February can be a quiet month in the calendar, nestling as it does between the aftermath of Christmas and with the start of Lent making it a time for reflection and renewal. Don’t worry – there’s still plenty to do whilst you’re here from concerts to cinema.
Green Film Festival
Since 2013 the Green Film festival has shown some of the most inspiring and ground-breaking films and documentaries on climate change, sustainability and the environment. This year the festival runs from the 12-20th of February and includes films such as “Bugs” at the Byre Theatre which premièred at the Tribeca Festival.
Music in Museums
The Hetty Buchanan Scholarship String Quartet will be playing Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 8 and the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn’s op. 81 String Quartet in F minor. This free concert, hosted by the Museum of St Andrews, will showcase the amazing talents of this next generation of musicians.
Babies and toddlers needn’t feel left out either with the “Big Ears Little Ears” performance by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on 15th February. These special performances invite you to relax and enjoy the performance without feeling that you are trapped until the interval or being judged by everyone else.
Keep the kids occupied with a trip to the Museum of St Andrews during half-term. Various workshops are on offer including “Fun-damental Physics” where you have the opportunity to prove Isaac Newton – the father of physics himself – wrong.
For adults and older children there is a guided tour of some of the more unusual and interesting artefacts in the Bell Pettigrew museum on Saturday 17th February. Some of the items are yet to be identified and prizes are promised to anyone who can help them out!
Wine Tasting at The Scores
Be guided through 13 different wines by wine expert Rose Murray Brown at The Scores Hotel on 16th February. Comparing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and more there will be a light buffet to counter the wines and refresh your palate. The evening will attempt to answer the question of which is the better wine state – California or Oregon?
St Leonards: Midsummer Night’s Dream
It may be still winter but we can pretend it’s not at this performance of a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Deftly transported to a 1980’s nightclub St Leonards School have expertly recreated a time of big hair, big shoulder pads and big love. See it from the 21-23rd February at The Byre.
If warmth is your thing then head along to the St Andrews Aquarium’s new Amazing Amazon exhibit. Collating together literally hundreds of thousands of animals and insects (at least if you count all the leaf cutter ants) in Scotland’s largest rainforest tank they also have leeches, piranhas and poison dart frogs providing a small glimpse into what it would be like on the other side of the world. The Aquarium is open daily.
There’s really no need to have a quiet February when there’s all this and more to explore in St Andrews. Which events take your fancy?
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