Sometimes it feels like January is twice as long as any other month. Everyone’s out of cash after the splurge of Xmas, the weather is reliably grim and there’s not a lot of opportunity to get outside and do something interesting.
Anyway, January’s over, thankfully, and the nights are gradually getting shorter. It’s time to start thinking about things to do getting out and about – that don’t involve sitting in front of the telly with a onesie on.
Here are some ideas for getting out of the city and doing something new and exciting over the next few months – there’s sport, music, beaches and movies. Something for everyone!
If you’ve never been to the races before, Cheltenham Festival is a great place to start. The atmosphere is incredible – like no other event, and even if you’re not a betting person it’s a fantastic new experience. Listen out for the famous “Cheltenham Roar” – it’s a serious rival for the Wembley version! In terms of prize money, it’s the second biggest race event in the UK after the Grand National, and brings in huge numbers of Irish race fans. Ticket prices vary depending on which days you attend – Gold Cup Day is £90 a head online. If you’re going to have a bet, or just want to learn more about the runners and riders, the Coral Cheltenham news page is a good place to start.
If horses aren’t your thing, how about top-class rugby? England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France and Italy will battle it out for the new trophy, redesigned for only the second time since 1883. Ireland are the holders, having just beaten England last year; the games kick off at the millenium Stadium in Cardiff on 6th February. If you fancy travelling further afield for a proper holiday, there are games in Saint-Denis in France on 28th February, and Rome on 15th March. England take on France in the last match at Twickenham on 21st March. Ticket prices are very varied so do a bit of research before you buy – some start at around £30…
OK – that’s enough sport! How about something a bit more independent – a weekend of music by the sea? Most music festivals in this country wait until later in the year, for obvious weather-related reasons – but we all know that waiting for summer is no guarantee of avoiding mud. Looe in Cornwall hosts Seaside Rock from 13th-15th March this year, with a mixture of tribute acts performing at Tencreek Holiday Park. The line-up includes Madness, Oasis and Dolly Parton tribute acts, discos and food stalls, and the local area is just beautiful, so why not pack an umbrella (just in case) and give it a try?
UK Green Film Festival
Finally, here’s an event that gives you plenty of time to plan ahead. June 1st – 8th sees a week of films sponsored by Friends Of The Earth (among other organisations) screening at a variety of venues including Brighton’s Duke Of York’s Picturehouse, Bristol’s Watershed and the Glasgow Film Theatre. Thought-provoking films include “Musicwood”, in which guitar builders try to stop the destruction of a forest that supplies material for building instruments, and “Expedition To The End Of The World”, an adventure to the heart of Greenland. Screening and ticket details are available now.
Until Next Time… Charlotte x