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Top 10 Events in January

Top 10 Events in January

by Newcastle University

With the turkey and tinsel firmly behind us, it’s time to turn our thoughts to fresh starts, new beginnings and finally getting up off the sofa! Luckily, with so much on in the Toon this January, you’ll have no problem filling your calendar with energising events. We’ve handpicked some of our favourites…

1. The Cluny Cheese Festival - 3rd January

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Happy to put that January diet on hold? Then look no further than The Cluny’s annual cheese festival. Celebrating its third year, The Cluny is opening its doors in January for three whole days of fabulous food, live music and hilarious games, like the Cheese Olympics, for all the family. You can also sample some of their fantastic local ales too. Sounds too Gouda be true!

2. Transatlantic Bowie - 11th January

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Bowie fan? Well it would be wrong to miss Wylam Brewery’s annual tribute to the legend that is David Bowie. Listen to all of Bowie’s hits with a full brass selection and percussion from some of London’s best session musicians and vocalists, The Transatlantic Ensemble. A stunning night that you simply can’t afford to miss!

3. Klub Kids presents Sibling Rivalry - 15th January

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Bringing their hilarious podcast to life for one night only, RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty, Monet X Change and Bob the Drag Queen, will be taking to (and slaying) the Theatre Royal stage for our viewing pleasure. Whether you’re a RuPaul fan or a newcomer to drag, this event will be sure to have you creased with laughter all night long. Shantay you stay!

4. Flower Power Vegan Festival - 17th January

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Wanting a new resolution to kick off 2020? The Tyne Bank Brewery can help with their all-vegan-inspired festival to celebrate the growing Veganuary trend. Expect the tastiest vegan food from local vendors like the Fat Hippo and Grumpy Panda, as well as refreshing beers from the Tyne Bank Brewery to wash it all down.

5. Winter Exhibition - Throughout January

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Love yourself some contemporary art, craft and design? Well why not visit the The Biscuit Factory's Winter Exhibition to help kick-start 2020. Running all the way through January, their seasonal exhibition features headline artist, Rob van Hoek, with his beautiful cultivated landscape paintings and work from over 250 wonderful artists and makers. Entry is free admission too so what's not to love! 

6. NE1 Restaurant Week - 20th-26th January

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Talk about starting January correctly… This January marks the first of Newcastle’s highly anticipated, biannual restaurant weeks, helping put a spring back in your step after winter. Teaming up some of the best restaurants in Newcastle, this delectable event will get you the most unbelievable discounts on both food and drinks across the entire city. Hope you’ve got an appetite!

7. Mamma Mia Musical - From 22nd January

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A Greek love story… with ABBA? Yes you’ve guessed it, it’s none other than the classic musical, Mamma Mia! Follow Sophie on her quest to find her father at Newcastle’s very own Theatre Royal and sing along to your heart’s content with ABBA’s greatest hits. Just make sure to book early as it’s expected to be a sell out!

8. Clothes Up-Cycling - 22nd January


If you’re ready to give back after the winter festivities, come and join forces with Newcastle University’s Fashion Society in upcycling second-hand clothing for homeless people. Get those creative juices flowing at our Students’ Union and get ready to turn that old t-shirt into something useful.

9. Motoon 'Get ready 'cos here we come' - 24th January 


If soul music, soul food and a perfect parquet dance-floor sounds right up your street, then head along to Wylam Brewery’s Mowtown-inspired event, “Motoon”. Be ready for a true Motown-Geordie mash-up with Wylam’s fantastic resident DJs and plenty of dancing to blow those January cobwebs away.

10. Gateshead Silent Film Festival - 31st January

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Fancy a change from traditional Christmas pantomimes? Then why not cross the River Tyne over to Gateshead for their annual Silent Film Festival. From Jekyll and Hyde to Charlie Chaplin, enjoy all the characters in the gothic setting of St Mary’s Heritage Centre over delicious pizza and refreshments.