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Fun March Events for Families in Southampton

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by Tasha J (subscribe)
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Published February 27th 2018


Spring is here, and while it might not feel like it just yet, it's time to start thawing off and get out and about with the family. We all know it's easy enough to keep the kids entertained by sticking them in front of the telly or popping an iPad in their hands, but if you're looking for some fun activities you can enjoy as a family, then this is the list for you.

From theatre shows, to music lessons, to Easter egg hunts, find something to keep you and your little ones entertained throughout March.

Free Family Orchestra Workshop
March 3rd & March 24th; 10am-12pm
The Ashby Centre
Stratton Road
Southampton SO15 5QZ

This event is held in conjunction with the Southampton Music Hub and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. It's a free family event that is open to musicians of all levels, from complete beginners to budding maestros. All ages, skills and instruments are welcome. It's recommended that you bring along your own instrument, but if you're keen to check it out and don't currently play anything, there will be available percussion instruments on the day. Southampton Music Hub holds similar events at venues across the city throughout the year as part of their Family Music programme. There will be two Family Orchestra events in March, one on Saturday March 3rd, and one on Saturday March 24th.
Free
All Ages

Heath Robinson Invention Trail
Till March 29th
Mottisfont
Off Mottisfont Lane
Mottisfont SO51 0LP

The Heath Robinson Inventions Trail has been active at Mottisfont since January 20th in conjunction with their Heath Robinson: Dreams and Machines Exhibition. Heath Robinson's humorous 'inventions' are perfect for children, with complex designs that hilariously perform mundane tasks. The trail includes some invention themed activities, as well as opportunities to learn a bit more about Heath Robinson and his art while you explore the Mottisfont grounds.
£1 with entry fees
All Ages

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Goblin's Peter and the Wolf
March 3rd, 2pm
The Berry Theatre
Wildern Lane
Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4EJ

Goblin Theatre present this modern version of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. They play homage to the original fairytale, while giving things a fresh new look and a fresh new sound. The original music is inspired by Prokofiev's composition and played live on stage using everything from guitars to vegetables. The play uses puppetry, physical comedy, live music and theatre. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office on 023 8065 2333.
Adults £8, Kids £6
Ages 4 and up

Free Family Singing Workshop
March 10th, 10am-12pm
The Ashby Centre
Stratton Road
Southampton SO15 5QZ

This is another free workshop presented by the Southampton Music Hub. You won't have to bring anything else along except for your vocal cords. The workshop is presented with singer Fiona Funnel. Everyone is encouraged to give it a go and have a bit of fun. You can find out more information on the Southampton Music Hub website.
Free
All Ages

Bright Sparks
March 10th, 10am & 2pm
The Point Eastleigh
Leigh Rd
Eastleigh SO50 9DE

Bright Sparks is a funny and endearing show about two girls who figure out they need to work together. One of them is logical and matter of fact, while the other is a dreamer, but they'll figure out that opposites can still be friends. This play is perfect for children in the 3-7 age range who are just starting nursery or school and are learning how to make new friends. Tickets can be purchased from the Point Eastleigh website.
Adults £8, Kids £6
3-7 years


Nick Sharratt's Big Draw Along
March 10th, 2pm
The Berry Theatre
Wildern Lane
Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4EJ

Nick Sharratt is the writer and illustrator of a long list of children's books. His own books include 'Ketchup on Your Cornflakes', 'Tom and the Tinful of Trouble' and 'A Cheese and Tomato Spider', but he's also well known for his illustrations of other much-loved characters like Jacqueline Wilson's Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather. Nick Sharrat will be sharing how he creates his illustrations, and children will have opportunities to learn some tips and tricks. Bring along a pencil, paper and something to lean on. Tickets are available online from the Berry Theatre website.
Tickets £8
Ages 6 and up

George's Marvellous Medicine
March 20-24th
NST Campus
University Road
Southampton SO17 1TR

This is Roald Dahl's beloved tale about George, a little boy with some very horrible grandmother. When his grandmother comes to stay, George devises a way to make her go away using plenty of experimentation, science, and perhaps a little bit of magic. The show has some fun effects and plenty of laughs. There are 10 shows across the 5 days, with daytime and evening sessions. Find out more information from the NST website.
Tickets starting at: £27, £22, £17, £10
Ages 6 and up

Welsh National Opera Family Concert
March 25th, 3pm
Turner Sims Concert Hall
Salisbury Road
Southampton SO17 1BJ

The Welsh National Opera (WNO) will be performing their family concert at the Turner Sims Concert Hall in March. The theme is 'animal' and the WNO will be performing songs from operas, television shows and movies that fit within this theme. There will also be some family-friendly activities in the foyer before the show as well as opportunities to meet performers from the WNO and the backstage crew. Tickets can be purchased from the Turner Sims website.
Standard £15, Under 16s £7.50
All Ages

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
March 25th, 3pm
Royal Victoria Country Park
Netley Abbey
Southampton SO31 5GA

This is a special story trail aimed at toddlers 4 and under held around the Royal Victoria Country Park. Explore the park and enjoy the trail, based on Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar. There are sessions at 10am and 2pm. It' recommended you wear your wellies and a coat in case of rain. To book visit the Royal Victoria Country Park shop, or call 023 8045 5157.
£6 per child
4 years and under

Easter Fair
March 29th - April 8th
Southampton Common
The Avenue
Southampton SO15 7NN

The Southampton Common Easter Fair just manages to sneak into March, with things kicking off on March 29th. The fair will run from then until April 8th. There will be rides for young and old, and other fun fair activities. Thursday is 'crazy prices' day, with all rides (except the Oxygen Ride) offering £1 tickets. The fair will be open from 1pm till 9.30pm on most days, and from 10am till 9.30pm on the Easter Monday bank holiday.
Prices vary
All Ages


Penguin
March 31st, 11am
The Berry Theatre
Wildern Lane
Hedge End, Southampton SO30 4EJ

Penguin is presented by Long Nose Puppets, who have turned Polly Dunbar's book into a fun a theatrical puppet show. Ben is a little boy who receives a penguin for his birthday. But when the penguin doesn't speak, Ben goes to all sorts of lengths to get him to say something. The show features puppetry combined with lively music. It's great for all ages, but is especially recommended for children between the ages of 2 and 8. Tickets can be purchased from the Berry Theatre Website.
Adults £8, Kids £6
All Ages
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Why? Get out and about with your family in March
When: Throughout March
Where: In and around Southampton
Cost: Prices vary (some events are free!)
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