Top 5 places to escape the cold

5 things to do when its cold 

Escape the freeze of February with these fun and alternative days out 


Hit up a local café

Throughout our region’s cities and market towns is a growing independent coffee scene. Cosy tea rooms and stylish bistros are the place to be! There’s nothing better than sitting down with a fresh brew and homemade cake while the rain hits the windows. Some of our favourites include Fitzbillies and Hot Numbers Coffee in Cambridge, and The Tea House and The Assembly House in Norwich.

Read our pick of the best 12 afternoon teas in East Anglia. 


Antique Fairs

This month sees the likes of the Blakeney Antique and Collectors Fair, Clare Antiques Fair and Norfolk Showground Antique and Collectors Fair. Spend an afternoon browsing the stalls and finding hidden treasures. Discover more antique fairs here. 

Join the library

When was the last time you stepped foot inside a library? It’s probably been a long time. However, this year, thanks to popular culture influencers, books are back! We’re stepping away from our screens and curling up with a classic. You can find your local library at

Independent cinema

When its cold and dark outside, get your popcorn and settle down in front of the big screen. There are a number of independent cinemas across the East that offer one off screenings, film festivals and showings of older films. Check out Screen-next-the-Sea in Wells, Saffron Screen in Saffron Walden and Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge.

Arts and crafts

Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, there’s something quite relaxing about crafting. From sewing and knitting to painting and pottery, there are a number of workshops and courses available across the region. Many local studios and galleries hold weekly classes. It’s a great way to pass the time, learn something new and meet new friends. It’s a good idea to check your local town website or TIC to find your nearest class.

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