January is around the corner – you’ve had a wonderful Christmas holiday, you’ve finished eating the fridge and possibly other people’s fridges (small print: we don’t judge) and now you’re probably thinking about starting the year off with a New Year’s resolution.
If you’re going to be doing a Dry January then, as with most resolutions, planning is the key to success: Planning what you’ll do instead of drinking and planning how you’ll navigate the situations where other people are drinking.
So if you’re lacking ideas around alternative activities next month, then we’ll help you out with a few ideas with our list below. Many of the activities we list are in and around London as this is our home, but we’ve tried to find things around the country. If there’s nothing near you on this list, then you can use it as ideas for events to search for in your area, wherever you are.
Before we dive into our ocean of to-do’s, here are our top tips for surviving your first night out – because unless you’re managing to avoid all social situations with those who aren’t doing dry January, then chances are you need a few tips:
If you’d really rather avoid pubs and bars, then there are plenty of other ways to enjoy your January – and alternative ways to catch up with family and friends. The more you explore, the more things you will find you like or dislike. It’s better to do ‘something’ than ‘nothing. Why not do something different each day – something new, something fun, something mischievous or something to overcome your fear and bring out the best in you.
Number One on our list is our Mindful Drinking Festival coming up on 12th and 13th January 2019 at The Truman Brewery – a two-day extravaganza of booze-free frolics with some of the best alcohol-free drinks producers in the business. It’s a great way to explore new drinks options and meet new people – and we’ll have competitions, celeb guests, inspirational speakers and lots more. You can also check out our events page for our socials, lunches and nights out.
The Re:Solutions Festival is happening at the Truman Brewery at the same time as our festival, so head along for the ultimate wellbeing with meditation, gong baths, and nutrition.
Morning Gloryville are hosting a New Year’s Day rave – in London no boozing, just good times. We’re regulars of MGV events and can say first hand that they are ALWAYS awesome. And you can move swiftly from Dry January to Dry February with Sober Clubbing in Glasgow on 7 February.
On top of sober raves and club nights, you could also look for 5 Rhythms, ecstatic dance, or contact improvisation groups where you are – and there are many other alcohol free dance classes too!
For a more chilled vibe, High Mood Food cafe in London’s Marylebone will host an “alternative after work chill out“, between 5:30-8:00 pm every Thursday, with a kombucha bar and alcohol free cocktails and beers. And in Dublin, MVP pub hosts a weekly ‘Sober Sundays Series’ of curated alcohol free nights with drinks, talks, demos & tastings.
If you’re looking to get fit and healthy in January then you can commit to a full years worth of gym at BLOK London – located in both Shoreditch and Clapton with a built-in cafe. KXU, Psycle, and Frame are also great options if you’re looking for an urban-styled motivational gym experience. Outside of London? Just do a search locally and find the gym that suits you best – whether the edgy and cool Upfit in Manchester or something more traditional.
If you’re not feeling the gym scene then try indoor bowling for a bit of fun and gentle exercise – or for something a little more adventurous you can go Hiking at the Virginia Water Cascades and Windsor Castle. Get your dance on at London Yoga Dance Class and some places have twists like Dancing in the Dark.
Although Christmas has passed and winter is nearly over, you still have a chance to go ice skating, often until the end of January. In London, why not try the Tower of London Ice Rink or even the beautiful Skate at Somerset House. Birmingham has the Big Wheel Ice Rink.
Try Bumper Cars on Ice at Elephant and Castle – but hurry, because it shuts for the winter on the 6th January. For the Hogwarts lovers there are Warner Bros. Studio Tours – The Making of Harry Potter.
Theatre-wise you can check out the classics Peter Pan – Richmond theatre and Snow White at the London Palladium. For something a little darker, The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre is still running and is hugely popular. Or see the classic Wizard of Oz in Birmingham.