With the turkey and tinsel firmly behind us, it’s time to turn our thoughts to fresh starts, new beginnings and finally getting up off the sofa! Luckily, with so much on in the Toon this January, you’ll have no problem filling your calendar with energising events. We’ve handpicked some of our favourites…
Enjoy coupling fine cheeses with tasty local beers as The Cluny brings a weekend of post-festive feasting, complete with its very own cheese market. Warm up with a fondue while The Cluny serves up great food and live music alongside cheese themed fun and games.
8th January, 20:30
Having defeated rivals Sheffield Hallam in the last round, can our team rise to the challenge again? Tune in and test your wits with another helping of impossibly complex questions as Newcastle this time takes on Southampton. Drop in and support the team themselves as they gather to enjoy the show in Luther’s Bar.
8th – 14th January
Championing Newcastle’s up and coming vegan scene for the second year running, Vegan Restaurant Week returns with an array of meat and dairy free deliciousness at a whole host of participating venues around town. Treat yourself to a healthy, and environmentally conscious, alternative this January by exploring just how rich, varied and delicious a vegan diet can be.
Looking for something a little different? Following a sold out first show, gather in celebrating a shared love of words with an eclectic mixture of poetry, comedy and spoken word performances. Featuring a mix of top local and national artists, as well as stand up from ‘renowned lavatory humourist’ Simon Donald, co-founder of Viz magazine.
12th & 19th January
From the punchy hits of Beyonce to the captivating melodies of Bowie it’s all about icons this January at Wylam. Whether you’d prefer an evening of feminine toughness from 3 glamorous female vocalists fronting a 13 piece live band, or an honest tribute to Bowie’s incredible music from a top group of London session musicians, there really is something for everyone!
15th – 21st January
Wine and dine yourself at some of the city’s finest restaurants for a fraction of the price as Restaurant Week returns, with over 100 restaurants offering set menus from just £10 or £15pp. Indulge in a la carte dishes at award winning eateries, sample exotic new tastes from around the globe or simply use the opportunity to bag a bargain at an old favourite!
Nothing parallels the excitement of ring side seats, witnessing some of the North East’s top wresting talent backbreak, chokeslam and powerbomb their way to victory! Prepare yourself for bar-room brawls, stink faces and death defying balcony dives at one of the city’s trendiest music venues.
26th – 27th January
Step back in time to long before motion capture, CGI or even colour picture as GLAS Performing Arts Academy present two evenings of sensational silent cinema. Featuring horror classic The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Charlie Chaplain’s timeless comedy The Gold Rush, each accompanied by a bespoke piano soundtrack played live alongside the screening.
Wednesdays throughout January
Top name comedians take to The Stand in the New Year, with the likes of Reginald D. Hunter and The Chase’s Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha gracing the stage. However, if you’re looking for big laughs on a small budget, we’re big fans of Red Raw Wednesdays; an entire evening of up and coming talent for just £3pp!
Relax and unwind after a busy Christmas with a pamper session at Lush. Surround yourself with sweet smells and all natural ingredients as you hand make your own face mask at Give it a Go’s exclusive workshop.
Along with Give it a Go, our very own Swing Dance Society will take you back to the big band era in this swinging Lindy Hop taster session. With roots in jazz, tap, breakaway, and Charleston, this energetic dance style is sure to be a hit with those looking to try something new in 2018 – as well as helping shed a few of those extra Christmas pounds!
31st January – 3rd February
From dancing snowflakes to the land of sweets, the Scottish Ballet brings their sparkling rendition of Tchaikovsky’s magical fairy-tale to the Theatre Royal. Complete with dazzling sets, glittering costumes and accompanied by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra; the Nutcracker is an enchanting production, not to be missed this January.