Looking for an event to feature? Here’s our pick of some of the best coming in January across our destinations. As ever, please check individual websites for the latest updates.
Queen Victoria and Hull
Ferens Art Gallery
Until 19 February 2023
Queen Victoria is one of the most recognisable British monarchs across the world, and locally her name is seen throughout the streets of Hull. This exhibition celebrates Queen Victoria’s relationship with Hull, tells the tale of Victorian Hull, and showcases the long lasting relationship the throne has with the city. At the heart of the exhibition, an ongoing partnership with The Royal Collection Trust brings Queen Victoria’s Jewel-Cabinet to Hull, generously lent by His Majesty the King.
Humber Street Live
Every Saturday night
Social’s new weekly Saturday night of live music, from the Sesh Events team, the people behind The Sesh, Trinity Live and Humber Street Sesh. Featuring the very best original bands and acts from across the region and beyond, plus guest DJs.
Until 31 January
In partnership with the British Antarctic Survey and the Scott Polar Research Institute, The Deep’s winter event is a celebration of science and adventure amongst the most extreme elements in the world – the Polar Regions. Explore the world of polar science including research into topics like the effects of climate change on the Antarctic, plastic in Antarctic oceans and the history of Antarctic exploration.
Festival of Angels
St Mary’s Church, Beverley
Until 14 January 2023
St Mary’s Church will be transformed with huge angel sculptures hanging high above the pews. Created by artist Anne Marie Kerr, the beautiful display will be brought to life with lights and sounds, creating an ethereal experience.
Walk This Way
Beverley Art Gallery
21 January – 18 March 2023
A celebration of 40 years of the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail through the work of resident artists Ian and Stef Mitchell. The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail celebrated its 40th birthday in 2022. The dramatic landscape, stunning views, big skies and abundance of wildlife has been wowing visitors along the 79-mile route from Hessle to Filey every year, and the trail is celebrated in art with this special exhibition.
A Season to Explore
Until 5 February 2023
QUAD presents an Autumn/Winter season of exhibitions, workshops, talks and events that invites audiences to explore reimagined worlds, share memories and experience new horizons. It features the work of Lawrence Lek, one of the most lauded artists in the UK, who works across the fields of film, music, and video games,
Winter @ Bustler Market
The Chocolate Factory
26 January 2023
Get cosy under the festoons and around fire pits, sip on a boozy hot choc and grab a board game or hit the Aprés bar and get your silent disco headset on!
Lucy the Dragon
Until 31 January 2023
Bursting through Lincoln Castle’s walls, Lucy the Dragon has proved to be an awe-inspiring sight at Lincoln Castle; and the good news is that the magnificent monster has decided to stay for a little while longer, to provide an eye-catching backdrop for visitors of all ages. Lucy is now free to view until 31 January 2023 as part of entry to the Castle grounds.
Standing With Giants Exhibition
The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC), Lincoln
Until 30 January 2023
Free to visit
Created by artist, Dan Barton, this art installation incorporates 255 silhouetted life-size figures of Seafarers, Royal Marines, Army, and Airmen and three civilians who lost their lives during the 1982 war on The Falkland Islands with Argentina. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of liberation in 2022, the silhouettes are framed by poppy wreaths marking the installation’s purpose – recognition and remembrance.
Gathering Light: A Bronze Age Golden Sun
The Collection, Lincoln
Until 20 February 2023
Lincoln’s Collection Museum’s archaeology gallery is currently the venue for a British Museum Spotlight Loan, Gathering Light: A Bronze Age Golden Sun. It features the Shropshire sun pendant, a gold bulla that is over 3,000 years old – and one of the most significant pieces of Bronze Age metalwork ever discovered in the UK. The Spotlight Loan reveals the importance of the sun to the lives of Bronze Age ancestors.
Spectacle of Light
27 January – 19 February 2023
Early bird tickets: £19.20 adults, £9.60 children (3-15)
This breathtaking walk through light, colour and fantasy will welcome in the 2023 season at Belvoir brightening the winter evenings with a magical after-dark experience. Belvoir Castle’s new event Spectacle of Light will be a chance to see the fairytale castle, formal gardens and magical woodlands illuminated like never before.
Bird Watching for Beginners
RSPB Middleton Lakes, Tamworth
21 January 2023
Tickets: from £6.60
Middleton Lakes is a tranquil area of wetlands, meadows, and woodland. Several kilometres of trails are home to a variety of rich habitats where there is always something new to encounter. Join an expert guide to learn all about the basics of bird watching while exploring the wildlife. Pre-booking is required for attendance.
Connoisseur Guided Tour
Gladstone Pottery Museum
14 January 2023
Tickets: £20, includes a light lunch. Limited places, advance booking essential
Have you always wanted to know more about the history of the pottery industry? This guided tour of a 19th century pottery factory is delivered by experienced and knowledgeable tour guides and offers a chance to discover more about the industry and ceramics.
Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Until 29 January 2023
Tickets: £5 adults, children under 16 free entry
Britain’s spiritual home of ceramics hosts an important exhibition of some of the finest pieces of Victorian majolica pottery ever made in the UK and the US. After a debut at New York City’s Bard Graduate Center, and then Baltimore, the exhibition is in the UK. Fittingly, the only place where it can be seen is in Stoke-on-Trent, dubbed the world capital of ceramics and the only city in Britain to be named after its primary industry, “The Potteries”.
Chinese New Year of the Rabbit
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
22 January 2023
Welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit at the museum with traditional music and dance including Unicorn, Dragon and Lion dance performances. Other activities include Chinese craft workshops, firecrackers and acrobatics.
Southampton Ice Rink
West Quay Shopping Centre
Until 8 January 2023
Admission: £13 adults, £11 children
Whether you’re an ice dance champion, a total newbie or anything in between, Southampton’s real ice-skating rink, within the Esplanade next to the Medieval Walls and Westquay South, offers the perfect spot for some festive fun. The rink is 900 sqm of real ice and this year there is a new SKATE path through a winter paradise of alpine fauna and festive lighting.
Winter Woodland Lights
Hawk Conservancy Trust
13 – 29 January 2023
Tickets: from £21 adults, £14 children (4-15 years)
Winter Woodland Lights is back this January. The Hawk Conservancy Trust will once again become even more magical, with illuminations, music and a live owl display set in a stunning, colourful woodland. For 2023, there is a new trail through the grounds and even more lights.
Evening Orchard Wassail
Chawton House, Alton
14 January 2023
Tickets: £20 adult, includes soup and a mulled cider
Join in this centuries’ old Twelfth Night apple-growing celebration, involving hearty singing in the orchard to encourage a bountiful harvest in 2023. Enjoy a warming serving of soup in the Courtyard before processing through the grounds to the orchard in the Walled Garden, where visitors will help to ward off the bad spirits.
Connoisseur Guided Tour, Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent
Queen Victoria and Hull
Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail celebrated in art
Belvoir Castle, Lincolnshire, hosting a Spectacle of Light
Polar Fest at The Deep, Hull