As months go, January possibly has the worst wrap. It’s cold, dark and payday feels like it was 20 years ago. Then there’s the whole ‘new year, new me’ thing, ridiculous diet culture and people generally being harsh to themselves. So this year, why not ignore that and be kind to yourself (more on that soon). I’m a believer that Spring is the most effective time to make the big changes. I don’t know about you but the thought of exercise and eating better seems to make more sense when there’s actually an inch of daylight. With this theme in mind, here are five things to do in Norfolk this January. They don’t take an awful lot of energy, some are even free and all are rather good for your soul.
Some of the activities I featured last year still apply, but I thought it would be nice to showcase a few different things. If you are interested the panto is still on and the seals are still being adorable on the North Norfolk coast. So those aside, here are my picks for January 2019.
Start the year slowly with a retreat
Moore and Moore Living Curate Retreat – Saturday 12th Jan – 91 Upper St Giles Street
Kickstart the New Year with a day retreat in Norwich. Moore and Moore have teamed up with Jade Jasmin and Norridge to put on a whole day of seasonal workshops designed to help you relax, reflect and reconnect. Tickets for the whole day are £80. Alternatively, you can book in on individual workshops. I’ve signed up for the meditation workshop in the morning. There’s seasonal planning, yoga, lunch and facial massage and a breath workshop, too.
Experience the magic of the ballet
The Russian State Ballet of Siberia – Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th January – Norwich Theatre Royal
One of the worlds’ best ballet companies is heading to Norwich for three nights. The Russian State Ballet of Siberia will be performing the classic La Fille mal gardée, Giselle and Cinderella at Norwich Theatre Royal. I cannot wait to be transported into the magical world of Cinderella for the evening. If you’re a ballet lover – It’s not one to miss!
Set out your goals and visions for the year
Vision Boarding Workshop for Women – 10 am – 12 pm on Saturday 26th January – Quaker Meeting House in Aylsham
Susannah Elizabeth is running a free (yes you read that right – FREE!) vision boarding workshop in the gorgeous market town of Aylsham. Come along and create your vision board for the year, learn how to listen to yourself and discover your own personal vision and get rid of the noise (aka the internet and other people telling you what you should be doing!) I honestly couldn’t think of a better thing to do in January… did I mention it’s free?
Debate with Dragons
Dragon Hall Debate – How should we eat? – Monday 28th January 7pm – 9pm – Dragon Hall on King Street
Writer and cook Rebecca May Johnson, UEA’s Professor Alisa Welch and UEA Emeritus Professior Tim O’Riodran will be having a heated debate about food – rather apt for January! The evening will cover the pleasures of food, sustainability and diet, health and ageing. It sounds like such an interesting and insightful event and it’ll cost you absolutely nothing to go along to.
Where art thou Romeo?
Royal Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet – Tuesday 29th January – Saturday 2nd Feb – Norwich Theatre Royal
The RSC is bringing the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet to Norwich for 5 nights. I was lucky enough to see a live broadcast of this at Cinema City last year and I cannot wait to see the piece in the flesh. Expect a gripping and dramatic performance of this classic tale with a few modern twists here and there.
So here’s to having a kind, insightful and gentle start to 2019. Let me know about your January plans and whether you’ll be popping along to these events.
P.S if you work for a local business and are holding an event or workshop, please let me know and I’ll try and feature it on social media or on these posts in the upcoming months.