Thank goodness February is here! I am welcoming the arrival of this fabulous month as only someone who attempted simultaneously to do Dry January and Veganuary can! I mean, what was I thinking?! January is bleak enough with its dark, grey skies and icy cold breeze to also go without a warming plate of spag bol, and the occasional glass of fizzy wine. Although, eating out as a vegan was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Norris and Knight on Forest Hill Road and Spinach on Lordship Lane both offer delicious vegan options. In fact, the avocado and roasted tomatoes on toast I devoured at Spinach inspired many a lunch at home! I also had a great vegan meal at The Real Greek in Dulwich Village, and even Pizza Express now has a vegan pizza on their menu! My January was mostly dry, but after a couple of weeks of following a more plant-based diet, I found myself secretly squirrelling away my son’s leftover pork sausages in the kitchen. Saying that, I am hoping I won’t undo all of January’s healthier habits now that February is here. I really want to continue walking as often as possible, instead of instinctively jumping in the car or on a bus, and I’d like to have at least a couple of meat-free days a week.

Anyway, February may be the shortest month, but it is packed with things to do in and around Dulwich!

The Dulwich Folk Dance Club meets every Thursday evening at St Barnabus Parish Hall and is an ideal activity for a healthier lifestyle.

The annual production at St Augustine’s Church this year is Mother Goose, which is on over the weekend of 3rd-4th February and is a very popular event for young and old alike!

London-based charity, BelEve is celebrating its years of work empowering girls and young women by hosting an exclusive event at south London’s brand-new venue, Peckham Levels. Taking place on Thursday 15th February, the event is hosted by BBC 1 Xtra’s DJ Melody Kane. The Festival is open to all, with the aim of raising funds for BelEve whose aim is to continue to empower and inspire girls and young women to maximise their potential, celebrate their achievements and be leaders in their world.

Bestselling crime and thriller author, Elly Griffiths, will be at Village Books on 22nd February chatting about her books, how she writes the plots and keeps the suspense throughout her novels.

A new exhibition ‘Colour: The Rainbow Revealed’ will be in place at the Horniman Museum from 10th February. This award-winning exhibition explores the endless ways in which colour shapes our world. The exhibition is full of family-friendly displays and interactive games including an Art Machine for you to create your own vibrant masterpiece, a Mood Room with multi-coloured lights, and a Colour Café to learn why only certain colours tempt our taste buds.

Keep an eye on our website for details of more half-term activities in the area. As always, details of all local news, events and ticket information can be found on our events page and on Instagram @arounddulwich.