February is, to my mind, the crappest month of the year, because it’s so nothing-y. Everyone is still paying off Christmas but the good cheer has well since passed, the weather is shit, the days are still dark, and it’s still ages til summer. However, much to my delight, this February is shaping up to be rather promising from a Gothy point of view, with special events and meetings going on all across the country. So I’ve put my Google finger to work to find the best Goth events to add to your diary for this February 2015.
Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen
Chris Riddell’s new book, Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen, is released in February in time for World Book Day, and Jaffe and Neale bookshop and café are organising a meet the author and illustrator event at 4pm on February 25th at their shop/café in Oxford. A cool Goth window display is promised, as well as Goth-themed events for all ages. More information is available at the link above (scroll down to find the right event).
The Alternative and Burlesque Fair
The Alternative and Burlesque Fair is going on the road in February, offering a range of around fifty different stalls of the Goth-alt-burlesque persuasion in a town centre near you. Full information is available on their website, and the fair’s upcoming February dates are listed as:
Glasgow, 7th February
Manchester, 14th February
Birmingham, 21st February
Plus dates in March and April in other cities.
Strawberry Hill in Twickenham is home to Horace Walpole’s Little Gothic Castle, and runs a range of events throughout the year with a Goth theme to them. February sees two different evening twilight tours of the castle, plus their Gothic book club night discussing Not After Midnight on the 26th. The book club night is free, but booking is recommended, as demand is expected to be high. Check out their event planner, here.
London Goth meet ups
The London Goth meet ups website advertises a range of Goth meet ups throughout the year, at different times and venues all across London. February includes a club night, book night and more, and as a bonus, you don’t have to know anyone going to attend, as the whole point of the events is to provide a mixer for London Goths. Check out the website.