From delectable food festivals to eggcellent Easter activities, we have your spring break covered with this eclectic range of events...
Take your mum to one of Birmingham’s coolest events as The Bond in Digbeth transforms into a botanical wonderland for a unique food festival. Taking place on Saturday evening until midnight and Mothering Sunday from noon until 7pm, the event will feature famous DJs and the very best of Birmingham street food. Keep a look out for Baked in Brick, who create heavenly Neapolitan-style pizzas and succulent grilled meats from a converted MINI classic.
What better way to celebrate one of our most-loved children’s authors than with a Children’s Book Festival at Wray Castle. Beatrix Potter visited the National Trust-owned property as a teen, so there’s no better place than here to celebrate her magical stories; meet the likes of Axel Scheffler, best known for illustrating the Gruffalo and say hello to some of your favourite storybook characters in the flesh. Psst! We’ve heard rumours of a certain Peter Rabbit.
Cheer on the opening event of the British Cycling Elite Road Series for 2016 as the country’s top riders and teams battle it out over a challenging five-lap route through the Lancashire countryside. The 100-mile course snakes through the county’s scenic countryside and dramatic moorland, starting and finishing in Chorley town centre.
If you’re a foodie fanatic looking for delectable local produce, look no further than the Broadstairs Food Festival. Showcasing the best local produce from the Kent coast, browse over 50 stalls, savouring everything from Kentish Blue Cheeses to churros covered in warm chocolate sauce.
Get ready for an Easter extravaganza the whole family will love at the World of Wedgwood. There will be hands-on activities for little ones, plus factory tours, museum treasure trails, a woodland walk and plenty of delicious dishes to try, including a special Easter Sunday menu on 27 March.
Explore the tranquil sights and sounds of the Norfolk Broads on an Easter Broads boat tour. Sit back and relax as the skipper provides a full commentary on the history of the Broads and the wildlife that call the Broads their home, so you don’t miss a thing. Just make sure your camera is primed and ready to shoot! Children can get into the Easter spirit with an Egg Hunt and a nature quiz. A little tip – the clues can be found within the skipper’s commentary so make sure you’re paying attention.
Meet Molly the Rabbit and jump on traditional fairground rides at one of England’s finest stately homes. Enjoy interactive entertainment with the lost explorers, face painting and even set sail on a boat ride on the Great Lake. An Easter festival wouldn’t be complete without an egg hunt and Castle Howard has it covered with giant eggs hidden away amongst spring flowers.
With Chelmsford-born Grayson Perry officially launching this year’s month-long programme of events, 2016 marks a big year for the Essex Book Festival, which is dedicated to showcasing both local and international talent. Taking place at various venues across the county, you can join a crime writing masterclass one day and settle down to hear famous poets and novelists recite their favourite works the next.
What better way to celebrate St Piran’s Day, the National Day of Cornwall, than by chomping on a pasty or two at one of Cornwall’s most famous landmarks. The annual championships promise plenty of live comedy and music, pasty workshops for kids, clotted cream making with Trewithen Dairy and of course, the hotly-anticipated Cornish Pasty Competition. Crimping fingers at the ready!
Sometimes all you need is a good pie, preferably sitting on island of mash and smothered in gravy. One such event that can make your carb-heavy dream a reality is the Great British Festival of Pies. The grand finale of Great British Pie Week, and following on from the British Pie Awards on 9 March, market stalls stacked high with award-winning sweet and savoury pies will fill Melton Mowbray’s market place.
The Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival takes place at Colston Hall which has been host to many legendary names, including Louis Armstrong. This year’s line-up is jam-packed full of concerts, workshops, and jam sessions; including the Big Band Swing Dance, and world-famous musicians including four-time Grammy winner Larry Carlton and legendary saxophone player Maceo Parker.
It doesn’t get more eccentric or English than a competition dedicated to marmalade. From the 50 jars of marmalade that were entered and judged in 2005 to nearly 2,400 jars in 2014, the awards have been getting bigger and better with every year. Head down to the stately surroundings of Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens to experience an diverse programme of events covering a food fair, speciality foods, crafts, music, children's activities and of course, plenty of marmalade.
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