With January well and truly behind us, February brings with it a new lease of life and what better time to get out and about and enjoy life again! Here’s 7 things to do in February
At last it’s February. Pay day has finally arrived, the nights are starting to draw out and spring seems that little bit closer. What with Valentine’s Day, half-term and only 28 days until March, February’s a great time to get out and blow the cobwebs away.
Here’s out top suggestions for things to do in February
1. Start an exercise routine
Have the New Year’s resolutions to get fit gone to pot? Have you struggled to find motivation in the depths of January?
Fear not, as now February’s here you can kick the January blues into touch and use this month as a second chance to renew those promises.
And there’s no need to fork out for expensive gym memberships either. You could try a home work-out as there are plenty of routines to follow on Youtube, as well as a range of fitness apps that can help you set your own goals.
Alternatively, now the nights are starting to draw out a little why not incorporate an evening walk or jog into your routine? Small changes can make a huge difference.
2. Valentine’s with a difference
It’s the month for love and if you’re looking for Valentine’s inspiration, organise something more unusual.
Who remembers that infamous pottery scene from the movie Ghost with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze? Valentines Clays Ltd is offering couples a chance to throw a pot together. Ok, so it might not be quite the same as in Ghost but it promises to be a giggle – and there will be champagne and chocolates too.
February 14, 7-9pm, Valentines Clays, Valentine Way, Fenton.
3. See a classic play
Book a trip to the theatre. Abigail’s Party, the iconic comedy by Mike Leigh, is on at Stoke’s Regent this month. It tells the story of a group of neighbours who get together for a party – as a teenager throws a party next door, ending in hilarious and potentially disastrous conseqeunces.
Starring TV star Jodie Prenger and Coronation Street and Emmerdale favourite Vicky Binns, Abigail’s Party runs from February 21 – 23. Book tickets on 0844 871 7649.
4. Treat yourself at Shrewsbury Market Hall
Often compared to some of the coolest markets in London, Shrewsbury’s award-winning indoor market is a magnet for foodies.
You could try everything from award-winning chocolates, to Thai street food and champagne and oysters.
With cafes, artisan producers, gift boutiques, vintage and retro stores, artists and craftspeople pitched up alongside the traditional fruit and veg sellers, it’s a real eye-opener.
You could find that one-off ornament or the perfect painting for your home too.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8am – 4pm.
5. Take the kids out
February half term is looming so it could be a good time to indulge the youngsters with a day out to remember.
After all, they’ve been slogging it out since the Christmas holidays too so they’re ready to let off some steam.
The Royal Airforce Museum at Cosford in Shropshire offers a fun day out, where kids can get close to airplanes – and it’s free. Open 10am-4pm, Monday to Sunday.
6. Get creative
Whether it’s writing the novel that’s been in your head for years or the urge to fashion something out of wood, now could be a good time to begin a creative hobby. Studies show that being creative can also can help with both physical and mental health.
You could sign up for a course at a nearby college, many of which offer adult leisure courses in art, music, creative writing or flower arranging.
Newcastle College has photography and ceramics courses starting this month, while South Staffordshire College has a wealth of subjects on offer, from playing the ukulele to garden design.
7. Book a holiday
If you haven’t already then maybe it’s time to get the brochures out. Booking a holiday is a real pick-me-up during the winter months, offering something to look forward to. You never know you might bag yourself a bargain.