We all need something to get us through this hellish month.
Between the lack of booze, futile attempts at eating well and a near-empty bank account, January doesn't naturally tend to be all that exciting. While – for the first few weeks of the month – we're quite happy to batten down the hatches, come around now, we begin to feel the cabin-fever kicking in.
Next Monday is supposedly the most depressing day of the year, falling in the last full week of January, but it's only as depressing as you allow it to be, we say! Navigating through this gloomy time of year is made all the easier by having things set in your calendar to look forward to.
If you're in the mood to make the most of the next couple of weeks, here's a list of exciting events to book ASAP, which guarantee to lift spirits without breaking the bank.
Wave goodbye to the January Blues by signing up to these fun events now...
The Dumpling-Making Masterclass
Dublin turns a bright shade of red later this month, to celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rat. Marking the start of a new cycle in the lunar calendar is a jam-packed programme of events around the city, all inspired by Chinese culture, traditions and crafts. If you love dumplings and fancy learning how to make your own, be sure to catch Li Xiu's Dumpling Workshop in The Vintage Kitchen on Saturday 2nd February. Best part? You'll get to enjoy the fruits of your labour at the end of the workshop!
Book the Dumpling-Making Workshop here.
The Wellness weekend
If 2020 is your year to become the most healthy version of yourself, why not start it off right by booking in for the new ‘Wellness at the Weekend Experience’ at the Westbury, with renowned trainer and co-owner of BodyByrne Fitness Siobhan Byrne. Perfect for those seeking a rejuvenating and relaxing weekend to benefit both their mind and body, the package for Saturday 8 February involves a full day fitness and nutrition programme, as well as an overnight stay in the hotel. With places limited to just 20 guests per weekend, whether you're a total beginner or a gym-bunny, this event will really set you on the right track.
Learn more about Wellness at the Weekend Experience here.
To book, contact the hotel at [email protected] or on 01 6463333.
Some Socially-Conscious ShoppinG
If you've made a resolution to be more planet-friendly this year, but are finding the shopping withdrawals a little too much to bear, then we have some good news! In the spirit of all things environmentally-responsible, on Saturday 15 February, Atelier Maser will turn into the city's coolest swap-swap for a 'SIP + SWAP' event. With all proceeds will go to Friends of The Earth, a non-profit that campaigns for environmental justice and sustainability, show up, trade some gorgeous preloved pieces and better both the world and your wardrobe.
Sign up for 'SIP + SWAP here.