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Mon 12 – Sun 18 Feb 2018

Bedtime tales of love, passion and lust, 40 Winks hotel, Mon 12 and Tues 13 Feb

PJs at the ready. And perhaps take your fluffy mules. ‘Tales of love, passion and lust’ is the theme for these two bedtime story nights at the fabulous 40 Winks hotel in Stepney, London. There are prizes for the most glammy gloo nightdress and these events are so special, you won’t want to be slumping around in threadbare wincyette. Doors open at 7pm and of course you’ll be handed a cocktail on arrival. You’ll then cosy up, listen to a story or two, and then it’s more drinks and canapés. These evenings are magical! The night ends at 10.45pm. Stepney Green is the nearest tube station. £30 per head. You definitely need to book.

40 Winks, 109 Mile End Road, London E1 4UJ.


Kate Terry, A System of Parallels, Broadway Gallery, Letchworth, Mon 12 Feb – Sun 22 April

I’m really looking forward to this. The exhibitions at Broadway Gallery seem to get better and better. Kate Terry lives in London and for this exhibition she will be creating a thread installation in the gallery, together with sculpture and drawings. Can’t wait to see how she does it.

Broadway Gallery The Arcade, Letchworth, SG6 3EW



Orchid Festival, Kew Gardens, London, 10 Feb – 11 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please.


Votes for Women, Museum of London

Emmeline Pankhurt’s hunger strike medal and many other objects from the Museum’s Suffragette collection are on display as part of the commemorations marking the centenary of the 1918 Act that gave some women the right to vote for the first time. There is also a newly commissioned film about the campaign. This exhibition runs until next year and it’s worth looking at the website for lots of special events this year.

Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN


Early Man Quest, Audley End, Essex, Mon 12 – Sun 18 Feb

A quest designed for children in Audley End House and Gardens. Follow the clues and search for Dug, Hognob and others in the Early Man tribe. (The film is currently on general release). Uncover centuries of history in one day. Early Man mini model making kit for successful adventurers. 10am – 4pm.

Audley End  Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

An evening with Frank Bruno, Alban Arena, Thurs 15 Feb

The gloves are off. This evening with the boxing legend is hosted by the comedian Jed Stone. Frank Bruno will discuss his life and career. Have your questions ready: there’s bound to be a roving mic. 7.30pm.

Frank Bruno, Alban Arena, Civic Centre, AL1 3LD.


Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, Mon 12 –  Sun 18 Feb

12 days of jam-packed half-term fun in this brilliant annual festival by kids for kids. Aimed at 0-12 year olds, there’s a mind-boggling array of activities and events, including a whole clutch of free possibilities in The Clore Ballroom, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, dance-theatre Tidy Up, Fun DMC, Bedtime stories, plus debut authors comedian Harry Hill and Radio One’s Greg James.

Southbank Centre


Benington Lordship Gardens, near Stevenage, now until Sun 4 March

The Big One. It’s impossible to talk snowdrops without naming Benington. Close to Walkern and Stevenage, Benington has got the lot and it’s often cited as one of the best snowdrop sites in the country. Possibly the world. There are over 200 named varieties of snowdrop in the gardens and around the Norman castle and moat. The most familiar and abundant are the single and double Galanthus nivalis, both of which are on sale. While stocks last! Catch a snowdrop concert in St Peter’s Church. Cream teas and soup. Sadly no dogs.

Benington Lordship Gardens Stevenage SG2 7BS


Chroma, Sergeant Pepper, Old Town Hall, Berkhamsted, Sat 17 Feb

Chroma is a chamber ensemble of 20 musicians. This is a one-off gig exploring a huge range of English music from Thomas Tallis to Radiohead and a complete performance of the Beatles’ timeless Sgt Pepper album, brilliantly arranged by Chroma’s David Le Page and sung by Harvey Brough of Harvey and the Wallbangers. 7.30pm.

Chroma The Old Town Hall, 196 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3AP


Rhythm & Reaction, The Age of Jazz in Britain – until Sun 22 April 

This new exhibition brings together painting, cartoons, film, instruments and sound to examine the influence of jazz on British art and design. It’s in the neo-Gothic mansion that was built for William Waldorf Astor in 1895 as his London Estate Office.

Two Temple Place London WC2R 3BD


Sophie Tea, Marks & Tilt, St Albans – until Sun 25 Feb

Sophie Tea studied business and management but then turned to art a couple of years ago. Her work is FULL of colour and promises to be uplifting and just what’s needed in January and February.

Marks & Tilt 18 London Road, St Albans  AL1 1NG

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