Distract yourself from the post-Christmas blues this January with these events across the UK. Whether you're in London and fancy seeing a short film, or Bristol and after some comedy, we've got you covered.

London Short Film Festival

Running from the 14th- 23rd January 2022, why not discover new talent and innovative short films at the London Short Film Festival 2022 (LSFF2022).

 

This celebration of short films showcases the best of UK independent films alongside some international submissions, from dramas, comedies and documentaries, to animations, low-budget shorts and experimental works.

 

You can catch a wide range of film screenings, live music events, workshops and talks at London’s venues, which bring together new and established talent in filmmaking from the UK and abroad.

Grayson’s Art Club at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Grayson Perry’s Art Club on Channel 4 got many of us through lockdown this year. Bristol locals will be excited to hear that the art works chosen by Perry, as well as guest celebrities during season two will feature in a brand new exhibition.

 

These works will feature in the exhibition exclusively at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery alongside pieces by Grayson and Philippa Perry and the guest celebrities and artists.

 

The exhibition runs from 4 Dec 2021 – 4 Sept 2022, and is pay how you feel.

Belly Laughs Festival in Bristol

Another gem for the South-West inhabitants, the annual Belly Laughs comedy festival is due to take place across from the 12th- 27th of January 2022. Aiming to cheer up the ‘most miserable month of the year’, it takes place in various venues around Bristol.  The event combines comedy, food and drink, whilst hosting gigs all in aid of charity. This year will support a range of Bristol charities, including Fareshare and Julian Trust.

 

Whilst some have sold out, there are still tickets on sale here. Get them while you can!

Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum

One way of fighting the January-blues: hold onto the Christmas spirit. A firm London favourite, the ice-rink at the National History Museum has once again opened its doors for skaters and non-skaters alike. Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink is one of the most magical places to be this winter.

 

After running annually for 16 years, the museum has announced this will be the final year of the rink. It is open in 2022 until the 16th of January.

 

Better get your skates on! Tickets available here.

Alice in Winterland at Queen of Hoxton

Travel through the rabbit hole into a magical wigwam for boozy hot drinks, juicy burgers, ‘Drink Me’ potion shots and shisha at Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch this winter.⁠

Cosy fire pits keep you warm outside on the rooftop as the whole area is adorned with Alice In Winterland decor. Try the signature cocktails such as Jam Jam Jabberwocky or hop inside the photo booth to capture some wintery memories. Plus, on Thursdays, head down into the basement for Hip Hop Karaoke.