Old River Nene
Old River Nene, March © Travel About Britain

March, one of the Fens largest and finest towns, still retains much of its Georgian charm. The bustling town centre has plenty of bars and restaurants and the wide main street (Broad Street) is lined with a mix of national and independent shops and eateries. A weekly market is held every Wednesday, just south of the river, in front of the town's superb brick and stone built town hall (1900).

March is blessed with a good number parks and green open spaces but it is best known for its pleasant riverside setting. The course of the Old River Nene (part of the Nene-Ouse Navigation), meanders through the centre. Narrow boats and other pleasure craft can often be seen cruising along this quiet stretch of the river, where there are good moorings. The course of the navigation affords many attractive riverside walks.

The town has many interesting old buildings with historical associations. The partly arcaded main street (Broad Street), boasts a number of old coaching inns, plus a few timber-framed and tile hung buildings. At its head is a ornamental fountain dedicated to King George V, and at the southern end is a fine stone carved war memorial (shown below).

Broad Street, March
Broad Street, March © Travel About Britain

St Wendreda's, a magnificent perpendicular church located just to the south of the town, has a fine west tower and an impressive tall spire. It is renowned for the double-hammerbeam roof over its nave, decorated with rows of beautiful carved angels. A few older houses are cluster round it, including a thatched farmhouse (circa 1658).

During the Civil War the town was attacked by the Royalists and scars of this battle can still be seen on the north face of St Mary's Church tower.

March is home to the annual March Summer Festival in early June. It is held in West End Park with popular music, fairground rides and a host of family based activities.

March has excellent road and rail links with Ely and Peterborough.

Places of interest to visit in March

March & District Museum

Located in a former school constructed of West Norfolk Carstone (circa 1851). It describes the social history of this old Fenland market town covering mainly the past 100 years, using a number of period room reconstructions. There is also an exhibition detailing the history of the railway centre in March.

Opening times:Sat and Wed, 10am to 3.30pm - Free Entry
Location: High St, March PE15 9JJ
Tel: 01354 655300
Website: marchmuseum.co.uk

Nearby Nature Reserves

Purls Bridge Nature Reserve is worth visiting in early spring, when its marshes are flooded.
Location: Purls Bridge, Cambridgeshire PE15 0ND - Tel: 01354 680212

The Welney Wildfowl Refuge has public hides and an observatory.
Location: Hundred Foot Bank, Welney Wetland Centre Station Road, Welney, Wisbech PE14 9TN

Dunhams Woods, just off the B1099, is a fine area of woodland set among the Fens. It has a wide variety of trees along with Sculptures and a miniature railway.
Open: BHs, Sun & Mon, Easter~Aug 2-5pm. Last Sun during July & every Sun during Aug 2-5pm.
Location: Rodham Road, March, Cambridgeshire PE15 0DN

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