20 Things To Do In January

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No January blues here, just some fantastic things to do in London this month

Keep the New Year party spirit going throughout January with help from this month’s round-up of 20 things to do in and around London.


Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival features children’s shows, alpine-themed curling and a New Year’s Day Ceilidh. (To 7)


Follow the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission at the Garrick Theatre’s enchanting adaptation of the much-loved book. (To 7)


Spark your imagination and creativity with Messy Play at the National Archives. (12)


See a striking collection of colourful images to springboard you into your own creative adventure at the Half Moon gallery exhibition Come Along With Me. (From 13)


Hear Japanese folk stories at the Young V&A’s Stories from Japan, inspired by the museum’s Japan: Myths to Manga exhibition. (4 to 5)


Find out all about Army rations at the National Army Museum’s Mini Marchers. (9)


Award-winning duo Megson’s bring their gentle, entertaining Family Folk Show to the Watermans Art Centre. (21)


Play and create with Mini Makers – an exploratory play session at Pitzhanger Gallery. (12, 17, 26, 31)


Compete in the pub-style Parent and Baby Quiz at Vauxhall City Farm. (16, 23 and 30)


Shimmy your way over to the Lyric Hammersmith for jazz and funk fuelled show Groove into the Woods. (13)


Be whisked away to a mystical world sprinkled with visual poetry and acrobatic extravagance with Cirque du Soleil’s most iconic production Alegria. (From 11)


Discover the colours of the past and design a mask inspired by objects from the British Museum in the drop in event Making Masks. (From 13)


Hear the story of two brave explorers who use their imagination to transform their house into a wild adventure at the British Library’s Monster Hunt with award-winning artist Dapo Adeola. (12)


Enjoy sensory play activities at Mini Play, inspired by the Young V&A’s Play Gallery. (From 12)


See Canary Wharf transform into a magical Winter Lights wonderland, with light artwork and installations. (17 to 27)


Discover the magic of the twilight hour in the stage adaptation of Tim Hopgood’s book WOW! It’s Night-time (To 27)


Join the fun and friendly Great Fire of London Family Walk at the Museum of London and learn all about the Great Fire of 1666. (20, 27)


Puppets Federico and Firebird can’t wait to tell you all about Rug Rhymes – a Southbank Centre session of nursery rhymes, poems and rhyming stories. (26)


From gymnastic displays to dance routines and musical performances, Merton Live showcases the best local talent. (27)


Explore the complex power of cuteness in contemporary culture, featuring works by over 50 artists and contributors as well as a games arcade at Somerset House’s Cute. (From 25)

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