Giving yourself a break from the booze after ‘Silly Season’? Taking part in Dry January is the perfect excuse to get healthy, re-energise and save some money.
It also frees up some time to try new things in Dublin. If you’re looking for new activities to do that don’t involve pints in the pub, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our pick of the best activities and events on in the city this month:
learn how to cook
Always dreamt of being the next Gordon or Nigella? Or maybe you just simply want to know how to whip up a tasty meal instead of ordering a takeaway. Why not invest in yourself and sign up for a cookery course?
The Dublin Cookery School is hosting a number of day and evening courses this month. Titles include an Indian Masterclass, Cooking for Friends, Healthy Lunches to Go and Modern Vegetarian.
SABA also hosts a popular cookery classes run by Executive Chef Taweesak Trakoolwattana. And if you have a sweet-tooth or are bonkers about bread, the courses at the Baking Academy of Ireland are definitely worth checking out.
macbeth at the bord gáis energy theatre
Inject a pop of culture into your life and head to the theatre this January. Macbeth comes to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from January 15th-19th.
Following a sold-out run in London, the creators of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time have “propelled the Shakespeare classic into a post-apocalyptic world or anarchy and uncertainty”. Tickets are available here.
dublin bowie fest
The 2019 Dublin Bowie Festival is underway. The 7 day event -which celebrates the late, great music legend – takes place from January 7th-13th. The festival is jam-packed with live music, movies, documentary screenings, quizzes and more. Check out the full timetable of events here.
bohemian rhapsody sing-along
After winning two major awards at the Golden Globes, Bohemian Rhapsody is back in cinemas this month. If you want to “have yourself a real good time”, a special sing-along experience of the film is coming to a number of Irish cinemas.
The Queen biopic starring Rami Malek will be shown in the Light House Cinema, The Stella Theatre and in selected Vue Cinemas and Odeon Cinemas on Friday January 11th. You can check out the full list of Dublin screenings here.
venture to a vegan restaurant
If you’re one of the 225,000 taking part in Veganuary or just want to try eating less meat, there are a number of great vegan restaurants in Dublin. Vish Shop, a new a vegan chipper, recently opened off Dorset Street. The menu includes vish and chips, carrot dogs and cauliflower wings. It’s one minute walk from sister restaurant Veginity, which opened a permanent site in June.
Sova Vegan Butcher on Pleasants St, Garden of Vegan in Ranelagh, McGuinness Takeaway on Camden Street, Happy Food in Camden Court and Cornucopia on Wicklow Street are all popular vegan-friendly establishments.
charity shop crawl
Want to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank? Or are you just committing to more sustainable fashion in 2019? A Charity Shop Crawl is taking place in the city on Saturday January 12th. Organised by Sustainable Fashion Dublin, the event kicks off on Capel Street from 12pm. Tickets cost €11 and are available here.
visit the national gallery
If you haven’t got around to it yet, the new(ish) wing of The National Gallery is a must-see. Located in the heart of Georgian Dublin, the gallery is home to the national collection of Irish and European art. It’s a stunning space where you can take some time out and get inspired. You can see the full list of events and tours taking place in The National Gallery this month here.
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take a road trip
Why not take advantage of this beautiful country that’s right at your feet, Ireland truly has so much to be explored and all within a reasonable distance. Take a hike up the Sugar Loaf, visit the Giant’s Causeway or join Roz Purcell on her mission to get as many people exploring nature as possible with her Hike Life trails. The list is endless, so if you’re looking to get healthy, get active and save some money in the process, a trip outdoors is the easiest way to do it.
If getting fit is one of your New Year’s resolutions, this is a great way to exercise and have the craic with friends. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a bit of a climbing expert, the Dublin Climbing Centre in Tallaght, Awesome Walls in Finglas, Gravity Climbing Centre in Inchicore and The Wall in Sandyford cater to all levels.