The days are beginning to get a little longer, and the daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses are starting to flower.  There are lots of fantastic events taking place across the county this March as we head into spring. Why not check out some of our favourites below?

Winter Open Weekend, Great Dixter, Northiam, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March

Head to Great Dixter in early March for their Winter Open Weekend and see a pretty display of early spring flowers which could include crocus, hellebores, and primroses. The nursery and shop will be open, with homemade soup, cakes and drinks available.

Art Sundays, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Sunday 3 and 17 March

Held in the afternoon of the first and third Sunday of each month these free drop-in creative workshops are open to all ages. Each week the workshops will be led by an artist taking inspiration from the Pavilion’s exhibitions programme.

Sleuth, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, Monday 4 March to Saturday 9 March

Todd Boyce, Coronation Street’s notorious baddie, Stephen Reid, and Neil McDermott, from EastEnders and The Royal, star in Anthony Shaffer’s masterpiece. This dark psychological ‘thriller about thrillers’ makes for an intriguing study of human conflict, jealousy, and manipulation.

Kipling Poetry Readings, Bateman’s, Thursday 7 March

Celebrate this year’s World Book Day at the home of writer Rudyard Kipling. Join hourly poetry readings and listen to a selection of Kipling’s poetry, recited in the place which inspired the writing.

Town Crier’s Ghost Walk, Rye, Saturday 9 and 30 March

Spend a scary evening on a two hour walk around some of Rye’s spookiest spots with the Town Crier.  Please note the walks are entirely outside and will take place whatever the weather, so please dress accordingly. Terrain is varied, so do wear sensible footwear. The Ghost Walks are recommended for over 12s.

Mother’s Day Candle Making Workshop, Sheffield Park and Garden, Sunday 10 March

During this two-hour workshop, learn how to make natural candles using a variety of fragrances and essential oils. Visitors will have the opportunity to make one large candle and two smaller candles, with tips on how to do this at home in the future. Places are limited, so be sure to book in advance.

Price includes a glass of fizz (non-alcoholic alternative available) and entry into Sheffield Park and Garden.

Beginning Birdwatching in Winter, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Friday 15 March

Are you flummoxed by Finches? Baffled by Buntings? Stumped by Sandpipers? If you need guidance on your Gulls or help with your Herons, this is the event for you. Join the team for a circular walk of approximately 3km and visit a few of the hides to get excellent views of ducks, seabirds and a whole lot more. Suitable for adults. Booking essential.

Ocean Hackathon with Wild Coast Sussex, De La Warr Pavilion, Sunday 17 March

Do you feel passionate about your local coast and want to see local marine wildlife thriving? Wild Coast Sussex is inviting 16 to 25-year-olds to take part in an Ocean Hackathon, offering a chance for young people to contribute to ongoing marine wildlife projects in Sussex.

Easter Storytelling, Bodiam Castle, Friday 29, Saturday 30, Sunday 31 March and dates in April

Be enchanted by tales of dragons, knights, and castles this Easter. Running throughout the day and 15 to 20 minutes in length, these tales are suitable for young children and perfect short drop-in sessions for families.

Guide in a Hide, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Saturday 30 March

Drop-in to the Gooders hide between the car park and the sea where guides will be stationed throughout the day to show visitors the birds. Binoculars, telescopes and spotter sheets will be available for use.

We know there are lots more events and activities taking place across East Sussex in March, so do let us know what else is happening in the comments section below. For more ideas about places to visit and things to do, why not read our previous articles What’s on in February and What’s on in January.

Image courtesy of De La Warr Pavilion.