Things To Do in January

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So, another year has passed and we’re now in 2024 – where has the time flown?! If you’re struggling to come up with things to do this January and how to make it more…exciting, then we’re here to help. You can still have plenty of fun without breaking the bank! Take a look at our list below of things to do in January and banish those January blues away!

Things To Do in January 2024

family exploring on a Treasure Trail wrapped up in coats

Get Outdoors with a Treasure Trail

A terrific way to get those limbs moving and feeling active is downloading a Treasure Trail and exploring a place or city like you haven’t before!

It’s the perfect family adventure that will get everyone outdoors. Whether it’s the kiddies or the grandparents, you’ll all enjoy a little fresh air! There are over 1,200 Trails all across the UK, so there are plenty of choices and there is always a Trail close by to you if you want to stay in your local area.

Winter is always a tricky time to find the motivation to get outside, but with Treasure Trails, you have instant access to all kinds of outdoor walks, wherever and whenever. There’s also no need to book a time slot either, all you do need is download a Trail book and bring a pen!

So, get those legs moving, blood pumping, wrap up warm and take your family on a much-needed outdoor trip!

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All over the UK



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Hogwarts in the Snow, Watford

For those who have a little cash they wouldn’t mind splashing, we know all Harry Potter fans will fall head over heels for this magical adventure.

Visit Hogwarts in the Snow and witness the magic before your eyes. Be in awe of the trees and woodlands decorated with a flurry of snow, as well as the cobbled stones in Hogsmede all the way to Hagrid’s Hut! It’s still Christmas here, so you can see all sorts of extravagant decorations, and puddings aflame and practise your dance moves for the Yule Ball!

Step into the Forbidden Forest, explore Diagon Alley and Gringotts Bank and even munch on some delicious food.

I recommend the butterbeer ice cream! It’s never too cold for deliciously chilly and creamy goodness!

It’s the best place for Harry Potter fans to immerse themselves in a place everyone calls home.

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Studio Tour Dr,
WD25 7LR

Opening Times

Until 14th January 2023


From Child £39.95 and Adult £49.95

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pooh bear throwing leaves

Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day

Yes, you’ve heard that right… There’s a WHOLE DAY dedicated to celebrating the lovable bear stuffed with fluff. How cute!

You can choose to either celebrate at home and whack on your favourite Winnie the Pooh movie (we hear there’s plenty on Disney+), or go out and explore special places that remind everyone of Pooh Bear.

Here…we’ll help you out:

  • Winnie the Pooh Park, Aldenham Country Park – a park dedicated to the lovable bear! With swings and woodland structures.
  • Ashdown Forest, Sussex – discover Pooh Bridge, play Pooh Sticks, explore the enchanting woodland and immerse yourself in where it all began.
  • Pooh Corner, Sussex – Surround yourself with the biggest collection of Pooh-phernalia! Explore the trail, indulge in a little honey-flavoured treat and head out on your own ‘expotition’!

It’s the perfect family-friendly activity and thing to do in January that will lift everyone’s spirits!

woman holding mug of hot chocolate with powdered 2024

Make a 2024 Activity Jar

A fun activity to do at home is to make an activity jar!

Grab any glass or mason jar you have around the house and ask everyone in your family to write down 5 activities/places in the UK they would like to do and visit.

They can use pieces of coloured paper or coloured pens to make it look exciting and place them in a jar. Then every month someone picks out a slip each month and your family can carry out that activity or visit that place.

Whether you want to try out a music festival this year, explore the outdoors during the winter months or discover a wide range of rich history at a museum. The world is your oyster!

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Go To The Cinema

Families and movie lovers everywhere will love discounted cinema tickets. Do you know where the best place to snap up super savers? With us, of course!

Our VIP Pass can help you save up to 40% on cinema tickets. So, you can still catch these amazing films:

  • Wonka
  • Studio Ghibili’s new film The Boy and The Heron
  • Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom
  • Wish
  • Or grown-ups can check out the new horror film… Night Swim.

Find out more on how you can save BIG. Whatever the weather, you know the cinema is always there to entertain you.

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bird feeder in the garden

Become A Friend to Your Garden Inhabitants

Nature and the environment need a friend more than ever.

No matter how big or small your contribution is to help them, it’s appreciated! Whether you make a bird feeder to keep your hungry birds fed this winter, plant more flowers and bushes that will grow by the spring and summer for the bees, or even leave out bowls of water for thirsty animals. Get in touch with your green side.

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Stargazing at Kynance Cove

If your kids are amazed by the stars and anything to do with space, then a stargazing trip will blow them away.

Kynance Cove is a National Trust Go Stargazing Site, making it the perfect location with low-level light pollution and less noise pollution too!

All you have to do is look up and you’ll see a sky full of stars. Can you think of a better way to kick-start your year?

Psst…don’t forget to wrap up warm!

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National Trust - Kynance Cove
TR12 7PJ

Opening Times

From 4th January 2024

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burns night in scotland

Celebrate Burns Night

If you fancy joining the people of Scotland in celebrating the famous poet Robert Burns, this January is the month!

On the 25th January, you can indulge in a traditional Burns Supper. Served with haggis, neeps and tatties! Not only that, but there’s all sorts of Burns Night events happening all over the country. From live music and incredible art to so much more.

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All over Scotland

Opening Times

25th January 2024

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Visit 'Brick Wonders' Exhibition

Brick Wonders features recreations in LEGO® bricks of amazing sights from around the world. Beginning with the wonders of the ancient world, the exhibition also takes in modern, natural, and historic wonders from all seven continents. Brick Wonders takes visitors from an Egyptian pyramid to the Grand Canyon, to Old London Bridge and everyday marvels we forget to wonder at, such as broadcasting and the Internet.

There are lots of LEGO models featured in the exhibition, built of over 500,000 LEGO bricks! From tiny models to inspire building at home, to large mosaics and dioramas. Covering the whole globe and beyond, each wonder is built using only standard LEGO bricks and a good amount of imagination!

The exhibit is free to enjoy and it’s running until Sunday 14 April 2024.

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The Word
Market Place
South Shields
NE33 1JF

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday - 9am to 7pm, Friday - 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 4pm.

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Enjoy Royal Sightseeing

Are you one of those people who’ve not really explored London’s landmarks?

That was me a couple of years ago. But it’s okay because you can visit or get close to many of London’s iconic sights for free. Like you can cross paths with the London Eye, walk through Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square or get close up to the gates of Buckingham Palace!

Travel via the London Underground and you’ve got yourselves a day out. If you fancy checking out some of the cool places and wonderful experiences in London, why not discover these:

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disney 100 exhibition in london

Discover Disney100 The Exhibition, London

Celebrate 100 magical years of Disney with this fantastic experience and all things Disney. You can discover over 250 rarely-seen artefacts, art, costumes and super cool memorabilia!

From Marvel, Star Wars and classic Disney to so much more.

You’ll be blown away, thrown into your childhood and leave with a feeling of europhic happiness.

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Royal Victoria Dock,
1 Western Gateway,
E16 1XL

Opening Times

Until 21st January 2024


Tickets from £21.00 per person

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dinosaur vr experience

Immersive Yourself in VR

Dip into innovation and technological advancements with the Dipp-E VR experience.

If you’ve ever fancied seeing a real dinosaur, you’re one step closer. With the power of technology, you can journey back 175 million years ago and follow the journey of the ichthyosaur skull!

From the discovery in a quarry to back when the giant reptile was swimming in the Jurassic seas.

It’s a cool experience anyone will be excited to take part in!

Check out these VR experiences near you!

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Herbert Art Gallery & Museum,
Jordan Well,

Opening Times

Until 20th March 2024


Tickets from £5.00

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natural history museum silent disco

Have a Silent Boogie

This is one for young adults and above only… but it’s a fantastic event not to miss out on!

With 3 DJs playing on separate wireless channels, pop, rock and party classics, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you silently party! Grab a headset, a few drinks and dance the night away.

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The Natural History Museum

Opening Times

26th January 2024
From 22:00 – 01:00


Adults (18+) £35.00

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Dive into Critter Carnival

Have you ever wanted to hold a chinchilla or see your favourite scaley creatures upfront? Then you should meet the friendly family of exotic animals at Hatton Adventure World!

Where your kiddies can admire these animals and learn about them too. From the resident guinea pig and ponies to a superslide soft play area, a magic show and more!

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Hatton Adventure World,
Dark Ln,
CV35 8XA

Opening Times

Until 8th January 2024


Child (under 2) free
Child from £12.95
Adult from £12.95

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narnia lanterns at longleat safari park

Wander Around Winter Lights

Longleat Safari Park still has their Festival of Light: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe event on until the 7th January!

So, why not soak up the last of the winter light festivals and prepare to be dazzled, by the enchanting light displays, and shimmering lanterns and enjoy a fantastic experience this winter season?

If there’s one thing to do in January, it’s venturing off to discover light trails…while it’s still dark!

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BA12 7NW

Opening Times

Until 7th January 2024


Adult £44.95
Child £33.70

Adult £49.95
Child £37.45

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City of Nottingham Caves

Discover the City of Caves

Below the city of Nottingham are over 800 caves, creating magnificent spaces and unforgettable memories. Your whole family will be amazed to witness such ancient caves, there’s even a WW2 air raid shelter and a medieval tannery.

A truly incredible thing to do this January!

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Garner’s Hill,

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday
10:00 - 16:00


Child (under 5) £13.15
Adult £17.60

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Visit A Cat Cafe

Ever wanted to have tea and a slice of cake in a cafe with feline friends? Well, now you can!

There are many cat cafes in the UK, just like Maison de Moggy, a cosy, homely cafe. With 12 cats who were raised in a loving home, they each have their own personalities and offer therapeutic qualities. An enjoyable experience for all.

I went to the Cat Cafe in Birmingham and it was so cute! The cats would sleep or play around you and walk high above as they run, play and hide!

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Maison de Moggy,
17 West Port,

Opening Times

Anytime, but book in advance!


From £12.00

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So, whether you’re ready to venture outdoors again and explore the world or you’d like to stay inside for a little bit longer. We’ve rounded up the top things to do in January that will entertain you and the family.

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