Brighter days are on the horizon with March's arrival - and the beginning of Spring. And there's plenty to look forward to as we see more opportunities to get out & about and enjoy the stunning part of the world covered by our network.
In this article we talk about:
Taking a walk
Better weather and sunnier days lend themselves to much better conditions underfoot - and an overall much more enjoyable walk. The National Trust lead the way on places to go - why not check our some of recommendations below:
Stepping Stones, Box Hill
Nearest Station: Box Hill & Westhumble
This circular walk can be started or ended with a tasty treat (or both, if you're so inclined). Taking you across some spectacular North Downs views, followed by the iconic stepping stones. A dog-friendly two-mile walk - it goes well with a trip to Epsom for lunch.
Clarendon Way - Oliver's Battery
Nearest Station: Winchester
This short section of the 24-mile Clarendon Way takes you up to Oliver's Battery, following the streams in the Itchen Valley. It's an opportunity to sample the peaceful side of bustling Winchester - and at three-and-a-half miles each way, it's a great way to blow away some cobwebs.
Old Harry Rocks Walk
Nearest station: Pokesdown
This three-and-a-half-mile ramble comes with an option of a two-hour walk before and after - depending on how experienced you are. Studland, your starting point, sits on the Jurassic Coast, and is easily accessible by Breezer bus services from Branksome. More accomplished walkers may like to attempt the seven-mile walk from Pokesdown station, taking in the rare cable ferry between Sandbanks and Shell Bay.
So you've taken our advice and popped the question, and now you're looking for inspiration. March sees the wedding industry step it up a gear, and we've got six great spots to head to for wedding fairs across the month. You'll find wedding fairs taking place across the network, including Ascot, Petersfield, Box Hill, Horsley, Weybridge and Farnborough. Many of the events are family-friendly, so if you want to take the family, they're always welcome to help you pick out that perfect invitation (or just enjoy the free samples of cake).
International Women's Day
International Women's Day is celebrated on 8 March each year, with 2020's theme being #EachforEqual - drawing our attention to the fact that an equal world is an enabled world. There are events across our region (and the country) to celebrate this important day in the calendar - here are some of our recommendations:
WOW - Women of the World festival
Where: Southbank Centre
When: 6 to 8 March
Nearest station: London Waterloo
The tenth anniversary of WOW - Women of the World festival shapes up to be its biggest and bravest yet. With opportunities for speed mentoring, food tasting and the WOW Market, this three-day festival has a line-up of world-class speakers to explore gender inequality across the world today.
Where: NST City
When: Sunday 8 March
Nearest station: Southampton Central
A day of speakers sharing their stories of adversity and hope to help attendees see how amazing they already are. Sylvia Mac, Fatima Timbo and Morgan Hayley lead the speaking, with workshops to help realise your own energy and passion.
International Women's Day Walk
Where: The Holburne, Bath
When: Sunday 8 March, 11:00
Nearest station: Bath Spa
Bath Women's Fund lead this two-hour walk around the city to learn a little about the history of extraordinary women in Bath - and visit some notable sites along the way.
Relaxed Opening at the Mary Rose Museum
The Mary Rose Museum holds its monthly Relaxed Opening morning on 22 March. While the museum has a day-to-day ambience designed to provide an atmosphere that truly complements your surroundings, visitors with visual impairments or other medical or physical conditions are welcomed with higher lighting and quieter sounds. Remember, you can book assistance too when you travel with us.