Fun things to do outside of the pub this Dry January

After the Christmas break, many of us take the month of January to abstain from drinking alcohol. Not only is this a healthy hiatus after the slight overindulgence of the festive season, but it can also lead you to do activities with friends you may never have done or thought of before. Instead of the go-to option of visiting a pub or bar on the weekend, there are a whole host of fun things in your city that don’t include drinking.

Here are just a few:

Try a new sport

Although Summer is traditionally the time to take up a new sport as the weather is nicer, there is still a range of indoor sports to try during the winter. This works as a double bonus: not only is it a fun activity to try that doesn’t involve drinking, but it can also help you get rid of some of the extra weight you may have gained over the Christmas break.

Popular indoor sports include Squash, Table Tennis and Badminton. You’ve likely heard and even played these sports before so why not try something different? Take a look at futsal — it’s a sort of smaller, indoor football, played in teams of five. Or maybe find a new way to improve your athleticism by indoor trampolining. If you’re not into competitive sport, try getting your zen on at a yoga class. Yoga is a great way to build up your flexibility and core strength whilst simultaneously improving your mindfulness.

Whatever indoor sport you want to take up, you’re going to want the right gear. Fortunately, if you shop Quidco’s partners such as Adidas or SportsDirect, and follow the links from the Quidco site, you can earn cashback on your purchases.

Inside yoga

Take a pottery class

Recently, more and more people have wanted to take the design of their household ornaments into their own hands. Pottery and ceramics classes are a great way to enjoy a wholesome evening out, without the presence of alcohol. Here you will get behind the wheel and start pot spinning. It’ll be messy, and you’re likely to have a couple of ugly-looking pots on your first few attempts, but it’s fun to learn and you can bring your own ceramics home with you.

The online retailer, Groupon is a good place to start when it comes to looking for a pottery class near you. What’s more, if you buy your classes through Quidco’s links to Groupon, you could earn cashback on your purchase.

Join a book club

Joining a book club is a wonderful way to make new friends, take part in stimulating conversation, and read books that you may never have thought about picking up before. They also provide a good incentive to read regularly, as you don’t want to be the person who hasn’t done the reading.

If you’re not able to join or create a book club near you — don’t worry! You can now join online book clubs. These basically work the same in that each member of the club reads the same book and then chat about it. The difference is that the number of members of these clubs can reach into the hundreds of thousands and you talk about the books online. Take actress Emma Watson’s book club Our Shared Shelf, for example. Each week they take a book that revolves around gender, race and justice and open up an online conversation about it.

In order to join a book club, you need books. Look no further than popular bookseller Waterstones. Here you find everything from best-sellers to those obscure authors, whom you’ve never heard of but who end up changing your life. Even better — with Quidco, you can earn cashback on your book purchases!

Book club

Go to a late night art viewing

Instead of the pub, consider getting in some culture at a late night art viewing. Feel inspired by great works of art and avoid the queues by hitting the galleries in the evening. It’s also a solid date idea.

If you live in London, the Tate Modern is open until 10pm every Friday and Saturday — and the Tate restaurant is open late every night of the week, if you fancy dining out after your art viewing. In Manchester, the Manchester Art Gallery is open until 9pm every Thursday.

Stay in and make virgin cocktails

Just because you’re not drinking alcohol this January doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good Mojito. Why not consider staying in for the night and making non-alcoholic cocktails? Doing this is more affordable than buying cocktails at a bar, and who knows, soon you could become a master mixologist. Check out the BBC Goodfood website for recipes on all of the cocktails you can think of.

In order to start making some of your own-brand cocktails, you’re going to need to have the right equipment. Check out the online retailer, Debenhams. Amongst a lot of other products, they offer a decent selection of cocktail shakers at a range of prices. Bear in mind that if you follow the links on this site, you can earn cashback on your purchases.

Treat yourself to a spa day

Spa days are a relaxing and healthy alternative to going out drinking. Although this activity is a little more pricey than our other options on this list, you can usually find some discounts on spa breaks during the January sale. 

A spa package usually consists of a few things and lasts about half a day. First off, you get a robe on and walk around, enjoying facilities such as the pool, steam room and the gym. At a certain time you’ll be called in for whatever treatment you’ve booked. These include massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.

As mentioned, spa days can be a little pricey. Nevertheless, if you book this activity through one of Quidco’s partnered retailers, such as Buyagift, you could earn cashback — even more relaxing.

Spa day

Dry January, as we have seen, doesn’t necessarily have to be that dry, as there are an abundance of activities to take part in that don’t involve drinking. Don’t think about it as a time of a abstinence, but as a time to try new and exciting things that you may never have thought of before.

Patrick Gilligan

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