What better way to beat the post-Christmas blues than with a holiday in January? If you thought there wasn’t much happening during this chilly month, think again! The UK is full of fantastic January events, from beer festivals to wassailing. And if you’re looking for the best January holiday destinations, Holiday Lettings has plenty of ideas to get you started.
Take it easy with a relaxing break at a countryside cottage or live it up in the city at a stylish apartment. Groups of friends and large families can choose from elegant townhouses, barn conversions, spacious apartments and much, much more on Holiday Lettings. With so many rentals to suit all tastes and budgets, finding the perfect place is easy.
For a little inspiration on where to travel this January, here are some top winter events across the UK, all located in great holiday destinations worthy of a weekend—or even week-long— getaway.
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 2018 is looking like being the best ever. Highlights include a ceilidh at the foot of Edinburgh’s iconic castle, an extended midnight fireworks display, and a revamped Street Party that keeps the celebration going all evening. Musical acts include Huey Morgan, The Human League (and more!) while the famous Concert in the Gardens this year is headlined by Rag’n’Bone Man. 30 December sees the famous Torchlight Procession taking a new route through the historic Old Town, while 1 January opens with the Loony Dook where revelers jump into the freezing Firth of Forth. Val McDermid’s The Message from the Skies installation is a series of projections around Edinburgh telling the story of New Year’s Resurrection. It’s on until Burns Night so you’ll have plenty of time to see it during your stay.
Blow away the cobwebs on New Year’s Day at one of the greatest street parades in the UK. This free, family-friendly extravaganza is broadcast live around the world, and spectators can enjoy three and a half hours of music and excitement on the streets of the West End. There’ll be performances from thousands of musicians, dancers and acrobats. The parade starts at 12 noon near Green Park station, runs along Piccadilly to Piccadilly Circus, then down Regent Street, St. James’s, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, passing many much-loved London landmarks along the way.
The ancient fire ceremony in Burghead, Moray, starts at 6pm outside the Old Manse, Granary Street. The flaming Clavie (a barrel full of staves) is carried through the town followed by a large crowd until it reaches Doorie Hill on the ramparts of the ancient fort, where it eventually burns out. The embers are collected as a piece of the Clavie is said to bring good luck for the coming year. Find out more about this historical event and explore the beautiful Scottish countryside when you book a rental nearby. If you’ve been wondering where to go in January to see something truly unique, this event is not to be missed.
Now in its 39th year, this quirky festival celebrates an ancient tradition where a ”straw bear” (a local man wrapped up in straw) danced through the village streets. Now, it’s a fun three-day festival with traditional dancing, a Friday night concert and Saturday parade. There’ll be a barn dance, music, storytelling and much, much more. Don’t miss the burning of the bear costume during Sunday’s grand finale! If you’re looking for January events with a difference, this one’s for you.
Start the New Year in style with a scenic 5k at the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run. Join 3,000 others to shake off the winter blues in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh with a challenging course offering fantastic views of the city. Participants travel up the iconic Arthur’s Seat, passing Dunsapie Loch, before heading on a fast downhill section and crossing the finish line next to the Palace of Holyrood House. You’ll then be able to enjoy the vibrant event village, packed with food stalls, before watching some of the world’s best athletes take on the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh XCountry.
Big Burns Supper is Scotland’s landmark Burns Night event! Taking place in over 30 venues across Dumfries, the town goes bonkers for 10 days of winter magic featuring cabaret, comedy, music and entertainment. If you are going to check out Dumfries, this is definitely the time to do it – the Burns Night Live festival is streamed live to the world and is home of Le Haggis, Scotland’s finest five-star cabaret experience.
Chepstow Wassail and Mari Lwyd is a combination of several English and Welsh traditions. Wassail is blessing apple trees with singing and dancing, followed by a bonfire. Mari Lwyd is a Welsh first-footing tradition (the first person to enter the home of a household on New Year’s Day is said to bring good luck) involving a horse head in a shroud and a group of revellers singing and dancing. The Welsh and English meet to celebrate the border and there is a ceilidh at the end. It’s a full day of family entertainment, so why not book a rental nearby where you can relax afterwards? There are plenty to choose from in Chepstow.
St Dwynwen’s is a 4th-century princess who was a little unlucky in love. She became a nun and prayed that other romantics had a better time of it than she did! If you’re thinking of popping the question, how about heading to Wales this January to celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day with your significant other? With its beautiful scenery and mountainous landscape, there are plenty of places where love is sure to be in the air. Cosy up back at a secluded cottage and have a ‘cwtch’ (cuddle) with your loved one.
Come to Manchester Central in the heart of the city this January to experience the North’s biggest beer festival. Showcasing over 750 ales, ciders, perrys and foreign beer and run by CAMRA volunteers, this January event attracts around 14,000 visitors to the former railway station. New for 2018 is a bar featuring the best of Irish beers. With a great selection of street food traders and advance tickets available online, it’s the ideal choice to banish the post-Christmas blues!
Experience the beauty of Perth’s riverside walk as the Riverside Light Nights return for 2018. Illuminations and fantastic themed nights, including celebrations of Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day, transform the Norie-Miller Walk into a magical wonderland in the city centre. There will be food, drink, and lots of other surprises to delight you throughout the Light Nights. And with so many fantastic rentals to choose from, this event should definitely be on your list of things to do in January. For more information, please visit www.perthcity.co.uk