If anyone was thinking that February might be a quiet month, think again! In fact, there's so much going on in Bristol in February, we've had to fit it into several blogs! So set aside any notions of staying in and plan your month of February fun:

Half term | Chinese New Year | Valentine's Day | Exhibitions | Food & drink | Comedy | Music | Family | For grown-ups | Theatre

Half term

From puddle jumping championships, to detective super sleuthing, wildlife encounters and thrilling theatre shows, there's tons of family-friendly activities to get stuck into during February half-term in Bristol – plan your child-entertaining week with our jam-packed blog.

What's on Bristol february 2019

Image - Zog trail, Westonbirt Arboretum

Chinese New Year

The Chinese Year of the Pig starts on 4 February 2019 and finishes on 24 January 2020. Join in the Chinese New Year celebrations at these special Bristol events.

What's on february bristol 2019 - chinese new year

Image - Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, credit Mark Simmons

Valentine’s Day (14 Feb)

If you're in need of ingenious ways to dazzle your dearest one this Valentine’s Day, we've got all sorts of amorous ideas for you in our heart-warming Valentine’s blog.

What's on February half term 2019

Image - 'What's the Point', Bristol Old Vic


Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery  (1 Feb - 6 May 2019)

To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be displaying twelve of his finest drawings as part of #Leonardo500 – a national celebration of one of history’s greatest geniuses.

Exhibition: Mai-Thu Perret The Blazing World at Spike Island (19 Jan - Mar 2019)

The Blazing World, Perret’s first major solo exhibition in the UK, explores the subject of witchcraft and the relationship between women’s oppression and the emergence of capitalism.

Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism at the RWA (until 3 Mar 2019)

A major retrospective of Albert Irvin and a 60th anniversary celebration of the seminal exhibition, The New American Painting.

Leonardo da vinci - what's on february 2019

Image -  Cats, lions and a dragon, Leonardo da Vinci

Food and drink

British Dal Festival  (10-17 Feb 2019)

Celebrate the benefits, flavours and traditions of cooking pulses, beans, peas and dal at The British Dal Festival. A wide variety of events will be taking place in Bristol throughout the week – from a Dal Trail around various restaurants and eateries, to dal demos and a dal buffet supper club, plus lots more!

Foodie activities at Thornbury Castle

There are all sorts of fun food and drink activities and masterclasses at Thornbury Castle this month. Whip up and sample your own delectable cocktails (7 Feb) under the guidance of Thornbury Castle's professional Mixologist. If wine is more your thing, join them later in the month for a tasting evening (19 Feb). Discover the fascinating history of the castle and Tudor Walled Gardens, followed by a delicious afternoon tea (9 Feb) or take a Bread making class followed by a delicious 2 course lunch accompanied with your freshly homemade bread (13 Feb).

Swan Supper Evenings at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (1-2 Feb 2019)

Experience the beauty and sounds of hundreds of wild swans on a floodlit lake before enjoying a delicious two course meal at the Kingfisher Kitchen.

Bristol Film Festival: Amélie with Wine Tasting at Averys (15 Feb)

A screening of whimsical romance Amélie with a themed wine tasting in the atmospheric setting of Averys Wine Merchants' historic wine cellar.

Dal Festival - what's on february 2019

Image - Dal Festival - spice fest and Hindu temple open day which Kalpna Woolf & 91 ways


Slapstick Festival: Silent Comedy Gala (10 Feb 2019)

Lucky Slapstick Festival lovers (which took place in Bristol in January) will get a double helping of the chuckle-worthy festival in 2019, with February’s Slapstick Silent Comedy Gala. Snap up tickets for a mesmerising evening of live music to film, featuring your all-time favourite comedy stars at Bristol Hippodrome. Families with young kids should look out for Slapstick Sunday with Andy Day (also 10 Feb) -  a laugh-out-loud extravaganza film show.

Dave Gorman - With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint at Bristol Hippodrome (5 Feb 2019)

Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is bringing his new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint to Bristol.

The Sitcom Experience – Comedy Dinner Show at the Grand Pier (8 Feb)

Transport yourself to pukka Peckham for a 'Sitcom Experience' special inspired by beloved TV comedy, Only Fools & Horses.

slapstick gala - what's on february 2019

Image - Slapstick gala


Classical Mixtape Live 1 at St George's Bristol (1 Feb 2019)

The perfect try-it-out event for those a bit nervous about giving classical a go, this show will defy preconceptions of what makes a classical concert. Visitors will get to listen to a huge variety of music – no piece longer than about five minutes long, and most of which is probably familiar – from the likes of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and more. You can sit, stand or lie down while listening as performers move around the space

Music & Wine with Claire Northey String Quartet at Averys Wine Merchants (1 Feb 2019)

With a stellar line-up of some of Bristol's finest musicians, this musical wine tasting evening is a unique way to enjoy some lovely plonk. Performers will serenade you with a selection of upbeat and exciting tunes that have been specially paired with five different wines. Designed for people of all levels of wine knowledge – from total novice to vino aficionado.

Fightback Bristol (4-18 Feb 2019)

Grassroots music venues across Bristol are uniting to create a fortnight festival of music - Fightback Bristol - to encourage audiences to visit their local grassroots music venue and promote Bristol's emerging and existing musical talent. 14 participating venues are already confirmed with over 100 shows lined up.

Concert in the Caves at Redcliffe Caves (6-9 Feb 2019)

A haunting experience of gorgeous acapella singing in atmospheric surroundings that are rarely open to the public.

Averys -what's on february 2019

Image - Averys Wine Merchants


Light Steps at Circomedia (2 Feb 2019)

Light Steps is a unique 40-minute music and dance performance aimed at children between 2-5 years old. This beautiful, calming show brings puppetry, live music and dance together in a unique way that children can enjoy and participate in.

Sea Hear Storytelling at the Brunel Institute (5-12 Feb 2019)

Storyteller Sarah Mooney captivates imaginations mixing original tales with new twists on classic legends. Children can join in the action with stories of whales and angel fish, pirate treasure and stormy seas.

Storytelling at Tyntesfield

Take a ‘Work Hard’ storytelling tour and follow in the footsteps of Hemmings the butler, who worked at Tyntesfield in the Victorian period, and discover what life was like for the servants (4 Feb- 1 Mar 2019). Families with 2-5 year olds fond of the classic Thumbelina story should look out for TYNTEtots: Thumbelina at Tyntesfield, with storytelling, crafts and games (27-28 Feb)

Toddler Takeover: Super Senses at We The Curious (8 Feb)

Stimulate little senses with a fun-packed day of colourful activities for just for the tiniest of explorers!

Baking Class for Children at Cooking it! (9 Feb)

Kids will get to learn how to creating breads, puddings, cakes, doughnuts and biscuits in this 2.5 hour cooking session. Suitable for 8-12 year olds.

Fireworks at Sea at the Grand Pier (16 Feb)

A Spectacular Fireworks Display out at Sea! The best views will be from the Grand Pier itself, and entry is strictly ticket only and includes unlimited rides.

We The Curious - what's on February 2019

Image - We The Curious

For grown ups

Planetarium Nights at We The Curious (7 Feb 2019)

Wander into the giant silver ball for your very own night-time tour of the known universe in the UK's only 3D Planetarium.

Blood and Butchery in Bedminster (5 Feb 2019)

Delve deep into Bedminster’s gruesome history and how the area’s pubs play a key role in these stories. Expect tales of body snatchers, concrete coffins, hangings judges and the most notorious heist in living memory. 

A Dead Good Job: Grave digging in Bristol municipal cemeteries at Arnos Vale Cemetery (23 Feb)

In this talk archaeologist Dr Stuart Prior, together with historian and folklorist Dr Helen Frisby, will present their recent research into what it's like to work in a cemetery.

Preloved Vintage Kilo Sale at the Colston Hall (10 Feb)

Browse through tonnes of preloved, vintage and retro stock at wholesale prices. Pay by weight at only £15 per kilo!

Weston-super-Mare Literary Festival (22 Feb – 1 Mar 2019)

This week-long literary festival will feature an exciting line up of authors and range of events including talks, workshops and panel discussions. 


Bristol Hippodrome will be welcoming The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia who will be performing Giselle (7 Feb), The Nutcracker at Bristol Hippodrome (8 Feb) and Swan Lake at Bristol Hippodrome (9 Feb)

Kinky Boots at Bristol Hippodrome (25 Feb-9 Mar)

Winner of every major Best Musical award, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, 'London's hottest musical' (Smooth Radio), Kinky Boots is touring the UK in 2018/19, with a stint in Bristol.

Dynamo at Bristol Harbour Hotel (13-14 Feb)

World-renowned musician Dynamo's sold-out and critically acclaimed Abandoned Room show, entitled Times Are Gone For Honest Men, is embarking on a limited tour. The Abandoned Room is an intimate, unique and immersive theatre space with world class performances coupled with artisan cocktails and fine dining.

Tobacco Factory Theatres

International art clown Jamie Wood rolls into town with a trilogy of shows for one week only. See him performing his uniquely anarchic blend of comedy, performance and clowning in O No! (13-14 February), I Am A Tree (15 February) and Beating McEnroe (16 February). For more theatre listings in February see their website.

Redgrave Theatre

Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are coming to Bristol (3-4 Feb) in the first ever Bing stage show! On an entirely different note, Ann Widdecombe will be taking to the stage at the Redgrave Theatre (27 Feb) as part of her first ever national tour.

Kinky boots - whats on february 2019

Image - Kinky Boots

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Things to do in Bristol - February 2019