Grab your best friends and take on new adventures this Galentine's Day; here are our top 10 picks on what to do and watch on 13 February
You say you hate Valentine's Day and despise the couples flooding the streets hand in hand, kissing in dark cinema rooms and splitting those heart-shaped desserts in the over-decorated yet barely lit restaurants; but secretly you just wish to be one of them. Fear not; your best gals are surely up for some non-romantic adventures that will make you forget all about love in a second, or not. Spend a day in the spirit of friendship, then get your favourite bottle of wine, your embarrassing yet comfy pyjamas, and watch one of our recommended movies or series' whether your group fancies seeing girl power masterpieces or are ready to give up and just dive into some classic romcom (sometimes the two are interchangeable). After all, who doesn't need a Colin Firth fresh out of the pond, or a Ryan Gosling showing off those abs, an Adam Driver writing touching poems, or an Andrew Scott saying 'I love you' at a bus stop? Here are our top recommendations for things to do this Galentine's Day followed by our movie choices to close the night in style.
The Murder Trial Live Tour 2020
If your lot is into murder mysteries, courtroom dramas or simply thrive on serving justice, playing a member of the jury is the thing for you. The ever so popular Murder Trial goes on a tour where you can experience what it is like to be part of the UK justice system. This exceptionally interactive theatre show is paired with a delicious three-course dinner making it an unforgettable evening for you and the girls. The only question is: can you handle the truth? Village Hotel, Hull Film pairings: Legally Blonde & Witness for the Prosecution
Candy Making Masterclass
Spun candy awaits those interested in the culinary world, going for the throne of Willy Wonka or simply looking for some sweet-sweet fun. The Candy Making Masterclass teaches you how to create colourful lollipops, yummy fudge, honeycomb and brittles. Who needs a date for Valentine's Day when you can eat your own candies? Spun Candy Spitalfields, London Film pairings: Chocolate & Pushing Daisies
Giant Plant House Takeover
No matter if you are into gardening, love going to botanic gardens or just simply wish to get away from the grey concrete blocks we call cities, this unique glasshouse-programme is a must visit. Spend a nice hour or two among plants that took over an entire house and get ideas for your own home – that is if you manage to keep anything alive for more than a week (cacti don't count, sorry). RHS Garden Wisley, Woking Film pairings: Calendar Girls & Green Card
Role Play Gourmet
Not all of us can be a Paul Hollywood or a Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen (even more sadly not all of us can have them in the kitchen either), but that doesn't mean we should give up trying. Grab the girls and hit the kitchen with this D&D inspired comedy adventure where you cook while you laugh or just laugh while you eat. The Vaults, London Film pairings: Julie and Julia & Woman on Top
Ok; just because you are single on Valentine's Day, doesn't mean you need to shut out romance altogether. How about a super entertaining games night inspired by romantic comedies? Aimed for couples but just as much fun for friends, this interactive and immersive programme includes seven different games to try out while getting to know each other a wee better. Theatre Deli, London Film pairings: Molly's Game & Love Me If You Dare
Still haunted by the bad first dates, the disaster break-ups and that one ex you swear you are over but in reality still think of from time to time? Let those ghosts be gone and replaced by real ones! Discover the dark and mysterious closes of Edinburgh with Mercat Tours while listening to stories that will make your blood run cold. The evening of ghosts and ghouls is crowned with a special glass of whisky to make you feel alive again. Mercat Tours, Edinburgh Film pairings: Ghostbusters & Ghost
What better way to celebrate yourself and your gals then by indulging in some of the finest whiskies, gins, wines and proseccos out there? In addition to their regular gin and whisky tours, Holyrood Distillery in Edinburgh organises a special cheese pairing night where you can match carefully selected products with whisky samples. However if your choice of drink is gin, visit Lind & Lime Gin, who recently opened up their doors for everyone offering an insightful tour with a glass of sherry, a G&T and further cocktails to keep you warm while listening to the past and future of the local Leith-based company. Leaving the strong stuff for the movie night? Have a go at Sutton House in London where your history tour is accompanied by some nice prosecco or head to the Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Restaurant in Edinburgh and take part in an exciting wine masterclass. Various venues Film pairings: Wine Country & Coyote Ugly
Pride and Prejudice (Sort of)
The hilarious all-female adaptation of the Austen classic is on the road. Have you read the book a hundred times, seen all the adaptations on screen and even know Mr Darcy's famous proposal by heart? This refreshing take on the well-known love story will leave your group laughing out loud as the original and some additional characters are trying to figure out love and life. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh Film pairings: Pride & Prejudice and Zombies & Pride & Prejudice (BBC)
Museum of Broken Relationships
In case you are ready to start crying over your spilt milk and analyse those past mistakes what safer place to do so than surrounded by your friends – alongside some bits and pieces from other people's unsuccessful stories? A rather unusual but nonetheless intriguing collection arrives in York all the way from Zagreb showcasing a selection of touching and moving yet funny items to prove you are not alone with your faults and defaults. York Castle Museum Film pairings: Gone Girl & Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
Treat your body and mind this Galentine's Day! The MAC in Birmingham brings you a specific style of yoga, Dru yoga that integrates movement with breath-work to make you find and appreciate your energy and spirit. Looking for something with a twist? The Simulacra Studio in London awaits you for a slow yoga flow followed by a self massage, a relaxing meditation session and a nice cup of cacao. All of these come with live cello music and candlelight. Various venues Film pairings: Wild & Eat Pray Love
Whether it’s to discover the tastiest tipples for a dinner party, or to find the best bottles to suit your budget, Wine Tasting Masterclasses at Harvey Nichols Edinburgh offer the ideal opportunity to sample and compare some of the very best wines available and explore lesser known producers.
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Step into a house reclaimed by its plants long after its human inhabitants have left. A banana has pushed through the roof, carnivorous plants feast in the dining room and cacti play chess. A few plants have grown rather too large and tower over their relatives. The Glasshouse is open 10am – 3:45pm daily.
Hear the stories of those who have called Hackney’s oldest house a home since it was built in 1535 by Thomas Cromwell’s right-hand man Ralph Sadleir. Mid-way through the tour, enjoy another glass of prosecco in the lavish Tudor Great Chamber. Sutton House has been a Victorian school, a men’s club, the headquarters of a…
Be guided through a full tasting experience of the Holyrood Spirit Merchant whisky range which has been carefully paired with selected cheeses sourced from local cheesemongers by Liz from Edinburgh Cheese. Taste some great seasonal cheese matches with all whiskys available to buy on the night.