It might still be a bit chilly out there, but who needs wall-to-wall sunshine when you’ve got these February events to go to? From a great British beer festival in Norfolk to a viking invasion in York, these fantastic things to do in February will make you feel like spring has sprung already!
From family-friendly houses with bundles of room and cosy cottages made for two, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding where to go on holiday in February. And as it’s outside of peak season, there are some great rentals to be had at even better prices. Pick your favourite event below, and then book the perfect place to stay from Holiday Lettings.
In the heart of a wintry Highland glen, you’ll find a roaring log fire and an eclectic bunch of folk all gathered for the annual FebruaryFest. Based at Clachaig Inn, Glencoe, FebruaryFest is far more than the beer festival it started out as over two decades ago. Whisky and Scottish Gin tastings sell out while a series of winter mountain safety lectures provide a completely different form of evening entertainment. But as much as anything, FebruaryFest is about escaping to the glens for some good craic, a choice of great beers and plenty of live music.
Scotland’s best loved caravan, motorhome and holiday home show returns to the SEC, Glasgow, this February and it’s a must for any outdoor enthusiasts. It’s the perfect place to compare the widest selection of caravans and motorhomes in one destination. The show also features luxury holiday homes, lodges, tents, accessories, marine products and more!
You’ll find thousands of products to choose from, show-only discounts and all the ideas and inspiration you need for your next adventure. For more information, please visit www.caravanshowscotland.com
Championing local food, Buckfast Abbey created these food fairs to give people more opportunity to taste Devon’s delicious local produce. The Coffee Fair is the first of three food fairs at Buckfast Abbey and, with it being their millennium year, they’re looking forward to the best event yet. The Coffee and Food Fair is free to enter and will take place at The Grange Restaurant, Buckfast Abbey from 10am onwards. Be sure to go on an empty stomach as you’ll want to sample as much of the tasty fare as possible! Why not buy some food to take back to your private holiday rental where you can cook up something special for your nearest and dearest? For more information, please visit: www.buckfast.org.uk
Consider York as your February holiday destination and enjoy a week-long commemoration of a seminal moment in British history: the arrival and conquest of England by the Great Viking Army in AD 866. With an exciting programme of events that explore the impact of the Viking invasion on Anglo-Saxon England, there is something for everyone at JORVIK Viking Festival. Highlights include living history encampments, walks, talks, tours and of course, dramatic combat performances. So if you’re wondering where to go in February, why not take your little vikings on a family holiday in York?
NI Science Festival 2018 is one of Northern Ireland’s top events, featuring over 180 events across 11 days and over 50 venues spanning Northern Ireland. This science extravaganza hosts workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. There’ll also be debates, talks, theatre, comedy, music and film. This fascinating festival aims to open the mind to the wonders of science, so if you’re looking for things to do in February, book a brain-boosting break in a rental nearby.
The UK’s original touring festival of gin is back for another gin-credible year! With a real dedication to the perfect serve, guests are given their very own copa glass on arrival, with a funky pocket-sized brochure to guide them through their Gin Festival journey. From small craft distilleries using locally foraged botanicals, right through to exotic examples of contemporary gins in fantastic flavours, there’s something for every palate. Explore the different zones including lively bars, a generous and informative brand room, plus creative cocktail bar all under one roof.
The Fiddlers’ Rally has always been a popular event in Inverness and this year is looking to be as popular as ever. Fiddlers will be joined by fellow enthusiasts from all over Scotland to form an orchestra of around 100 players. Performing a varied programme of traditional music, from Scotland and beyond, the tartan-clad Fiddlers are a visual and a musical spectacle not to be missed. Guests this year include Shetland Fiddle player, Gemma Donald, and leading singer on the Scottish folk scene, Emily Smith.
Visit the beautiful medieval city of Norwich this February when it plays host to the Great British Beer Festival Winter 2018. Enjoy fruity ruby, full-bodied dark and popular light ales, as well as delicious foreign beers and ciders. The surroundings are stunning as you’ll be sampling the beery beverages in the magnificent medieval friary halls in the heart of Norwich. Local pubs will also be getting involved and there’ll be live music to enjoy, too. So, if you’re looking for February events that are worth going on holiday for, this beer festival is one of them.
For everything you ever wanted to know about trying, becoming or staying vegan, visit the Cardiff Viva! Vegan Festival at Cardiff’s spectacular city hall. With over 90 stalls spread over two floors, this festival is sure to be a great day out for all the family. There’ll be a stellar line up of talks, cookery demonstrations, delicious vegan food and guests (including Cardiff’s very own Mr Nice Pie and Simply V), so festival goers will have plenty to get their teeth into!
Fairtrade Fortnight is the UK’s biggest celebration of all things Fairtrade. The nationwide, celebrity-fronted campaign ‘Come On In’ invites people to find out more about the people who grow our food and see what life can be like when farmers and workers aren’t paid fairly. Thousands of events will take place including breakfasts, bake-offs and more as people ‘come on in’ and find out more about Fairtrade. Last year’s campaign saw more than 5,000 events held in communities, schools, workplaces and places of worship across the UK.