It may be cold outside, but there are still plenty of things to do to help you make the most of your Chevening year! Here are some of the top activities and events happening in the UK this February.

Walking with Beckett – Belfast, 4 January – 28 February 2023

Enjoy a self-guided audio tour that leads through Belfast’s vibrant university quarter, immersing yourself in the enigmatic imagination of the great Irish writer Samuel Beckett.

The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and begins at The Pantry Café, Crescent Arts Centre (2-4 University Road, Belfast). Tickets are open-ended so you can enjoy the tour at any time.


Curious About Liverpool: Walking Tour – Liverpool, 05 January – 28 October 2023

Explore Liverpool’s city centre with two self-guided heritage walks that incorporate a treasure hunt theme.

Liverpool’s waterfront is a designated World Heritage Site – the same as the Sydney Opera House and the Acropolis! It has more museums, galleries, and Grade II listed buildings than anywhere outside London, and holds the Guinness Book of Records title for being the Capital of Pop. More artists with a Liverpool origin (e.g. The Beatles) have had a number one hit than any other location.

Discover Liverpool’s ‘hidden treasures’ while having a fun day out with family and friends!


Exhibition: Uncertain Territories – Women and Nature – Dundee, 07 January – 01 April 2023

This exhibition celebrates a variety of women artists and scientists from Dundee and beyond who have explored the natural world and left tangible traces through the artefacts, specimens, and artworks in the University of Dundee Museum Collections.

This exhibition is located at the Tower Foyer Gallery at the University of Dundee.


Desire, love, identity – an LGBTQ tour of the British Museum – London, 14 January – 31 March 2023

In this tour, you will discover a fascinating selection of objects with LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) connections. The tour spans the ancient world to the present day and includes some of the most famous artworks on display.

This tour is free, however advance booking is essential.


Bristol Light Festival – Bristol, 03 – 12 February 2023

Bristol Light Festival fills the city with light and colour, showcasing Bristol as a vibrant, playful, and creative city. Each edition of Bristol Light Festival features world premier works alongside some of the best of the UK’s talent, all making their Bristol debut at carefully selected locations across the city centre.

By day and night, the event is the perfect opportunity for friends, colleagues, and families to meet. All Bristol Light Festival events are free to attend and open to everyone.


Webinar: Sport for All – 15 February 2023

Professor Laura McAllister  (lecturer at Cardiff University and political commentator) and rugby player and Welsh language rapper Lloyd Lewis will discuss sport and sexuality.

This free event will take place online via Zoom.


Belfast International Arts Festival – Belfast, 04 February 2023

Established in 1962, Belfast’s longest-running international arts festival, reimagined and reborn as Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF) in 2015, has announced a new extended season of contemporary arts and cultural events as it marks its milestone 60th year.

For six decades the festival has ensured that the residents of Belfast alongside its international visitors have access to the best of world class artists and events from home and abroad.


Celtic Connections – Glasgow, various venues, 01 – 05 February 2023

Scottish talent and artists from all over the world perform in ceilidhs and concerts across Glasgow, in what has become the world’s biggest winter music festival.


His Dark Materials Exhibition – Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, 01 December 2022 – 30 April 2023

The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea is delighted to present a look behind-the-scenes of BBC and HBO’s multi-award-winning His Dark Materials. Based on Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of novels, the series concludes with the third and final season later this year.


Golden Mummies of Egypt, Manchester Museum – Manchester, from 18 February 2023

Manchester Museum reopens its doors with a display of some of its most precious ancient Egyptian artefacts. Using non-intrusive science to explore mummified bodies and their elaborate wrappings, the exhibition shows how preserving the dead was part of a passionate belief in the afterlife.


More with Less Reimagining Architecture for a Changing World, Farrell Centre – Newcastle, on until 10 September 2023

Farrell Centre will provide a new public forum for Newcastle, where the future of the city can be exhibited, debated, and shaped. The transformation of the handsome Grade II-listed Claremont buildings will open with ‘More With Less’, an exhibition on how architecture can address the climate emergency and adapt to a world of dwindling resources.

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