Top 10 Free things to do in January

Top 10 Free things to do in January

January is traditionally a time for hunkering down and watching the purse strings as we all recover from the big Christmas spend. So we’ve pulled together a list of things to see and do this month on the Isle of Wight that won’t hurt your pocket and may be good for the soul along the way.

1. Listen to the monks sing Gregorian chant at Quarr Abbey.

2. Get out and enjoy nature with the National Trust on their Winter Bird Walk on 7th January at 10am.

3. Listen to Professor Jim Smith from the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Portsmouth University speak on ‘Is the Future Nuclear?’ at Cafe Scientifique on Monday 16th January at 7pm at The Fighting Cocks.

4.  Learn how to best tend your fruit trees and encourage a more bountiful crop at the West Wight Landscape Partnership Fruit Tree Pruning Workshops.  A choice of 3 dates are available for 2012; Thursday 19th & Thursday 26th January and Saturday 4th February, 10am – 12 noon.  Book in advance by calling Irene Fletcher on (01983) 759779 or emailing

5. Help raise awareness of the impact of light pollution by measuring how dark the sky is and working out how many stars can be seen at the Isle of Wight Star Count on 20 January at 8pm. The Vectis Astronomical Society is holding this public event in conjunction with the forthcoming BBC Stargazing Live Event being broadcast on the TV 16th-18th January.

6. Go beachcombing – what free things can you find washed up on the beach? Collect your treasures and take them home to make something beautiful, or just get creative on the beach.

7. Try orienteering on 22 January at 10am at Firestone Copse. This is a free event so why not get your family, friends or work colleagues to come along and give it a try too.

8. Watch a local band at one of our lovely pubs (The Bargemans Rest, Newport and The Sun Inn, Hulverstone are particularly recommended!).

9. Free art – checkout one of the many local artists exhibitions on display around the Island. Quay Arts always has wonderful exhibitions.

10. Discover  a new part of the Island. Find a spot you haven’t ever properly explored and plan a circular walk that includes a pub pit stop along the way!