What’s On in January

With a new year upon us, things feel a little more relaxed after the busy festive season. While there are still events and activities on in the local area, it’s a good time to slow down and recharge while staying with us. Enjoy a winter walk in the countryside, perhaps with a stop off at a local pub. Return to your cosy cottage, light the wood burner or relax in the hot tub on the patio. Make the most of your daily swim slot and enjoy the sauna or steam room afterwards. 

Portsmouth Ice Rink at Guildhall Square
Until 7th January

Southampton Ice Rink at Westquay
Until 7th January

Enjoy ice skating in the local area
Enjoy the local ice skating rinks

Doctor Who’s Futuristic Whomobile, Bessie and Original Dalek in 60th Anniversary Display, Beaulieu National Motor Museum
From the sleek and stylish Bessie to the futuristic Whomobile and a menacing Dalek, this collection marks the 60th anniversary of the series and is open to visitors until 29th February. Find out more…

May The Toys Be With You, Novium, Chichester
From a galaxy far, far away comes an absolute must-see for fans of Star Wars and the silver screen. One of the UK’s finest collections of vintage Star Wars toys and original cinema posters is now on display in The Novium Museum. Find out more…
Until 20th April 2024

Lower Winchester Guided Tour
Join one of Winchester’s official tourist guides for this 90 minute walking tour of the lower part of the city. The tour starts at the Visitor Information Centre and visits Abbey Gardens before following the River Itchen past Wolvesey Castle, Winchester College and Jane Austen’s House to finish in the Cathedral Close. Find out more…
Saturdays until 30th March

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Night Sky Live at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium
Have you ever looked up into the sky at night and wondered what you’re seeing? Learn the skills you’ll need to identify what’s above you before following the stargazing host outside into the South Downs National Park. It’s the perfect spot to observe the stars, constellations and planets. Find out more…
11th January

Susie Dent: The Secret Lives of Words at Theatre Royal Winchester
Take a journey into the curious, unexpected and surreal origins of the words we use every day. Learn about the lexicon of the past that fill some of today’s linguistic gaps and hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 30 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Find out more…
13th January

Upcycled Fashion at The Sustainability Centre
This one day course will equip participants with the basic skills to create an accessory from secondhand clothing by learning about how to unpick and deconstruct items, cut basic patterns and sew simple seams. By the end of the day, you will feel confident in producing an up-cycled hat or tote bag from pre-existing garments. Find out more…
13th January

Guided Tour of Stansted House 
Join one of the knowledgeable tour guides on a guided tour of the House. Discover the family seat of the Earls of Bessborough and explore the beautiful state rooms. Enjoy a true upstairs, downstairs experience as you learn about those who called Stansted Park home before heading downstairs to see the extensive servant quarters. Find out more…
14th January

Enjoy wassailing at an apple orchard
Enjoy wassailing at an apple orchard

Wassailing Day, Weald & Downland Living Museum
Come and bless the Museum’s orchard at the winter Wassailing! Join a procession with music, songs and short performances, finishing at the orchard for the wassail to ensure a good harvest. Find out more…
14th January 

The Gruffalo’s Child at New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Follow the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories’ enchanting adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Find out more…
15th to 17th January

Circus of Horrors – Dr Haze’s Cabaret of Curiosities, Kings Theatre, Southsea
This ‘fang’tastic new show is set to blow your mind with an amazing set, stellar lights and special effects. Plus, of course, there will be all the beautifully bizarre circus acts, a sinister story and the darkest of magic you’d expect from Circus of Horrors, all performed to an original rock score. Find out more…
23rd January 

City of Southampton Orchestra Family Concert – Peter and the Wolf at Central Hall, Southampton
Join us for our ever-popular family concerts, which this year will include the classic piece Peter And The Wolf alongside a musical menagerie of other well-known favourites. Find out more…
27th January

Stargazing 2024 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Join astrophysicists and cosmologists from the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, navigation experts from the National Museum of the Royal Navy, amateur astronomers from Hampshire Astronomical Group, space engineers from Airbus Defence and Space, the Dark Skies team from the South Downs National Park, and more at this free event that explores navigation through space and time. Find out more…
31st January

HMS Warrior at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
HMS Warrior at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Photo Credits:
Skaters by Jason Leung on Unsplash
Apple orchard by Liana Mikah on Unsplash