January means Fun

If you find you’re mooching around after celebrating Christmas and New Year, here are a few suggestions to beat those Month One Blues. The UK is a winter-type country and there are events that are custom made for the cold climate we have in January.


Check out some of these suggestions brought to you by Stagecoach and guaranteed to get you out and about in what is usually a dull month.

Don’t worry too much about costs either. Some events are free, all you need is a bus pass to get there and a bit of motivation. We all know that funds are scarce after Christmas, so these suggestions will help look after your pocket too.

“Gong Hey Fat Choy” in Manchester

Your New Year party may have ended on the morning of January 1st, but for the Chinese they will be celebrating for about 15 days from January the 28th – Chinese New Year. Manchester stages one of the biggest Chinese New Year’s in all of the UK so there’s sure to be plenty to do over the weekend from the 26th January.

As an added attraction this year the Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors will be beautifully illuminated to add an authentic air to the whole show. This exhibit has travelled half way around the world already. Bring your camera and your wide angle lens so you can capture the beauty of the celebrations as well as fit in the display of a 50ft Golden Dragon. If you like Chinese food there will be stalls selling Dim Sum as well as other Chinese souvenirs.

We All Love Robert Burns

Well, almost everybody. Certainly if you are of Scottish descent then Robbie Burns, writer and poet from the 18th Century, will stand tall among your favourite famous people. The annual celebration of his birthday has grown bigger each year, so on January 25th, it will be all happening again worldwide.

One of the biggest events is held in Dumfries. The Big Burns Supper, which is 10 days of entertainment. The organisers have arranged for some live music and entertainment from talented performers, singers and comedians. You might have to pay to get into a couple of places, but many events are free.

On the Sunday night there will the telling of the Tam O’Shanter story which is expected to be a great display on Carnival Night. They usually have thousands lining the street for this very popular event.

History with Lego in Newcastle

Some great historic moments in history have been creatively put together by using LEGO bricks. Moments like the sinking of the Titanic and Apollo 11’s moon landing, to name just a couple. And where can you see all these wondrous creations? Check out the Newcastle Life Science Centre which has been home to some great exhibitions over the years.

In addition to the exhibition 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 to slide around on the ice before Christmas?

With so much to do, pick up a monthly bus pass and explore all that January has to offer.

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