Don’t let the cold weather get you down, brighten your month with these 10 events taking place in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire this February.
Step into spring at Benington Lordship Gardens, 6 February to 3 March, 12-4pm
The historic ruins of Benington Lordship Gardens in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, is home to a stunning display of naturalised snowdrops, offering the perfect opportunity for a spring walk, from 6 February to 3 March, 12-4pm. The walled garden will showcase an impressive collection of 200 snowdrop varieties, among beautiful views of the parkland and lakeside. The location is ideal for getting some fresh air while admiring the change of season. Finish with a trip to the café and warm up with homemade soup, tea and cake. Free parking. Entry £5 (£6 on Sunday), children free. www.beningtonlordship.co.uk
Dr Michael Mosley comes to Chelmsford, 7 February, 7.30pm
Dr Michael Mosley, the man behind the iconic 5:2 diet is embarking on his first ever UK theatre tour and will bring his ‘Trust Fast Health’ to Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre. This informative and entertaining live show will see Dr Michael Mosley explode common health myths and offer fascinating insights into the workings of the human body. www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres
Public Tree Planting, Sunday 10 February, 11am to 3pm
Help improve the environment with tree planting at Marston Vale, Bedfordshire. Free turn-up-and-go shuttle bus from the Forest Centre.
Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night ‘at Peterborough Cathedral, 13-15 February
One of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, Twelfth Night, is to be staged at Peterborough Cathedral from 13 to 15 February by Gearbox Theatre Company. The talented theatre company is combining the Cathedral’s stunning Norman architecture, a sixties skiffle band and Shakespeare’s poetic language, to bring this colourful production to life. Tickets, from £11 – £25, are now on sale via www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/twelfthnight.
Book the Valentine’s Day Special on 14 February for a luxury afternoon tea for two, a pair of top price tickets for the evening performance and interval drinks, plus the option to renew your vows at Evensong before the show and meet the cast during the interval. It’s the perfect way to treat a loved one!
Hearts are set to race in Newmarket, 15 February
Discover Newmarket is hosting a one-time, VIP guided tour of some of the finest sights in the Home of Horseracing with its ‘Hearts Racing Valentine’s Tour’ on Friday 15 February 2019. With exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, a delicious three-course lunch for two, it is an experience to remember! Priced £150 per person. www.discovernewmarket.co.uk
Voodoo Rooms at Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, Suffolk, 16 February, 7.30pm
Be part of an incredible homage, to three legends in music, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Cream, in this explosive new production. Packed with incredible high energy and performed by some of the UK’s finest musicians. This powerhouse performance will transport you back in time to the original concerts, delivering the true spirit of these legendary superstars. Tickets priced £22. www.marinatheatre.co.uk
The Gingerbread Man at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, 17 February, 2pm and 4pm
It’s fun for all the family as Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company’s new production of The Gingerbread Man comes to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Expect a brilliant mix of puppetry, live action, specially composed music, humour and stunning staging in this exciting and pacey retelling of a well-loved classic tale. www.theatreroyal.org/shows/the-gingerbread-man
Castalian String Quartet at Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Essex, 20 February, 7.30pm
The award-winning Castalian String Quartet return to Saffron Hall. For this concert, they pair two mature masterpieces by Johannes Brahms and Gabriel Fauré with Beethoven’s Op.18 No.6 – a delightfully irreverent entertainment from a young genius at the top of his game. Tickets priced £10-£15. www.saffronhall.com
A Bumper Family History Open Day at Long Shop Museum, Leiston, Saturday 23 February, 11am to 4pm
A variety of exhibits will be on show, including local graveyard surveys, war memorials, directories, old maps of the area and much more. Leiston Grammar School sports team photographs from 1933 to 1968 will also be available. Visitors are welcome to bring along old photographs to discuss with experts. Free entrance, but donations welcome. www.aldevalleyfamilyhistorygroup.onesuffolk.net/
Men United In Song kicks off with introduction sessions on 27 and 28 February and 2 March
John Mansfield Campus, Peterborough
New Year, new you? Looking for a fresh challenge, new skills and a great social scene to boot? Then look no further…join Men United in Song, and help raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. Absolutely no previous experience is required to join, just a willingness to get involved and give it your best shot! Launching in March, the project will sign up 40 local men with a range of previous singing experience (including none) to rehearse over 10 weeks for a charity concert at the Cresset Theatre on Saturday 11 May. Call 01733 425194 or email [email protected]