The Best January Events in the East

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Great January events in the East of England. Our guide to beating the winter blues. Free and low cost events. 

Get Fit at Down Hall, every Sunday from 12 January 

Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex, CM22 7AS

Put your New Year’s resolution into practice but this year, forget the gym and instead get your heart racing with Down Hall’s ‘Get Fit for Spring’ programme. From 12 January local personal trainer Billy Cox will be teaching classes every Sunday from 10am – 11am.

Set within 110 acres of woodland and gardens, join Down Hall for HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) style circuit classes with a mixture of cardio and resistance stations where each session is tailored to all fitness levels and abilities. Book a course of six sessions for £95. To book, click here.


Winter Vegan Market, 18 January

Beccles Library, Blyburgate, Beccles, NR34 9TB

Beccles first ever vegan market will showcase locally made vegan products and plant based treats. Free entry.

Elysian Beer Festival, 24-26 January

Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely, CB7 4BB

Forget dry January, warm up and try a selection of up to 86 real ales, including 10 key kegs, ciders and meads. Tipples will be available from brand new micro-breweries, local East Anglian brews and beers and ales from the North and Midlands.

Photo by Idil Sukan

Comedy with Ed Byrne 

TV favourite Ed Byrne returns to Milton Keynes Stables on 21 January with his latest sell-out Fringe show and biggest tour to date after selling out two nights in September. He then performs at the Peterborough New Theatre 29 January, Norwich Theatre Royal 4 February, Watford Palace 7 February, Bury St Edmunds Apex 11 Feb, the St Albans Arena 26 February,  Aylesbury’s Waterside 28 February,  High Wycombe’s Swan 29 February and Cambridge Corn Exchange 7 March.

Dial M for Murder, 21-25 January 

Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

A brand new production of the classic thriller ‘Dial M for Murder’ arrives at Norwich Theatre Royal this month, starring Tom Chambers and Sally Bretton. Tickets £10-£33.50. Book online at

Leg it and Learn, 24 January

The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, CB5 8AQ 

Got some Christmas money left over? Treat yourself and discover the history of  Cambridge while keeping fit. Available to hotel guests, the Leg It & Learn package includes an overnight stay in one of The Varsity’s luxury rooms followed by a nutritious breakfast at the hotel’s panoramic brasserie SIX and a 30-minute early morning guided run, that will allow individuals to explore the history of the beautiful city centre.

Guests will then indulge in an all-inclusive buffet which will include nutritious dishes such as Poached Eggs and Avocado.

The Leg It & Learn package is priced at £150.00 per person and includes an overnight stay at the hotel on Friday 24th January in a King Room (limited availability) for two guests, morning 5K run at 8.00am and buffet breakfast at SIX. This also includes access to the spa and gym facilities.

To book: Call 01223 306030 or e-mail [email protected]. Spaces are limited, so get in quick to reserve your place

Dining in the Dark, 30 January, 7pm-10pm – SOLD OUT!

OPEN Norwich

Tickets: £30 + booking fee

A dinner with a difference! Enjoy a sensory and culinary experience that puts your taste buds to the test. Book tickets at

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