12 Spring Day Trips From London This Month: March 2020

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12 Spring Day Trips From London This Month: March 2020
Celebrate Wordsworth at Hyde Hall

LEWES LIGHT: It's best-known for its Bonfire Night celebrations, but the town of Lewes glows once again for Lewes Light. The free, three-day illumination festival is themed on the moon this year, and consists of installations in several locations around the town. 28 February-1 March (East Sussex)

ESSEX BOOK FESTIVAL: Spread across Colchester, Southend, Rayleigh, Chelmsford, Epping, Brentwood and many other locations, Essex Book Festival is on throughout March. Speakers include Jess Phillips MP, space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, and former curatorial assistant at the V&A, Benjamin Levy, among plenty of other authors and historians. 28 February-31 March (Essex)

Lewes Light illuminates the East Sussex town

WORDSWORTH: If the words "I wandered lonely as a cloud" pop into your head every time you see a daffodil (what, just us?), head to RHS Garden Hyde Hall. The 250th anniversary of the birth of poet William Wordsworth is celebrated in daffodil displays and storyboards throughout the garden, and there's a chance to write your own poems too. 1 March-30 April (Essex)

SHOTS FIRED: On 4 March 1882, an assassination attempt was made on Queen Victoria outside Windsor Railway Station by Roderick Maclean, who later declared insane, leading to a change in the law. Royal Windsor Shopping commemorates the occasion — and the fact that the assassin was unsuccessful — with a chance to meet 'Queen Victoria' and learn how the events unfolded. 2 March (Berkshire)

Digital Light at Bletchley Park

CALL THE MIDWIFE: Get your dose of Call The Midwife beyond the end of the series by visiting the Kent location where much of the series is filmed. Historic Dockyard Chatham doubles up as the cobbled streets of Poplar. Take a tour of the set, and see costumes and props from the series. 4 March-31 October (Kent)

DIGITAL LIGHT: Bletchley Park, the mansion which housed the codebreakers in the second world war, celebrates the codes, patterns and symbols in mathematics and Islamic art with a digital light projection on the outside of the building. Digital artists, religious and community groups have all worked together to create the display. 7 March (Buckinghamshire)

Head to the Reading Brick Show

THE LONDON: Head out to Essex to learn about 'Southend's time capsule', the shipwreck of The London. 350 years after the ship sunk, it still lies in the Thames Estuary, and is considered one of the most historically significant shipwrecks since the Mary Rose. Hear from the historians and archaeologists researching the wreck in a series of talks. 7 March (Essex)

READING BRICK SHOW: Lego lovers, unite. The Reading Brick Show brings together models by skilled Lego builders from all over the UK, along with Lego robot battles, Lego mosaics, a race track, a message wall, and plenty of other activities centred around the small plastic bricks. 7-8 March (Berkshire)

Be dazzled by the daffodils at Hever Castle

DAZZLING DAFFODILS: 14,000 daffodils are expected to bloom in the grounds of Kent's Hever Castle, including a couple of unusual and rare varieties. Take a day to visit the castle — former home of Anne Boleyn — and wander round the garden seeing the flowers. 16-22 March (Kent)

BRIGHTON COMIC CON: Moving to a new home at Brighton Racecourse, Brighton Comic Con and Gaming Festival brings together famous faces from the industry for signings and meet and greets. Props from films and TV shows are also on display, and there's a cosplay zone for anyone who wants to get more involved. 21 March (East Sussex)

Enjoy a Diesel and Beer Weekend at Spa Valley Railway

DIESEL AND BEER: Spa Valley Railway's first enthusiast event of 2020 is a chance to see the heritage diesel fleet in action, including a visiting Class 20 D8188. Ride between Tunbridge Wells and Eridge, with a selection of beers and ciders available from the railway's bar car 'Kate' and at Eridge. 21-22 March (Kent)

STREET FESTIVAL: For one day only, Harpenden High Street is taken over by a street festival, with performers, circus shows, live music, a petting zoo, face painting and other entertainment. Jugglers, comedians, a bubble wizard and stunt bike riders are all on the line-up. 22 March (Hertfordshire)

Last Updated 21 February 2020