What's on in January around the UK
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