What’s on in February: 11 top things to do
See a fringe theatre show, admire Indonesian orchids or return the kids to nature on a conservation day – here’s our pick of 11 things to do this February.
February is the time for snowdrop season and Gatton Park is opening its doors for you to embrace its beautiful display. They will be hosting free guided tours, an open bird hide fun-filled activities for children and a small plant sale too. Really something for everyone!
2 Feb; Gatton Park; 1pm-5pm; £5 admission, children free; site.
Winter Bird Watching Walk
Our coldest season is a wonderful time to visit wildlife centres, such as the WWT London Wetland Centre, and enjoy nature at its finest. Join their ranger for a winter wander to see which fascinating water birds are about for you to see.
2 Feb; WWT London Wetland Centre; 9.30am-11am; £20.50 plus admission; site.
One of the world’s leading botanic gardens is hosting a spectacular event celebrating the magnificent biodiversity of Indonesia – the land of 17,000 islands. Immerse yourself in the tropics this winter by exploring the wonders of Indonesia at Kew’s iconic 25th annual Orchid Festival and see over 5,000 fabulous species of orchids.
8 Feb – 8 March; Kew Gardens; times vary; entry included in admission; site.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join National Trust’s Winkworth Arboretum and reconnect with nature and get away from the hustle and bustle. This calming event is a practice that invites you to slow down, be present and immerse yourself in the natural, beautiful environment.
8 Feb; Winkworth Arboretum; 10.30am-12.30pm; £22; site.
Fancy a spot of theatre this month? Award-winning writer John O’Donovan returns to rural Ireland for this haunting, hilarious new play about bereavement, brotherhood and breaking away from your past. A perfect afternoon or evening treat.
11 Feb – 23 Feb ; Omnibus Theatre ; times vary ; £16/£13 ; site.
Thinking of something a little warmer this February? See our pick of 9 dreamy Valentine’s Day escapes here!
RHS Garden Wisley Half Term
Looking for some half term inspiration and family fun? Head to one of the world’s greatest gardens, packed with horticultural inspiration and a variety of fun activities to keep the little ones entertained – whatever the weather! From making sun catchers, daily garden trails to wind socks, they’ve got it covered!
15 Feb – 23 Feb; RHS Garden Wisley; 9am/10am-4.30pm; from £7.45; site.
The National Wedding Show
Looking for innovative ideas for your wedding? Visit one of the biggest wedding shows in the UK to be inspired for your special day. Be wooed by lots of experts and browse collections from the nation’s finest designers, retailers and boutiques, who can help make your dream day into an unforgettable reality.
15 Feb – 16 Feb; Olympia London; 10am-5pm; from £14; site.
Be a Wild Ranger
Do your kids crave the wild outdoors? Want to keep them away from their gadgets? Surrey Wildlife Trust is hosting a fantastic event for 11-17-year-olds to give them a chance to become a woodland manager for the day and get stuck in to a variety of conservation tasks. Sounds fun to us!
19 Feb; Nower Wood Educational Nature Reserve; 9.30am-4pm; £40/£35; site.
Rose Pruning Masterclass
For the green-fingered among you, this pruning masterclass could be a great opportunity to learn how to get the best out of your roses. Join Polesden Lacey experts garden team as they share their knowledge and encourage you to get the best out of your roses all year round.
26 Feb; Polesden Lacey; 11am-1pm; £25; site.
The Surrey Steampunk Convivial
The Surrey Steampunk Convivial is a weekend guaranteed to be full of fun to enjoy with friends and family! With very alternative activities, including umbrella fencing, tea duelling, workshops, live music, silly games, experiments, an exquisite steampunk market, poetry and so much more.
29 Feb – 1 March; The Station, The Broadway, Stoneleigh; from £15; 10am onwards; site.
David Hockney: Ways of Woking
With enough warning, this is an inspirational exhibition you do not want to miss. David Hockney was considered to be one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. His work was an important contributor to the pop movement of the 1960s. One not to be missed!
Ongoing, until 19 April; The Lightbox, Woking; opening times vary; £7.50/members & U21s free; site.