8 Excellent Events Worth Leaving London For In January 2020

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8 Excellent Events Worth Leaving London For In January 2020
Dogs on the Pod in Brighton

TURNER PRIZE: Time's running out to see the Turner Prize 2019 exhibition at the Turner Contemporary in Margate. The work of four artists is on display, all of whom controversially shared this year's prize, and there's a programme of special events over the closing weekend. Until 12 January (Kent)

ICE SKATING: Not done with ice skating this season? Hop on the train down to Brighton, where the Royal Pavilion ice rink stays open until 19 January. Take a twirl on the ice against a gorgeous backdrop, safe in the knowledge that it's environmentally friendly, as it's powered entirely by wind and solar energy. Until 19 January (East Sussex)

The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink is open until 19 January

DOGS ON THE POD: For one day, before it annual maintenance period, Brighton's i360 Viewing Tower is all about the dogs. The London Eye's seaside sibling invites dogs and their owners to step on board and ride the full 450ft to the top. 5 January (East Sussex)

CONSERVATION TOURS: Every January, a team of experts go behind the scenes at Blenheim Palace, carrying out conservation and restoration projects on some of the building's treasures. Take a special tour through the State Rooms to see the team in action, learning about the traditional and modern methods they use to keep important objects in top condition. 10 January-9 February (Oxfordshire)

Take a restoration tour of Blenheim Palace

WASSAILING: You don't get much more English than an evening of wassailing, so head out to the orchards of Surrey to have a go. Join the National Trust at Swan Barn Farm to enjoy some cider and indulge in some singing — the noise of which is believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the crop. 17 January (Surrey)

ANNE FRANK: St Albans Cathedral opens an exhibition dedicated to teenage diarist Anne Frank, best-known for her writings from her family's hideout in Amsterdam. Anne Frank + YOU is a touring exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and uses Frank's story to explore issues such as racial hatred, the value of freedom and education in the modern world. 23 January-20 February (Hertfordshire)

Burns Night at Hever Castle

BURNS NIGHT: We've got Burns Night in London covered, but if you want to head out of the capital (but not quite as far as Scotland), head to Kent's Hever Castle. The former home of Anne Boleyn pays tribute to Robbie Burns with a luxurious overnight event, including traditional Burns Night supper and informal ceilidh. 24-25 January (Kent)

WINTER ALE FESTIVAL: Toast the (admittedly premature) end of Dry January at the 13th annual Colchester Winter Ale Festival. The beer and cider list for the CAMRA event isn't available yet, but we're promised real ale, real cider, food, soft drinks, English wine, foreign beers and more. 29 January-1 February (Essex)

Last Updated 06 January 2020