If you haven’t already checked it out, Rest Less Events is our virtual community and events platform. All sessions are run through Zoom and cover a huge range of topics.

With around 100 events running monthly – from meditation sessions and pilates classes to travel and art talks – there’s surely something to interest you.

Below, we’ve pulled together some of the most exciting events coming up in March.

1. Tales from the Fruit Bowl

When? Fridays 1st, 8th, and 15th at 2:30pm, and Thursday 21st at 11:30am

From exotic treasures like lemons and oranges to home-grown heroes like apples and pears, there are plenty of vibrant tales to discover when we look closer at our fruit bowls.

Join plant-lover Michael Holland as he leads us through these fruitful fables, diving into the many odd uses of some of our five-a-day and plenty of unique facts. Tune in for one session or book all four!

2. Portrait Drawing: 4-Week Course

When? Mondays at 6:00pm

Last month, artist Caitlin took Rest Less Events members through a four-week course on how to draw children. And, this month, she’s back with an all-new course on portrait drawing.

Perfect for all abilities, these events combine quick drawing exercises with comprehensive studies. So, whether you’re a seasoned artist interested in enhancing your skills or haven’t put pencil to paper in years, why not check them out?

Portrait Drawing: 4-Week Course

3. Tim Sullivan: Author Q&A

When? Tuesday 5th at 2:30pm

Are you an aspiring writer interested in picking the brain of a successful scribe? Or perhaps you’re simply a lover of murder mysteries and crime capers? Either way, this Q&A with author Tim Sullivan might be the perfect event for you.

As well as being a screenwriter and director, Tim Sullivan is known for his series about the challenging but brilliant DS George Cross. Back in November, Rest Less Book Club read his novel The Patient, and, in February, they read The Monk. So there are bound to be plenty of excellent questions!

4. Norman Wisdom: The Successful Failure

When? Tuesday 5th at 4:00pm

This March, Steve Short is back by popular demand with another talk about one of our most beloved entertainers: Norman Wisdom.

In this talk, Steve will introduce us to Sir Norman’s life and works – including his formative years in the army and how he shaped his persona: ‘The Successful Failure’.

5. Pilates with Hand Weights

When? Tuesday 5th at 6:00pm

Strength training isn’t just for bodybuilders with bulging biceps. In fact, it’s important as we age to help us maintain bone density and muscle mass. Plus, strength training lowers our risk of falls and even health conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

To get stronger, why not tune in to Helen Tudge’s new event: Pilates with Hand Weights? This class uses small weights (or even filled water bottles) and is suited to people with different levels of mobility. You can participate at your own pace to gradually build your stamina.

6. Introduction to BSL

When? Wednesdays at 2:30pm

Whether you want to communicate with a deaf loved one or simply expand your skill set, this eight-week introductory course to British Sign Language (BSL) could be your next learning opportunity.

Over the coming weeks, host Emm will take participants through all the basics of BSL and how to foster deaf-friendly interactions. You’ll also gain some insight into the history and culture of the Deaf community.

This eight-week course started in February, but there’s still time to catch up!

7. Desert Island Discs

When? Wednesday 6th at 4:00pm

Based on the beloved BBC Radio 4 show, this monthly event invites Rest Less Events members to share music and memories.

Each month, participants will be asked to come along with a song in mind based on a theme. Then, the group will listen to each one and hear why everyone chose their songs.

It’s a unique and entertaining way to get to know new people. You might even come away with some new music to listen to!

Desert Island Discs

8. 30-Minute Mindfulness Meditation

When? Thursdays at 9:00am

Give yourself the best possible start to your Thursdays with this 30-minute mindfulness meditation session.

Designed to bring balance, calm, and clarity to your morning – and give you some precious ‘me-time’ – this event is perfect for seasoned practitioners and newbies alike.

9. Notable Watercolourists of the Twentieth Century

When? Thursday 7th at 4:00pm

Sometimes vibrant and vivid, other times strangely eerie, watercolours are one of the riskiest but most rewarding art forms, presenting a challenge that many of our finest artists have risen to.

Perfect for art history lovers, this one-off event explores some of the finest watercolour artists of the 20th century – such as Phillip Wilson Steer and Frank Brangwyn.

10. The Trials and Triumphs of Women Artists

When? Tuesday 12th and 19th at 11:30am

To mark Women’s History Month, member-favourite host Antonia Gatward Cevizli will present two events on female artists this March.

Not only will these sessions explore some of the most remarkable feats in art history but also some of the seemingly impossible challenges women have overcome in the pursuit of self-expression. Another excellent pick for art history buffs!

11. Time Capsules of London: A Journey through Georgian, Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian Eras

When? Tuesdays 12th and 19th at 4:00pm

In each of these four talks, Andrew, a real-life London tour guide, will lead us through a period in London’s rich history. Starting in the regal Georgian and Regency eras, this time travelling tour will progress into the industrious Victorian period and the tumultuous years of Edwardian life.

From 18th-century pleasure gardens – secluded spots saved for drunkenness and debauchery – to the momentous Suffragette movement, Andrew aims to show members the full tapestry of our capital’s modern history. The first two talks in this series take place in March, while the others follow in April.

Time Capsules of London: A Journey through Georgian, Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian Eras

12. Women of Birmingham

When? Tuesday 12th at 7:00pm

As host Ian Braisby says, Birmingham’s history is too often told as a story of great men.

However, this talk aims to set the record straight by delving deep into the history of England’s second city and introducing us to some famous (and not so well-known) women who helped build Birmingham.

Another perfect event to celebrate Women’s History Month!

13. Music Through the Ages

When? Wednesdays 13th, 20th, and 27th

Take a journey through the symphonies of the centuries with this five-part series of talks. Each event will introduce you to a different period – including some key performers and composers of the era.

From medieval minstrels to icons of the 21st century, host Claire aims to give members an understanding of how music has developed over time.

14. Uganda, the Pearl of Africa

When? Thursday 14th at 4:00pm

As an ecologist, Jenny Bowen has set up numerous conservation projects and led expeditions into the African wilderness. And, now, she’s bringing her experience and expertise to Rest Less Events.

In this talk, she’ll introduce audiences to the diverse landscapes and fascinating wildlife of Uganda. It’s ideal for lovers of travel and animals!

Uganda, the Pearl of Africa

15. Restoring my House in the Dordogne

When? Monday 18th at 4:00pm

Many of us dream of escaping to the French countryside and restoring a chateau, but very few of us actually do it. To hear from someone who took the plunge, why not tune into this upcoming event?

Join host Malcolm as he takes us through the highs and lows of his experience in provincial France – including plenty of before and after pictures, and stories of people he met along the way.

16. Gods of India & Temple Visit

When? Thursday 21st at 4:00pm

If you’re interested in immersing yourself in foreign cultures, look no further than this one-of-a-kind event.

Throughout this informative hour, host Roopak will introduce you to sacred Hindu tales and soulful Sanskrit chants before moving on to a virtual tour of the temple in his home. Here, you can witness an authentic evening prayer before asking any questions. It’s a truly unique and personal learning experience.

17. More Amazing Adventures & Animal Encounters

When? Tuesday 26th at 11:30am

Professional entertainer Shelley Lozano has always had a passion for wildlife and travel. Among other adventures, she’s searched for bears in the Alaskan wilderness and swam with pink river dolphins in the Amazon.

In this talk, Shelley is excited to introduce us to some of the highlights from her travels. Expect plenty of photos and fantastic animal facts!

18. The Kilted Tommy

When? Tuesday 26th at 4:00pm

Tune into this stirring performance of ‘The Kilted Tommy’, a dramatic monologue of an ordinary Englishman who joined a Highland Regiment and, surprisingly, fought in a kilt for his country.

Not only is this little-known story brought to life in a captivating way, but it’s based on the life of performer Simon’s grandfather.

19. A stroll around the Colleges of Cambridge

When? Thursday 28th at 4:00pm

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is one of the oldest learning institutions in the world. As well as plenty of prestige, over the years, it’s gathered lots of interesting traditions and stories.

In this virtual tour, host Simon will take Rest Less members on a gentle stroll through Cambride’s hallowed halls. As an alumnus himself, Simon will share some personal anecdotes about his time there, as well as plenty of fascinating facts.

A stroll around the Colleges of Cambridge

20. The Night Sky in April

When? Thursday 28th at 7:00pm

Each month on Rest Less Events, astrophysicist Martin stops by to give audiences an idea of what they can see in the sky. In March, we’ll look ahead to the springtime stars of April when we can witness the Lyrid meteor shower.

As well as guiding our gaze towards the sky, Martin also introduces us to the myths and legends behind them and brings us the latest news from the world of astronomy.

Final thoughts…

As this list shows, we’ve got plenty of exciting clubs, talks, classes, and more coming up on Rest Less Events this March. So whether you’d like to explore art history, learn about foreign cultures, boost your strength, or unlock the secrets of the night sky, there’s surely something to pique your interest.

However, with around 100 different events each month, we can’t mention them all here. So why not check out our calendar to discover what else is on?

Our free membership offers users two events per month (and if you miss the ones you sign up for, you can always watch the recordings afterwards). But if you’d like unlimited access to everything that Rest Less Events has to offer, you can upgrade to our premium membership for just £6.99 per month.

Are you a Rest Less Events member? If so, which ones have you enjoyed lately? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.