What's on this month
We love March with its first whispers of Spring making it all the more pleasant to get out and about. There’s also lots to celebrate too from St Patrick’s Day to Mother’s Day - so you can take your friends out for knees up, or start planning how to treat the most special lady in your life.
Here’s our guide to lots of great events, activities and celebrations happening along the c2c route so you can enjoy some proper days out when you travel by train.
Mums travel for free on Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is on March 26 and we’ve put together some fantastic ideas on where to take your lovely Mum with our mother's travel free voucher. Whether you're looking for something to do in Southend or London, we have tailored relaxing days to truly spoil your mum this year.
Download your free travel voucher.
Date: March 26
Barking’s best kept secret - Café Ezo
Say hello to “the best train station coffee shop in London.” Not our words but the words of Londonist.com. But we couldn’t agree more. Something of a hidden treasure, Café Ezo is a cosy, quiet nook found, surprisingly, on the concourse of busy Barking station. What makes it so special? Well, Starbuck’s this ain’t. This independent coffee shop is a book lover’s paradise with comfy armchairs to curl up in and books and magazines of every type imaginable lining the shelves. We think it’s a perfect spot to wile away some time as you wait for a train, or a friend, or just because you want to savour some of their homemade pancakes. But don’t just take our word for it, read more about Café Ezo at Londonist.com.
Lego Legends at the South Bank
Love Lego? Love superheros? Then you’ve probably seen the new Lego Batman movie already. Take your passion one step further with a trip to ‘The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes’ in a purpose built space on London’s South Bank - take the District line from London Fenchurch Street station (Tower Hill tube) to BlackFriars and stroll across the bridge.
Dates: Starts 1 March
Eat all the pies
British pie week stats on 6 March. But where’s the best place along the c2c route to grab a bite? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook. In the meantime here are some rather lovely pubs to explore. Or you could learn about a rather more gruesome pie story with 2FOR1 entry at the London Dungeon. Although you may not fancy pie after that.
Dates: 6 - 12 March
Get your nose in a book
Reading on a train is one of life’s great pleasures. Many of our stations have bookswap shelves so it’s easy to pick something up for free for your journey. To celebrate World Book Day on 5 March send us your selfies on Twitter @c2c_Rail of you reading on a c2c train with the hashtag #c2creads for your chance to win a £50 Waterstones voucher. If you’re a real bookworm have a peek at this month’s feature on Barking station’s Café Ezo - it could be right up your Diagon Alley.
Date: 5 March
All the women
With Mother’s Day, International Women’s Day and Women of the World festival all happening in March it really is a month to celebrate everything that is great about women. We'll be running features on some of the female staff who work for the railway on Facebook and Twitter. We also highly recommend getting tickets to the Women of the World Festival on the South Bank (a short tube ride from London Fenchurch Street) to see some some great champions of gender equality in action.
Dates: International Women’s Day March 8, WOW Festival 7 - 12 March
Happy Holi! Aldgate
House of Holi is popping a little colour into dark, grey March with an explosive event inspired by the original Holi Festival in India. Cinnamon Kitchen are bringing special party-pods to Devonshire Square - a short stroll from either London Liverpool Street or Fenchurch street. So swap your clothes for one of their white protective suits because you’re about to pelt your friends or co-workers with paint. It’s excellent stress relief. Afterwards there is a feast of delicious dishes to enjoy plus colour cocktails from their pop up bar.
Dates: 4 - 12 March
The best St Patrick’s celebrations in London
Starting to have visions of Guinness, giant hats and green paint? St Patrick’s day is on the horizon and this year it falls on Friday 17 March. Come and enjoy the craic as we pick the best places to celebrate St Patrick’s day in London. Across the city people will be celebrating all things Irish over the weekend, in the lead up to the big parade and festival in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 19 March. Grab your friends and save a third on your train tickets when you travel in on the train as a group.
Dates: 17 - 19 March