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Top 10 things to do in January

Avoid the January blues by getting out and about in the city. Here are the top 10 events taking place this month:

1. NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week


Image source: NewcastleGateshead

Newcastle Restaurant Week is one of the most popular food events in the city, taking place between the 16th to 22nd January 2017. A mixture of the city’s best restaurants open their doors to offer customers fantastic offers and special deals on their menus. This means that you can indulge at that expensive restaurant you’ve been wanting to try for a while for just £10 or £15 per person! Popular restaurants such as Babucho, Cabana, Aveika, Fat Hippo and others will be offering mouth watering deals. So go on, treat yourself.


2. North East LEGO Landmarks

BALTIC and Angel of the North created with LEGO

Image source: Centre for Life

Loal LEGO builder Steve Mayes has been building LEGO versions of some of the most popular landmarks in the North East. Head down to the Life Centre to see his collection including: BALTIC, Angel of the North, Newcastle Civic Centre and more! This event will be open from the 14th January to 23rd April.

3. Animal Inside Out

Animal Inside Out Exhibiton

Image source: Centre for Life

If you haven’t been to see this amazing exhibition by Dr Gunther von Hagens at the Life Centre yet, then head there now! This unforgettable exhibition featuring real animals preserved through plastination will be closing on the 8th January to make way for a new exhibition.

4. Dirty Dancing at the Theatre Royal

Dirty Dancing Carlie Milner as Penny and Lewis Griffiths as Johnny Alastair

Image source: Theatre Royal

One of the most popular productions is back at the Theatre Royal from the 23rd January until 28th January. This performance of Dirty Dancing is going to be full of breathtaking emotion and heart pounding music from everyone’s favourite film. It’s set to be a sell out and certainly not to be missed: you can book tickets here.


5. Monica Bronvicini Exhibition


Image source: BALTIC

Head to the BALTIC to see an exhibition from one of the most vital artists to have emerged in the 1990s. Bronvicini’s work investigates the relationships between architecture, control, gender, space, survelliance and power. This exhibition will be open until 26th February, so make sure you catch it!

6. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour

Strictly Come Dancing 10th Anniversary Live Tour

Image source: Metro Radio Arena

The Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour is heading back to the Metro Radio Arena in January 2017. The tour will feature various celebritites including Ed Balls, Lesley Joseph, Danny Mac and Daisy Lowe. This is sure to be a popular sell out event so make sure you get your tickets soon!

7. The Dark Side of Street Lighting


Image source: Great North Museum

Head to the Great North Museum for an illustrated talk by Callum Macgregor, who is in the final stages of completing his PhD at our School of Biology. He will be sharing his research about the importance of moths as pollinators and the effects of artificial light at night. This talk will be taking place on 20th January at 7pm.

8. Meditation for relaxation


Student Wellbeing are running free meditation classes starting on the 18th January. These sessions will help you to chill out and recharge your batteries after a busy exam season. Everyone is welcome and previous experience isn’t required. Why don’t you come along to the Kings Road Centre at 1.10pm on the 18th January and try something new!

9. Chinese New Year in Newcastle

Chinese New Year 2017

Image source: NewcastleGateshead

Head over to Stowell Street on Sunday 29th January for a day of free Chinese events and performances, such as traditional crafts, dance, music, martial arts and food and drink. There will be firecrackers, music, parades, lanterns, delicious oriental dishes and even lions and dragons dancing around, all to mark the start of the Chinese New Year in the city!

The celebrations usually start around 11am and go on until later in the afternoon. This is a cultural experience you definitely won’t want to miss.

10. Durham Vintage Kilo Sale

Vintage Kilo Sale

Image source: This is Durham

On Saturday 21st January, Durham will be holding one of the UK’s longest-serving vintage kilo sales! You can pick and chose from 1000s of mens and womenswear items from the seventies, eighties and nineties, and you only pay £15 per kilo! You can find out more information here.





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