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The month of plastic red hearts, soppy cards and wilting roses is upon us. But, we’re not interested in generic restaurants with lines of couples trying to enjoy themselves while the people next to them argue. Did you know that Valentine was also the patron saint of bees? So, that’s what we’re celebrating this month – bees and cheese. With that in mind, here’s our top things to do in Chester this February.

  1. Freelance Thursdays, The Little Yellow Pig

 If you work from home, this weekly co-working meet up is a fabulous excuse to get out of your pyjamas and into the world. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the office and have some company. Run by Lucy from Ravenspoint Marketing, you’ll meet like-minded freelancers and get some work done in a friendly atmosphere.

When: February 1st and every Thursday from 9am | Where: The Little Yellow Pig | Cost: Free, apart from the price of a cuppa at the café | Find out more: read our feature here and see Ravenspoint Marketing’s website

  1. Beer Without Fear, The Cellar

 This beer tasting event has a reputation of serving some of the most unusual and alcoholic beers from around the world. Introduced by expert hosts, tasters are asked to vote for their favourite. Don’t expect to remember anything about it the following day, but do book soon as tickets are limited.

When: February 5th at 8.30pm | Where: The Cellar | Cost: £22.50 | Find out more: call 01244 318950 or pop into The Cellar to buy tickets at the bar

  1. Es’Scensual’ Oils and Raw Chocolate Masterclass, The Botanist

Learn how raw chocolate is good for you, and later tell all your friends while you eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This workshop promises to teach you how to make delicious, healthy raw chocolate with flavours ranging from wild orange to peppermint. You’ll also get a glass of fizz on the door – all our favourite things in one evening.

When: February 7th at 7pm | Where: The Botanist | Cost: £15 | Find out more: see the Facebook event

  1. Singing In The Rain, Chester Operatic Society

 Get ready to dance around a lamppost every time it rains for the rest of the month. This light-hearted show with dance numbers and toe tapping tunes will ensure you have that song in your head for hours. It’s also the first time one of Chester’s amateur theatre groups will perform on Storyhouse’s main stage.

When: February 8th to 10th | Where: Storyhouse Theatre | Cost: £20 | Find out more: see the Facebook event

  1. Learn to Crochet in a Day, Ditzy Rose

If getting crafty is still on your to do list for this year, we love the sound of this introductory workshop by Ditzy Rose. Tools and materials are provided so you can go along as an unprepared beginner, and lunch is included. Anyone who makes an amble-themed teapot cosy gets extra points.

When: February 10th from 10.30am to 4pm | Where: Century House | Cost: £45 | Find out more: see the Facebook event

  1. Cheese Fondue Night, Meltdown

Inducing a melted dairy coma from overconsumption is the most romantic thing we can think of doing on that night. Even better when it involves wine and the jolly atmosphere at Meltdown. Will there be cheesy love hearts? We’re not sure, but we do know that you’ll see at least a few amblers there.

When: February 14th | Where: Meltdown | Cost: £25 per person | Find out more: call 01244 659528

  1. Date Night at The Flower Cup

Bring a friend and your own booze to this blooming fun evening of delicious offerings at The Flower Cup. Eat three tasty courses, including a trio of desserts to share while being surrounded by the café’s beautiful botanicals. Romantic date not essential.

When: February 14th | Where: The Flower Cup | Cost: £35 per person | Find out more: call 01244 639634

  1. Psychovertical: A Higher Education, Storyhouse

Ignore all the heart shaped nonsense and head to this inspiring talk by top British mountaineer, Andy Kirkpatrick. After forty years of adventures, he promises to tell a story about all the things that make life amazing. This show is presented by Speakers from the Edge and has a strong language warning.

When: February 14th at 7.30pm | Where: Storyhouse Theatre | Cost: £17.50 + booking fee | Find out more: see Storyhouse’s Website

  1. Cathedral Couture Fashion Show by Matthew O’Brien, Chester Cathedral

The most glamourous charity event of the year is set to hit Chester City centre this month. Matthew O’Brien is a high fashion womenswear couture label, so you can expect the unusual, weird and wonderful in his original designs. Treat yourself to a VIP ticket to add a front row seat by the catwalk, prosecco, canapes and an exclusive after party pass to your evening.

When: February 24th at 7pm | Where: Chester Cathedral | Cost: £20 – £50 | Find out more: see Matthew’s website.

  1. Chester International Film Festival, Chester Film Society at Storyhouse

The 32nd Chester International Film Festival will be hosted in the cinema at Storyhouse. With a line-up that features Oscar nominated Polish production, Loving Vincent – the world’s first fully painted feature film directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. Each film will include screenings of two short animated films as part of Chester’s 5th International Animation Festival.

When: February 25th to March 7th | Where: Storyhouse | Cost: £9.50 or £5 for Chester Film Society members | Find out more: see Chester Film Society’s Website or book online with Storyhouse

BONUS – Shrove Tuesday has to be celebrated at Hanky Panky where the pancakes are flipping wonderful and come in any variety your sugar-fuelled brain can concoct. It was a roaring success last year and guaranteed to be the giddiest event in town on that day.

When: February 13th| Where: Hanky Panky 8am-9pm| Find out more, read our feature here.