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Happy New Year!The festive season has come to an end and the days are as chilly as ever, but there’s lots of fun stuff happening to kickstart 2018. January is the perfect time to take up a new hobby, embrace a healthier lifestyle or develop new skills.Here’s your updated guide to the best workshops, events and things to do in the Isle of Man this January.

1 Jan – Douglas Dip

Where: Queens Promenade | When: 11.30am  | Cost: FreeIn keeping with Manx traditions, come down for the Douglas Dip to watch those brave (foolish?) souls willing to take the plunge into freezing cold water. The things people do to rid them of a hangover, eh?This year’s dip will be the 8th Douglas Dip Breast Cancer Now Isle of Man Group have organised to raise money for the charity.

1 -7 Jan – Ice Skating

Where: Tynwald Mills | When: 9am-7pm | Cost: Adults £8, Children £6Christmas may be over but the ice rink at Tynwald Mills is still here until the 7th January. Fun for all the family, get your skates on and make the most of the twinkling lights and festive atmosphere.This is the ideal activity to ease you back into a fit and healthy lifestyle for the New Year and provides a great way to keep the kids occupied while they’re off school.Find out more here.

3 Jan – Northern Men in Sheds

Where: Ramsey Cottage Hospital  | When: 10am-3.30pm  | Cost: FreeDo you have a male family member aged 55 or over who wants to be more sociable in the New Year? Encourage them to join Northern Men in Sheds, which has been set up to combat isolation and loneliness among retired men.The first meeting of the New Year takes place on the 3rd January and is an opportunity to meet and use a workshop for creative projects involving metalwork, carpentry, and other skills – or you can come along for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, or a game of bridge.Find out more here.

5 Jan – Let’s Create! With Construction Toys

Where: House of Manannan | When: 11am-4pm  | Cost: FreeCome along to an hour of creative construction at the House of Manannan. The free sessions are suitable for children aged 5 to 12 and you can choose from the following times: 11am – 12noon, 1pm – 2pm or 3pm – 4pm.Keep entertained over the school holidays and let your children’s imagination run wild as they create their own construction toy masterpiece.Find out more here.

5 Jan – Manx Megaliths with Professor Ronald Hutton

Where: Manx Museum  | When: 7pm-10.30pm | Cost: £10The Isle of Man has some of the most splendid and famous megalithic monuments. Professor Hutton’s talk will discuss what was special about Neolithic Man, what it has in common with other lands and what still remains mysterious about these wonderful monuments.Tickets can be purchased from the Manx Museum Shop, Sea Terminal kiosk or online.Find out more here.

7 Jan – Adult Mermaid Experience

Where: Southern Swimming Pool, Castletown  | When: 12.45pm-2.45pm  | Cost: email mermaidsiom@gmail.comHow would you like to be transformed into a mermaid? Mermaids IOM has organised a special adult’s mermaid experience at Southern Swimming Pool.You must be over 16 and able to confidently swim 50 metres, tread water and perform dolphin leg kick for a minimum of 5 metres. Unleash your inner mermaid at this fabulously fun session guaranteed to beat the January blues.Find out more here.

Throughout January – Sausage & Mash Festival

Where: The Creek Inn, Peel | When: Throughout Jan | Cost: £10The Creek Inn are running a ‘Sausage & Mash Festival’ menu throughout January. Choose up to 3 different sausages, add creamy mash potato & onion gravy, and voila! The perfect January warmer 🤤Find out more here.

18 Jan – Isle of Media After Work Networking

Where: Bath and Bottle | When: 5pm-9pm | Cost: FreeCome along to the Bath and Bottle for an informal networking event for the Isle of Man’s Digital Media Cluster, organised by Isle of Media. Find out about business opportunities, the latest news on new projects and ventures coming to the island from business and thought leaders of the TV, film & video related Digital Media industries.Feel free to attend the duration, or just pop in to say hello.Find out more here on their Facebook.

19  & 20 Jan – Stargazing at Onchan Park

Where: Onchan Pleasure Park | When: 7pm-9pm| Cost: FreeJoin the Isle of Man Astronomical Society in Onchan Park, for an evening of stargazing. The event will take place on both Friday and Saturday 🌠Find out more here.

20 Jan – Dark Skies Photography Workshop with Brook Wassall

Where: Studio Theatre @ Ballakermeen | When: 2pm-4pm | Cost: £6As part of Dark Skies week, Brook Wassall will be holding a Dark Skies photography workshop at Ballakermeen Studio Theatre. His talk will include tips on how to plan your shots, what gear to bring, the challenges you face when shooting in the field, and some editing techniques. Anyone can bring their camera and lenses, but this is not necessary for the workshop.

Notepads/laptops are encouraged to take notes.

Find out more and purchase tickets here.

21 Jan – Women’s Day of Action & Unity

Where: Douglas Prom | When: 3pm-6pm | Cost: FreeWomen of Mann are holding a Women’s March, with specific focus on bringing together the communities of women living on the Isle of Man. The aim is to celebrate what unites women, rather than divides us, and to stand together in unity with other communities of women around the world.Find out more here.

24 Jan – 6-Week Mindfulness Training Course

Where: The Hub, Onchan | When: 7pm-8pm | Cost: £150Mindfulness is the ancient art of living in the present moment, backed by a wealth of modern neuroscience. This 6-week Mindfulness training course is suitable for anyone interested in discovering a new relationship to life, and developing transformational self-awareness skills such as focus, mental clarity, physical relaxation, emotional resilience, perspective and compassion.You will be supported throughout your journey by Mike Kewley a practitioner of meditation for over 20 years who shares his passion for Mindful living with humour and insight.Find out more here.

24 Jan – Bottle Monkey ‘Tryanuary’ Pub Quiz

Where: Noa Bakehouse | When: 7:45pm-10pm | Cost: £15 Bottle Monkey and Noa Bakehouse have collaborated this Jan, to bring you a pub quiz with a bit of a difference.There’ll be craft beer on draught, that’ll be changed at intervals throughout the night so you get to try the full selection of beers and styles on offer. Noa’s will have their incredible sourdough pizza to accompany your brew 🍻 🍕Tickets are £15, and with that you get your entry into the quiz with 3 beer tokens.Find out more here.

25 Jan – Introduction of the Isle of Man Equality Act workshop

Where: Nobles Hospital | When: 2pm-5pm | Cost: £15-60 The forthcoming Equality Act is big news on the Isle of Man for organisations of all sizes. Acas will provide a practical session outlining the key aspects of the Act.They will be covering the different types of discrimination – including the protected characteristics – and sharing ideas and thoughts on good practices that can be adopted and promoted within businesses and organisations to enable small and large organisations to be prepared.Find out more here.

25 Jan – Burns Night Whisky Tasting

Where: Seven Kingdom Distillery, Douglas | When: 6pm or 8:30pm | Cost: Contact Seven Kingdom to book your place.Join the team at Seven Kindom Distillery, along with their whisky expert to celebrate Burns Night. The night will include 4 whiskies and canapes 🥃Find out more here.

25 Jan – Burns Night Supper

Where: Rosa’s Pantry, Ramsey | When: 7pm| Cost: £29.95Head to Rosa’s Pantry in Ramsey to celebrate Burns Night. The ticket will get you a 3 course meal including scotch broth, vegan/vegetarian haggis served with neeps and tatties and more 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Find out more here.

26 Jan – The Laughing Boy Comedy Club

Where: Villa Marina | When: 6.30pm | Cost: £25The Villa Marina is working with the independently run ‘Laughing Boy Comedy Club’ who have put on some of the most successful shows in London over the past 10 years. Come and watch three top stand-ups, in the Villa Marina’s Promenade Suite at this ‘Curry and Comedy’ pop up event.Ticket price includes admission to the Comedy club plus a choice of one of two spiced African dishes provided by ‘Taste Africa’. There’ll be pitchers of bitter and beer available along with the normal cash bar.Find out more here.

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