Life and Culture Events March 2018

World Book Day – 1st March 

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

The Great Daffodil Appeal – 1st March 

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie‘s biggest annual fundraising campaign.[1] Every March, millions of people across the UK support this fundraising event by giving a small donation to wear a daffodil pin. This makes it one of the UK’s most recognisable charity appeals.[2] Money raised through the appeal helps Marie Curie provide free care and support to people living with a terminal illnesses.

University Mental Health Day 2018 – 1st March 

University Mental Health Day is the national campaign to focus efforts on promoting the mental health of people who live, work and study in Higher Education settings. Run jointly by Student Minds and UMHAN, we are encouraging all university students and staff to get involved!


Challenge yourself to give up chocolate for March

Do you find yourself sneaking a cheeky chocolate bar when you’re watching TV? Or frantically raiding your desk drawer for a sweet treat when those 3pm cravings hit? Or are you looking to put your willpower to the ultimate test?

We’re challenging the nation to give up chocolate for March while simultaneously raising money for our life saving heart research. Go on, join team DECHOX now. We’ll support you every step of the way to make it less of a rocky road. Sign up.

Time for a Cuppa 2018 – 1st March 

Everyone loves a cup of tea, sweet treat and a good old natter – don’t they! So why not pop the kettle on and share your favourite bakes with family, friends and colleagues, while helping our specialist dementia nurses support more families facing dementia.

St David’s Day – 1st March 

Saint David’s Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1 March, the date of Saint David’s death in 589 AD and is celebrated every year in Wales.

Great British Spring Clean 2nd – 4th March 

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with a simple aim: to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches.

We want to inspire 400,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us. Join our growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.

Endometriosis Awareness Week – 3rd March – 11th March 

With diagnosis taking an average of 7.5 years in the UK, our main focus for Awareness Week is to raise awareness with women who may not yet have a diagnosis, with the aim of bringing down the unacceptably long diagnosis time.

National Apprenticeship Week – 5th – 9th March 

During the week employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career.

The theme for the #NAW2018 is ‘Apprenticeships Work’. Showcasing how apprenticeships work:

  • for individuals
  • for employers
  • for the community
  • for the wider economy

International Women’s Day – 8th March 

With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

World Kidney Day – 8th March

World Kidney Day (WKD) is an annual global awareness and education event, held on the second Thursday in March every year.

The 2018 theme is ‘Kidney Disease and Women’s Health’.

The UK initiative is led by the Kidney Charities Together Group comprising the four leading UK kidney charities.

British Science Week – 9th – 18th March 

British Science Week, run by the British Science Association is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

Mothering Sunday – 11th March 

Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate mothers and all mother figures such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law and everything that they do. A special effort is made on this day when children or daughters and sons-in-law buy cards, flowers or gifts for their mothers. The origins of Mother’s Day date back to the ancient Greek times, but the way in which we celebrate it today began in America in 1908.

Nutrition and Hydration Week 12th – 18th March 

Nutrition and Hydration Week aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.

Saint Patrick’s Day – 17th March 

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland

English Tourism Week – 17th – 25th March 

Taking place in spring each year, English Tourism Week campaigns to raise the profile of the industry and celebrate the value and quality of tourism in England. It provides you with a vehicle to kick start the season and promote your local tourism products. Whether you are an accommodation provider, an attraction, a tourist information centre or a destination, everyone can participate.

National Conversation Week – 19th – 25th March 

National Conversation Week 2018 is all about the simple, pleasurable and rewarding pastime of simply talking to each other. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone in the UK to spend the week trying a little bit harder to engage with those around them be they a friend, family member, colleague or customer.

Autism Awareness Week – 26th March – 2nd April 

Get involved in our biggest fundraiser of the year, World Autism Awareness Week on 26 March – 2 April. Each year, in the week leading up to World Autism Awareness Day, we encourage the public to take part in World Autism Awareness Week – a full seven days where schoolsworkplaces and individuals, their families and friends all over the UK are taking part in activities to raise money and awareness for The National Autistic Society.