Friends enjoying pre-Galentines Day celebrations.

February 13 marks a non-official holiday where ladies can celebrate ladies: Galentines Day.

Whether you are in a relationship, single, or somewhere in between, the day before the one of the most dreaded days of the year is the perfect time to celebrate the love shared between yourself and your closest friends.

When American comedy series, Parks and Recreation, created Galentines Day in 2010, it has only grown in popularity. With more and more companies cashing in on the holiday, the options for ways to celebrate are ever-increasing.

But what exactly has Nottingham got to offer this Galentines Day?

Galentines Gig for Equation
A Nottingham based charity, has joined forces with The Berliner in Beeston to host a wonderful women-centric event on February 13, all in aid to raise money for Equation, a specialist charity which works with the community to reduce the impact of domestic abuse, gender inequality and sexual violence. Everyone is welcome to gather their closest friends for a celebratory night of friendship and local talent. With the likes of Nottingham-based performers, The Ooh La La’s, Tilly Greenwood, and Grace Lee, it is sure to be a fun-filled evening.

All Bar One
What better way to celebrate friendship than over 2-4-1 cocktails? From 7-16 February, All Bar One in Nottingham’s Lace Market is pushing Cupid to the side and inviting gal pals to celebrate their friendship for 9 days of love, laughter and Pink Grapefruit Collins cocktails.

Heartbreakers Ball at the Nottingham Contemporary
The Nottingham Contemporary is known for its unique exhibitions and interesting ideas, and this year they are debuting their first Heartbreakers Ball on Feb 14, an 80s-themed prom for all to attend, whether that be with a significant other or with a group of friends. This quirky ball is sure to make for a memorable night, with tickets at an affordable £11 or the option to reserve a table and punch bowl for 8 people £143.

Alternatively, if you don’t fancy an evening out, there are plenty of fun things you can do from the comfort of your own home! From a chick flick movie night, to a pamper evening, the possibilities are endless.

Nottingham Trent Students, Jessica Orsi, 20, and Charlotte Dudley-Smith, 21, have chosen to celebrate Galentines Day by hosting a cheese, wine and Monopoly night for themselves and three others. Jessica said, “when thinking about what we could do, we couldn’t think of anything better than having a chilled evening where we could wear pyjamas and drink wine, whilst playing Monopoly with our friends.”