If anyone was thinking that February might be a quiet month, think again! Set aside any notions of staying in and plan your month of February fun in Bristol.

Half term | Valentine’s Day | Bristol Light Festival | LGBT History Month | Food and drink | Art and exhibitions | Theatre | Music | Sport

Half term

Whether they’re tiny tots or approaching their teens, finding February half term activities for your brood is a breeze in Bristol. Plan your child-entertaining week with our jam-packed blog.

Kids playing at Sudeley Castle's Adventure Playground

Image credit: Sudeley Castle

Valentine’s Day

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.

Bristol Light Festival

A brand-new free festival is bringing colour, light and play to the city centre from 27 February to 1 March. Follow a trail of installations by renowned local and international light artists, with spectacular illuminations and fun immersive experiences, such as giant musical see-saws in Queen Square.

LGBT History Month

Inspiring speakers, writing workshops and drag queen story time are among the activities planned during LGBT History Month 2020 in Bristol. Check out six of this year’s highlights, as picked by Bristol Pride CEO Daryn Carter.

Drag Queen Story Time at Arnolfini

Image credit: Arnolfini 

Food and drink

Garden to Plate Masterclass at St George's Bristol (8 February)

Learn how to prepare a delicious light lunch and pastry inspired by herbs and flowers foraged from St George’s gardens.

Gin Club: Warner's Gin at Milk Thistle (27 February)

Be introduced to five gins from the Warner’s range, with a tutored tasting by Brand Ambassador Ben Hammond. You’ll also be treated to a welcome cocktail on arrival and nibbles from The Ox. 

Milk Thistle speakeasy cocktail bar

Image credit: Milk Thistle 

Kids Party (The Grown Up Edition) at Noche Negra (28 February)

Noche Negra are throwing together everything that made kids parties great with the addition of booze and drag queens. Get nostalgic with games, party bags, a magic show and a buffet of classic party food.

Ladies' Lunch with Julia Weston-Davies at Bowood Hotel (6 February)

Julia Weston-Davies is Guide Lecturer at The Wallace Collection, an extensive collection of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Join Julia for a lunch where you can indulge in a delicious two-course meal at the same as learning about the superb range of objects in the collection.

Evening with the Swans at Slimbridge Wetland Centre (7 & 8 February)

Spot rare birds that winter migration has brought to Slimbridge, including the Bewick's swan from the tundra in Arctic Russia, before enjoying a two-course meal in the Kingfisher Kitchen.

Swan at WWT Slimbridge

Image credit: Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Clifton Wine School

Travel the world via a selection of vino at Clifton Wine School’s February events, which include Explore Burgundy and Loire (19 February) and Explore Chile and Argentina (26 February).

Art and exhibitions

Do you believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (Ends April 2020)

Discover over 200 fascinating objects and stories that reveal how magic has been used to heal, hunt and harm across the world in this exhibition exploring the complex intersection between magic, science and religion.

Do you believe in Magic? exhibition promo image - Bristol Museum

Image credit: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 at M Shed (Ends May 2020)

Picked from 48,000 entries, 100 arresting and spectacular images of our natural world are on display in the world-renowned wildlife photography exhibition from the Natural History Museum. 

Drawing Europe Together at RWA (5 February – 8 March)

Artwork by 45 leading children's book illustrators explores the European Union's shared past and its unsure future is brought together in this exhibition, creating a unique portrayal of the European community.

Pacita Abad: Life in the Margins at Spike Island (Ends April 2020)

Marvel at twenty large-scale ‘trapunto’ paintings and works on fabric made between 1983 and 2002 by Filipino American artist Pacita Abad (1946–2004). This is the first UK exhibition of her work and is free to enter.

The Sky is Falling - Pacita Abad

Image credit: Pacita Abad

Theatre

Ferment Fortnight at Bristol Old Vic (27 January – 9 February)

The work-in-progress festival Ferment Fortnight showcases some of the finest innovation-seekers and theatre-makers in the UK. Catch scratch performances with the chance to engage with the creators, give feedback and shape productions.

Ferment Fortnight at Bristol Old Vic

Image credit: Chelsey Cliff

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Tobacco Factory Theatres (19 February – 21 March)

Brilliantly funny and utterly devastating, David Mercatali returns to Tobacco Factory Theatres to direct Edward Albee’s landmark black comedy about the toxic domestic games of an unhappily married couple.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre (25 – 29 February)

Watch the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical - company photo by Helen Maybanks

Image credit: Helen Maybanks

Wind/Rush Generation(s) and A Marxist Heaven at The Redgrave Theatre

Settle in for a double bill performance of Mojisola Adebayo's Wind/Rush Generation(s) and Hattie Naylor's A Marxist in Heaven, two thought-provoking and original shows presented by Boomsatsuma’s Professional Acting Diploma course.

Music

Innovation, Aviation and Celebration: A concert under the wings of Concorde at Aerospace Bristol (15 February)

See Liz Lane’s Innovation 216 performed under the wings of an aircraft that inspired it: the iconic Concorde. With around 250 massed bands and choirs aged 7-70+, there will also be other flight-themed pieces on the night, such as 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines', '633 Squadron' and 'Fly me to the Moon'.

Concorde in its hangar at Aerospace Bristol

Image credit: Aerospace Bristol

Holst’s Planets 3D at We The Curious (7 February)

Let Holst’s masterpiece, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and recorded at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, transport you into the solar system at the UK’s only 3D planetarium.

Jazz at Future Inn (Every Thursday)

There’s live music every Thursday at this purpose-built jazz venue in the city centre. In February, you can catch regular favourite Andy Nowak (6 February), Raible/Gradischnig Quartet (13 February), Craig Crofton and Friends (20 February), and Joy Ellis (27 February).  

Delain master of destiny at The Anson Rooms (8 February)

Having toured the globe with bands like Nightwish and played festivals like Download and Fortarock, Dutch symphonic rockers Delain are bringing their catchy melodic metal sound to Bristol.

Sport

Watch the Six Nations at a local pub or bar

We’ve rounded up top spots to watch the Six Nations unfold, plus some scrum-ptious food and drink deals.

Largest pub screen in the UK at Ashton Gate Sports Bar

Image credit: Ashton Gate Stadium

Sky Bet Championship at Ashton Gate Stadium

There are two chances to watch Bristol City FC play at home in the Sky Bet Championship, as they’re up against Birmingham City on 7 February and Derby County on 12 February.

Bristol Bears v Worcester Warriors at Ashton Gate Stadium (23 February)

As well as the Six Nations action, get your rugby fix by watching Bristol Bears take on the Worcester Warriors in their latest Gallagher Premiership match.

Bristol Flyers v Manchester Giants at WISE Arena (29 February)

Watch Bristol’s top performing basketball team against the Manchester Giants in the British Basketball League – the premier men's professional basketball league in the UK.

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