The Christmas tree is recycled, and your tinsel is tucked away, but that doesn’t mean the festivities are over. January signals a new year and a new you, and if your resolution is to venture out more – look no further. With plenty of parades, festivals and comedy to lighten those winter blues, here’s what’s happening nationwide in January.
London’s New Year’s Day Parade 2019
Start 2019 in spectacular fashion with this annual parade through central London. Join thousands of performers and colourful floats from across the world. Watch for free or book grandstand tickets.
The Burning of Clavie
Visit this unique New Year’s celebration which dates back to 1750, when the Julian calendar was reformed in Britain. This fire festival is a spellbinding experience and a must-see for visitors to – and residents of – Moray.
Big Burns Supper
18 – 28 January
Various venues, Dumfries
Scotland’s landmark Burns Night celebration, this event takes place over 30 venues across Dumfries. Visitors can expect to enjoy cabaret, comedy, music and other thrilling performances.
Perth Riverside Light Nights
27 January – 14 February (18.00 – 22.00)
Norie-Miller Walk, Perth City Centre
Experience the beauty of Perth’s riverside walk at the end of January. Along with the magical illuminations, there will also be food, drink and other surprises to delight and enthral visitors.
Boyzone on tour
20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30 January
Various venues across the UK
The legendary Irish boyband embarks on a huge final UK tour in January. Don’t miss hits like Love Me for a Reason, Words and No Matter What – performed live for the very last time.
Strictly Come Dancing Live 2019
Various venues across the UK
18 January – 10 February
The Strictly Come Dancing UK Arena Tour returns for a staggering 29 sequin-filled shows across the country. What’s more, Strictly favourite and 2016 TV show winner Ore Oduba will be hosting the tour for a second time.
Motown the Musical at Bristol Hippodrome
10 January – 2 February
Featuring a live orchestra playing over 50 hits, Motown the Musical arrives at The Bristol Hippodrome in January. Enjoy classic renditions of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, I’ll Be There and Dancing In The Street.
The Catherine Tate Show Live
7 – 27 January
Wyndham’s Theatre, London
The critically acclaimed comedian brings her award-winning show to London for a 14-night run in January. Expect to see all her beloved characters – including one very argumentative teenager.
16 – 20 January
Various venues, Bristol
See the works of comedy giants such as Chaplin and Keaton, accompanied by live musical scores. Celebrating the silent era (1895-1930), the Slapstick Festival has been a firm favourite in Bristol since 2005.
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival 2019
23 – 26 January
Manchester Central, Windmill Street
Grab a glass and peruse the selection of over 700 beers, ciders and perry’s. Whether your favourite tipple is traditional, craft or bitter – all thirsts will be quenched in Manchester.
Murder at the Library
The Library, London
Take part in a dining experience like no other this January. Guests at The Library can enjoy three delicious courses, set against an immersive and interactive murder mystery performance.
Southwest Vegan Festival
Passenger Shed, Bristol
Embrace Veganuary and try a plant-based diet at the South West Vegan festival. Explore over 100 stalls with all profits going to the Farplace animal charity, caring for and rehoming unwanted animals.
Arts & Crafts
Antiques & Vintage
1 January (10.00 – 16.00)
Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead
Explore a vast array of antiques and vintage items with ceramics, glass, jewellery, books, postcards, coins and much more on display. There are also several comfortable café facilities to relax and soak up the bustling atmosphere.
Walsall Wood Toy & Train Collectors Fair
Oak Park Active Living Centre, Walsall Wood
Embrace your inner child at Walsall Wood Toy & Train Collectors Fair. You’ll find a nostalgic – and expansive – display of toy cars, aircraft, buses, trains, sci-fi memorabilia and other collectables.
With the grandchildren
Peppa Pig’s Adventure
Now until 6 January
Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Delight the grandchildren with this colourful live show featuring Peppa and her friends. Expect plenty of games, laughter and live music.
Room on the Broom
Now until 10 January
Lyric Theatre, London
From the award-winning team behind the Gruffalo, this adaptation of a best-selling book by Julia Donaldson is a magical event – suitable for all ages.
Viking Book Club
Every month we choose a popular book for review based on a recommendation by a member, past guest, well-known author, or one of the Viking team. We then send out a hardback copy to 20 Viking Book Club members, selected at random, and ask them to read it and post their review on our website.