It’s January. The coldest, dreariest month. The month of staying inside and hibernating with Netflix. I urge you to resist that urge and spend this week doing something fun and new! Brighten up your January with our top 5 things to do this week including dancing, drinking, and singing!

1Go Salsa Dancing!

Acapella Birmingham has Salsa dancing on a Wednesday evening from 8.00pm hosted by Latin Motion. Book yourself in for a friendly dance class with beginners welcome from 8-10pm, or come for the free social dancing from 10pm-11.30pm. They are offering a free introductory beginners class for dancers new to the venue, so this is a great time to start honing your dancing skills!

No need to book or bring a partner, this is a welcoming event celebrating dance!

For more info: www.facebook.com/events/276653539922285/?event_time_id=276791203241852

2Toast Burns Night with the Birmingham Whisky Club

Join in the Scottish cultural tradition of Burns Night at the Whisky & Words Burns Night Special on Wednesday 22nd January from 7.00pm. An evening of spoken word, poetry and comedy, this night celebrates art and whisky! Pour one out for the little man in the black, velvet waistcoat!

For more info: www.facebook.com/events/613963575818873

3Celebrate Chinese New Year

Come along to the Midlands’ biggest Chinese New Year celebrations with 30,000 expected to welcome the year of the Rat, the first animal of the Chinese zodiac. Indulge in authentic Chinese street food from various regions; vibrant traditional music and dance performed on multiple stages and the drama of the lion dance and firecrackers! This is a free event welcoming everyone at The Arcadian on Sunday 26th January from 11.30 onwards!

For more info: www.facebook.com/events/2442067609453016

4Sing along to the Greatest Showman at Afternoon Tea

Sit down to a delicious afternoon tea at Moor Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield on Sunday 26th January with a difference! Live vocalists from The Wings Family will entertain you with songs from The Greatest Showman with lots of chances for audience dancing and singing. A great way to enjoy a modern musical classic with friends or family. Tickets are £24 for adults and £14 for children. The tea begins at 1pm.

For more info: www.facebook.com/events/489755371755927

5Watch and Imbibe at The Thinking Drinkers Show

The Thinking Drinkers Show is infamous at the Edinburgh Fringe, consistently selling out and entertaining huge crowds! Now they are bringing their brand new show – a history of the world’s greatest drinkers. Enjoy five drinks as the award-winning performers reveal how alcohol has inspired pioneering explorers, politicians, and painters in equal measure. From the lofty heights of Plato, to the down-to-earth Norm from Cheers. Come along to The Old Rep on Saturday 25th January with the show beginning at 8.00pm.

For more info: www.facebook.com/events/419778928601109