What’s On In… January

Here’s our pick of the best events coming next month across the destinations and attractions we work with. Most events require booking in advance. As ever, please check individual websites for the latest updates.



The Hull Vigil
Queens Gardens,
Until 3 May 2022
On 3 May 2021, a year-long vigil began in Hull with the UK premiere of a monumental performance telling the story of a city coming back to life. Every day for a year, at sunrise and sunset, a vigil will keep watch over Hull from a bespoke structure located on top of the Hull College building. Over the course of one year, 730 people will contribute to the collective vigil – a 365 day silent and peaceful performance – to watch over the city. While places are now fully booked, there’s a chance to share in the excitement, and the experience, on the Vigil blog.

Northern Lights – The Winter Show
Studio Eleven, Humber Street, Fruit Market
Until 23 January 2022
Paintings by Sarah Louise Hawkins and ceramics by Sara Moorhouse. Sarah Louise Hawkins is interested in shape, colour, light and space, and how they interact with one another. Her work includes sculptural pieces, paintings and drawings and are made in minimalist, optical and abstract styles. Sara Moorhouse’s work explores the ways in which spaces within landscape appear altered depending on the ever-changing colours of season, weather, time and farming.

Ferens Favourites
Ferens Art Gallery
Until 16 January 2022
Since summer 2019 the Gallery has been asking visitors which artworks in the Ferens collections are their favourites. The result is an exhibition that offers a chance to see favourite works from the collection, like Rosa Bonheur’s The Lions at Home, Joseph Noel Paton’s The Man With The Muck Rake and Peter Wilson’s Believe Me, I Know Best, with text labels and drawings by the people of Hull.



Robin Robin Trail
RSPB Bempton Cliffs, Bridlington
Until 10 January 2022
Robin Robin is an exciting Christmas trail based on a heart-warming new film from Aardman Animation, shown on Netflix over the festive period. Wrap up warm and follow the trail around the reserve to discover more about Robin Robin and her friends. Adventure events are aimed at children aged 3 – 11 years old but are fun for all the family.

Reflections of Japan in East Yorkshire
Beverley Art Gallery
Until 29 January 2022
Free admission
This unique exhibition is an official event of the Japan Season of Culture in the UK. It brings together contemporary art and private collections of Japanese art and craft from across East Yorkshire. The core of the exhibition is a never before shown collection of traditional Japanese toys from local collector Jane Irisa. The exhibition also features a display of traditional and vintage kimono, joyful souvenirs and good-luck charms, and a unique set of gifts from the Japanese Imperial Court.



Florence Nightingale: Health in the Home
Pickford’s House
Until 13th February 2022
Free – give what you think
Originally due to open before the first Covid lockdown, this fascinating exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth and explores her impact upon health in the home. Join in a conversation about how we care for ourselves and those we live with, and how we discover and communicate health information.

White Peak Distillery Tour & Gin Tasting
Derwent Wire Works
Various dates
Tickets: £15 adult, £5 children (8-17)
Learn about the vision for the first whisky distillery in the Peak District region and gain insights into what is planned for its single malt whisky. Experience the unique atmosphere, heat and smells of a working distillery set in the old Johnson & Nephew Wire Works of the 1870s. You’ll also get to see ‘Betty’ a 600 litre spirits still, used to make award-winning Shining Cliff gin and rum. Then it’s time to take a seat in the Still House for a guided tasting of the range of gins.

Cabaret Mechanical Theatre
Museum of Making at Derby
Until 13th March 2022
Tickets: £4.50 adults, Under 16s free
Since 1979 Cabaret Mechanical Theatre (CMT) has played an integral role in the revival of automata and supported a growing number of automata makers. Its visually stunning art, science and engineering exhibitions have been seen by millions of people worldwide. Now CMT will bring 30 automata from the collection to the Museum of Making. The automata are made by 12 contemporary artists, including Paul Spooner, Carlos Zapata, Wanda Sowry and Fi Henshall. Marvel at the ingenious mechanisms, get inspired to make your own automata, and learn more about this wonderful art form.



Boston History Tours – new longer tour
Various dates January
Tickets: £10
A tour around Boston exploring places a bit further out of the town centre. It lasts 3-4 hours so it is not for the faint hearted, but does stop for lunch halfway round at the Lock Cafe near the Sluice Bridge (lunch not included in price of tour).



Birds of Hednesford Hills
Museum of Cannock Chase
30 January 2022
Admission: £2 per adult, £4 per child (includes a craft to make)
This bird event returns to Hednesford Hills, a site of Special Scientific Interest, in 2022 as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch. Bird ringing demonstrations by Chelmarsh Ringers (weather permitting), stalls and displays by the RSPB, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and other local animal and bird spotting groups, plus craft activities for children.



Arthur Berry – A Ragged Richness Exhibition
Brampton Museum, Newcastle-under-Lyme
From 15 January 2022
A major exhibition of Stoke-on-Trent’s most famous artist Arthur Berry’s work, Arthur Berry A Ragged Richness, opens on 15 January and continues to 6 March 2022 at the revamped The Brampton Museum & Art Gallery. The exhibition follows on from the release of a new book of the same name written by Peter Davis, which follows his early days in the smoke-filled potteries at Burslem, to London, rubbing shoulders with the boozing artists and writers of the early 20th century in bohemian Soho and Fritzrovia, and to his exiled wartime Ambleside Royal College of Art days.



Winter Woodland Lights
Hawk Conservancy Trust
14 – 30 January 2022
Admission: from £17.95 adult, £11.95 child
Start 2022 with a sparkle at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, when it will become even more magical with beautiful illuminations and a live owl display set in a stunning, colourful woodland. While immersed in nature, see the Trust come alive with sounds and lights dancing through the branches. Experience a rainstorm of light, the joy of sunrise and dazzling owl flights.

Mary Rose Platinum Ship Hall Experience
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
This experience is like no other, including access to areas within the museum and collection which have never been accessible to visitors. Go behind the scenes, explore the collection, spend time with the musuem’s experts, and enjoy hospitality with this brand new package. The highlight of the tour is an exclusive, behind the scenes VIP tour into the Weston Ship Hall, home of King Henry VIII’s ship, which gets you up close and personal with history.

The 62 Group of Textile Artists
St Barbe museum and Art Gallery
15 January – 26 February 2022
Admission: £5.45 adults, £2.70 child
Exhibiting in Lymington for the first time this highly regarded group of Textile Artists work explores the working relationship that artists have with the world around them. It includes a special project by Emily Jo Gibbs, The Boat Builders starring apprentices working at Berthon Boat Company. Located at the heart of the beautiful, historic coastal market town of Lymington, St Barbe is both a dynamic museum and highly regarded art gallery that appeals to both locals and New Forest visitors.

Six Winters: Scenes from Jane Austen’s Life & Imagination
Jane Austen’s House
Until 31 January 2022
Tickets: £12 adults, £5 children, must be booked in advance
A special, multi-sensory exhibition at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire, that presents six scenes from Jane Austen’s life and novels. As visitors explore the House, they can step back in time and experience six memorable winters of the past.

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    Winter Woodland Lights at The Hawk Conservancy, Hampshire

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    Ferens Favourites, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

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    White Peak Distillery Tour & Gin Tasting, Derby

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    Boston History Tours, Lincolnshire

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    Mary Rose Platinum Ship Hall Experience, Hampshire