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Things to do in Scotland this February

Our top picks of events happening in cities throughout the country.

With its rugged landscapes and dramatic coastlines, Scotland is amazing at any time of year ­– and its cities are full of character too.

There’s Edinburgh with its age-old castle and enchanting Royal Mile, as well as its fabulous theatre scene and the Fringe. Home to some of the UK’s best live music venues, Glasgow is always buzzing with energy while history comes alive in the ancient capital of Perth. Plus, from Aberdeen and Inverness to towns in the Highlands, you’ll discover culture and arts, festivals, outdoor adventure and much more.

No matter where you choose to spend your time, Scottish cities boast an exciting mix of entertainment each month – and here’s just a small selection of what’s on offer in February.


Spotlight on: Love is in the air!

With Valentine’s Day smack dab in the middle of February, you’re probably looking for fun and thoughtful ways to treat that special someone. There’s a lot of live entertainment this month that can help spark romance too.

For instance, you can snuggle up together at Glasgow’s intu Braehead Arena while cheering on the Glasgow Clan. The ice hockey team are facing the Dundee Stars on 1 February, Manchester Storm on 8 & 28 February, Guildford Flames on 15 February, Nottingham Panthers on 19 February and Coventry Blaze on 22 February.

 

Nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, SIX is coming to Festival Theatre Edinburgh from 4 – 9 February and features the six wives of Henry VIII taking to the mic to tell their stories. See 500 years of love and heartbreak encapsulated in one hilarious musical.

What could make for a better date night than seeing one of the greatest ballets ever? On 8 February Ballet West’s young touring company presents Swan Lake with a cast of more than 100 dancers at Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo.

Homegrown musician Tom Walker, the Best Breakthrough Act winner at last year’s BRIT Awards, is performing a series of shows in Scotland this month. Hearts will melt when he sings Leave A Light On at The Tunnels in Aberdeen on 6 February, Beat Generator Live! in Dundee on 9 February, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow on 11 February and The Caves in Edinburgh on 12 February.

 

The stage is also set for romance with Opera Highlights, which is touring venues up and down the country. Enjoy a celebration of the passionate art form by a cast of four singers and a pianist at Markinch Town Hall in Glenrothes on 8 February, Victoria Hall in Campbeltown on 11 February, Bowmore Hall in Isle of Islay on 13 February, Three Villages Hall in Arrochar on 15 February, Bunessan Community Hall in Isle of Mull on 18 February, Phipps Hall in Beauly on 22 February, McLaren High School in Callander on 29 February and Fochabers Public Institute on 10 March.

Katya And The Comedy Queens are coming to O2 Academy Glasgow on 13 February with an outrageous new show. Hosted by Katya Zamolodchikova, the RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar, you’re guaranteed a Valentine’s Day eve full of glitz, glamour and lots of laughter.

Katya

As they say, the couple that laughs together, stays together. So why not share a night giggling together with self-deprecating comic Ed Byrne? He’s bringing his If I’m Honest… tour to Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre on 14 February.

What’s more, nothing brings two people together like a shared love for music. Known for her fantastic live shows, catch Beth Hart on 14 February at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall where she’ll be celebrating her two-decade-long career and latest album, War In My Mind.

Other incredible gigs to catch in Scotland on Valentine’s night include Hue and Cry with their stripped-back show at Warehouse23 in Wakefield, Departures at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, The Hubbards at The Poetry Club in Glasgow and The Hu at Glasgow Garage.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Sunset Boulevard takes over Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline from 19 – 22 February. Don’t miss this compelling story of love and obsession that also boasts a stunning score.

Plus from 10 – 16 February head over to our Offers page for great Valentine’s deals, sealed with a kiss. This is where you’ll discover more perfect ways to express your love while also saving precious pennies.


Other things to do

February may be the shortest month, but it’s packed with loads of incredible sport, music, comedy and theatre… and, being a leap year, you’ve got an extra day to fill with fun!

Kick things off with some hard-hitting action courtesy of Insane Championship Wrestling. Up-and-coming wrestlers will shine in ICW: GONZO at the Glasgow Pro Wrestling Asylum on 1 February, while the ninth annual ICW: Square Go takes place at SWG3 in Glasgow on 2 February.

Aim to be at P&J Live in Aberdeen on 6 February when the 2020 Unibet Premier League Darts season begins. It’s your chance to see elite players compete – including new world champion Peter Wright and reigning Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen.

Get ready for plenty of jumps, stunts and epic crashes when Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live rides into The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 7 – 9 February.

 

Women’s Six Nations kicks off at the beginning of the month. Enjoy a great day out supporting Scotland Women when they face off against England on 9 February at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow.

This month features several great gigs to choose from too.

You’ll dig the raw, punkish sounds of Shovels & Rope. The husband-and-wife duo are coming to Glasgow’s Oran Mor on 2 February in support of their fourth album, By Blood.

BRIT-nominated DJ and producer Sigala is out on a world tour. He’s heading to Glasgow’s Barrowland on 9 – 10 February with support from Joel Corry.

Also at Barrowland, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes perform tracks from their latest release, End Of Suffering, on 13 February.

Frank Carter

Peatlemania has officially hit Scotland. Native lads Peat and Diesel will play for their legion of fans at Ironworks in Inverness on 14 February, Fat Sam’s in Dundee on 15 February, Albert Halls in Stirling on 21 February and The Liquid Room in Edinburgh on 22 February.

With the Hallucinations EP released last autumn, don’t miss PVRIS at St Luke’s in Glasgow on 18 February.

The king of the club banger Example is out on his first live tour in six years. Be at SWG3 in Glasgow on 19 – 20 February so you can hear all his biggest hits and new tracks live.

The Boys Are Back at Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo on 21 February with a hit-packed show of pop classics. Four great acts – 5ive, A1, Damage and 911 – on one stage… what could be better!

Listen to the arresting voices of beloved musical duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe back together once again on 22 February at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow

 

With his sixth studio album, Once Upon A Mind, recently released, James Blunt is stopping at Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo on 19 February.

Head to Glasgow’s SWG3 on 24 February for a performance from heart-melting indie-pop artist Cavetown (aka Robin Skinner) and return again on 26 February for American rockers The Maine.

Ahead of the release of her forthcoming new album White Hot Forever, Lana Del Rey is doing a date at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 28 February.

In addition, this month is jam-packed with a variety of theatrical productions and family-friendly activities.

One of the most heart-warming musicals of all time, Disney’s The Lion King, has roared into Edinburgh Playhouse where it’s playing through 29 March.

Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour is sashaying its way into The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 1 – 2 February. 2018’s Glitterball Trophy winner Stacey Dooley is hosting the tour, and she’ll be joined by a selection of celebrities, professional dancers and judges from the beloved BBC One show.

 

Ben Fogle brings his Tales From The Wilderness tour to Kings Theatre Edinburgh on 2 February. In the inspiring show, he’ll share his experiences – from swimming with crocodiles to conquering Mount Everest.

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s classic ZOG comes to life at King’s Theatre Edinburgh from 12 – 15 February. All ages will be enchanted by the dragon who tries so very hard to earn a golden star at school.

And finally, the fang-tastic musical Vampires Rock flies into Perth Concert Hall on 15 February. With tracks from Queen, AC/DC, Meat Loaf, Journey and Guns N’ Roses, this is your chance to go on a ride through some of the greatest ’80s classic rock anthems ever!


Live music venues

Looking for a gig to see? From arenas and world-class concert halls to historic theatres and hole-in-the-wall bars, we’ve rounded up some of February’s music offerings as a starting point.

Stadium and arena shows:

  • Jonas Brothers at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow on 5 February
  • Dream Theatre at SEC Armadillo, Glasgow on 23 February
  • The 1975 at P&J Live, Aberdeen on 29 February & The SSE Hydro, Glasgow on 1 March

Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere:

  • Ashanti at O2 Academy Glasgow on 8 February
  • Skream at Ironworks, Inverness on 15 February
  • BABYMETAL at Barrowland, Glasgow on 19 February

New music to have on your radar:

  • Brett Eldredge at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow on 4 February
  • October Drift at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow on 13 February
  • Temples at St Luke’s, Glasgow on 25 February

Iconic attractions

Scotland is famous for many things – from historic castles and bagpipe playing, to spirits like whisky and the Loch Ness monster. Indeed there’s a lot of tradition not to be missed in February around this beautiful country.

Take in scenic views during a Blackness Castle And Three Bridges Cruise with Forth Boat Tours. Departing daily from Hawes Pier in South Queensferry, Blackness Castle has been featured in Outlander and Outlaw King, while the three Forth bridges are a jaw-dropping sight and engineering marvel from the water.

How about an open-top sightseeing tour? City Sightseeing operates 24-hour hop-on, hop-off buses in two of Scotland’s iconic cities. In Edinburgh, the magnificent capital, you can go to 14 great locations that include all the top sights – such as Waverly Bridge, Grassmarket, Holyrood and the National Museum of Scotland. Similarly, make the most of Glasgow while taking in favourite attractions like the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Science Centre and Glasgow Cathedral.

At M&D’s – Scotland’s Theme Park in Motherwell discover Amazonia. All ages will enjoy taking a walk on the wild side while exploring this indoor rainforest packed full of exotic animals – including monkeys, snakes, frogs, tarantulas, bats, kinkajou and more. There’s even a programme called Be A Keeper For The Day that lets you help feed and handle them.

 

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections, kicked off last month and runs through 2 February. It celebrates Celtic music and its links to cultures around the world. Over 2,100 international musicians have descended on the city for concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions and workshops.

At Glasgow’s SEC Centre this month, there are several interesting events. Gear up for your next touring holiday at the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show on 6 – 9 February, or enjoy one of the largest model train shows in Britain at Model Rail Scotland from 21 – 23 February.

The National Piping Centre is presenting The National Youth Pipe Band Of Scotland live in concert on 8 February at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. Featuring the next generation of pipers and drummers from all over the country, the band will perform a mix of traditional and contemporary music in a concert titled DECADE.

A Play, A Pie & A Pint at Glasgow’s Oran Mor has three fun productions running this month. Catch Camino, which follows a pair of married couples making a treacherous six-day climb to the shrine of Santamaria Caramonte, from 10 – 15 February. Also enjoy When The Penny Drops from 17 – 22 February and Lessons In Love from 24 – 29 February.

Immerse yourself in the sporting history of Celtic Park in Glasgow by going on a stadium tour on 29 February. You’ll get to visit the dressing room, tunnel, dugout and more!


You can do all this and more in Scotland this February. For full details, head to our Scottish Cities Guide.

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