10 Fabulous February Events

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Find the best events taking place in February across East Anglia. From exhibitions to theatre and Valentine’s Day festivals to pancake races, there’s something to put a spring in your step.

FEAST & FAST: The art of food in Europe, 1500 –1800, until 26 April 

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB

Food defines us as individuals, communities, and nations: we are what we eat and, equally, what we don’t eat. When, where, why, how and with whom we eat are crucial to our identity. Feast & Fast presents novel approaches to understanding the history and culture of food and eating. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk


Swans awake at WWT Welney Wetland Centre, until 21 February 

Hundred Foot Bank, Welney, Wisbech, PE14 9TN

Join the warden before dawn to watch the stunning sight of thousands of swans waking up on the wetlands. www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney/

LumiDogs, Love Light Festival, Norwich
LumiDogs, Love Light Festival, Norwich

Love Light Norwich Festival, 13-15 February

Norwich City Centre

Presented by Norwich Business Improvement District and supported by Arts Council England, this is going to be a weekend of epic proportions. With the theme of love and belonging, the festival will include an illuminating trail of light and fire artworks, extraordinary installations, stunning performances and interventions which will transform the city centre into a captivating trail of discovery, accessible to all. Don’t miss LumiDogs; a parade of cute pooches wearing specially designed outfits! www.lovelightnorwich.co.uk/

Hands on with History, 15-23 February 

Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden

It’s training time for little troopers at Audley End House this half term. There’ll be lots of spy and hero activities. This is a great opportunity to learn about Audley’s wartime past with this hands on experience of soldiers on the front line in the Train the Troops sessions. Book here.

Once, 17-22 February

500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3NZ

As conjured by a score of original Irish-inflected songs, written by the original stars of the film Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the atmosphere is partly a busked concert and partly an aching romance that feels both spontaneous and freshly minted. The music, played live by the actors themselves, is alternately beautiful and rousing, and Enda Walsh’s script quietly overwhelms with its sense of spirit, sincerity and solitude.

See Milton Keynes Theatre’s programme of performances this February at www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre

Special Family History Open Day, 22 February 

Long Shop Museum, Leiston, IP16 4ES

A variety of exhibits will be on show, including local graveyard surveys, war memorials, directories, parish registers, census returns, old maps of the area, and more items of local history interest. Have you got any old family photos which you can’t put a date to? Bring them along and let expert Janet Huckle advise you. Free entrance, but donations to the Long Shop appreciated. www.longshopmuseum.co.uk

Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, 24-26 February

Theatre Royal, Westgate St, Bury St Edmunds,  IP33 1QR

Take your seats with caution! Aristocratic buffoon Bertie Wooster has hired the theatre for the night to present his one-man-show! This seasons full line up at www.theatreroyal.org

Olney Pancake Race, 25 February 

Olney Town Centre

The historic pancake race returns! The day kicks off with celebrity TV chef Lesley Water hosting the popular Pancake Breakfast at 8am. Entry is by ticket only and cost £9 per person, but you’ll need to be super quick to book, tickets are selling fast. Later in the day watch and cheer on participants as they race each other with frying pans and pancake in-hand! www.olneypancakerace.org

Plan your trip to Olney 

Murder Trial Live 2020, 28-29 February 

Norwich Holiday Inn, Ipswich Road, Norwich, NR4 6EP

The unique social experiment that has gripped audiences is back! The Murder Trial Live puts audiences into the heart of a murder investigation that has been unsolved for 16 years, in an experiential dining event. The Murder Trial Live 2020 event will see guests take their seat as jurors in the murder trial of The Brewer Brothers.  www.themurdertriallive.co.uk/murdertrial2020

Frosty Run, 29 February 

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ

Frosty 5k is a brand new event – not just to St Helena Hospice or Colchester but across the country. It’s a 5k fun run – but you can walk, run, hop or dance  around the course, which is 2 laps of a 2.5k route – so it’s suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, meaning any age can take part! www.sthelena.org.uk/frosty

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