2021 is finally over and it’s time to ring in a new and hopefully more exciting year. And whilst that’s a cause for celebration in itself, the uncertainty continues and the possibility of reintroducing restrictions is never far from the headlines. It might be a strange old time but it’s an improvement on January 2021 as we can unearth plenty of fun things to do in Birmingham that make a change from watching Netflix reruns and heading out for another slow turn around the local park. And rest assured, you’ll definitely end January knowing that it was the best month of 2022 – so far!
1. Glide into the year in style at one of these ice rinks near Birmingham
It’s time to get your skates on Brummies even if the festive season is over. Popping up in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, guests can glide their way into the new year to festive tunes whilst enjoying a hot mug of mulled wine, with plenty of new and wintery scenes to skate around. From Ice Skate in the Birmingham city centre to an ice rink with a dazzling light trail at Warwick Castle, this winter is going to be an ice experience.
OK, so it’s another year you’re probably trying to forget as soon as possible, but there’s still the chance for eternal quiz glory up for grabs, so take it seriously! This game is inspired by The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and takes players through 10 rounds of gameplay with lots of interactive video, audio, special guests, graphics, news presents, and live triggers. Are you up for the challenge? Your tickets are available here.
3. Reminisce the good old days at Hogwarts by watching the Harry Potter reunion
HBO Max announced just last month that a Return To Hogwarts television special is finally coming to our screens. We don’t want to spoil too much, but the trailer shows the cast reminiscing about old times, and we really can’t deal with the nostalgia! Return To Hogwarts will be released globally on New Years Day, January 1, 2022, on HBO Max. Plus, it will feature director Chris Columbus along with the movie’s stars, who haven’t been seen together since Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which was filmed back in 2009. The special will focus on the Harry Potter legacy. Meanwhile, cast members will take fans on an exciting, emotional and personal journey through the making of the Harry Potter movies.
What better way to celebrate the first day of 2022 than spending it at this spectacular brunch with some of the biggest R&B and soul tunes around? From TLC and Mary J. Blige to Pharrell and SZA, you can continue the fun after NYE by dancing all afternoon and enjoying one full hour of bottomless rum punch. Plus, there will be tasty street food available all day for you to snack on. So grab your friends and get ready to carry on the party spirit into 2022. Book your tickets here.
5. Escape the city and enjoy a winter staycation in the UK
Who knew that two years into the global pandemic, the idea of going on an international holiday would still be a whole daydream away? And while that’s a pretty gloomy thought on the surface, the UK isn’t exactly a total prison. Boasting varying landscapes and quaint little villages, our country is actually a mecca for culture, with tons of stunning sights and historical landmarks to uncover across the island. Check out our pick of the best winter staycations in the UK here.
A fundamental part of many people’s childhoods, Disney will forever hold a special place in our hearts – and it’s mostly down to their iconic songs and compositions that will remain forever engrained in our brains. Whether it’s a trip under the sea that we’re after, or a whole new world entirely, Disney has always been there for us. And helping us pay homage to the classics from some of our favourite soundtracks this January is Fever’s wonderful Candlelight series – which will bring the music to life in the truly beautiful setting of St Paul’s Church. Find your tickets here.
7. Snuggle up in one of these cosy, wintery dens
Searching for a cosy space for a tipple besides enjoying one at home? With a number of twinkling, cosy huts and igloos popping up in Birmingham this winter, how could we not resist? From twinkling igloos decked out to the nines, to cosy huts providing shelter from the harsh temperatures – the city is brimming with wintery dens to snuggle up in. Check out our round-up of the best outdoor huts, pods, tipis and igloos to enjoy this winter in Birmingham here.
Imagine stepping inside a restaurant blanketed in darkness and being served a sublime three-course meal – the flavours and textures of which are intensified by your remaining senses. Sounds a little bit incredible, right? An experience that’s been backed by psychologists as an ‘amplified’ way to enjoy food, the enticing ‘Dining In The Dark’ event is returning to Birmingham this January, so you can find out for yourself. Find your tickets here.
9. Sit back and watch a film at the newly-renovated Electric Cinema
The 122-year-old venue will be getting it’s very own rewind: dusting off their red-velvet seats, switching on the popcorn machine and firing up the projectors once more. The historic gem will get to fulfil its purpose again, with each film lover that steps over the threshold breathing new life into its Art Deco bones. If the cinema can reopen on January 21, the opening film programme will include Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, alongside Licorice Pizza and psychological thriller Nightmare Alley. Plus, the Electric Cinema will also feature a new menu featuring premium hot dogs, falafel bites, nachos and desserts which will be available to order from the bar or straight to your sofa.
Kicking off the new year is a wonderful tribute to the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin. The UK’s finest musicians have teamed up for an evening of beautiful music with stunning candlelit surrounds, performing some of her historical tracks which made her the queen we know and love today. Guests can enjoy a spectacular tribute concert featuring top talent who’ll be performing some of the beloved artist and civil rights activist’s back catalogue in a very special, intimate setting. Expect to hear covers of ‘Natural Woman’, ‘Respect’, ‘I Say a Little Prayer’, ‘Think’ and ‘Rock Steady’, plus more of Aretha Franklin’s greatest hits which you may struggle to resist swaying in your seat to. Book your tickets here.
11. Sip on a tipple or two in this unbelievably cosy beer garden
One of the best things to do during January is most definitely snuggling up with a drink in a warm and cosy pub alongside great company, otherwise you’re not doing winter right. Luckily, one Birmingham public house has gone all out with a dreamy outdoor nest for you to do just that- and it’s pretty enough to make you question whether to sit inside or outside on a cold night. Most would think it’s a no-brainer to head indoors, however this winter garden is decked out to make your visit rather toasty with furs, blankets, hot water bottles and all the boozy (as well as non-boozy) hot drinks you could want. Plus, mulled wine certainly shouldn’t just be reserved for December.
12. Go vegan for the month
Veganuary rolls around once more, and it seemingly gathers speed every January. We say, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, so why not check out all the vegan delights that Birmingham has to offer to inspire your next dining out experience. From vegan junk food by BAHA and The Vegan Kitchen to Asian cuisine by Yakinori and Cafe Soya, there’s definitely something for plant-based eaters to enjoy in Brum, Veganuary or not.