Luckily, being the shortest month means we could be that bit closer to seeing more daylight and not sitting in darkness as early as 4pm. Fingers crossed! But don’t skip ahead so soon as it doesn’t have to be doom and gloom in February, or all about love (not that it’s a bad thing, by any means), as there are plenty of events and activities to enjoy. Get February off to a flying start with some of these fun-filled things to do this month.
1. Grab your coat and head out for a walk
It might be cold out but wrap up warm and get yourself outside for a bit of fresh air. You’ll be thankful for it later on and it’s an excuse to have another hot brew when you get in. Even if you stretch your legs for around 20 minutes, it’ll make a change from the same old scenery. The city has a range of parks, gardens and woodland areas to stroll around and they say being surrounded by nature allows us to switch off and be more grounded, which is just the trick most of us need right now. Check out these winter walks near Bristol.
Whether you’re looking for a beautifully romantic getaway for you and your partner or a unique classical concert, this show on February 13 at the stunning Clifton Observatory featuring romantic classical favourites is for you. You don’t need to know all things classical music to enjoy this candlelight concert; simply sit back and savour the stunning pieces written by top-class composers. We can’t think of many other romantic things than a night at one of Bristol’s historical buildings where the walls will be flickering by candlelight to create a magical atmosphere. Book your tickets for this dreamy evening here.
3. Enjoy bottomless burgers and booze with the return of Burger Theory’s popular event
We love a burger at the best of times but when we heard that this Bristol restaurant would be bringing back their bottomless burger offering, our hearts skipped a beat. This incredibly popular event from Burger Theory, which saw the joint sold out for six months straight when it first began back in 2018, will be returning to Bristol this February to supply guests with two hours of unlimited burgers and sides alongside bottomless bubbles or beer. And wait til you see the selection of drool-worthy burgers on the menu!
4. Spruce up your space with a little decorating
Why not start the spring cleaning early? With us all spending more time at home, why not transform your space into a cosy area free of clutter? This doesn’t mean you need to give the walls a lick of paint but instead organise items in terms of priority and hoover up those crumbs on the carpet. You could potentially hang some artwork up to give the place a pop of colour or even invest in some gorgeous candles or lovely houseplants which help to improve the smell and air quality of your home. You can find some of the best plant shops in Bristol here, some of which have online shops and offer delivery.
The Six Nations is kicking off this month from February 5 and it goes without saying you’ll want to make sure you have a prime position to see every bit of the action. 4TheFans are putting on epic match viewing parties at Bambalan over the course of the competition, treating fans to an incredible fan park experience with giant anti-glare screens, a world-class sound system, all the classic food and drink you need to fuel your celebrations and even some match analysis from rugby legends. Make sure you don’t miss out on tickets.
6. Be part of ‘the circle of life’ as The Lion King musical heads to Bristol Hippodrome
The award-winning musical will be making a triumphant return to the city from February 17, having already played two sell out seasons at the Bristol Hippodrome. The cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers will be heading to the Hippodrome stage for this strictly limited run which is set to excite new and returning audiences alike. The story of The Lion King roars into life using spectacular masks, puppets, and costumes to tell the story of Simba’s epic adventures, as he struggles with the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming king.
7. Spend your Sundays tucking into dim sum and dumplings at this Bristol wine bar
Bristol wine bar, Cave, on Gloucester Road has partnered with Ah-Ma’s Dumplings to bring us Dim Sum Sundays. Starting on January 30 and from every other Sunday after, guests can finish their weekend on a high by enjoying a selection of dumplings and dim sum dishes, all accompanied by wine from Cave. Who doesn’t want to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon feasting on delectable dumplings with a good glass of vino in hand?
This exploratory online lecture as part of the Hidden Histories series, will shine the spotlight on some of the incredible, overlooked heroes and heroines of Black British history. The lecture on February 17 will explore the fascinating stories and achievements of figures who have been forgotten or played down throughout the ages, despite their valuable contributions. You can build on what you may have learned from part one of the series, but everyone is welcome to join whether they have prior knowledge or not. Book your tickets to this insightful lecture here.
9. Get on your bike and cycle around these nearby parks
If you’re fed up of walking and want to get about a bit further in less time then hop on a bike and get pedalling. The city has some amazing cycle routes, including bicycle lanes in local parks and gardens, which allow you to see some beautiful sights even in the February frost. You can find some of Bristol’s best parks and gardens here.
10. Discover items from the Titanic that have never been displayed before at this exhibition
For one week only this February, a Titanic Museum exhibition is coming to The Island Gallery. In a small, intimate environment between February 22-27, visitors can discover items from the Titanic that have never been displayed in public, the history behind the ship, its passengers and crew. Items from The Titanic being displayed will include the likes of a fog horn used during the rescue of the Titanic’s passengers, the notebook used by third class steward Thomas Mullin, as well as items from the wreck site, including a small piece of the Titanic’s hull. Visitors can also learn about the people from Bristol that boarded the great ship, the history of the Titanic, life onboard, and how the world was changed after the disaster.
Forget bar crawls it’s all about the cheese crawl in 2022. Join The Bristol Cheese Crawl for two and a half hours of non-stop cheese: from swanky blue cheese and gooey grilled cheeses, to cheesy jokes and interactive cheese-themed quizzes and competitions. Starting in Clifton Village, you’ll be guided to some of Bristol’s finest cheeses, before you and your cheese-loving gang crawl your way down to the harbourside, scoffing everything from local, award-winning cheese to continental classics. And naturally, you’ll be able to pair your cheese with a glass of perfectly-matched cider. Get your tickets to the Bristol Cheese Crawl here.
Bring your broken porcelain and join Azumi Uchitani in this healing online workshop exploring the traditional art of Kintsugi on February 9. Originating from Japan, Kintsugi was invented when artisans began using gold pigment to put shattered vessels back together. Be guided step by step to transform what was once broken into an object more beautiful than ever by applying gold and silver dust glue to the broken elements to create a striking network of shining scars. After this session, you will not only have your broken object transformed but you will also feel the healing effects of embracing the imperfect. Book your tickets to this online workshop here.
13. Be immersed in the shimmering effects of fire and light at this Tyntesfield trail
This February a new after-dark experience is coming to National Trust’s Tyntesfield, just a stone’s throw from Bristol. The Victorian Gothic Revival house is surrounded by heritage trees and picture-perfect parkland, making it the perfect setting to play host to IGNITE, a brand new light trail. From February 11-27, visitors can wander between flickering flames and majestic trees, marvel as lights dance from one amazing space to another with some set to a soundscape.
14. Head to Spike Island to discover Candice Lin’s latest exhibition
From February 5, visitors can enjoy an intriguing art exhibition at Spike Island. Artist Candice Lin’s Pigs and Poison exhibition expands on her ongoing research into marginalised histories, colonial legacies and the materials that link them. Pigs and Poison includes flesh-like sculptures, a virtual reality animation, and a huge medieval trebuchet that launches cannonballs made of lard and bone black pigment directly at the gallery walls.
With her melodic love songs and semi-biographical lyrics, Taylor Swift’s tunes have inspired fans for around 15 years. From pop to country, you may think you’ve heard all of Swift’s music styles, but you will never have heard anything like this before! On February 16, Taylor Swift’s biggest hits will be getting the classical treatment at a Taylor Swift candlelight concert, performed at the stunning Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, where beautiful flickering candles will surround the live string quartet. You won’t want to miss this, so snap up your tickets now!