As the cold sets in and the nights seem to stretch on forever, it’s the little things that help us get through the often miserable month of February.
A warming stew, a cosy lie in, or a film tucked up on the sofa are all the perfect remedy to the harsh winter months, but one thing that will be a constant in 2014 is sport.
Yes, whether it’s with a ball at your feet, raquet in your hand or snow beneath your boots, February is a huge month for sport, with plenty to keep you occupied. So why not get comfy, stick on your team’s shirt and start planning your month around these fantastic sporting events.
The Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia
Clearly it’s a bit late to don your thermals and jump on the next flight to Russia, but with the Winter Olympics on throughout February, some chilly challenges are the ideal way to keep you occupied.
There will be scraps on the ice hockey rink, flicks and tricks in the snowboarding and vertigo-inducing ski jumps. And in true Hollywood fashion, there will even be a Jamaican bob-sleigh team competing in this year’s competition, although reports they’ll be kissing a lucky egg are unconfirmed.
If all that gets you in the mood, why not try it out for yourself? Tamworth’s Snowdome offers the chance to ski, snowboard and sledge on a full size slope so you can get your Arctic kicks closer to home. Check out our hotels in Tamworth for somewhere to rest those weary muscles.
The RBS 6 Nations, across the UK
After a rip-roaring first weekend of rugby, the RBS 6 Nations is certainly in full swing and is one sporting event you can’t miss this February. With matches still ahead in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Twickenham there are plenty of options!
We however would recommend booking one of our hotels in Dublin to soak up some real Irish atmosphere as the tournament comes to its exciting conclusion.
Manchester City v Chelsea, FA Cup 5th Round, Saturday Feb 15th
With Jose Mourinho getting one up on Manchester City already this month with a tactical master class in the Premier League, Manuel Pellegrini will be looking for revenge in this FA Cup fifth round clash.
It’s sure to be one of the matches of the tournament and sees two of the best teams in world football go at it in order to take one step closer to that Wembley Final. Make a booking in one of our Manchester hotels so you’ll have somewhere to sleep off the celebrations (or commiserations) depending on the result.