UK events: February

It might be cold, and there may be snow on the ground (if you’re lucky), but that doesn’t stop the Brits from having a good time. There are loads of events taking place across the UK, both indoors and outside, so why not pop along to one of these in February.

Lunar New Year

8 February 2016, Manchester

Manchester’s Chinatown is transformed as lanterns, food stalls and a Dragon Parade take over the streets of the city.There’s no ignoring the Lunar New Year if you happen to be around Piccadilly Gardens come January or February; an explosion of colour, sounds and yummy smells sweep along this labyrinth of narrow streets. This is where the party is and St Anne’s Square is transformed into a bit of Beijing with a lantern-strewn market selling food from the city’s top restaurants.

Showzam: Circus Spectacular

13 – 20 February, Blackpool

Magicians, performers and clowns take over the streets of Blackpool, as the circus rolls into town every year for Showzam. Highlights include an underwater bubble show, where dancers and jugglers use bubble tornadoes, lasers and snow cannons as part of their unique routine. To get more information about this exciting event, visit their website.

Jorvik Viking Festival

15 – 21 February, York

Immerse yourself in the gruesome world of the Vikings as the city of York celebrates its Norse past. This nine-day festival of all things Viking attracts 40,000 enthusiasts to the city of York each February, for live battle re-enactments, combat performances, and leg wrestling. Find out more online.

London Fashion Weekend

25 – 28 February, London

Cutting edge glamour arrives in the capital as the London Fashion Weekend gets underway at the Saatchi Gallery. For four days, this art gallery is transformed into a fashion paradise as big names from the beauty and style industries show off their creative work. The ultimate fashion and designer shopping experience, the show is bursting with catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair and beauty products and even educational panels from leading fashion experts.