What's on in January around the UK

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Straw Bear Festival, Whittlesea

The Straw Bear Festival celebrates the old Fenland plough custom of parading straw bears around the town every January, the first Monday after Twelfth Night.

Where: Whittlesey, near Peterborough, PE7 2AJ
When: 15th, 16th and 17th January
More info: www.strawbear.org.uk

Big Burns Supper, Dumfries

One of many events across Scotland celebrating Burns night. Now in its fourth year, the festival has become a 9 day event with a street parade, comedy, cabaret, spoken word and contemporary performance.

Where: Dumfries town centre, Scotland
When: 22nd – 30th January
More info: www.scotland.org

London Boat Show, London

One of the biggest and best boat shows, with hundreds of exhibitors. Tickets required.

Where: Excel Centre, London
When: 8th – 17th January
More info: londonboatshow.com

Tintin: Hergé's Masterpiece Exhibition, London

Stepping inside the wonderfully eccentric world of artist-author Hergé and Tintin, his intrepid young reporter, the exhibition explores the evolution of the artwork of Hergé. Free admission.

Where: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
When: until 31st January
More info: www.somersethouse.org.uk

On Their Own: Britain's Child Migrants Exhibition, London

The heart-breaking true stories of Britain's child migrants who were sent to Canada, Australia and other Commonwealth countries between 1869 and 1970. Free admission.

Where: Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
When: until 12th June
More info: www.vam.ac.uk

Up Helly Day, Shetland

A tradition that originated in the 1880s, this day is celebrated with marches and a torch-lit procession.

Where: Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland
When: 26th January
More info: www.uphellyaa.org