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London events in March

Our guide to the best events, festivals, workshops, exhibitions and things to do throughout March 2020 in London

Cherry Blossom in Greenwich Park
Shadman Chowdhury
By Time Out London Things To Do |
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A bright, blossom filled March 2020 in London is definitely our bag. As spring arrives and the days start to get sunnier and longer, there's plenty going on in London to embrace the new season. Why not take a stroll around London's best parks and gardens as they start to burst with colour, check out the city's best restaurants or sink a drink in one of London's neon-filled bars. March in London 2020 is also the month of Pancake DayInternational Women’s DaySt Patrick’s Day and Mother’s Day. It also holds WoW: Women of the World Festival, Earth Hour, London Book and Screen Week, the London Coffee Festival and the big St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in Trafalgar Square. For more fun in the city, check out our guide to the best events, free stuff, art and music. This lot should keep you busy in London for the whole of March 2020. You're welcome!  

Hey, and while you’ve got your diary out, remember that it's never too early to start planning for April either. 

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Our March 2020 highlights

Things to do

St Patrick’s Day in London

The Irish really know how to celebrate, so when it comes to St Patrick’s Day in London, the city’s Irish community have no problem showing us how it’s done. A day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, the occasion is always one big welcoming bash. Expect lots of dancing, hearty traditional dishes, a huge parade and as many pints as you can handle. The official holiday lands annually on March 17 (a Tuesday in 2020).

Things to do, Exhibitions

Insiders/Outsiders Festival

Various, London

This year-long arts festival celebrates refugees from Nazi Europe and highlights their impact on British culture. Expect a vibrant and all-encompassing programme of exhibitions, performances and events across a variety of London venues.

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The Goat Race
Photograph: Rob Greig
Things to do, Quirky events

Everything you need to know about the Oxford v Cambridge Goat Race

What’s goatin’ on? As the Oxford and Cambridge boating rivals prepare to row it out at The Boat Race, on the other side of town a far more harier, haphazard race is taking place. Each year Spitalfields City Farm plays host to The Goat Race where two goats, one named ‘Oxford’, the other ‘Cambridge’, go horn to horn to be crowned King Billy and pick up an edible trophy. This year the big day is Sunday March 29.  Are you kidding me? What time do they race? The start time is totally dependent on the mood of the athletes, but you can expect them to reach the starting blocks at around 4:30pm. But the fun starts 12noon, when spectators can bleat out bars at Goat-e-oke, take part in the Goatry Slam or join a Coat Race until the competitors are ready to rip up the farm track.  Can I gamble while they ramble? Yes! There’s an official bookie and sweepstake if you fancy having a punt. And can I bring my herd? Yes, but tickets are limited to avoid messing with the goats’ mojo. If you want to go all out you can bag yourself a £50 VIP ticket (for up to 5 people) and get a front-row seat at the race as well as a chance to groom, feed and walk the farm’s goats.   Check out our interview with the farm's co-ordinator ahead of the race... RECOMMENDED: Days out for animal lovers in London

Theatre, Drama

‘Leopoldstadt’

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road
4 out of 5 stars

Legendary playwright Tom Stoppard’s alleged final play about the devastating rise and fall of Vienna’s Jewish community in the twentieth century. To see a vast cast and an enormous amount of history crammed into its two-and-a-half hours. It’s a powerful and sincere tribute to a vanished people.

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Theatre, Experimental

‘Endgame’

Old Vic, Waterloo
4 out of 5 stars

See this revival of Samuel Beckett’s 1957 play ‘Endgame’. It’s a cracking comical performance from the boy wizard Daniel Radcliffe and Olivier- and Tony-winning stalwart of stage Alan Cumming. Together, they conjure a funnier-than-usual take on Beckett’s grotesque study in mutual need. 

Things to do

Mother’s Day in London

Mother’s Day in London can be amazing, but you need to put the effort in and make sure the date's in your diary (Sunday March 22 2020). Have a browse through our comprehensive guide to help you organise the perfect day.

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Filippo Albacini (1777-1858), The Wounded Achilles, 1825, marble, Chatsworth House Photograph © The Devonshire Collections, Chatsworth. Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees
Museums, History

‘Troy: Myth and Reality’

British Museum, Bloomsbury
5 out of 5 stars

How do you feel about big pots? Amphor ’em, personally, and this show only reinforces that. 

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Sunil Gupta 'Untitled 22' from the series 'Christopher Street' (1976) Image courtesy of the artist and Hales Gallery. © Sunil Gupta. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019
Art

Masculinities: ‘Liberation Through Photography’

Barbican Centre, Barbican
4 out of 5 stars

Guns and cowboys, beer and beards, this show might be packed with typical images of masculinity, but with it's intimate, erotic shots of soldiers and films of men crying, it’s also full of subversion. In a society where gender is ceaselessly melting into an ever more fluid substance, this exhibition makes you walk away asking infinite questions.

Maureen Scott 'Mother and Child at Breaking Point' (1970) .Image courtesy of Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Art

‘The Four Ages of Woman’

Bethlem Gallery and Museum of the Mind, Borough of Bromley
4 out of 5 stars

Art by women about women. And so much more. It’s topical, political, emotional – and well worth the length of the train journey to get there.

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