Luckily, being the shortest month of the year means we could be that bit closer to seeing more daylight (if it’s isn’t cloudy or rainy, that is). But don’t dismiss the month ahead so soon as it doesn’t have to be doom and gloom in February, or all about love, as there are wide selection of events and activities to enjoy. Here to help get your February off to a flying start, we’ve rounded up some of the most fun-filled things to do this month in Glasgow.
1. Grab your coat and head out for a walk
It might be cold out but wrap up warm and get yourself outside for a bit of fresh air. You’ll be thankful for it later on and it’s an excuse to have another hot brew when you get in. Even if you stretch your legs for around 20 minutes, it’ll make a change from the same old scenery at home. The city has a range of parks, gardens and woodland areas to stroll around and they say being surrounded by nature allows us to switch off and be more grounded, which is just the trick most of us need right now. Check out these walks near Glasgow here.
Whether you’re looking for a beautifully romantic getaway for you and your partner or a unique classical concert, this show on February 14 at the stunning Òran Mór featuring romantic classical favourites is for you. You may recognise a few pieces at this candlelight concert including music from Romeo and Juliet as well as stunning pieces written by top-class composers. We can’t think of many other romantic things than a night at one of Glasgow’s beautiful buildings where the walls will be flickering by candlelight to create a magical atmosphere. Book your tickets for this dreamy evening here.
3. Be bowled over by this new bar with axe throwing, crazy golf and more
Glasgow is set to welcome a new bar with axe throwing, shuffleboard, crazy golf and even more fun activities to enjoy. Boom: Battle Bar is due to arrive in the city hopefully this month, inside St Enoch Shopping Centre. The bar, which already has branches in Norwich, Cardiff, Liverpool and plenty of other UK cities coming soon, is heading to Scotland and will host a number of gaming experiences such as crazier golf, which includes what it says is the country’s longest indoor crazy golf course at over 100ft. There will also be hi tech electric darts, funky beer pong, 22ft shuffleboards, American pool, skee ball, boules, curling, axe throwing, pool, and table tennis, plus other activities such as Boom Ball and Marble Tarble.
4. Spruce up your space with a little decorating
Why not start the spring cleaning early? With us all spending more time at home, why not transform your space into a cosy area free of clutter? This doesn’t mean you need to give the walls a lick of paint but instead organise items in terms of priority and hoover up those crumbs on the carpet. You could potentially hang some artwork up to give the place a pop of colour or even invest in some gorgeous candles or lovely houseplants which help to improve the smell and air quality of your home. You can find some of the best plant shops in Glasgow here, some of which have online shops and offer delivery.
The Six Nations is kicking off this month from February 5 and it goes without saying you’ll want to make sure you have a prime position to see every bit of the action. 4TheFans are putting on epic match viewing parties at Barras Art and Design (BAaD) over the course of the competition, treating fans to an incredible fan park experience with giant anti-glare screens, a world-class sound system, all the classic food and drink you need to fuel your celebrations and even some match analysis from rugby legends. Make sure you don’t miss out on tickets.
6. Enjoy a hotel escape with complimentary sunrise yoga sessions
YOTEL Glasgow are offering guests the perfect excuse to escape the humdrum and treat themselves to a night of solitude and self-care with flat rate rooms for £50 available in February. And that’s not all… YOTEL Glasgow will also offer complimentary yoga sessions, ensuring guests are fully immersed in the best possible start to 2022. In popular top floor bar VEGA, yoga guru Jess Yoga will offer free sunrise sessions on February 1 & 8, bringing in the new year with spectacular views across the city. The hour-long yoga classes are open to all and run from 7-8am and you can find out more here.
This exploratory online lecture as part of the Hidden Histories series, will shine the spotlight on some of the incredible, overlooked heroes and heroines of Black British history. The lecture on February 17 will explore the fascinating stories and achievements of figures who have been forgotten or played down throughout the ages, despite their valuable contributions. You can build on what you may have learned from part one of the series, but everyone is welcome to join whether they have prior knowledge or not. Book your tickets to this insightful lecture here.
8. Get on your bike and cycle around these nearby parks
If you’re fed up of walking and want to get about a bit further in less time then hop on a bike and get pedalling. The city has some amazing cycle routes, including bicycle lanes in local parks and gardens, which allow you to see some beautiful sights even in the February frost. You can find some of Glasgow’s best parks and gardens here.
Bring your broken porcelain and join Azumi Uchitani in this healing online workshop exploring the traditional art of Kintsugi on February 9. Originating from Japan, Kintsugi was invented when artisans began using gold pigment to put shattered vessels back together. Be guided step by step to transform what was once broken into an object more beautiful than ever by applying gold and silver dust glue to the broken elements to create a striking network of shining scars. After this session, you will not only have your broken object transformed but you will also feel the healing effects of embracing the imperfect. Book your tickets to this online workshop here.
10. Witness the much-loved hair guru of Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness, live on stage
Emmy-nominated television personality, New York Times best-selling author, podcaster, and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness, is heading to Glasgow this February and we are beyond excited. The much-loved hair guru and self-care advocate on Netflix’s Queer Eye is on tour and will be going for comedy gold as he performs a solo act on stage at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on February 17. Expect a stunning night of comedy, with a side of self expression, discovery, life lessons, and of course, a bedazzling gymnastics routine, as Jonathan takes you on a journey with this comedy special.
Feeling under pressure? Want to break free from the shackles of a stressful work week? Then luckily for you Fever has the the answer with Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen which puts the beloved anthems of the band in the spotlight once more. Coming to the gorgeous Òran Mór on February 9, a talented string quartet will be performing classical renditions of Queen’s biggest hits in a sensational evening that will have you scouring the internet for a lemon-yellow leather jacket and dusting off your vinyls. Book your tickets here.
First opened in 1903, the Mackintosh At The Willow tearooms are of huge importance to Glasgow’s architectural and cultural heritage. On this guided tour, you’ll be able to explore the only surviving tearooms designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for local entrepreneur and patron, Miss Kate Cranston. You’ll visit and learn about all of the main spaces, their relation to the other Mackintosh works, the restoration that brought rooms back to their former glory, as well as a private viewing of the exquisite Salon de Luxe and Billiard Room. Book your tickets for this guided tour here.