Are you looking for things to do after the Christmas festivities? This January wrap up warm and explore local churches and castles, start making good on those resolutions with a 5k run or a beach clean, plus experience an archive film screening that captures the revolution of mass communication.

Resolution Run, Peacehaven – 5 January

If you want to shrug off the excesses of Christmas, or just blow away some cobwebs, you could take part in this free 5k run, jog or walk. Held at Centenary Park in Peacehaven it’s a family friendly local community event and could be just the kick-start your healthy living new year’s resolution needs.

Just So Animals at Batemans, Burwash – 5 January

If you’ve ever wondered how a leopard got its spots, Batemans could be the place to visit before new the school term begins. The famous ‘Just So Stories’ started as stories Rudyard Kipling told his daughter Josephine at bedtime. They describe how one animal or another acquired its most distinctive features and were published in 1902. Until 5 January visitors to the National Trust property, Kipling’s former home, will have the chance to take part in a garden trail discovering more about the animals the author made famous.

Weekday winter walks and castle tours, Bodiam Castle – weekdays 6 to 24 January

Wrap up warm and enjoy a guided walk around the 14th century castle and learn more about its history. Booking is not needed for this free event (although normal admissions apply). Find out more about the castle tours at Bodiam Castle.

Bodiam castle

Fancy dress for dogs, Hastings – 12 January

For a bit of family fun why not take part in Dress Up Your Dog Day at the True Crime Museum in Hastings? The museum at White Rock is taking part in national Dress Up Your Dog Day and is offering free entry for each person with a dressed up dog and will be offering complementary doggy treats as well as mug shot photos so you can admire your pet on the Mug Shot Wall.

A white dog in clothes.

History of St John sub Castro, Lewes – 13 January

This talk hosted by the Lewes History Group will tell the story of the Church from its beginnings in Anglo-Saxon times all the way to its transformation into the church it is today. Costs £3. Find out more: the history of St John sub Castro.

Big Beach Clean, Rye Harbour – 25 January

For fresh air at an idyllic spot for wildlife and the opportunity to do your bit for the environment, why not join this beach clean organised by the Sussex Wildlife Trust on 25 January? Volunteers are being invited to support the nature reserve and its wildlife by helping to rid Rye Harbour Beach of rubbish and plastic.

Make Money Doing What You Love? Eastbourne – 27 to 31 January

Is 2020 the year you finally grasp the nettle and embark on the career change you’ve always wanted? Perhaps you’ve had a business idea in the back of your mind but have not had the courage to pursue it? If that sounds like you, this free event, part of the business support services provided by the county council, promises to give you all the advice and information you need to kick-start your business the right way.

Heritage Film showing, The Keep – 29 January

It may come as a surprise, but the General Post Office (GPO) had a pioneering film unit in the 1930s. As part of The Keep’s programme of archive film screenings, they will be a showing of Love Letters and Live Wires, a series of short films that brilliantly evokes a revolution in mass communication. Newly restored by the British Film Institute, the collection includes the iconic Night Mail, and covers everything from the introduction of the post code to the GPO’s role in smoothing the path of true love.  The screening will take place on Wednesday 29 January at 2.30pm and tickets cost £3.50. Advance booking is essential. Book now on The Keep website.

Still from Love Letters and Live Wires

Picture credit: British Film Institute


This is just a small selection of events happening locally. If you have an event you’d like to share, please let us know in the comments!

Looking for other things to do this January that don’t cost too much? There’s some inspiration in our article how to save money this January.