NO plans for Valentine’s weekend? Children already bored of half-term? Here are Emily Ray’s top five events in the Hillingdon area this week for under £5.

Cycle to Windsor Led Ride (Sunday Feb 16)

If you haven’t quite been keeping up with your New Year’s ‘Get Fit’ resolution, then a cycle to Windsor and back may be just what you need. Meeting at 9:45am at the statue in front of Uxbridge station, you will cycle the 10 or so miles to Windsor. Rest assured, there will be regular rest stops along the way, plus time in Windsor to have a wander round the castle and high street. Participation is free, but bring bags of energy.

Feed the Birds! (Tuesday Feb 18)

Children can get crafty at Colne Valley Park Visitor Centre from 11am until 12:30pm. Just in time for Spring, they will be shown how to make their own bird feeders and nest material balls to hang in the garden. The workshop costs £3 per child, but children must be accompanied by an adult, and booking is essential – email or call 01895 833375.

Space Day: Outer Space Song and Dance Workshop (Thursday, Feb 20)

Keep the kids entertained this half-term with a two-hour workshop at the Compass Theatre, with starting times of either 10am or 1pm. Children aged 5-11 will be put through their dancing paces as they learn a space-themed song and dance routine – all for just £5 each.

Social Buddies Pub Social (Friday, Feb 21)

In your 30s, 40s or 50s and want to socialise with some like-minded people? Meet some new friends at this free event at The Ascott, with proceedings kicking off at 8:30pm. The group also holds regular pub socials on the first Thursday of every month at The Gate pub, as well as organising comedy nights, quizzes and football outings.

Knights, Earls and Ghosts' History Tour: Cranford Park (Saturday Feb 22)

From 11-12:30pm, Countryside Officer Alison Shipley will take groups around Cranford Park for a 90-minute guided tour. Learn more about the history of the park, from the restored 18th Century stable block to the ghost of the Grey Lady. The tour is free - just turn up to Cranford Park information centre at 11am.

Do you have an event for under a fiver? Contact Emily Ray at