Forget the winter blues, January is the time to grab your coat and explore the UK. With the streets quieter after the Christmas rush, and cottages cheaper than other times of the year, this month is full of possibility. Embrace the potential that a new year brings and head out to one of the many events on offer around the UK. So, if you’re wondering ‘what’s on in January’, here is a selection of our favourite UK event’s this month.
Edinburgh really knows how to welcome in a new year. Keep the celebrations going on New Year’s Day with Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. The Loony Dook is a particularly infamous part of the celebrations. This is where people brace the waters of the Firth of Forth for a dip, often in fancy dress. Start the new year with a bang.
For a different kind of New Year, take a trip to Wales for Sunday 13th January. Cwm Gwaun, near Fishguard, runs by the old Julian Calendar so for them, 13th January marks the New Year. This celebration is called Hen Galan and involves singing, eating, drinking and general merriment.
Manchester’s Beer and Cider Festival
If you’re not giving up alcohol for January, head over to Manchester’s Beer and Cider Festival. It will be taking place from Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th January 2019 at Manchester Central. There will be hundreds of beers and ciders to sample, including gluten-free and non-alcoholic. Food will be available too.
Big Burns Supper
Burns Night falls on the 25th January every year and it celebrates the life of the esteemed Scottish poet Robert Burns. This year from Thursday 24th January – Sunday 3rd February 2019 the Big Burns Supper will be taking place across Dumfries. There will be a wealth of events to choose from in bars, art galleries and museums.
Winter Welly Walk
The Winter Welly Walk on Tuesday 1st January 2019 is just the thing to blow away the cobwebs and start the new year with your best foot forward. Grab your wellies and enjoy a walk around the Yorkshire Arbetoreum in the fresh air. There will be drinks and home-made treats in the Visitor Centre afterwards too.