January may have felt like it dragged on for the best part of the year, but February is almost here. The evenings are getting lighter and there’s only 28 days left until spring – hurrah! With Valentine’s Day on the 14th it’s the month of love. Instead of spending your money on an over priced meal or flowers, why not try something a little different? From free events, to outdoor adventures here are 6 things to do in Norfolk this February.
27th January – 4th March, 10am – 4pm, Adults £5 and Children £2.50.
Prepared to be wowed by Mother Nature at Walsingham Abbey. Each February the snowdrops are in full bloom, creating a carpet of white flowers across the grounds. It’s simply breathtaking. Hamish I went last year (I wrote about it here) it’s so worth wrapping up warm and going for a wander. The entry fee get’s you into the ruins of the abbey, they had a small exhibition last year too.
Fancy making a day of it?
Holkham and Wells Beaches are close by, so head to the Abbey early and the pop for an afternoon strool. If you’re there in the late afternoon head to The Norfolk Mead in Walsingham for dinner, the food is brilliant. If you fancy extending your stay, I’d highly recommend a night at Reeds Barn.
1st Feb – 17:30 – 20:00 at Waterstones on Castle Street in Norwich.
It’s time for Waterstones annual Harry Potter night, this year it has a Fantastic Beasts Twist. Dress up as your favourite character, head inside to be sorted, hunt the fantastic beasts and play some quidditch. At 7pm there’s a quiz with prizes to be won. A fantastic night for Potterheads!
To book call 01603 767292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
12th – 16th February for Wellbeing Week at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, free
If you’re looking to improve your wellbeing in 2018, this event held in conjunction with the Wellbeing Service, Mind, Relate and the NNUH will help you kick-start that.
On 13th 10am -12:30pm there will be a wellbeing stall on the ground floor, where you can pick up information and chat to the Wellbeing staff. Between 1 & 3pm there’s a free Journal for wellbeing event. Bring you own notebook and discover how journaling can help you keep on top of everything, including your self-care. You need to book this event.
On the 16th 2 – 2:45 pm on the second floor there’s an introduction to wellbeing presentation which will give some basic mental health coping states. As well as give your more information on the wellbeing service. Booking is essential.
Saturday 17th Feb, at The Forum Norwich, Free
Norwich Does Vintage is back for the fifth time! This hugely popular vintage event will be held at the Forum this time. Expect plenty of stalls selling vintage clothes for men and women, accessories, home items, book, luggage and more! It’s every vintage lovers dream. There’s often cake and music too.
Watch Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at Norwich Theatre Royal
27th Feb – 3rd March, book tickets online or call the box office on 01603 630000.
Dance lovers rejoice, Matthew Bourne is back with one of his reworked classic performances. It’s wartime in London and Cinderella bumps into a gorgeous RAF pilot, they fall in love at first sight but the Blitz tears them apart.
Cinderella is said to be one of Bourne’s most heartfelt works and a personal favourite of his. There’s an all-star cast featuring local dancers, the set and lighting is designed by Oliver award-winning designers and there’s a specially commissioned recording played by a 60-piece orchestra. It’s shaping up to be a heart stopping and touching production that will tug at your emotions.
If you love contemporary dance, the Richard Alston Dance Company are performing at Norwich Theatre Royal on 2nd and 3rd February. The performance of Cut and Run will be a world premier.
5:30 pm onwards, Sundays
On a cold wet winter’s day head to the cute and cosy Frank’s bar to watch a film. There are live musicians performing afterwards too. I love the food, drink and chilled out vibe here! This month they are showing Groundhog Day (4th), When Harry Met Sally (11th), 10 Thing I Hate About You (18th) and There’s Something About Mary (25th).
So there’s my 6 things to do in Norfolk this February. Whether you want to wrap up warm and head outside or be cosy and entertained in the warmth of the theatre of Frank’s Bar there’s plenty to do this month! In fact there’s so much on I struggled to pick six. If you’re reading this and have kids, The National Trust have a series of activities to keep them entertained, the night hike through Sherringham Park sounds amazing…but you know me, I tend to avoid kids stuff! I’m hoping to tick a few of these off my list, it’s my birthday this month too so who knows what adventures I’ll go on!
Let me know what plans you have this month