Whether you’re looking for a day out for Mothers’ Day, want to get outside and enjoy the start of spring – or just want to do something a bit different, our historic sites offer all sorts of unique experiences. Here’s a look at some of the things you can do this March.
Did you know?
- March is Women’s History Month. You can find out more about some of the inspirational women in English history here on our website. You can join in the conversation on Twitter too – follow us @EnglishHeritage.
- The month was named after Mars, the Roman god of war
- Daffodils are the flowers traditionally associated with March.
Date for your diary – Mothers’ Day – Sunday 26 March 2017
Our historic places are the perfect places to go for a family day out over the Mothers’ Day weekend. On our website we’ve picked a few sites to help you narrow down the decision of where to go.
There are couple of specific events are going on. Osborne on the Isle of Wight is hosting a Mothers’ Day lunch. And if your Mum is a bit of a warrior queen, come and watch a display of Medieval Falconry at Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire.
(If you’re looking for a Mothers’ Day gift, you could give her the keys to over 400 historic places with English Heritage Membership…)
We want to… see historic skills in action
Weekend Ancient Technology Demonstrations
How did our ancestors shape the world around them? This weekend is your chance to learn about the Neolithic art of flint-knapping.
When? Sat 11 & Sun 12 Mar 2017
Heritage Skills Day at Framlingham Castle
Learn how to conserve a castle’s walls with demonstrations of skills such as lime slaking, repointing and stone carving. This is a small group event, so book your ticket in advance.
Where? Framlingham Castle
When? Wed 22 Mar 2017
Saturday Archaeology Club
This month, budding archaeologists can explore the Archaeological Collections Store at Wrest Park, become a conservator and micro-excavate a ‘Burial Urn’. Places are limited to please book in advance.
Where? Wrest Park
When? Sat 11 Mar 2017
Who? 8-16 year olds
Twinings Tea Tastings
OK – drinking tea isn’t really a historic skill! But there’s more that goes into the average brew than you might think. Come and meet Twinings’ experts and learn about the journey from crop to cup.
Where? Audley End (1 Mar), Eltham Palace (8 Mar), Down House (10 Mar)
When? 10am – 4pm
We want to… go behind the scenes
Tour the Archaeological Collection Store at Wrest Park
Starting with elevenses in the cafe, this tour is an exclusive chance to explore the manor house and gardens at Wrest, before heading to the Archaeological Collection Store. This Aladdin’s Cave of objects holds everything from 8ft wooden statues to delicate fragments of jewellery, and offers a fascinating insight into our behind the scenes work.
Where? Wrest Park
When? Mon 6 Mar 2017
Curator’s tour of Kenwood
Join the curator of Kenwood as he takes you on a tour of one of London’s most magnificent 18th century mansions and its internationally important art collection. Please note: while entrance to Kenwood is free, this tour is £12 for both English Heritage Members and visitors.
When? Fridays 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 March 2017
Wrest Park Wallpaper Room Tours
Join us for a unique peek inside the mansion house at Wrest Park as we explore the upstairs rooms. They have incredibly beautiful wallpaper and are rarely open to visitors. There are two small group tours (at 11am and 1pm) so reserving your place is recommended.
Where? Wrest Park
When? Sun 5 March 2017
We want to… get outside
As well as the events below, now that the weather is improving it’s a great time to come and explore our historic gardens. Check out our Spring Gardens Highlights for a few ideas.
Sky at Night – Stargazing at the Home of Charles Darwin
If you share Darwin’s insatiable curiosity about the world, this introduction to astronomy is a fantastic way to start exploring the stars. Listen to expert talks and top tips, before looking through our telescopes to explore the night sky.
Where? Home of Charles Darwin – Down House
When? Fri 3 Mar 2017
Who? Everyone (Please note: there is no disabled access down to the meadow where this event will be held)
Head Gardener Spring Tour of Witley Court
Tour the beautiful gardens at Witley Court with the Head Gardener and find out more about the work that goes on during the spring. Lunch is included.
Where? Witley Court and Gardens
When? Fri 10 Mar 2017
We want to… get married!
Wedding Showcases – various dates and locations
If you’re looking for a wedding venue, come and see if one of historic properties fits the bill for your celebrations. Our wedding showcase events are a chance to look around the venues, meet local suppliers and generally explore the sites.
- Eltham Palace – Thur 2 Mar
- Wrest Park – Sun 5 Mar
- Osborne Sat – 11 Mar
- St Mawes Sat – 18 Mar
- Pendennis Castle – Sat 19 Mar
Somewhere to visit this month
Snowdrops have been appearing at our sites, a sure sign that spring is on its way! This pretty display was captured during a visit to Stokesay Castle last week. Have you spotted any on your travels? #englishheritage #Stokesay #stokesaycastle #castle #manor #house #ludlow #shropshire #england #uk #charity #englisheritagesites #charity #conservation
For inspirational places to visit, objects from our collection, and the stories of people at our sites, follow @englishheritage on Instagram.
On this day in history
- 6 March 1768 – The first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was published.
- 10 March 1801 – The first census of England, Scotland and Wales was carried out.
- 17 March 1921 – Marie Stopes opened the first clinic in Britain to advise women on birth control.
- 31 March 1836 – The first instalment of Dickens’ Pickwick Papers was published. It consisted of 32 pages and sold for a shilling.
- 25 March 1807 – Britain outlawed the slave trade in its Empire after the parliamentary bill received royal assent.
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