Family days out

Our top 15 family days out in the UK for March 2024

Last updated 14th March 2024

You got through January and February, now celebrate with some fun days out this March.  We’ve picked 15 of the UK’s finest for you, now all you need is some sun.


St Patrick’s Day Parade, London

St Patrick’s Day Parade, London, 17 March

London’s annual parade to celebrate St Patrick’s Day takes place on 17 March this year, and starts at Hyde Park Corner, through Piccadilly, St. James’s Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street and Whitehall, ending up in Trafalgar Square. Expect family concerts, children’s films and youth performances, as well as plenty of community performance, audience participation, plus a lot of large green hats. And if you want a breather, here are some London restaurants our kids love.

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Easter adventures at Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire

National Trust Easter Egg Hunts, all over the UK

There’s nothing like a bit of free chocolate to put a spring in your step, and it tastes all the sweeter when you’ve had to hunt for it. National Trust sites all over the UK are hosting Easter egg hunt trails this March. So you can tire out the kids and give them a treat at the same time. And there are vegan eggs on every hunt too, so nobody misses out.


Daffodils at Doddington Hall Spring Bulb Pageant

Fun days out in full bloom at Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire

A host of spring flowers is a joyful way to herald spring’s arrival, and the Spring Bulb Pageant at Doddington Hall showcases the plentiful and eclectic shades of spring, with heritage daffodils and drifts of Lent lilies amongst a riot of other blooms.

Guided tours are available, and dogs and groups are welcome.

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The world’s most famous amateur event: the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

Watch the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race, London

At 194 years old, the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race is one of the world’s oldest and most famous amateur sporting events.

A fun way to teach your kids about grit and determination, there are eight miles of towpath to spectate along and the main hospitality areas are at Putney and Fulham.

Bluey’s Big Play is at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Aussie animated superstar Bluey stars in Bluey’s Big Play this March. This brand-new theatrical adaptation of the Emmy® award-winning children’s TV series is written by Bluey creator, Joe Brumm, with music by Bluey composer, Joff Bush.

The story is as old as time: when Dad wants some Sunday afternoon time-out, Bluey and Bingo have other plans! Make sure life doesn’t imitate art and book tickets early.

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St Piran’s Day Parade, Perranporth Beach

Celebrate St Piran’s Day in Cornwall this March

St Piran’s Day on 5 March is the big one in Cornwall, with parades and events happening all over the county, including trails for children, a children’s parade in Launceston, and a family event on Perranporth Beach.

You might even learn a bit of Cornish: Gool Peran Lowen! (Happy St Piran’s Day). Black and white flags optional.

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Mother’s Day afternoon tea, Edinburgh Zoo

Afternoon tea with animals for Mother’s Day at Edinburgh Zoo

OK, so the animals won’t be joining you at the table, and you may not be served by penguins, but this special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in the Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo fuses cake and our furry (or scaly) friends in the nicest possible way.

Ticket price includes zoo entrance, so this truly is one for all the family. And if Edinburgh isn’t on the cards, here are some London afternoon teas just for kids this month.

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Sing along with Matilda at Manchester Opera House

Sing-a-long-a-Matilda the Musical, Manchester Opera House

You don’t need to be a soprano to sing at the Manchester Opera House this March, but being a musical theatre fan might help.

Revolting children, their parents, and aspiring Miss Honeys can attend Sing-a-Long-a Matilda the Musical to join the little-but-mighty chorus, but don’t delay on booking: it’s for one night only.

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Feeding the baby lambs at Church Farm, Stow Bardolph

Fun days out with lambs at Church Farm, Norfolk

Spring is the time when all the cute baby lambs are born, not only giving the ‘aah’ factor, but also teaching essential lessons about the circle of life.

Many farms around the UK hold lambing events, including this one at Church Farm in Stow Bardolph. If your kids fancy bottle-feeding a newborn, this could be their year.

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StAnza Poetry Festival, St. Andrews

Encourage creativity at StAnza Poetry Festival in St Andrews

StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, is an award-winning festival dedicated to bringing poetry in all its forms to audiences around the world.

Held in the historic East Coast town of St Andrews, you can attend poetry breakfasts, creative writing workshops, textile classes, open mics, zine workshops and more. Great for bigger kids who know their rhyme from their meter.

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Have some fun days out in Brecon Beacons this March

The Dan yr Ogof National Showcaves of Wales on the western edge of Brecon Beacons National Park are combined with a shire horse centre, dinosaur park, Iron Age village and museum.

A one stop shop for educational family fun this March, with camping for tents and vehicles available, this attraction ticks all the boxes. Not in Wales? Take a look at some other UK National Parks for fun days out this March.

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Fraternité Family Day, Westminster Abbey, London

Visit Westminster Abbey for Fraternité Family Day

Fraternité Family Day: The Bayeux Tapestry and Beyond explores how the drama of 1066 and the Battle of Hastings, as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry, shaped the future of Westminster Abbey.

Explore these momentous events in a day of stories, puzzles, craft and mind-blowing history, suitable for all ages. If you want to hear a bit about the real Bayeux Tapestry, we saw it recently on a bike tour of Northern France.

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Showtown Museum, Blackpool

Jazz hands out for Blackpool’s brand new Showtown

Opening its doors for the first time in March 2024,  Showtown is Blackpool’s new all-singing-all-dancing museum dedicated to fun and entertainment.

Six galleries showcase the best of the seaside, magic, circus, illuminations, shows, and dance. Of course, you’ll find some camp British seaside humour amongst the exhibits, but don’t worry, it’s strictly PG.

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Audley End Miniature Railway free Mother’s Day tickets

Audley End Miniature Railway opens for spring and summer on Saturday 9 March this year and since it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday 10 March, mums and grandmothers can visit for free.

Just book online, check the free ticket box and get ready to catch the prettiest little train in England for a ride through Audley End’s enchanted woodland. Then stop off at the Adventure Playground to let kids run wild for a bit, before ending the perfect Mother’s Day with something delicious from the Woodland Café.

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Bath & West Food & Drink Festival, Somerset

Catch Bath & West Food & Drink Festival this March

With comedy cooking demos, the British Cheese Awards, celebrity chefs, delicious food, and educational kids’ workshops, its safe to say the whole family will enjoy a day out at the Bath & West Food & Drink Festival 2024.

Don’t forget your buddy bags, as you’ll no doubt come away with plenty of loot.

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