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By Ollie Auguste Jan 12, 2023
Cass ArtAt a loss on how to spend your new year?

Feeling worse for wear after an indulgent Christmas? January is usually the quietest time of year in Kingston, but not to worry, we’ve rounded up the best events in town to kick off your new year the right way.

Ram Jam Records

Get groovy at Ram Jam Records. Photo credit: Ollie Auguste

This iconic speakeasy hidden behind The Grey Horse pub offers an intimate entertainment experience. With different events held daily including quizzes, open mics, poetry, and stand-up, there’s something for everyone.

Get your creative juices flowing with a comedy course held every Monday, with a chance to perform live on stage at the end of the course at what could be your first-ever gig.

If that’s not enough, try out their classic BBQ menu and signature cocktails – if you’re giving Dry January a miss this year.

HIIT classes at the Bentalls Centre

Bentall Centre
Get fit this January at the Bentalls Centre. Photo Credit: Ollie Auguste

Is getting fitter one of your new year’s resolutions? Well, you can burn off those mince pies with free HIIT training classes on Sunday January 15 and 22 of at 10am.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a proven way to shred fat and build a toned physique with workouts that involve short periods of intense exercise followed by short rest periods.

With no equipment required and people of all fitness levels welcome, now is the best time to lace up your trainers and book your free class below.

Live Music at Banquet Records

Banquet Records
Banquet Records in Kingston. Photo credit: Ollie Auguste

From Burna Boy to The 1975, Banquet Records has been hosting eclectic performances from the world’s biggest artists for over two decades. Holding live gigs in their cosy Kingston vinyl record shop and at big venues including Pryzm, Banquet has weekly shows available for you to book online.

Next up is London-based indie musician Rozi Plain, playing on Tuesday 16th at 6pm, so don’t be late!

We Are. Second Life Fashion pop-up event

Pop up will take place at All Saints Church in Kingston
The pop-up will take place at All Saints Church in Kingston. Photo credit: Ollie Auguste

Fashion lovers, this one is for you. Sustainable second-hand fashion company, We are. second life fashion is holding its regular pop-up shop at All Saints Church in Kingston upon Thames, selling vintage threads and jewellery at just £20 per kilo. Do your bit to halt fast fashion and bag yourself a bargain this month.

Doors are open from 10am-4:30pm on January 28.

Life drawing workshop at Cass-Art Kingston

Cass Art
Hone your drawing skills at Cass Art Kingston. Photo credit: Ollie Auguste

Take a hand in improving your artistic flair with Cass Art’s life drawing workshop taught by professional artist Robin Rutherford. These sessions include long and short poses with life models, and expert advice is available every step of the way.

Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:30am-1pm, or the first Thursday of every month from 10:30am-4:30pm. 

Tickets cost £18 for the morning session or £42 for a full day. 

By Ollie Auguste

Video/Podcast Editor Interests include: Sport, Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Arts & Entertainment, Fashion

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