Things to do in England
What's on in March

Sometimes, a bit of planning comes in handy, especially when it comes to things to do in England.

Spring usually starts with Lent, the beginning of which is Shrove Tuesday. If you're in England - especially if you're close to England's pancake racing capital Olney - why not check out a pancake race? You can just watch and cheer if your flipping technique's not up to it!

The other famous spring event is the traditional boat race between Oxford and Cambridge. It's one of those things to do in England that should be on your itinerary at least once in your life.

School holidays, family breaks or showing friends round will all pass a little easier when you know what's on in the neighbourhood. And if there's an event that really tickles your fancy, it's good to know beforehand when it's going to happen.

So here's a list of events that have become regulars on England's March events calendar.

Mid-March Cheltenham Festival
England's premier national hunt horseracing event. The Cheltenham Festival is held over four days and includes The Champion Hurdle, The Queen Mother Champion Chase and Lady's Day - culminating in the Cheltenham Gold Cup race on the last day. For dates and tickets check out the Cheltenham Racecourse website.
End of March or early April University Boat Race.
You need to know absolutely nothing about rowing to enjoy this one! This rowing contest on the Thames pits crews from England's two oldest, most prestigious universities against each other. The rivalry goes back some time - and the racing is fascinating.
Shrove Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Football Ceremony of the Purbeck Marblers
Shrove Tuesday was the day that the new apprentices were accepted into the Ancient Order of Purbeck Marblers and Stone Cutters. After the formalities, the new freemen had to kick a football through the village of Corfe Castle.
Shrove Tuesday Olney Pancake Race
If pancakes are right up your street and you know how to toss them without having to scrape the ceiling, then you could be in with a chance at the traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake race in Olney. Goes back to the Middle Ages and is definitely one of the things to do in England.
Maundy Thursday The Queen's Maundy Money
Maundy Thursday has long been associated with the giving of alms. In 1210, King John sent food and garments to the poor of Knaresborough, and the practise has continued in some way right up to the present day, with the ceremony of giving Maundy Money often attended by the sovereign. Since 1822, special Maudy coins have been minted each year and recipients are now chosen for their charity work. Her Majesty the Queen holds the ceremony at a different cathedral every year.
Late March or early April The Grand National
England's most popular steeple chase meeting held at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool. It's said to be the most challenging course in the country with huge fences ... for race dates and tickets check the Aintree website.