Whilst Valentine’s Day is typically celebrated with the romantic partners, friends-with-benefits and ‘exclusively dating’ people in your life, we’re here to remind you that for the single ladies out there, you need not miss out! Galentine’s Day, officially celebrated on the 13th of February and coined and popularised by Leslie Knope of Parks and Rec, this day is all about championing the leading ladies in your life who truly make your world go round.
So whether you’re mourning a recent break-up or simply seeking a reason to add some joyful plans to your calendar, keep reading for a rundown of the best Galentine’s events happening up and down the country this February. From bottomless brunch to roller disco parties, drive-in movies to loving-kindness yoga, there’s something for every kind of friendship group to enjoy.
London: Legally Blonde Bottomless Brunch
🗓 When: Sunday 13th Feb 2022: 12.00 pm – 2.30pm
📍 Where: Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6 2TY
Ninety minutes of bottomless pink Prosecco, a serious serving of y2k nostalgia and of course, a delicious brunch to accompany what is inevitably a messy day-drinking occasion, this one is a must for pals who bond over their love of throwback joy and tipsy declarations of love for one another. In the Instagram perfect setting of Neverland Fulham (which has had a retro ski chalet makeover for the winter, FYI) tuck yourselves away in a heated hunting lodge wearing your best pink ‘fits and put the world to rights over some matching fizz. Brunch isn’t included in the ticket price but we have a feeling that for the vibes alone it will be 10/10 worth it. Bend and snap, people!
London: Galentines Pub Quiz, Royal Vauxhall Tavern
🗓 When: Saturday 12th February, Doors: 2pm, Quiz: 2:30pm-6pm
📍 Where: Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY
A celebration of all things friendship, pop culture and a healthy dose of competitiveness thrown into the mix too, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern are throwing a suitably queer Galentine’s quiz with the aim of raising £2,500 for the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre. With prizes including goodies from Lezbag (gender neutral bags and accessories), Bisila Noha (joyful ceramics), OUi C’est bon! (v funky homeware) and more, grab your tickets for £15 and head down from 2pm-6pm for a wholesome afternoon of giggles and team work with your galentines.
London: Ballie Ballerson Galentines Evening
🗓 When: Sunday 13th February: 5.30pm-10.30pm
📍 Where: 97-113 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS
Just as fun with your biggest group of gal pals or for a more cosy affair with your ride-or-die bestie, Sunday at Ballie Ballerson as part of their 4 days of fun lovin’ events (Friday 11th-Monday 14th) has been designed with your Galentine in mind. With buy-one-free pizzas, a themed photobooth and girl power hits all eve AND free friendship bracelets to remember the night by, copy and paste that link to the group chat ASAP.
London: An Ode to Female Friendships with Her Hustle
🗓 When: Monday 14th February: 6.30pm
📍 Where: The London Edition Hotel, 10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP
Image Credit: Nikolas-Koenig
For those whose love language is words of affirmation, get your Kleenex at the ready and hotfoot down to the Punch Room cocktail bar of The London Edition hotel in Fitzrovia for a night sure to have you feeling all the feels. Her Hustle, the digital production company passionate about “elevating diverse perspectives”, is hosting a Valentine’s event specifically focused on celebrating female friendship and we’re already sold on it being a moment of celebration in 2022 you won’t forget in a hurry. With a collection of guests sharing love letters to their female friends, as well as readings of beautiful letters shared between historical women of the past, it promises to be a poignant and meaningful evening in which love flows all around. Grab your best pal, enjoy a delicious cocktail and in the words of the Spice Girls, cheers to friendship that never ends!
London: Valentine’s Potion Making Cocktail Class
🗓 When: Saturday 12th – Monday, 14th February: book a slot
📍 Where: 5d Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 8BH
Looking for an immersive, interactive and hands-on experience to enjoy with your fantasy-loving friends? End your quest here with The Cauldron Co. What began as a Kickstarter project to open the world’s first wizard pub in London has now become an international success story, bringing magic (cough science cough) to eager booze lovers around the world. Their Valentine’s classes running from the 12th-14th of February are set to be extra romantic, but who says you can’t lap up the power of love with your BFF?! With a Prosecco welcome arrival and a 90-minute experience including brewing drinks with a magic wand, this V Day potions making class is sure to be spellbinding.
Leeds: Grön Kafe Brunch
🗓 When: Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th February: 3pm
📍 Where: GRÖN KAFÉ Oakwood, 454 Roundhay Road, Roundhay, LS8 2HU
Brunch is an unspoken essential in many a female friendship, and if you’re based in or around Leeds then vegan-friendly, Scandi inspired eatery Grön Kafe are offering a one-off bottomless brunch guaranteed to inspire joy on a scale relative to securing Harry Styles Kitchen tickets for Love on Tour. Enjoy one brunch dish plus unlimited sparkling wine, mimosas, beers or Aperol Spritz for £25 per person in either their Leeds or Harrogate locations, and get suitably tipsy with an iconic Grön-tok on the side (spinach, kale, mint, apple, lime and matcha in juice form, FYI) because #balance.
Manchester: Spice Girls Bottomless Brunch
🗓 When: Saturday 12th February: 11:30am – 3pm
📍 Where: Impossible MCR, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP
For fans of all things fancy dress and 90s nostalgia, look absolutely no further than this Spice Girls themed bottomless brunch to kickstart your Galentine’s weekend off right. With 3 hours (yes you did read that correctly) of both Spice Girls singalong hits and other 80s, 90s and 00s floor fillers, plus 90 minutes of bottomless cocktails and beef burgers and vegan burgers to make sure you don’t peak *too* soon, get ready to warm those vocal cords and sing your heart out with your fave ladies!
Newcastle: Cinderella Drag Show
🗓 When: Sunday 13 Feb 2022: 6pm
📍 Where: Prohibition Cabaret Bar, 25-27 Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DW
If your bestie spends more time talking in Ru Paul’s Drag Race quotes than you can wrap your head around then treat them to an evening of camp deliciousness thanks to A Cinderella Drag Show at Newcastle’s Prohibition Cabaret Bar. With tickets just over a fiver and the option to purchase and watch from home if the prospect of a Wagamamma on the side is calling your name, don’t miss this evening of guaranteed lols and talent courtesy of the cast of Dragcastle. Sunday blues no more!
London or online: Loving Kindness Workshop with James Cassidy Yoga
🗓 When: 13th February: 14:15pm
📍 Where: East of Eden Workshops, 14 Hatherley Mews, Walthamstow, London, E17 4QP or online
Repeat after us: you are deserving of love. If you and your nearest and dearest besties are in need of hammering this affirmation home over the Valentine’s weekend and beyond, secure yourself a spot at the Loving Kindness Workshop hosted by James Cassidy Yoga. Whether you’re local to Walthamstow or are rolling out your yoga mats anywhere across the globe, this 2 hour class promises to help you find and welcome in your blissful self, gently encouraging you to feel deeply, accept yourself for where you currently find yourself and offer a reminder that love and compassion starts within yourself.
In the words of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: “Find the love you seek, by first finding the love within yourself. Learn to rest in that place within you that is your true home”.
Guildford, Surrey: Bridesmaids Cosy Barn Movie Night
🗓 When: Sunday 13th February, showing one: 3:00pm – 6:30pm or showing two: 6:00pm – 9:30pm
📍 Where: Gate Street, Bramley, Surrey, GU5 0LR
If you and your best pals spent much of your adolescence packing as many slumber parties and movie nights in your weekends as possible, Gate Street Farm may be about to reignite a core and cosy memory from your youth this February. Enter: Bridesmaids, a classic rom-com guaranteed to have you belly laughing for 2 hours straight, regardless of if the guy you’re seeing hasn’t made V Day plans with you (boy bye). With 2 showings on the 13th (one in the afternoon and one in the evening) plus extra time before the film starts to grab a cocktail, cupcake and get cosy in the swoon-worthy picture perfect barn setting, there’s little we’d rather be doing to celebrate the occasion.
Nottingham: Make A Scene presents Galentine’s Day Fundraiser
🗓 When: Friday 18 February: 7pm– 11:30pm
📍 Where: The Chameleon Arts Cafe, 17A Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HL
Organised by Make A Scene, a sexual safety and mental health hub for female and non-binary performers in the DIY/alternative scene in Nottingham, this Galentine’s event is their first fundraiser and it’s set to be a good ‘un! Hosted at The Chameleon Arts Cafe Nottingham, head down between 19:00 – 23:30 on Friday 18th Feb for a few hours of comedy, poetry and drag, an excuse to make new pals, and support a good cause in the process!
Online: Aromatherapy Candle Making Workshop
🗓 When: Available slot on 14th February
📍 Where: Online
Got friends located here there and everywhere? No problemo! Hosted on Val Day itself, book yourself and your besties onto this Aromatherapy Candle Workshop, hosted by Emily Lynam of Yougi and create your very own soy wax candle! You’ll learn about the healing therapies of the different essential oils, with tips on creating natural fragrances and all about top, heart and base notes too- just call yourself Jo Malone! With all the materials posted off to you ahead of the class- including essential oils, candlewick and container- there’s nothing else you need to do but pop on your comfies, pour yourself a glass of rose and enjoy this wholesome activity with your fave ladies.
Dublin: Swiftogeddon, The Taylor Swift Club Night
🗓 When: Friday 11 Feb 2022: 10.30pm – Saturday 12 Feb 2022, 2.30am
📍 Where: The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, D01 C3N0, Dublin 1, Ireland
If you’re lucky enough to be living or staying in or around Dublin over Valentine’s Weekend then you’ve essentially won at being in the right place at the right time for the whole of 2022. Whether you’re a diehard Swiftie or a more casual fan of the chart classics, Swiftogeddon’s Taylor Swift club night at Dublin’s The Grand Social is set to be a night from your wildest dreams. Run by fans, for fans, Swiftogeddon organises worldwide events dedicated to worshipping at the altar of Ms Swift herself, playing deep cuts, extended mixes, fan favourites and all the hits you Love Story. Tickets for these events sell fast so head to checkout, quick!
Saltford, Bath: Drive-In Dinner & Movie – 10 Things I Hate About You
🗓 When: Monday 14 February: 7.30pm
📍 Where: Flourish, Bath Road, Saltford, BS31 3TJ
A 3-course meal, glass of Prosecco and one of the greatest films of all time, all from the comfort of your car- sign us up! For the first time ever, Flourish Farm Shop in Bristol are transforming their car park into a dreamy drive-in cinema destination, perfect for you and your BFF to enjoy an evening of each other’s company and marvel at the cinematic masterpiece that is 10 Things I Hate About You. With a menu including an antipasti sharing box (featuring soft homemade focaccia, we’re sold), artisan burgers and fries and finished off with a strawberry gateau heart cake, what more could you be seeking from your V Day weekend?!
Birmingham: Comedy Shutdown
🗓 When: Sunday 13th February, doors open: 5pm, last entry 5.45pm
📍 Where: The Arcadian, 70 Hurst St, Birmingham B5 4TD
If morale is low and the single lady blues are hitting hard this week, grab your BFFs and head down to Glee Club Birmingham for an evening of laughs aplenty sure to add a pep to your step and a welcome distraction from problematic situationships that need not take up any more of your brain power. With comedians including Kat Boyce, Aurie Styla, and more, plus food available at the venue to help stop those inevitable wines from getting the better of you, it’s sure to be a night that will go down in your friendship history books.
Sheffield: Boozy Brunch Complete With 80s/90s/00s/10s Tunes
🗓 When: Sunday 13th February: 12pm-8pm, bottomless drinks until 2pm
📍 Where: Church, Temple of Fun, 4a Rutland Way, Sheffield, S3 8DG
“Get in losers ladies, we’re going to Brunch!”. Get yourself a Side Chicks ticket for only £13pp, including pink Prosecco topped with candy floss on arrival and a jug of pink paloma cocktail, or go all out with the Ride or Die ticket option for £20pp which includes waffles with toppings of your choice too! With resident DJ’s playing the greatest hits from iconic women of the 80s/90s/00s/10s and classic rom-coms showing in the background too, get yourself down to Temple of Fun from 12pm for 2 hours of joyous gal pal fun.
Weymouth: Valentine’s Roller Disco
🗓 When: Sunday 13 February: 1pm-6pm
📍 Where: Weymouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Weymouth, DT4 8ED
In need or some time where your inner child can run wild? The Valentine’s Roller Disco hosted at Weymouth Pavilion may be just the ticket to guaranteeing old school fun, giggles galore and a unique experience you won’t forget in a hurry this weekend. Open to all ages and abilities, this family-friendly event running over two sessions on Sunday 13th February is accompanied with feel-good bops from resident DJ Glen Mitchell and makes the perfect backdrop for an ‘ily 4ever’ Instagram post at the end of it all. What more could you want from a Sunday?!
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