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What To Do In The UK – February

Posted January 27, 2010 by BookingBuddy


If you’ve spent the last month staying in and getting over the excesses of the recent holiday season, then February is the perfect time to get out and face the world again! There are several lively festivals to kick off your year in style, and a plethora of fun events are happening around the country this month.

14th February – Chinese New Year celebrations, London Chinatown

The start of the Chinese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day this year, so those of you feeling a bit sick of lovey-dovey couples will have something more interesting to look at instead. There will be music and acrobatics performances, and expect to bump into fantastically colourful dragons and lions as they dance around Chinatown. The events close with a spectacular fireworks display, traditionally used to scare away evil spirits. 

15th – 21st February – Jorvik Viking Festival, York

The tranquil town of York gets transformed into a Viking battlefield this week. Watch big hairy men dress up as warriors and engage in skirmishes during this entertaining historical festival. For less bloodthirsty folks, there is a craft market selling Viking wares, textile demonstrations and a beard contest!

16th February – Pancake Race, Olney

You won’t find a more entertaining way of celebrating Shrove Tuesday than in Olney, there the tradition of pancake racing originated more than 500 years ago. Competitors dress up in old-fashioned ‘housewife’ outfits – including skirts, aprons and headscarves – and then race more than 400 metres through town, while carrying a frying pan and pancake. The winner is then first to arrive at the Church, and tradition dictates that she must then toss her pancake in the air.


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