Join Dublin's St Patrick's celebrations,laugh your socks offin Glasgow, and be a proper punk in Berlin.
17 MAR- 10APR
Glasgow International Comedy Festival
Big laughs are guaranteed with more than 400 comedy shows at about 50 venues across Glasgow. Expect top acts from air hostess with most-est Pam Ann (pictured), to stadium-filler John Bishop and Irish charmer Ed Byrne. Children haven’t been forgotten either, with a separate kids’ programme of comedy and puppet shows to make sure the little ones are laughing too.
The boat race
Some students will do anything to avoid starting that next essay. The famous student boat race between rival universities Oxford and Cambridge dates back to 1829. Last year, Cambridge triumphed in front of over 250,000 ladies and gents. Who’ll win this year? Get yourself a good spot somewhere between Putney and Mortlake on the River Thames to find out first-hand.
16 - 20 MAR
St Patrick's festival
Dublin rolls out the green carpet this March for an Irish celebration of monumental proportions: street theatre, music, comedy, outdoor spectaculars, dance, visual art – and all that’s just a taste of what’s being planned. The highlight is the St Patrick’s Day parade on 17 March, and in between the various shades of emerald there’s also plenty of black to quench thirsts, raise spirits and sustain the festive mood. Dublin’s St Patrick’s celebrations are among the greatest in the world and most of the fun is totally free.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do! Join the Rome Marathon and you get to run past the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps and even St Peter’s Basilica. The cobblestones and hills may prove a bit tough, but with a generous seven-hour time limit there’s no need to worry about completing the course. And if you don’t want to get your trainers on at all, just join the cheering crowds and enjoy the special buzz of the city.
Punk & Disorderly
Reminding us all of a time before people like Ashlee Simpson could be regarded as “punky”, Berlin’s Punk & Disorderly is a take-no-prisoners mohawk and safety pins sort of affair. Piling into the central Astra venue will be a line-up of pioneering punk bands that no one born aft er 1987 is likely to have heard of, including Britain’s Anti- Nowhere League, and The Gonads, whose signature tune is Punk Rock Will Never Die. It’s not one for everyone, but there are sure to be some cool characters, and if you’re not into the bands you can always retreat to the beer tent. A single day ticket costs €25.
Venice International Boat Show
It’s not the size of your yacht, it’s what you do with it that counts. Venice is a city known for its elegant beauty and grand displays of wealth, and at this festival of the sea you can take this a step further and peruse some of the best yachts, boats and nautical accessories around. From seafarers to would-be seafarers to the just plain curious, the boat show is attended by thousands.
Tønder marsh, Denmark
MAR - APR
Truly one of Europe’s most remarkable natural sights, the dance of the starlings above Denmark’s southern marshes in spring and autumn is known as “Black Sun”. From mid March to late April, watch at dusk as the migrating birds almost block out the sun and form wave-like patterns in the sky. Guides can help you find the best viewing spots, such as around Rudbøl Sø lake, and the border village of Møllehus Grænse/Aventoft.
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