Commonly known as the most depressing month of the year, no one expects a lot from little ol’ January. But whether you’re in need of a post-Christmas pick-me-up or want inspo for how to have fun while laying off the booze, DesignMyNight have devised the ultimate game plan for the dreary month ahead. From a quirky club night honouring all things Drake and Birmingham’s brand new baking competition pop-up to an interactive movie night with bottomless popcorn, look no further for your cure to the January blues.
Desperately holding onto Christmas in any way you can? While the festive season is over and some say it’s time to move on, this event strongly encourages living in the past, like way in the past (we’re talking Victorian London, folks). Relive the whirlwind story of A Christmas Carol at The Great Christmas Feast as you dine in Charles Dickens’ study; gather round the dinner table for a banquet of epic proportions, made better with festive cocktails and a haunting retelling of the ooky spooky, timeless tale.
Hasn’t hit home that you’re living in a brand new decade? A trip to London’s new futuristic activity bar oughta do the trick. Electric Shuffle combines cutting-edge tech with old-school shuffleboard. For the serious brunches among you, their £30 afternoon involves video game-style challenges at the shuffleboard table, devouring paddle pizzas and nursing a bottle of prosecco (yup, we’re talkin’ one bottle per guest - no sharing required).
Calling all smooth criminals. Reckon you’ve got what it takes to earn your place in a secret agency of outlaws? The time has come to put that to the test as Moonlight Hustle will see you thieving, creepin’ and working to a very tense deadline as you steal valuable treasures before the clock strikes 12 (guess this is what coursework’s been prepping you for all along). You’d better have strong nerves and a steady hand, as only the most discreet amongst you will be accepted (the international criminal underworld doesn’t admit just anyone you know).
If you low-key worship short flicks and are partial to a cosy night around the campfire, this event may have just answered your 2020 prayers. With a gritty line-up of short adventure films in a grand chapel setting, the Round Chapel is offering up an evening of culture alongside cracking refreshments from the pop-up bar, including mulled wine and an array of hot food. Take a break from the on-screen action and retreat to the outdoor campfires for a spot of marshmallow toasting, all for less than £25 a ticket.
The Grand is back at it with a fresh roster of unruly film nights. Cheer on your heroes and boo the bad guys knowing that no one will shush you at this wacky screening of Labyrinth. Expect entertainment from the hosts, the occasional balloon drop, plus cocktails and £2 unlimited popcorn to see you through the show. Hotdogs and nachos will be on offer for the extra peckish... just make sure all the food doesn’t jeopardise your afterparty attendance; only the strongest will survive ‘til 3am.
Missed out on experiencing Drake turn the O2 into the O3 on his 2019 tour? XOYO are giving us the next best thing (and the MUCH cheaper alternative). Give in to God’s Plan and head down to this East London club for a night of non-stop Drake, casually brought to life by a live orchestra. This OTT club night is the only place to truly show your love for the serial chart topper himself, with dramatic renditions of all your Take Care faves.
Whether you’re a natural born artist or struggle to draw anything more complex than a stickman, Duo’s throwing a paint party that should definitely be on your radar. The only club night that’s as fun as it is therapeutic, you’ll be rustling up a masterpiece using the art supplies at hand, while sipping on complimentary bubbly and dancing away to whatever the DJ’s got in store… that’s our kind of multi-tasking.
If you’re tired of not getting enough recognition for your mad baking skills, now’s the time to show the world what you’ve got as London’s beloved bake-off experience comes to Brum. Prepare to cook up a storm (or disappoint the whole nation trying) at The Big Birmingham Bake’s beautiful marquee. Everything you need is provided, so all that’s left to do is divide into teams of two, decide whether you’ll be a whisk-taker or play it safe and try not to make a mess as you battle it out for the title of baking champion.
If you’re on the hunt for a fun activity to keep you busy this weekend, Treetop Adventure Golf is the answer. With two 18-hole courses to take a swing at, enter the jungle with their tropical-themed track, or make like Indiana Jones as you trek through ancient temples on their Egyptian-inspired course. Keep the good times rolling with fruity cocktails like their Tropical Smash and Goji Cosmo, or wander down to their pizza cabana for piping hot slices, topped with everything from brie and red onion jam to pesto and feta.
If you made a New Year’s resolution to live better but are already dreading what that entails, this event is the perfect thing to ease you in. Be At One have swooped in to help Leeds find their zen and have fun while keeping fit with a January yoga session. While the benefits are priceless, this event is just £7 and includes a refreshment from the bar’s low/no alcohol menu. Who knew living a healthy lifestyle could be such a breeze?
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