Beat the January Blues with our fun-filled ideas for February!
January is always a long month – you’re waiting endlessly to get paid, the weather is horrible, you’re trying to be good, you’re having post-festivity blues... the list goes on!
But there are now only 7 days left before it’s February with its ever-so-slightly longer nights, half-term fun with the kids, as well as fewer working days and a quicker payday. The first baby daffodils will also appear in February - spring is on the way!
February is also the perfect time to book your holidays, as you now have some money in the bank, it’s early enough to get the best deals, and it will give you something to look forward to for the coming weeks and months.
What else does February have to offer? We’ve rounded up some upcoming events to help you get over those January Blues and have the best February yet!
If you’re a rugby fan we probably don’t need to tell you that this year’s Six Nations kicks off on the 3rd February with Scotland and Ireland Women facing each other at Broadwood Stadium in Scotland. The men play at Murrayfield the day after on the 4th. Italy and Wales Women face each other later that day as well as England and France in both the women’s and men’s tournaments. The Wales/Italy men’s match takes place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on the 5th. You can check the men’s fixtures here and the women’s fixtures here.
For those more into food than rugby, the Viva! Vegan Festival will also be held on the 4th Feb at Cardiff City Hall. Entry is £2 and there’ll be plenty of free tastings, cookery demos, as well as a fantastic array of stalls for you to stock up on vegan goodies.
The National Museum in Cardiff will be hosting several family workshops during half term week (18-26th Feb), including a Chinese Legends Family Workshop. For more half term ideas, check out VisitWales, which has plenty of ideas for things to do around the area, regardless of whether you have kids or not.
Wales Online has put together a helpful list of ideas for things to do around the area on the 14th February, including activities to do with the family. Eventbrite also has a useful list of things to see and do in Cardiff (as well as other cities) for Valentine’s Day (just enter your nearest town to find events and activities near you).
On a rainy day, why not go to the movies? There are plenty of ways to save on cinema tickets, for example by collecting reward points through your bank or credit card. You can also use Nectar or Tesco points to purchase cinema tickets, so there is no excuse not to have a romantic (or not so romantic) trip to the cinema this February!
We’ve rounded up some of the biggest movies due to be released this February.
There is plenty of choice on the 3rd Feb, with action film “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” and horror film “Rings”, as well as sci-fi “The Space Between Us” all released on this day. For those who prefer a good drama, “Growing up Smith” could be up your street and is released a few days later on the 7th.
The two somewhat different films “The LEGO Batman Movie” and “50 Shades Darker” are both out on the 10th February, as well as thriller “John Wick: Chapter 2”. If you’re into action and monsters, you won’t want to miss “The Great Wall” released on the 17th of February.
Thriller “I don’t feel at home in this world anymore” is released on Netflix on the 24th and, if you need a good choice to take the kids to, “Rock Dog” is an alternative to LEGO Batman and is out on the 24th (half-term week) as well.
There are also plenty of new TV shows out in February, if you prefer a cosy night in.
Shrove Tuesday falls on the 28th of February this year – the last day of the month! Whether you celebrate with pancakes or all out fancy dress in true carnival style, this is always a fun day and your chance to have some treats before Lent!