9 Lovely Day Trips From London: February 2020

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9 Lovely Day Trips From London: February 2020
View the snowdrops at Hever Castle

SNOWDROP WALK: Hever Castle — former home of Anne Boleyn, and a damn fine looking building — opens its gardens for a snowdrop walk. Wander among 80,000 of the flowers, including some more unusual varieties, then warm up inside the castle or cafe. From 8 February (Kent)

VALENTINE'S AFTERNOON TEA: London's most romantic restaurants not good enough for your wooing plans? Head to Painshill Park on the London-Surrey border and indulge in a special Valentine's afternoon tea inside the atmospheric Crystal Grotto, a twinkling, cavern-like structure in the middle of the lake. Work up an appetite by wandering around the lake and seeing the other attractions. 14 February (Surrey)

Meet the Harry Potter art department

HOGWARTS: The Warner Bros Studio Tour is keeping Harry Potter fans coming through the door by holding a temporary exhibition dedicated to the art department who worked on the films. Meet the team responsible for designing props such as Harry Potter's Hogwarts letter, and Daily Prophet newspapers. 14-24 February (Hertfordshire)

CONCORDE CHAMPAGNE DAY: It's not cheap, but if you're looking to make you loved one's heart soar this Valentine's Day, take them along to Concorde Champagne Day at Brooklands Museum. Board the Concorde plane, and have champagne on board. Tour the cockpit before enjoying a Captains' Lunch, and learn more about the speedy plane, and the museum as a whole. 15 February (Surrey)

SPA VALLEY RAILWAY: All aboard for the Spa Valley Railway's first jaunts of 2020 — and good news parents, it's Kids for a Quid. Travel on either a steam or heritage diesel train (check the timetable if you're fussy about which) between stations in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and Eridge, East Sussex. The heritage route — run by volunteers — was broken into on New Year's Eve, and left with a bill of £2,500+ to repair its carriages, so if you've been thinking of visiting, now is the time to show your support. 15-23 February (Kent)

Support the Spa Valley Railway

VEGAN FESTIVAL: Whether you're an established vegan, or just dabbling in the lifestyle, head to the coast for Brighton Vegan Festival. 80+ vegan stall are hand, sampling and selling food and drink, clothing, gifts and other items, all 100% plant-based. 22 February (East Sussex)

QUEER THE PIER: Staying on the south coast, Brighton Museum launches Queer the Pier, a free exhibition looking at local LGBTQIA+ history. It's been curated by local communities, and tells the story of writers, artists, activists and ordinary people from the Brighton area. From 22 February (East Sussex)

Finish the month with an evening of stargazing

CELEBRATION OF SPEEDWAY: Start your engines and head up to the National Speedway Museum, where a Celebration of Speedway marks the 92nd anniversary of the motorcycle sport in the UK. The museum is owned by former Speedway racer Peter Sampson — who also owns zoo Paradise Wildlife Park on the same premises — and has hundreds of bikes and other pieces of memorabilia on display.  23 February (Hertfordshire)

STARGAZING: Finish off the month of love with an evening of stargazing in the Buckinghamshire countryside. The Wycombe Astronomical Society leads the event, which includes a two-course dinner, a lecture, and a stargazing session. 28 February (Buckinghamshire)

Last Updated 18 February 2020