The Great British Mag team published the article What’s on in February on 30 January 2020.
In search of some fun in February? 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 list:
Ballot to the Queen’s birthday parade
What: Enter the ballot to the Queen’s Birthday Parade
When: Public ballot open until end of February; parade is on 13 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 by 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 early (we would recommend by 9am) if you want a good view.
Chocolate Lovers’ Month
What: Chocolate Lovers’ Month
Where: Across the UK
When: Throughout February
Cost: Well, that depends on how much chocolate you eat!
Did you know the average Brit consumes a whopping 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.
JORVIK Viking Festival
What: Festival celebrating York’s Viking history
Where: Coppergate Shopping Centre, York
When: 15 – 23 February
Cost: £10.50 – £20
In 1978, archaeologists first discovered remains from the Viking Age (800-1066AD) including animal bones, pottery, clothing textiles, leather shoes and timber used for building materials.
Over the next six years, they recovered more than 40,000 artefacts and so the Viking centre was opened on the site of the excavation in 1984. Today, the centre offers tours (and even a rollercoaster-like ride!) of realistic displays featuring life-like scenes from daily Viking life.
Every year, people gather at the centre to celebrate this rich Viking history at the JORDIK Viking Festival. It offers living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances and not to mention banquets, as well as opportunities to raise a glass to the Viking gods – cheers!
Hurling the silver ball
What: Hurling the silver ball on the St Ives Feast
Where: St Ives, Cornwall
When: 10 February
The St Ives Feast is the only time of the year when you can witness Hurling the Silver Ball, one of Cornwall’s most intriguing customs that dates back over a thousand years.
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.