2021 is finally over and it’s time to ring in a new and hopefully more exciting year. And whilst that’s a cause for celebration in itself, the uncertainty continues and the possibility of reintroducing restrictions is never far from the headlines. It might be a strange old time but it’s an improvement on January 2021 as we can unearth plenty of fun things to do in Bristol that make a change from watching Netflix reruns and heading out for another slow turn around the local park. And rest assured, you’ll definitely end January knowing that it was the best month of 2022 – so far!
1. Glide into the new year in style at this Bristol ice rink
Nothing says winter quite like lacing up your boots and heading onto the ice for a spot of skating with friends and family. This Bristol ice rink at Cribbs Causeway, Planet Ice, which opened in November 2021, offers skating sessions for all to enjoy. The attraction offers international standard skating facilities designed to accommodate a range of ice related activities and sports, such as ice skating lessons and ice hockey.
OK, so it’s another year you’re probably trying to forget as soon as possible, but there’s still the chance for eternal quiz glory up for grabs, so take it seriously! This game is inspired by The Big Fat Quiz of the Year and takes players through 10 rounds of gameplay with lots of interactive video, audio, special guests, graphics, news presents, and live triggers. Are you up for the challenge? Your tickets are available here.
3. Reminisce the good old days at Hogwarts by watching the Harry Potter reunion
HBO Max announced just last month that a Return To Hogwarts television special is finally coming to our screens. We don’t want to spoil too much, but the trailer shows the cast reminiscing about old times, and we really can’t deal with the nostalgia! Return To Hogwarts will be released globally on New Years Day, January 1, 2022, on HBO Max. Plus, it will feature director Chris Columbus along with the movie’s stars, who haven’t been seen together since Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which was filmed back in 2009. The special will focus on the Harry Potter legacy. Meanwhile, cast members will take fans on an exciting, emotional and personal journey through the making of the Harry Potter movies.
The breath-taking beauty of anime doesn’t just lie in the engaging storylines or unforgettable characters. In fact, you’ll find a crucial part of anime films and shows to be the soundtracks: music which helps to set the scene, convey tone, and power the story forwards. This winter, Bristolians will get a chance to truly immerse themselves in the music of anime with a new concert – Candlelight: The Best of Anime, set to take place on January 9 & 16. You can find your tickets here.
5. Escape the city and enjoy a winter staycation in the UK
Who knew that two years into the global pandemic, the idea of going on an international holiday would still be a whole daydream away? And while that’s a pretty gloomy thought on the surface, the UK isn’t exactly a total prison. Boasting varying landscapes and quaint little villages, our country is actually a mecca for culture, with tons of stunning sights and historical landmarks to uncover across the island. Check out our pick of the best winter staycations in the UK here.
6. Warm up this winter by sipping on a lush hot mulled cider
Cider. The most delightful nectar possibly created, and better yet Bristol and Somerset are home to some of the best brews. But the days are getting colder, so why not snuggle up with a tipple that’s sure to warm you up from the inside out? Specially for the winter, The Cider Box has introduced three tasty varieties of mulled cider at their Wapping Wharf site, including a hot apple juice mulled gently with spices from the East- cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg- so those taking part in Dry January need not miss out.
7. Go vegan for the month
Veganuary rolls around once more, and it seemingly gathers speed every January. We say, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, so why not check out all the vegan delights that Bristol has to offer to inspire your next dining out experience. From vegan junk food by Oowee to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine by Eat A Pitta and Koocha, there’s definitely something for plant-based eaters to enjoy in Bristol, Veganuary or not.
8. Explore the gorgeous green spaces of Bristol and beyond
If you’re in need of a break from your living room, there are a number of lovely walks less than an hour away from Bristol which are worth getting your walking boots on for. From nearby Clifton Downs and Ashton Court Estate to further afield with a cliff-top walk across Cheddar Gorge. Check out these stunning winter walks less than an hour from Bristol here.
You may have thought you’d heard all the medleys/remixes/reworks of Coldplay’s biggest tunes in the last 25 years, but well, Fever has got something a little different! Candlelight: A Tribute To Coldplay will see many fan favourite anthems performed by a talented pianist under the glow of candlelight. Intrigued? Don’t Panic, there are two dates to choose from in January, and tickets are available now.
10. Head to the Hippodrome for a nostalgic stage show of Disney’s ‘Bedknobs & Broomsticks’
Originally released in 1971, the charming movie followed three children who are sent to live with an apprentice witch, who, with the help of a magical conman, embark on a mission (flying bed included) to find an enchanted bedknob that could help end the war. And now, the wholesome adventure is coming to the stage, and heading to Bristol Hippodrome Theatre on 26th January – 29th January 2022. The new stage show of Bedknobs and Broomsticks is set to be a magical journey for theatre fans, with tons of music from the original score, as well as extra songs.
11. Tuck into a beautiful steak at this new Bristol chophouse
This January welcomes a new opening in the city that is The Cow & Sow. Bristol’s new all-day contemporary chophouse will be located on Queen Square and will be “creating innovative menus utilising the very best local prime cuts & fresh produce from across the South West.” Alongside succulent cuts of meat, The Cow & Sow, which opens January 14, is expected to be the place for cocktails with friends, lazy afternoons with a glass of fizz in hand and weekend brunches with a Bloody Mary or two.
12. Enjoy some of the best comedy at this year’s Slapstick Festival
The UK’s biggest celebration of silent, visual and classic screen comedy, Slapstick Festival, returns to Bristol from January 26 to 30 with a celebrity-led programme of live events, taking place at Bristol Cathedral, the Redgrave Theatre, St George’s Bristol and Watershed. The festival promises to see Bristol start the new year with one of the UK’s highest concentrations of comedy talent thanks to a list of live guests. There will also be loads of screen comedy favourites in the mix, too, via clips, plus a rare chance to see early Russian, Czech and Japanese silent comedies, the regional premiere of the new Chaplin documentary and events saluting the pioneering women from Hollywood’s youth.