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What's on in February?

February 2014

Every month Laterlife highlights a few key activities that are taking place in the UK that are suitable for our age group.

Of course February has some important dates including Valentine’s Day and Shrove Tuesday, with its fun pancake races and other activities. (The world famous Olney Pancake Race takes place on Tuesday Feb 12th).

For sports lovers, there are of course the Winter Olympics and for rugby enthusiasts, there is the Six Nations Rugby International matches between England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and France at various locations.

But other interesting events this month include:

The Newark International Antiques & Collectors Fair.

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th February 2014
Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 1NY

This fair is known internationally and is the largest event of its kind in Europe.
It is held on an enormous 84 acre site and has up to 2,500 stands. The fair attracts
Thousands of dealers and buyers not only from all over the UK but also from
around the world.

There really is something for everyone, from chandeliers to rugs and from sports memorabilia and paintings to antique furniture.
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The Charles Darwin Festival
Between 8th and 23rd February 2014
Shrewsbury, Shropshire - various locations.

This special festival has been arranged by Shropshire Wildlife Trust and while it is centred in Shrewsbury, the town of Darwin’s birth, it is not just a celebration of his life but also has an aim to inspire people with curiosity about the natural world.

This exciting event includes a wide range of activities across various locations in Shrewsbury, including guided tours of Darwin’s Shrewsbury, tours of Darwin’s gardens, information on the Galapagos Islands, photo exhibitions - there is even a Darwin musical event when choral evensong will be sung commemorating the life of Charles Darwin in the building in which he was baptised. There are also some specialised activities for children including a fossil frenzy and a fun activity on Darwin’s finches.


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Snowdrops everywhere!
Throughout February.
Various locations across the UK.

Snowdrops really are one of the first exciting indications that spring might be around the corner. These wonderfully delicate white little flowers transform woodland floors, bringing in a sense of optimism as well as a beautiful bright contrast to the dead looking woods and branches of the dark winter months.
February is a perfect time to see British snowdrops at their best - and the National Trust has put together a list of where the best displays of snowdrops might be found. At many locations there are also organised woodland walks and snowdrop viewing walks for all ages.

Locations vary from Northern Ireland, Cheshire and Yorkshire down to Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex.

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Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival
Between 8th and 24th February 2014
Various locations  in Leicester.

Welcome to Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, Britain’s longest-running comedy festival. The festival, credited as one of the top 5 comedy festivals in the world by The Guardian, was set up in 1994 and this year’s festival has an incredible 600+ shows and events across the 17 days.  There are a huge number of brilliant familiar names plus a few special and unique events you simply won’t see anywhere else. 

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The 30th Jorvik Viking Festival
15th to 23rd February.

This is a festival with a difference! The Jorvik Viking Festival is based around fantastical Norse myths and legends. There are over 80 unique events throughout the festival, including sword fighting workshops, crafts, lectures and tours as well as dramatic combat performances, music and even archaeological expert sessions.

For many, the grand finale will be the biggest draw. Taking place on the evening of Saturday 22nd February, the festival is recreating Ragnarok, the fall of the Gods. This will incorporate thrilling live battle action, sound and light effects as well as terrific fireworks to create a spectacle billed “like nothing that has ever been seen before!”

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