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Things to do in South Kensington: March 2020

Posted:March 1, 2020 at 10:16 am

A bright, blossom-filled March is definitely on the agenda. The days are longer, the evenings are lighter and the buzz around London is picking up for the season. So, get your diary at the ready, because this lot will keep you busy for the entire month.

1. Wonderlab at the Science Museum

Let your child’s imagination run wild as they take part in real-time scientific experiments. Science made fun,  this is a day out for the whole family to enjoy. With so much to explore, you’ll be left appreciating the beauty of the world around you.

Wonderlab Chemistry Bar with visitors taking part in experiments © Plastiques Photography

Where: The Science Museum

When: Daily

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2. London Book and Screen Week

The London Book and Screen Week is back in town for the sixth year in a row. Calling all bookworms, writers, gamers and film fans, this is the place for you. Enjoy a week-long literary dream bringing together a creative and inspirational community. Delve right in and enjoy the seriously exciting and impressive line-up of events.

When: 9-15 March

Where: London Various

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3. Affordable Art Fair

Head over to Battersea for the Spring Affordable Art Fair. Whether you’re an avid collector or a complete novice, it makes no difference as this festival is for everyone. Explore contemporary artwork from local, national and international galleries. Some pieces of artwork start at £50 so it’s never too late to discover the joy of collecting art. Besides artwork, there’s also a jam-packed programme of talks, workshops and tours.

 When: 12-15 March

Where: Battersea

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4. Afternoon Tea Bus London Tour

Board an original 1960s Routemaster bus, sit back and relax as you’re served delicious Afternoon Tea whilst taking in the iconic sights of London. You’ll pass Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and our very own neighbour, The Royal Albert Hall. A special day out for all the VIPs in your life. Great for Mother’s Day too!

Where: London

When: Daily

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5. London St Patrick’s Day Festival

The Irish certainly know how to party, especially when it comes to celebrating St Patrick’s Day. But you don’t need to visit Ireland to get involved as the London parade is one hooley you don’t want to miss. Expect Irish dancing, comfort food and a Guinness for good measure. Get involved and don your biggest green hat and shamrock – as they say in Ireland,  the craic will be 90.

Where: Trafalgar Square

When: Sunday 15 March

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6. WOW: City Lights and Woodland Shade

If you’re into digital art installations, then this exhibition will truly blow your mind. It’s unique and mesmerising but also interactive. The exhibition explores the contrasting worlds of Japan’s urban future and rural traditions. Visitors will have the opportunity to ride the Yamanote Line and explore the sights of Toyoko with the immersive trip which lasts 5 minutes and 25 seconds. There are only a few more weeks left so make sure you get on over before the 22nd March.

Credit: Image by WOW

When: Until 22 March

Where: Kensington High Street

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7. Earth Hour 2020: Dido and Aeneas by Candlelight

Never heard of Earth Hour? Earth Hour was started by the World Wide Fund for Nature. It’s now one of the largest grassroots movements for the environment. It encourages people to get involved and do their bit for nature and the planet. Why not join the incredible Orchestra for the Earth to celebrate Earth Hour in a wonderfully unique way as they stage Purcell’s shattering opera Dido and Aeneas entirely by candlelight? Each ticket purchased plants one tree as part of their Tickets for Trees scheme. We couldn’t think of a better way to get involved!

When: 28 March 2020

Where: Pimlico

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8. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is now in its fifty-fifth year. Get up close and personal with the most exquisite animals in their natural habitat. Learn the uplifting and sometimes challenging stories behind the fascinating images. Bristol-based photographer Sam Rowley has just been announced as this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People’s Choice award winner. Her ‘Station Squabble’ image displays two mice scrapping on a London underground platform. It’s worth noting that if you plan to attend the exhibition at the weekend, make sure to book tickets in advance. One not to be missed.

Sam Rowley’s image, Station squabble, has won the 2019 LUMIX People’s Choice Award.

When: Until May 2020

Where: Natural History Museum

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Put a spring in your step this March and explore all the fabulous activities taking place across London. As always make sure to keep us up to date on Instagram @theharringtoncollection

Written by Jenny Conlon

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