February is always a liminal month; not quite winter, not quite spring. Between rain showers and raging storms, there are days of endless blue skies and crisp, cold sunshine. These little glimpses of spring are getting us through the dark evenings, and there’s lots to look forward to in Edinburgh this February whilst we say goodbye to winter for another year.
The RBS Six Nations tournament kicks off on the 6th of February with Scotland v England at Murrayfield. The stadium is set to be full to the brim with eager rugby fans cheering on both teams (although we are, of course, slightly biased towards the Scotland boys). If you’re “backing blue” but didn’t manage to snap up tickets to any of this year’s fixtures, head along to the pub to watch with your fellow rugby fans instead. We’d recommend The Cambridge Bar (and treat yourself to one of their delicious burgers while you’re there), Clerk’s Bar, Beer & Skittles or Teuchters.
Single and sick of all the hearts, flowers and smug couples? … Come laugh in a dark basement with us instead. – The Stand
February is the month of love (apparently) and if you’re loved up and need some ideas for the big day itself, stay tuned for our Valentine’s Day Itinerary which will be up next week. If, on the other hand, you’re single (or just cynical about the whole Valentine’s Day thing) there are plenty of other things you can do which will prove that Edinburgh is your number one true love anyway. Head along to The Stand comedy club for a night of Anti-Valentine’s Day humour which will ensure you steer clear of smug couples and sickly sweet romance all night. Or round up a couple of pals and relive your youth with the National Museum of Scotland’s latest exhibition: Build It! Adventures with Lego Bricks. A range of intricate and iconic buildings have been recreated in Lego form by brick artist Warren Elsmore, and you can also get hands-on and build your own creations.
One benefit of the dark February evenings is that the spectacular light installation, Keyframes, is looking at its best. This unique exhibition sees 80 illuminated stick figures taking over St Andrew Square Garden, flashing in time to music to create the illusion of choreographed movement. Scattered throughout the Garden, you’ll be able to weave your way around the sculptures and fully immerse yourself in the experience.