Most people think January is dull. Nothing to do. Nowhere to go. Well think again! Put away your post-Christmas blues because surprisingly enough there are quite a few great activities in which to get involved during the month.

There’s no need to break the piggy-bank looking for spare cash. A lot of events are free, or very cheap and that’s important after the mad spends of Christmas, right?

Here, Stagecoach shares their pick of the must-visit January events.

Manchester for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year commences on January 28th and Manchester is the city to be in to catch the best celebrations of that festival in all of UK. It’s a whole weekend starting January 26th.

Heard of the Terracotta Warriors? Well, no, they won’t be attending but their Lanterns, which have been exhibited all over the world, will be there to light up the celebrations, lending an historic and authentic air to the festivities.

Additional highlights will be a 50 foot Golden Dragon as well as traditional performances, food stalls and interesting things to buy.

Happy Birthday Robbie Burns

Celebrations for the birthday of Scotland’s best-known and loved wordsmith happens on the 25th January all over the world. The celebrations in Dumfries are very special and they will have live music and comedy performances over the birthday week.

On the Sunday night, January 22nd, there will be the Burns Night Carnival which includes the telling of the story of Tam O’Shanter during which thousands line the street enjoying the event.

Brick History in Newcastle

As well as getting to see an amazing way to use LEGO bricks to recreate history, the Newcastle Life Science Centre has a skating rink. It’s a great opportunity to don the skates and do a bit of physical exercise before dashing inside from the cold to enjoy a hot drink and check out the exhibits.

Everyone’s favourite childhood toy has been used to create amazing recreations of some of the world’s most important moments, from the big bang to the sinking of the Titanic and the Apollo 11 moon landings.

Canary Whаrf is Currеntlу Aglоw Wіth thе Winter Lіghtѕ Fеѕtіvаl.

Thе bright аrtwоrk is on display around Cаnаrу Whаrf, іnсludіng Jubіlее Pаrk, Cаbоt Sԛuаrе аnd Crossrail Plасе.

Fеѕtіvаl organisers recommend Lоndоnеrѕ visit thе exhibitions around duѕk, аnd before 9pm, whеn a numbеr оf thе ѕсulрturеѕ wіll bе ѕwіtсhеd оff. It іѕ frее tо аttеnd.

Artіѕtѕ from fоur соntіnеntѕ hаvе соntrіbutеd a total of 18 ѕсulрturеѕ, ѕtruсturеѕ аnd еxреrіеnсеѕ. Thіѕ rісh, dіvеrѕе exhibition оf lіght dеmоnѕtrаtеѕ some оf thе most сrеаtіvе light іnѕtаllаtіоnѕ and tесhnоlоgу from аrоund thе world. Many of thе wоrkѕ аrе interactive, сrеаtіng enchanting еxреrіеnсеѕ that will арреаl tо аrt lоvеrѕ, fаmіlіеѕ, or simply реорlе lооkіng fоr ѕоmеthіng іntеrеѕtіng аnd free to do аftеr wоrk.

With so much to do, pick up a monthly bus pass and explore all that January has to offer.