What’s on in January 2017

New Year, new plans. It’s January 2017 and although Christmas might be long gone there’s still plenty going on to see you through the dark cold days. Think plays and pantos, outdoor pursuits and foodie markets. January has it all. For inspiration on where to go and what’s happening across the UK in January 2017, check out our Futon Company blog…


Oasis Exhibition
Manchester Central Library presents a photographic journey into the history of Oasis by Jill Furmanovsky. The DNA – Oasis exhibition shows the unique chemistry that formed the world-domineering Oasis. The journey uses original material from ‘Was There Then’ 1997 exhibition, which was originally displayed in the Hacienda nearly 20 years ago. From now until 28th January.


Billy Elliot the Musical
The ‘best musical of the decade’ (Time Magazine) is coming to the Palace Theatre. Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/5 minter’s strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. From now until 28th January at Palace Theatre.

Andy Warhol at The Whitworth
Andy Warhol’s work will be featuring at The Whitworth as part of its Artists Room exhibitions which will show the sharp, critical opinions of an artist known to many primarily as an art salesman, purveyor of product and celebrant of capitalism. Supported by Arts Council, Art Fund and Creative Scotland, the exhibition is drawn from Artists Rooms, a collection of international modern and contemporary art owned by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the public. From now until 16th April at Whitworth Art Gallery.


Lord of the Dance
Following the phenomenal success of the 2015 UK tour, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games announces a UK tour in 2017, coming to New Theatre Oxford 24th-26th January. Audiences should expect to be thrilled with the show’s intoxicating mix of dance and music that fuses the traditional with the contemporary in a classic tale that showcases the exceptional talent of the cast.

Cinderella – An Oxford Playhouse Pantomime
A pantomime that promises classic comedy routines, singing and dancing and proper magic tricks! From now until Sunday 8th January 2017.


Robinson Crusoe and The Pirate Queen
Set sail for adventure with the strapping hero Robinson Crusoe, armed only with a treasure map, his Mum, and the ship-shape crew of the Saucy Nancy. With hilarious routines and deeply daft mayhem, this exotic treasure chest of a show has all the stunning design and fabulous original music that Chipping Norton audiences have come to know and love. From now until Sunday 8th January 2017. The Theatre, Chipping Norton.


Nordic Modernist Exhibition
Modernist design emerged in the 20th century as a response to social and technological changes. Design became simplified, clean lines replaced ornamentation, and new materials were embraced. This small display at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Old Town, running from now until 12th February, showcases an outstanding collection of Nordic Modernist design donated to the museum, featuring works in ceramics, glass and jewellery. Assembled over the past 50 years, the collection features leading designers from Scandinavia and Britain, including Kaj Franck, Timo Sarpaneva and Henning Koppel.

Picnic at Hanging Rock
A new play adapted from Joan Linday’s novel by Tom Wright, directed by Matthew Lutton. On a summer’s day in 1900 three Australian schoolgirls grew tired of their classmates and yearned for adventure. Escaping their teacher’s watchful gaze they absconded, away from the group and towards the beckoning Hanging Rock – never to be seen again. Picnic at Hanging Rock has haunted the Australian psyche for over a century both in print and on film. In Tom Wright’s chilling adaptation, five performers struggle to solve the mystery of the missing girls and their teacher. From 13th-28th January.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum, features 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breathtaking wild landscapes. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launched in 1965, today the competition receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries, highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents. From now until 19th February 2017 at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Old Town.



Magical Lantern Festival
Celebrate the turn of Chinese New Year by exploring an immersive garden of lights and lanterns. Wander through a garden of magical lights and follow a magical lantern adventure through Europe, Egypt, Persia, India and China as you retrace the ancient Silk Road, this year’s special theme. See spectacular light installations and hand-made lanterns in the shape of animals and plants. Meet illuminated sphinx and camels on the way, and see a magnificent lantern rendition of the Coliseum and a life-size replica of the ship that Chinese Admiral Zheng used on his expeditions. At Chiswick House and Gardens from 19th January-26th February.


Come and Sing Day
Chiswick Choir’s Come and Sing Day focuses on John Rutter’s Magnificat. All abilities welcome to join in on Saturday 21st January 2017 at St Michael’s Centre, Elmwood Road, W4 3DY from 11am-4.30pm. £20 includes score, £10 students and under 21.

Chiswick Food Market
Open every Sunday come rain or shine from 10am to midday at Dukes Meadows Trust Pavilion Car Park W4 2RX, the market is a social enterprise and proceeds made from running it are used to improve and maintain both the local meadows and the surrounding riverside area. Features around 25 top producers from around the country.


Bristol Slapstick Festival
The Bristol Slapstick Comedy Festival celebrates silent and classic comedy and provides the largest assembly of living comic talent, the greatest comedy stars of the past, and the most laughter of any known festival. At Bristol Old Vic from 19th-22nd January.

The Snow Queen
Come on an epic adventure this Christmas with Bristol Old Vic’s enchanting new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless story The Snow Queen. Featuring cracking live music and original songs, this electrifying coming-of-age tale celebrates the things that make us different and the true value of friendship. From now until 15th January 2017.


Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Set within a mysterious forest enter Warrior Treasures to be captivated by a dazzling collection of gold, silver and semi-precious gems from Anglo-Saxon weaponry. Damaged and fragmentary, these superbly crafted fittings were discarded, but who buried them? And did they intend to come back for them? The collection is part of the Staffordshire Hoard, considered one of the most significant Anglo-Saxon finds. It almost certainly represents the spoils of war, fought in an ancient kingdom during the 7th century AD. On show now until 23rd April 2017.


The Carrivick Sisters
The Carrivick Sisters are one of the UK’s top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo. Saturday 21st January at Nottingham Playhouse 8pm in the Neville Studio. Tickets £10 (£8 concessions).

Join Widow Twankey and Aladdin on their magic carpet for a ride full of family fun and frolics! Aladdin promises to be a sensational show, dazzling with wit, shimmering with glitter and sparkling with song, dance and magical costumes. Showing at Nottingham Playhouse from now until 21st January 2017.

Nottingham Winter Wonderland 2016
Eek out the magic of Christmas for a few days more and visit Old Market Square until 8th January 2017 and enjoy the ice rink surrounded by festive lights and trees, and cabins selling seasonal food and drink and crafts. Experience Nottingham’s ice bar, made from ice walls filled with sculptures and drinks served from ice cups!



Cold Places: Pictures from the Poles by Sue Flood
Images taken in the Arctic and Antarctic by one of the world’s only women to specialise in Polar photography – Hawarden-born Sue Flood – are on show in her home city’s Grosvenor Museum alongside items from her Inuit arts and crafts collection as well as examples of her sub zero survival gear. From now until February 22nd.

pictures from the polkes

Mindfulness Meditation
Relax every Monday for Mindfulness Meditation classes 6.45pm at Beehive Healthcare, Chester. Meet like-minded people in comfortable surroundings. Minimum age 14. Entry price £7. 6.45pm for one hour. Every Monday.


South Africa: The Art of a Nation
The British Museum examines South Africa’s art history – from cave paintings to contemporary works. From now until February 26th 2017.

Beyond Caravaggio
Works by the Italian genius and those he inspired are on show at the National Gallery from now until January 15th 2017.

The Snowman
Magical snowmen come to life in the sumptuous stage adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ book, which is on its 19th consecutive run at The Peacock Theatre from now until 23rd January 2017.

The Snowman

The Red Shoes
A hop, skip and a jump from TCR, Sadlers Wells presents The Red Shoes, Powell and Pressburger’s iconic 1948 ballet film, brought to life by Matthew Bourne in a highly anticipated adaptation with music from golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. From 6th December until January 29th 2017, and touring the UK until May 2017.


Hilarious Hats at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
Friday Fun is the Gallery’s free drop in art, craft and storytelling sessions for 2-5 year olds (with an accompanying adult). They’re a great opportunity to get little ones interested in arts and culture from a young age and make them museum goers for life. Free! 10.30-11.30am every Friday until 24th February.

Bowie Experience
Bowie Experience is a spectacular concert featuring all of David Bowie’s hits – celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon. An unforgettable journey of sound and vision through David Bowie’s golden years from Space Oddity through to Let’s Dance. Bowie Experience is the world’s favourite and most authentic tribute to the thin white duke and continues to amaze audiences with an astounding attention to detail. Friday 27th January 2016 7.30pm at the Assembly Hall Theatre.


Simon & Garfunkel Story
Direct from its success in London’s West End, the Simon & Garfunkel story is back at the Assembly Hall Theatre on Sunday 15th January. Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and many more. Tickets £20, concessions £18.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
This family favourite is set to be brought spectacularly to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. Throw in a magical mirror, seven friendly dwarfs, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation, as we outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this glittering treat for all ages. Theatre Royal Plymouth from now until January 14th.


Films at Plymouth Arts Centre
Christmas may be over but there’s still plenty to do at Plymouth Arts Centre. Fabulous films for January include: A Street Cat Named Bob – the true life story of an injured stray tabby cat named Bob who adopted homeless drug addict James Bowen and turned his life around in the most spectacular fashion- together, they’ve sold five million books. So far, so upbeat, yet this is still a slyly subversive film with a social point to make as it highlights James’s isolation in a cold, hard-faced London which responds better to animals than its hopeless humans; A United Kingdom; Allied; After Love; The Unknown; Chi-Raq; Burn Burn Burn and The Birth of a Nation. For full details of dates and times go to

Mamma Mia
Join the ultimate feel-good party at Mamma Mia, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical! Set on a Greek island paradise, a story of love, friendship and identity is cleverly told through the timeless songs of Abba. Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget. At Theatre Royal from 17th January until 25th February 2017.


In The Mood: Glenn Miller Orchestra
Get in the mood as legendary bandleader Ray McVay presents a new show for 2017 complete with Mark Porter and Catherine Sykes on vocals and added harmonies from the Moonlight Seranaderss. Featuring all Glenn Miller favourites including In The Mood. 15th January at Civic Theatre.

The Tempest
On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this is no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems. 18th January 2017 at Civic Theatre.


Farmers & Crafts Market
Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Stables Visitor Centre at Hylands House, the wonderful Farmers & Crafts Market features a growing number of craft stalls and local farmers who are passionate about food. They sell a range of specialist foods including organic, locally grown seasonal vegetables, fine sausages and bacon, homemade cakes, fudge and pastries, pies and fantastic cheeses, homemade Indian foods and spices, locally grown plants and sweets and candyfloss for children. Held the first Sunday of every month from now until December, from 10am-4pm.


Dick Whittington
Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as Cambridge Arts Theatre whisks you away on a magical journey for this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Dick Whittington. Featuring all your favourite pantomime characters and Cambridge Arts Theatre’s trademark blend of songs, laughter, joy and magic, make it a New Year to remember. From now until 8th January.

Lunchtime Concert
Baroque ensemble music from England and The Netherlands by Handel, Avison, Boyce, Hellendaal and Van Wassenaer on 31st January 2017 at 13.10 at Cambridge University Collegium Musicum.

Easy Crochet Lace
Taught by Joanne Scrace. Learn the basics of crochet lace, pattern reading (written and charted) and much more as we work together through the popular Acer Shawl pattern. Experience required, knowledge of basic crochet stitches. £30 per adult. 21st January from 10am-1pm at The Sheep Shop.



Fisherman & Kings
The life and work of British photographer Olive Edis is celebrated at Norwich Castle Museum and Arts Gallery in this specially curated exhibition, the first ever dedicated to Edis’ 50 year long career. Featuring more than 190 rare photographs and related material, it showcases Edis’ wide ranging portraiture from British royalty to simple Norfolk fishermen, together with her important work as the first-ever accredited female war photographer. Open now until January 22nd.

Fiji: Art and Life
The most comprehensive exhibition about Fiji and Fijian art ever assembled, Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific will highlight the exceptional collections from the UK and elsewhere, including the Fiji Museum. The exhibition will bring together beautiful historic objects such as wood sculpture, bowls, canoes, weapons, large painted barkcloths and finely crafted objects made of shell and whale ivory, as well as examples of contemporary art. Open now until 12th February.

Circus Courses
Run away with the circus and get into shape after Christmas with these fantastic new circus courses! Includes foundation courses for curious and complete beginners. These give you a taste of multiple acrobatic and aerial disciplines, allowing you to decide which skills you’d like to progress with. A lively alternative to the gym in The Oak Circus Centre in Norwich’s unique space. From 9th-23rd January 2017.



Berwick and the gang are back where they belong: on the brand-new stage in the newly refurbished York Theatre Royal. Join us on our next adventure as they return home in spectacular style. Expect incredible sets, stunning costumes, outstanding song and dance, jaw dropping effects, and slapstick lunacy to amaze and delight all ages! Cinderella is a York Theatre Royal from now until 28th January 2017.

Jorvik: Home and Abroad
Working in partnership with York Museums Trust, The Jorvik Group invites you to discover the hustle and bustle of Viking York in this special exhibition devoted to the lifeblood of the city of Jorvik; international trade. There is also the chance to see a replica Viking-Age ship, used as a trading vessel and the opportunity to get an up close to look at precious artefacts from the Jorvik collection, all saved from the flooding of December 2015. Open from now until 28th February 2017.


York Famers Market
York’s monthly Famers Market celebrates the best of local produce, including meat, eggs, bread and oils as well as selling non-food gifts including pottery and woollen goodies. The Farmers Market joins the city’s regular market at the Shambles on the last Friday of every month. Fresh goods sold here are grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders within a 40-mile radius of York.


Burns Night
Celebrate Burns Night in style on 20th January at Battersea Arts Centre. Tickets from £30.

Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves
After the sell-out successes of Cinderella and the Beanstalk, award-winning Sleeping Trees return to Theatre503 with the world premiere of Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves – a glorious cocktail of everyone’s favourite pantomimes, directed by highly acclaimed Simon Evans (The Dazzle, Bug, Silence of the Sea). On until Saturday 7th January.


Vampires Rock
This rock-tastic, hilarious, musical concert lives up to its rocking reputation. A tongue in cheek story, spellbinding cast and incredible musicians take you on a ride through some of the greatest classic rock anthems ever. Prepare for a night of mischief and mayhem on 9th January at Theatre Royal.

Coal Shed Supper Club
The much-loved Coal Shed in Brighton invites you to an exciting range of Supper Clubs celebrating the best of British meat. 6.30pm for 7pm start at 8 Boyces Street on January 10th 2017. Head Chef Matt Price and his team will guide you through a five-course feast.


Royal Pavilion’s Ice Rink
The South East’s beautiful winter ice rink, the Royal Pavilion, is open for its seventh year from now until January 15th 2017 at the Royal Pavilion’s East Lawn in Brighton. With the former Royal pleasure palace as the backdrop and huge rink side bar and restaurant with a 40 metre terrace, this hidden gem of a rink is beautifully lit at night and is a great choice for those who want to skate in a twinkling setting as well as sit down to eat après ice.


Circus of Horrors
The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation, The Never-ending Nightmare. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave and beautiful acts all woven into an Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundtrack and performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek! 12th January at G Live Guildford.

Hellfire Comedy Club
The hottest up and coming comedy talent comes to G Live on 26th January. With a range of comedy styles, these emerging acts are fresh from the London circuit and give you a great opportunity to see some new stand-up talent in Guildford. Start your evening with a delicious curry prepared by the team of chefs, with an ice-cold beer or glass of wine – the perfect accompaniment to an evening of frivolity and laughter.

Guildford Farmers Market
Held on the first Tuesday of every month. While the High Street Setts are being repaired, the Farmers Market will relocate to the Leapale Road Surface Car Park. Buy high quality, fresh, local produce directly from over 50 local farmers and producers. Try the best seasonal produce and ask questions about growing, rearing, manufacture and cooking methods. Enjoy the freshest meat, fish, cheese, eggs, fruit and vegetables and breads.


The Ghosts of Mr Dickens
Untold Theatre returns to the Cygnet Theatre with an exciting new production on January 10th.The Ghosts of Mr Dickens charts the infamous author’s voyage to America, where he becomes plagued with visions and visitors from the spirit world. Figures from his life appear alongside characters from his stories. As reality blurs into fiction, much like Ebenezer Scrooge, the author is compelled to revisit the sins of his past.

Beach Boys Story
If you like the Beach Boys songs, you will love this band! Guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face, with a song in your heart and reflecting on a truly memorable live music experience, this is a show you will not want to miss! Coming to Exeter Barnfield Theatre on January 13th.

Bolshoi Ballet Season
Following the big success of past seasons, the Bolshoi Ballet will once again screen in the Exeter Picturehouse in their 2017 season. On January 22nd The Sleeping Beauty Live will be brought to life in glorious colour.


Life on Mars – A tribute to Bowie
Celebrate the works of David Bowie at Alexandra Palace Ice Rink, run by legendary nights Feeling Gloomy and Burnt Down The Disco. Skate the night away to Bowie’s greatest hits and back catalogue on January 8th 2017.

Vegan Life Live
The team behind Vegan Life – the UK’s premier vegan magazine – invites you to embrace plant-based living with this two day event on 7th and 8th January.


Adult Ghost Tours
Come along to Hampton Court Palace every Saturday in January for an evening walking tour hearing stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity. Tickets £27.50 per person.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of sumptuous classical music at the Rose Theatre, Kingston on 28th January at 7.30pm. From Beethoven to Grieg, to Mozart and Mendelssohn, this is one not to be missed.

Hampton Court Ice Rink
Arena Group is proud to present the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink in association with Historic Royal Palaces from now until January 8th 2017. Located in front of the stunning historic Hampton Court Palace, the 1040m ice rink offers something for everyone, from novice to expert. First skate 11am, last skate 9pm.