21+ Fabulous Things to Do This February
21+ Fabulous Things to Do This February in SW London and Surrey
All the local theatre, music, art, exhibitions and more to book right now.
Pictured: Kew Gardens Orchid Festival
Theatre in February
1 The Boy at the Back of the Class
Rose Theatre, Kingston, 3-22 February
After learning that he has fled his war-torn country, Ahmet’s classmates have ‘The Greatest Idea in the World’ – a magnificent plan to reunite Ahmet with his family. An unexpected and often hilarious adventure follows, all topped off with a terrific twist. A Rose Original Production.
2 10 Nights
Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, 7-21 February
When Yasser decides to take part in itikaf, sleeping and fasting in the mosque for the last ten nights of Ramadan, he soon regrets his decision. But as he navigates smug worshippers, shared bathrooms, and recurring thoughts of chunky chips, Yasser’s isolation forces him to confront a side of himself he’s been trying to keep hidden
Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, 10 February – 24 March
Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy: the flowers, the leaves, even the other animals. But, when autumn comes, he gets a little bit carried away with cleaning up the forest and accidentally destroys his own home! Featuring beautiful puppets, original music and a touch of silliness, this show is recommended for children from 3 to 7 years old
4 Pretty Woman the Musical
New Wimbledon Theatre, 12-17 February
Once upon a time in the late ’80s, Vivian met Edward and her life changed forever. Be swept up in their romance in this dazzlingly theatrical take on a love story for the ages in a sensational show that took London’s West End by storm.
5 Edward Scissorhands
New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 13-17 February
Based on the classic Tim Burton movie and featuring the hauntingly beautiful music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, Bourne and his New Adventures Company return to this witty, bittersweet story of an incomplete boy left alone in a strange new world.
6 Shakespeare’s Lovers
Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, 16 February
Experience the full spectrum of love this Valentine’s Day with sonnets and scenes that bring Shakespeare’s timeless words to life. Created in partnership with GSA, one of the UK’s top schools for acting and musical theatre.
7 Cluedo 2: The Next Chapter
Richmond Theatre, 29 February – 2 March
Following the huge success of the critically acclaimed original play, Cluedo is back on stage in 2024 with a brand new comedy mystery. The hilarious whodunnit returns with a new story, a new house, new suspects and lots of new bodies
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Music in February
1 An Englishman in Paris
Clapham, 2 February
Clapham Chamber Concerts presents their first concert of 2024 on Friday 2nd February: Jonathan Parkin will introduce his audience to the very best of French music for clarinet and piano, including Debussy, Ravel and Francaix.
2 Never the Bride
Eel Pie Club, Twickenham, 8 February
Having invaded venues ranging from The Royal Albert Hall with Elton John to Wembley Arena supporting The Who, Never The Bride have amazed and floored audiences and peer groups alike over their 25 years of service – these ladies are true rock and roll royalty.
3 Mathilde Milwidsky violin concert
Banstead, Community Hall, 10 February
Violinist Mathilde Milwidsky, named this year as a Classic FM Rising Star and praised for her “rich velvety sound”, performs with pianist Annie Yim. She will play Frank’s A major Sonata, one of the most famous and enduring pieces of the violin repertoire.
(c) Neda Nevaee
4 Opera at Fulham Palace
Enjoy hearing your favourite classic arias and a selection of modern pieces performed by the stars of tomorrow in the beautiful setting of the palace’s historic Bishop Sherlock’s room.
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Arts & Culture in February
1 The Indian Army at the Palace
Hampton Court Palace, runs ‘til September
This exhibition explores the forgotten story of Indian Army soldiers who camped in the palace grounds in the early 20th century. The collection includes previously unseen objects, photographs, film and personal stories and has been co-curated with community partners and descendants of those who stayed here during Coronation celebrations and First World War peace parades.
2 Chinese New Year Art & Craft Family Workshop
Landmark Arts Centre, 4 February
Dive into the fascinating world of the Chinese zodiac and discover the significance behind each animal in the 12-year lunar cycle. An immersive art experience that promises a memorable celebration with your loved ones.
3 The Carshalton Wandle from 10,000BC to date
Honeywood Museum, Sutton, 8 February
A look at the development of the river since the end of the last Ice Age, including the mysterious history of the spring heads, mills, gardens and more. An illustrated talk by John Phillips in Honeywood’s billiards room.
4 Light Up Kingston
Light Up Kingston is an exciting light experience offering several unique light installations situated throughout the town centre.
5 The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Dr Stephen Kershaw
Sacred Heart Church Hall, Wimbledon, 14 February
Two tombs, a couple of statues, one temple, a garden and a lighthouse have become celebrated as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But how much do we know about them? Why and how were they chosen? Find out at this lecture.
6 Burtynsky: Extraction/Abstraction
Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea, 14 February – 6 May
Saatchi Gallery presents the largest to-date exhibition of works by world-renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky. The exhibition will use Burtynsky’s stunning imagery to explore how humanity impacts the planet and invites viewers to consider how we can find a sustainable way to live in the future.
Outdoors events in February
1 Barnes Common Winter Wassail
Head to Barnes Common to make merry and celebrate the success of the community orchards with a wassail.
2 Virgin Bet Scilly Isles Saturday
Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, 3 February
A premier raceday offering Cheltenham Festival insights. Watch the Grade 1 Virgin Bet Scilly Isles Novice Chase, a key event in the British Racing Calendar. Enjoy off-track festivities with food and bar outlets for an enhanced raceday experience.
3 Bird Watching Guided Walk
Morden Hall Park, 3 February
Put on your walking boots, grab your binoculars and sharpen your hearing! Head to a guided bird walk in search of all the different birds that call Morden Hall Park their home this season. Suitable for ages 14 & up. Walking pace is slow. Free but booking essential.
4 Kew Gardens 2024 Orchid Festival
3 February – 3 March
Kew’s 28th Orchid Festival draws inspiration from the unique flora and fauna of Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island and home to Kew’s third research site.
5 Houseplant Takeover – Plants Before Time
RHS Garden Wisley, 3 February – 10 March
This winter, the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley has been transported back to long, long ago for the new Houseplant Takeover – Plants Before Time exhibition. Step inside to discover fascinating plants such as ferns and cycads, alongside fossils, footprints and more!