Jump into Jan: 15 things to do and events in January
Here at Day Out With The Kids, we don’t believe in the January blues. As the tinsel gets put away for another year, you finally get through the Christmas leftovers and the kids heading back to school is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to renew your sense of adventure!
So why not swap the various resolutions you’ve had for the past six years for something you can achieve right now - a promise to enjoy a great family day out at least once a month. Thanks to our handy monthly roundups, top picks and inspiration starting from your doorstep, you’ve got, well zero excuses not to.
So get ready to start 2019 as you mean to go on, with our guide to 15 things to do and events in January:
- Get up to 30% off your 2019 short family break
Let’s face it, January is a bit dull, but having something to look forward to can be just what you need! You can save up to 30% off your 2019 short family break to some of the UK’s top theme parks, staying in resort or in nearby hotels. These early booking deals must end on 31st January, so find out more about our exciting short family break offers now!
- Visit Chester Zoo, Cheshire
You may have heard the sad news about the fire at Chester Zoo in December, so January is the perfect time to plan a visit and show support. The world-class zoo is home to over 15,000 animals, including big cats, elephants, bears and more, so there’s plenty to see and do - where will you head first?
- Science of the Time Lords at National Space Centre, Leicestershire
This is a must-visit for any Doctor Who fans, as Science of the Time Lords heads to the National Space Centre. Exploring the science behind the popular TV show, there’s an awesome exhibition, a science stage and even some special guests - including previous doctors!
- Christmas Pudding Walk at Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire
If you still can’t get enough of Christmas pudding, don’t miss this self-guided walk through the Ashridge Estate. Taking you through winter woodland, follow the puddings for a free trail suitable for the whole family, running until 7th January.
- Patternarium at Eureka, West Yorkshire
Check out the brand new immersive exhibition, Patternarium, which has recently opened in the Spark Gallery at Eureka! Explore how digital technologies and mechanical machines interact to create spectacular patterns, using everything from pedal bikes and kaleidoscopes, to torches and glow sticks. Open until June 2019, plan your visit now.
- Winnie the Pooh Day at Pooh Corner, East Sussex
Celebrate the tubbiest little cubby all stuffed with fluff on 18th January, as Winnie the Pooh day returns. Launched to celebrate the birthday of A.A. Milne, the day pays homage to his iconic and lovable character. We’d say it’s the perfect time to pay a visit to Pooh Corner in East Sussex, where you can pick up a free map to help you explore the inspiration behind the Hundred Acre Wood and the famous stories.
- The Fallen Forest at Woodhorn Museum, Northumberland
Every weekend until April, head to the Woodhorn Museum to take part in fun forest-themed activities for the whole family. From now until 10th February, it's glow season where you can create and decorate your own gem, add a small light and then watch it glow bright in the forest. Forming a part of the bigger installation, this activity is free with an annual membership. Kids go free at all times and it’s just £7 for adults to visit as many times as you like in 12 months.
- Tower Bridge Museum, London
Tower Bridge is one of London’s most iconic landmarks, but how much do you know about its history? Step inside to discover the stories behind the engineering, the people and the architecture that built the bridge. With loads of family activities, visit Tower Bridge Exhibition on 19th January to take part in arts and crafts looking back at the the turn of the new millennium and create a giant Tower Bridge fireworks picture!
- Wild Winter Safari at West Midland Safari Park, Worcestershire
Take a drive on the wild side this winter, by heading to West Midland Safari Park. The four mile self-drive safari is open just on weekends until 10th February, but with white rhinos, elephants, lions, tigers and more, there’s plenty to see! Plus, on foot you can also explore everything from Penguin Cove to the Land of the Living Dinosaurs, and you’ll also get a Winter Free Return Ticket, to do it all again before 10th February.
- January Sale at Cannon Hall Farm, South Yorkshire
Feeling the pinch post-Christmas? Don’t let an empty piggy bank stop you from enjoying a great family day out, thanks to discounted admission at Cannon Hall Farm. Head to their Facebook page and show the voucher to get entry for just £4.95 per person, and under 2s go free. Home to a packed programme of farmyard fun, you’ll enjoy sheep racing and milking demos, plus the soft play is open too.
- See the penguins at Marwell Zoo, Hampshire
It’s unofficial penguin awareness day on 20th January, so that’s reason enough to pay a visit to your local zoo and pay them a visit! Marwell Zoo is home to a colony of Humboldt penguins living in Penguin Cove, where you can watch them waddle and swim. Plus, there’s even the chance to feed them, by booking a penguin Face to Face Experience.
- Big garden birdwatch at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire
Every year, the RSPB does its Big Garden Birdwatch, to help identify which bird species are thriving around the UK. Dinefwr is taking part again this year, so visit on 26th or 27th January and pick up your free spotter sheet to get involved. How many different birds can your family find?
- Chinese lanterns at Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh
We’ve mentioned the Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo a few times, but if you haven’t visited yet, make sure you do! Running until 17th February, these incredible lanterns follow a folklore theme, so it’s like stepping into a fairytale. Tickets need to be bought in addition to normal zoo entry, but you can get discounted zoo entry with a valid lanterns festival ticket for that evening to make a whole day of it.
- Babbacombe Model Village, Devon
Step into the shoes of giants, as you wander around Babbacombe Model Village. Bringing together English life over the last 6 decades, the village is home to 413 miniature buildings, including a celebrity mansion, hotel, hospital and even Paignton Zoo. It’s definitely worth a visit, with something to capture the imagination of all ages.
- Buy your Merlin Annual Pass
Unlock 12 months of fun, giving you unlimited entry to 32 of the UK’s top attractions for a whole year. Check back here soon for an exciting offer, coming later this month!
If you're looking ahead to holidays and family time and need a little help planning, we've rounded up all the UK school holiday dates in 2018 to get you started. The next break will be February half term.