What’s on in March: 10 things to do this month
Spring is finally here, and so are a host of events across south west London and Surrey. From big shows fresh from the West End and Science Week events to a day of wine tasting for the grown ups – here’s our guide to the best of March.
Matthew Bourne’s the Red Shoes
A tale of passion, obsession and determination as one girl aims to be the greatest dancer whilst battling male advances. Set against the romantic music of Bernard Herrmann, this is a beautifully choreographed spectacle for all the family.
10-14 March; times vary; from £13. Site.
Barnes Music Festival
The popular annual event will this year be opened in concert by Hugo Ticciati at St Mary’s Church. A usually eclectic programme is planned for the 2020 event, with appreciation for the Beatles, Oliver! sing-a-longs and international jazz performances all taking to the stage over the course of two weeks.
7-22 March; times, prices and locations vary between events – see online programme. Site.
Wandsworth Common Spring Beer Festival
Calling all beer connoisseurs! This popular beer festival returns for its 11th year – with over 150 beers and ciders to chug your way through, it’s just as well it runs onto the Sunday.
25-28 March; from £4; Wandsworth Common. Site.
Affordable Art Fair 2020
With a new print focus, the Affordable Art Fair returns with its Battersea spring edition. Peruse the spaces for art priced at around £50 upwards. Let your creativity rule you – you’ll be sure to fall in love. Head to the sister fair in Hampstead in April for your photography fix.
12-15 March; from £9; Evolution Battersea. Site.
Hidden London Tour: Clapham South
Join the London Transport Museum on a tour of Clapham South’s subterranean shelter with its labyrinth of eerie passages. Discover the history and purpose of these spaces that few people even know about this spring.
Until 27 March; times vary; £35/£30; Clapham South. Site.
Check out our interview with former Olympic rower Sarah Winckless MBE, ahead of this years Putney Boat Race, here.
Toxic masculinity is tackled in this piece through the figure of a funny, yet troubled, male protagonist. The ways in which ingrained misogyny is perpetrated and consequently recognised will be presented, challenged – and ultimately discussed on your departure from the theatre.
Until 28 March; from £12.50; Battersea Arts Centre. Site.
England V Wales
Following a 2019 defeat by one of their arch nemeses of the sport, England will undoubtedly be on top form in a bid to beat
their Welsh rivals. Official tickets may be sold out, but you’re sure to feel just as at home as the atmosphere builds on the big screens in a local pub.
7 March; 4.45pm; Twickenham Stadium; screenings across local pubs and bars.
Putney Boat Race
A highlight in the south west London calendar and an event steeped in history and tradition, the women’s race starts at 3.44pm and the men’s at 4.44pm. The revelry will take place along the Putney side of the river with activities going on throughout the day.
29 March; Free; Putney Riverside. Site.
Join RHS Garden Wisley for a week-long science extravaganza showcasing the research of the RHS, with hands-on activities, workshops and talks. Most events are included in admission – check their website for more details.
7-15 March; times vary; RHS Wisley. Site.
Love Wine Guildford
Surrey based wine lovers are catered for this spring with the arrival of this wine festival for one day only. Sample over 200 wines and see the highlights of the show with a speed tour – all included in the entry fee.
21 March; 1pm-8pm; from £20; Guildford Harbour Hotel. Site.