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Beat the blues: Things to do in January

05 Jan 2017

Think January is dull? Think again! You may have come down with a case of the post-Christmas blues but there are plenty of great events happening across the UK that will help boost your spirits. Here, we share our pick of the must-visit January events. 

Psst… our things to do in January won’t break the bank, so your finances can breathe a sigh of relief!

Chinese New Year in Manchester

Thought the New Year celebrations ended on December 31st?  Chinese New Year 2017 falls on Saturday 28th January and Manchester is hosting a whole weekend of celebrations from the 26th to the 29th January.

Manchester’s Chinese New Year celebrations are one of the largest in the UK, taking place in the city’s central shopping district. This year’s celebrations are set to be the biggest to date.

There will be plenty of entertainment on offer, including the Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors, fresh from a tour across Sydney, Zagreb and Prague. Over 40 of these colourful illuminated Chinese Warrior lanterns will be on display, so don’t forget your camera! There will also be a 50ft Golden Dragon display, street food, a light show and a host of traditional performances.

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Burns Night in Dumfries

Robert Burns is arguably one of Scotland’s best-known and loved wordsmiths so, at the end of January each year, they host a celebration in his honour. This year, it falls on Wednesday 25th January, yet celebrations spread far beyond just one day.

Dumfries is host to one of the largest Burns Night events, the Big Burns Supper - 10 days of entertainment taking place across Dumfries. Expect live music from Lulu,  as well as a host of other performers and comedians. Some of the events are ticketed, although many are free—check out the website to start planning your celebrations.

A real highlight of the event is on Sunday 22nd January with the Burns Night Carnival. Running from George Street to the High Street, the carnival will tell the story of Tam O’Shanter with a community cast putting on a spectacular display. It’s free to attend and an incredibly popular event, with thousands lining the streets last year.

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Brick History in Newcastle

Newcastle’s Life Science Centre
has been home to some great exhibitions over the years. The centre’s ice skating rink is open until the 26th February 2017, so why not get your skates on if you didn’t have time before Christmas?

There’s more fun to be had inside the centre itself. From 14th January you can enjoy your favourite North East landmarks - made out of Lego! From the Angel of the North to the Civic Centre, it's fun for all ages!

Entry to the centre and access to the skating rink carries a small charge. More information can be found at

Canary Wharf Winter Lights in London

Canary Wharf is already a hub of business and, from the 16th to the 27th January, the area will become home to 30 illuminated art installations. Whether you’re into art or are looking for a fun evening out for the family, this event is sure to brighten up a dark January night.

From illuminated reeds that stand proud over Canary Wharf to angel installations that can transform you into an ethereal being, there’s so much to see. Make sure you spend a minute or two relaxing on the Lightbenches and head to the Luminocity ice skating rink — there are 8km of LED lights under the ice and a regular light show for you to enjoy while you skate. If you book your skating tickets online, you can get 25% off with code WLF25.

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