Whether you’re raising money for charity or are starting the new year on a health kick, avoiding alcohol by way of Dry January doesn’t have to keep you inside this month. We’ve put together five of the best ways to spend a booze-free January in Bath, from learning a new skill to getting active…
1. Mix it up with Mocktails
Don’t feel you have to pass on nights out during Dry January – Bath’s fabulous selection of cocktail bars all offer delicious mocktails too. Sub 13’s Brazilian Martini, a tempting concoction of passionfruit, pineapple, cloudy apple juice, vanilla and sugar, plus Circo Bar and Vino Vino's offerings, mean you won’t have to forgo your favourite tipple.
2. See a Show
Make an evening of it by booking to see a show. Get your fix of comedy with God of Carnage, showing at the Theatre Royal from 20th—25th January, or book tickets for one of Komedia Bath's stand-up nights – this month they're welcoming award-winning comedians Max and Ivan and Tony Law. For live music, head to Chapel Arts Centre to check out their ongoing programme of fantastic performers, or venture further afield to picturesque Bradford-on-Avon and Wiltshire Music Centre, for classical and world music concerts.
3. Pedal Power
If your aim for Dry January is to get out of the pub and into the fresh air, get on your bike and cycle around Bath. The Two Tunnels Greenway, a picturesque four-mile path running through Linear Park on the south side of the city to the Tucking Mill viaduct, features the longest cycling tunnel in the country, home to light and sound installations. The Bristol to Bath Railway Path is another route perfect for an afternoon of dodging the blustery January showers!
4. Learn Something New
Why not use your free time away from the pub or bar by learning a new skill? Spend an afternoon Julia Davey on one of their regular crafty workshops, or get stuck in at Simi's Kitchen and whip up your own tasty Persian dishes.
5. Enjoy Live Sport
A day out supporting one of Bath's local teams doesn't have to involve alcohol. Get your kicks from cheering on the jockeys at Bath Racecourse, supporting the boys at Bath City Football Club, or kicking back at Bath Rugby Club, and head into town afterwards for a meal at one of the city's many restaurants.