Six free things to do this January:

free things to do January

December is notorious for emptying your bank account and leaving you with little left to enjoy January. The age-old saying is true, though: you don’t need money to have fun.

Expensive meals and days out can be enjoyable but recently there’s been an increase in exciting, low-cost activities available, if you know where to look. If you’re already dreading January, here’s a list of ideas that will help make the bleakest month of the year more exciting, without breaking the bank.

Take a dip:

It’s a New Year’s Day tradition to take a dip in the sea. Whilst many people do it for charity (it’s easy to find organised charity dips at your nearest beach) you can take part for free. Just remember to be cautious and only cold-water swim with the right supervision.


Take a winter stroll:

During the winter months it’s easy to neglect local parks.  It may be cold outside but winter is one of the most beautiful times of year – grab a hot flask, wrap up and go for a walk.

Check out some art:

Many people assume that a day out at a gallery means pricey entry fees, but this isn’t always true. Lots of art galleries and museums are free – why not check out Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow?

Find out some facts:

Britain also has several free historic and cultural museums. The World Museum in Liverpool and The National Museum of Scotland are both award-winning museums with free admission.

Learn about scientific plants:

Entry to a lot of British botanical gardens free of charge. Most have indoor glasshouses with different climates to explore – perfect for a rainy day.

Taste test at food markets:

Whilst purchasing food at food markets can be expensive, some vendors offer free tasters. Whilst all stalls may not be welcoming – if you get enough tasters it’s like a free lunch!

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