 1920s to 1980s, salvaged home-ware, costume jewellery, French brocante and original records.  Carefully curated traders from all over the South East and London at this exciting, new vintage market.  18th March from 10.30am-4pm.


Plymouth Society of Artists:  Land and Water
Come and see an exhibition of works by selected members of the Plymouth Society of Artists (PSA), all of which have been inspired by the sea.  The PSA was established in early 1944 to encourage and foster a professional outlook in the fine arts of painting, sculpture and printmaking for the benefit of Plymouth.  Seven decades have passed since then and the group has become extremely well established with many successful exhibitions and a membership drawn from throughout the region and beyond.  At The Council House, Armada Way, showing from now until 4th March.

Britain in the Fifties:  Design and Aspiration
Come and see a vision of the country from 60 years ago at The Council House, Armada Way, PL1 2AA as curators present the history of post-war design in this nationally touring exhibition organised by Compton Verney.  The 1950s was a time when Britain emerged from a period of austerity and rationing after the Second World War.  Following the ground-breaking Festival of Britain of 1951, design played a crucial role in shaping our ‘Brave New World.’  As Britain began to modernise itself and become more prosperous, it led the world with the equality and innovation of its decorative and applied arts.  Leading artists became household names and good design became affordable.  This exhibition looks at all aspects of 1950s design, both inside and outside the home, with a diverse range of objects including furnishings, fabrics, ceramics, cutlery, magazines, machinery and the iconic Vespa.  It will also include objects and moving images.

Plymouth’s Biggest Zumba Challenge
A massive charity Zuma event will take place at Plymouth Life Centre on Sunday 5th March starting at 10am to celebrate International Women’s Day which this year falls on 8th March.  Registration opens at 9.30am.  The Plymouth & District branch of Soroptimist International is aiming to get up to 700 women and young girls taking part in the one hour Zumba session to raise funds for the various local, national and international projects they support.  Local projects include Trevi House, Sexual Assault Referral Centre and Plymouth’s Women’s Refuge.  Plymouth’s Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy is planning to attend the event.


Essex Authors Day
Come along to Chelmsford Library on Saturday 18th March from 10am-3pm for an exciting day of workshops, stalls and activities.  Listen to author readings, pick up top writing tips, take part in the writing challenge, meet other writers or simply browse and buy books.  The four workshops include:  develop your writing, how to promote your book, writing and publishing poetry and getting your message across.  For further details go to

Women on the Land in WW1
Learn more about the fascinating history of World War I with an insightful talk focusing on Women on the Land by Viv Newman.  At the Parish Hall from 7.45-9.45pm on Thursday 9th March.

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 now until December, from 10am-4pm.


Ghost Stories by Candlelight
Robert Lloyd Parry presents Ghost Stories by Candlelight – A Warning to the Curious & Lost Hearts by M.R.James told by candlelight in the 900 year old Music Room at Hemingford Grey.  Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm, tickets £17.50 to include a glass of wine.

Botanic Garden Orchids
Cambridge University presents an exploration of India’s natural heritage with its Botanic Garden Orchids 2017:  Another India display, showing at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens until 12th March.  This year the Glasshouse range will be transformed into a technicoloured tapestry of vibrant displays to celebrate the plants and culture of South Asia.  Cultural art and artefacts will be set among plants from the tips of the Himalayas to the tropical wetlands and dry deserts of India.

Cambridge Science Festival
The annual Festival gives the public the opportunity to explore Cambridge Science.  What’s more, most events are free.  It provides opportunity for the discussion of scientific issues, interests and concerns and to raise aspirations by encouraging young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering of mathematics.  The event includes talks, interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, film showings and debates.  The Festival runs from 13th-26th March at various locations across Cambridge University.

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Norwich Fashion Week
Norwich Fashion Week was created in 2010 to celebrate and promote the vibrant fashion scene in the city.  It brings together Norwich’s nationally-recognised, independent retail offering and the city’s thriving student fashion design community, plus professional practitioners in fashion and beauty.  Taking place in a range of venues across Norwich from 9th-17th March 2017.

Masters of Japanese Photography
This exhibition explores the work of some of the most prominent Japanese photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, including Nobuyoshi Araki and Eikoh Hosoe.  It features around 60 works drawn from artists’ studios as well as from private collections.  It is the first exhibition on contemporary Japanese photography at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, NR4 7TJ.  Open now until 19th March.

Norwich Gin Club
Learn about the frequently tainted history of gin, from its origins as a medicine, the craze which gripped Britain for 200 years and how gin has taken its position in today’s world.  £25 per person which includes a tasting of six different gins, including a cocktail to start and two full gin and tonics throughout the session.  Thursday 30th March from 6.30pm at The Library Restaurant. For enquiries tel. 01953 797 556


An Antidote to an English Winter
This exhibition of paintings and sculptures will prove a real tonic to the last days of winter.  The radiant colours of Lesley Seeger’s landscape and paintings bring a welcome glow to otherwise dark days, whilst Tom Payne’s figurative sculptures of young adults, or ‘grunts’ will warm the heart of any parent.  Crispian Heath’s geological-inspired glass ‘Cliff’ sculptures conjure up images of coastlines and the promise of warm sunshine.  Showing at the Pyramid Gallery until 12th March.

Human and animal, alive and dead, familiar and strange, this major exhibition showing at York Art Gallery until 19th March, explores how artists represent flesh in their work.  It also seeks to raise questions about the body and ageing, race and gender, touch, texture, surface and skin.  Jointly curated with Dr Jo Applin from the University of York, the exhibition will be accompanied by a publication based on new research and a varied events programme including a symposium.

Wolf Hall Comes to York
Barley Hall’s Power and Glory exhibition is now home to some of the most beautiful costumes from the smash hit 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 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.  Exhibition open now until 31st March at Barley Hall.

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 including 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.


Robots Exhibition
The Science Museum’s new Robots exhibition tells the evolution of our little metal friends, from 16th century mechanical monks to R2-D2 and beyond.  1010020101212 (says ES Magazine 3rd March) – apparently that’s robot for “come down”…Tickets £15.  From now until 3rd September.

Diana:  Her Fashion Story
The cultural tributes to Princess Diana have often felt overshadowed by the sound of the queen of our hearts turning in her grave (let us run swiftly past the paddling pool in Hyde Park and fast forward through the ghastly Naomi Watts biopic, says  So respect, as they say, is due, and that respect is forthcoming this spring with an exhibition at Kensington Palace.  Twenty years on from her death, Diana: Her Fashion Story, will walk through her wardrobe as a starting point for analysing the arresting grip the princess held on popular culture.  Few knew so instinctively how to harness the power of visual image.  Diana made stars of her wedding dress designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel, then her favourite portraitist, Mario Testino, and hairdresser Sam Knight.  No one has used power dressing as quite the armour Diana did.  So an exhibition of her clothes is not really about fashion at all.  It’s about a very specific female energy and power to connect on every level, channelled through one woman.  The Exhibition is open now at Kensington Palace.

Cash, Capitalism and Corporations
A specially curated season of provocative and inspiring shows that tackle some of the most urgent issues facing Britain today.  From dynamic physical theatre to beat box and comedy, Cash, Capitalism and Corporations celebrates the spirit of coming together in the face of adversity and the courage to imagine the alternatives.  At Battersea Arts Centre from now until April 1st.


Draw to Perform
Brighton’s Fabrica Gallery are hosting a live two-day drawing performance event that will feature artistic collaborations between leading drawing performance artists from the UK and abroad, musicians such as Paul Hartnoll (Orbital) and acclaimed contemporary dancers.  The event, curated by Draw to Perform, will explore the exciting fusion of different art disciplines in front of live audiences.  At Fabrica Gallery, BN1 4AG on 4-5th March.

Gladrags Community Costume Resource Charity Fundraiser
A 1950s themed night with live music and entertainment, interactive fun and exciting mini auction at New Venture Theatre, BN1 2PT.  Dress up in your best 1950s outfit and prepare to have a great night out with a 1950s photo booth, jive sessions and limbo competition.  Add a touch of glamour in the pop-up vintage beauty salon.  £15.  4th March.

Adult Craft Workshops
Come along to Hove Museum and join experienced craft maker Nadya for a different workshop each month.  The workshops explore a wide range of crafts spanning felt, printed material and jewellery.  6th March.

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80’s Invasion Tour
Due to overwhelming public demand after this year’s hugely successful run, the ‘80’s Invasion’ tour is back in 2017 with four iconic artists from the decade performing on the same bill.  The new line-up features Paul Young, legendary pop princess Toyah, China Crisis and Martika.  The tour takes 15 dates across the UK, and comes to G Live on 13th March.  From 7.30pm until 4am.

The Stranglers
The Stranglers are back on the road and coming to G Live, Guildford for one night only.  The group will perform their Classic Collection on March 21st to coincide with the planned release of the entire Stranglers studio album catalogue from the period 1977-82.  Tickets £28, friends of G Live save £3.

Guildford Farmers Market
Held on the first Tuesday of every month.  While the High Street Setts are being repaired, the Farmers Market will relocate to the Leapale Road Surface Car Park.  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.


The Spring Concert
Exeter Symphony Orchestra presents The Spring Concert on 25th March at Southernhay United Reform Church.  The programme includes Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Karelia Suite by Sibelius, Franck’s Symphony in D Minor and Bennett’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

Exeter Candlelit Concert
Beautiful music for on 4th March performed in the candlelit nave of Exeter Cathedral by the Cathedral Choir with conductor Timothy Noon.  Starts at 7pm.

Laugh Out Loud Festival
Laugh Out Loud Festival (LOL) brings you an array of comedians from all over the country for a city-wide comedy festival.  Expect plenty of stand-up, sketch comedy and open mic sessions.  Back for another groundbreaking, outstanding, hilariously funny, unbelievably side splitting, non-stop chortling and descriptively extravagant comedy filled time!  The festival takes place from now until 5th March across a multitude of venues in the city of Exeter and features top-billing, award-winning comedy acts.


Following their first Glastonbury Festival appearance in seventeen years, Underworld have announced details of a very special live event at Alexandra Palace on 17th March.  This will be the duo’s first London show since their sold-out multiple-night stand at the Roundhouse in 2016.

Musical Evening on the Grand Willis Organ
The Alexandra Palace Organ Appeal hosts a musical evening on the Grand Willis Organ on 9th March.  John Pryer will be demonstrating the art of improvisation on the organ, and finalists will compete to win the Alexandra Palace Bert Allwood Organ Scholarship.

The Machine Stops
In a dystopian world where humans have retreated far underground, Kuno alone questions their now total dependency on technology to live and communicate with each other, but in his struggle to break out can he reach the Earth’s surface before the Machine stops?  A chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology based on a short story by E.M.Forster.  Featuring a brand new soundtrack composed by John Foxx, pioneer of electronic music and founder of Ultravox, and analogue synth specialists, Benge.  7-11th March at Jacksons Lane, N6 5AA.


A Celebration of Kingston’s Tattoo Culture
From Otzi the Neolithic to footballer David Beckham, across the globe the practise of tattooing has stood the test of time.  From 9th March-15th April, the Kingston Museum presents an exhibition which explores the change and diversity of tattoo history and culture.  It will focus on how Kingston played an integral part in the history of British tattooing with the help of a local resident.  And don’t miss the ‘tattooed’ Easter eggs on loan from the Horniman Museum and Gardens!

Kingston Vegan & Yoga Festival
After the success of last year’s first ever Vegan & Yoga Festival, 2017’s event returns in style, even bigger and better.  Attend free Yoga sessions, workshops, meditation, talks and vegan cookery demonstrations, and enjoy live music.  Eat yummy vegan food and shop for vegan products and services from 50+ colourful stalls.  The entry fee of only £5 entitles you to attend everything for free. 25th March at Kingston College.

My Brilliant Friend at Rose Theatre
The world premiere of a two-part dramatisation of Elena Ferrante’s celebrated Neapolitan quartet of novels, adapted for the stage by April De Angelis and directed by Melly Still.  Showing at Rose Theatre from now until 2nd April 2017.