Suggestions for things to do outside London during February

My now regular look ahead to events happening next month that would probably be in my events guide, if only they weren’t happening outside the psychological barrier of the M25 motorway.

I’ve not listed every Shrove Tuesday pancake event, as there are hundreds of them. There are some non-pancake events to look out for though.

Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival 4th Feb
Imbolc is a pagan festival marking St Brigid’s Day and the end of winter ; this relatively recent event started in the 1990s as a community celebration to embrace the turning of the year. There is a procession, dance performances, stilt walking, lanterns, pyrotechnics and, of course, fire! Marsden, West Yorkshire

Somerset Tractor Show 4th-5th Feb
The next show will feature Conversion Tractors (County, Roadless etc) Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Blidworth Cradle Rocking 5th Feb
The male baby born nearest to Christmas Day in the parish is baptised during the morning service and in the afternoon is rocked by the vicar in a flower bedecked cradle in the church. Blidworth, Nottinghamshire.

Gun Salute for The Queen’s Accession 6th Feb
Gun salutes are carried out in London at the Tower of London and Hyde Park, and in Windsor Great Park by the Brook Street entrance Windsor Great Park, Berkshire

St Ives Feast | Hurling the Silver Ball 6th Feb
The St Ives Feast is an ancient tradition that celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 and offers a rare chance to watch the game of Hurling the Silver Ball, a centuries’ old form of rugby. St Ives, Cornwall

Jorvik Viking Festival 11th-19th Feb
Annual series of events based on Viking heritage, culminating in a torchlit procession through the town. Coppergate, York

Tatton Park Scarecrow Festival 11th-19th Feb
Over 30 scarecrows will be resident in the Gardens. Find the farmyard scarecrows and have a go at making your own. Knutsford, Cheshire

King’s Lynn Mart 14th-28th Feb
Traditionally, this is the first funfair in the Showmen’s calendar where new rides are tried out and old favourites brought out from winter storage. King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Living History in Worcester 18th Feb
Worcester Re-Enactors take over Worcester City Centre venues, Guildhall and Tudor House. Worcester, Worcestershire

Bristol Classic MotorCycle Show 18th-19th Feb
Expect around 18,000 visitors to the annual show featuring vintage motorcycles. Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Nickanan Night 20th Feb
Nickanan Night is a Cornish feast, traditionally held on the Monday before Lent. Sometimes called roguery night in West Cornwall, this event was an excuse for local youths to undertake acts of minor vandalism and play practical jokes on neighbours and family. Cornwall

Atherstone Ball Game 21st Feb
This traditional football game has been played since the since the 12th century. Originally a match between Warwickshire and Leicestershire lads, it now involves hundreds of players of all ages and lasts for approximately 2 hours. Atherstone, North Warwickshire

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football 21st-22nd Feb
Two teams number in the hundreds and play a football game that dates to Elizabethan times. The playing field is 3 miles long, 2 miles wide and has the town of Ashbourne in the middle. Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Cornish Hurling 21st Feb & 3rd March
Twice a year the town plays host to "hurling", a medieval game once common throughout Cornwall. The game involves two teams of several hundred people who endeavour to carry a silver ball made of apple wood to goals set two miles apart, making the parish the largest pitch for a ball game anywhere in the world. St Columb Major, Cornwall

Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb 24th-26th Feb
The festival celebrates the traditional links with rhubarb growing in Wakefield, while offering the finest and tastiest regional produce and showcasing the most talented local chefs. Wakefield, West Yorkshire

 

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  1. Andrew Thomas

    Make a visit to St Fagan’s Museum of Welsh Life on the outskirts of Cardiff
    . Houses, a school, Church, chapel, post office and other traditional buildings moved from different parts of Wales to the grounds of a castle (really a moated house) and set out like a village. Also an inside display area. Excellent day out and I love it there.

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