In search of some fun in Feb? Well, you’re in luck. Whether you’re looking for something royal, quirky, tasty or festive, there’s sure to be an event you’ll like on our bucket list. Check it out.
When: Public ballot open till end of Feb; parade is on 8th June.
The Queen has two birthday celebrations. On her actual date of birth, the 21st of April, Her Majesty has a private party for only her closest confidants. However, her second event is a grand parade which is open to the public.
The main spectacle of the parade is Trooping the Colour, which is an impressive display involving over 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians. How quintessentially British!
If you would like to attend the Queen’s Birthday Parade you can apply for up to four tickets for seats around the Horse Guards Parade, located off Whitehall in Westminster.
The deadline for requests is at the end of this month and those lucky enough to be selected will receive a letter on 31st March.
If you don’t hear back, but still want to watch the parade, you can head to The Mall or the edge of St James’s Park overlooking Horse Guards. The Parade starts at 11am so aim to get there for 9am if you want a good view.
What: Chocolate Lovers’ Month
Where: Across the UK
When: Throughout Feb
Cost: Well, that depends on how much chocolate you eat!
Did you know the average Brit consumes a whooping 187 chocolate bars every year? This makes us the biggest consumers of chocolate in Europe. So, Chocolate Lovers’ Month just gives us another excuse to eat even more.
Of course you can simply celebrate the month by feasting on chocolate. Alternatively, you can sample the best of British chocolate in York, the home of chocolate manufacturing in the UK. It was in this sweet city that classic delights such as the Chocolate Orange and the Kit Kat were invented!
The city even has a museum dedicated solely to chocolate. Visitors to York’s Chocolate Story can take a guided tour that involves eating lots of chocolate and making a chocolate lolly.
Tickets are £12.50 each, but if you’re studying in York you get 1/3 off.
Where: Across the UK
When: 5th-19th Feb
2019 is the Year of the Pig in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. In February thousands of people of all nationalities in Britain come together to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year. Also known as Spring Festival.
If you want to immerse yourself in this Chinese festival here are some of the best across the UK.
The biggest Chinese New Year celebration outside Asia takes place in the West End of London. Head down to Chinatown for a colourful parade featuring traditional dragon and lion dancing. Then follow the crowd to Trafalgar Square for more stage performances and all-day entertainment.
Participate in the legendary Dragon Parade in Manchester led by a 175-foot dragon before heading to St Ann’s Square. Here partygoers can take selfies with a giant ‘Piglet’ art installation. Stay until the evening to see thousands of stunning red lanterns light up the city and enjoy a spectacular fireworks finale at 7pm on Sunday.
Studying in or visiting Northern Ireland? The Causeway Coastline is where you will find all the exciting Chinese New Year festivities. Sample some tasty Chinese street food and enjoy live traditional music and captivating opera. Also, make sure not to miss the spectacular Chinese tea ceremony!
Where: St Ives, Cornwall
When: 4th Feb
Also known as Cornish Hurling, the game is a form of rugby that requires participants to grab the ball from their opponent and keep hold of it, at all costs. Whoever returns the ball to the Mayor at the stroke of noon receives a silver coin as a prize.
Some participants go as far as diving into the sea in sometimes freezing temperatures to protect the ball.