Our Dry January Boredom Banishers

It's Dry January! (or wet considering the amount of rain we've had over the last few days)

We're a few days in now and whilst some of you may have thrived over the weekend without a hangover, we can imagine a quite a few of you are stuck for ideas on what to do when you're not drinking...

Here's five of our handpicked recommendations of what to do when you're not drinking:

A Self-Guided or Guided Food Tour

Come join us (Leeds Food Tours) on one of our Guided or Self-Guided food tours this month!


Who: You'll use our app to buy a Self-Guided Food Tour, designed for you and a friend, or if there is more, simply purchase more!

What: A Self-Guided Food Tour around six of our chosen spots, choose from the Hidden Gems or Street Food Tour, 

Where: Leeds City Centre

When: At a time that suits you! 



Who: With Leeds Food Tours! There will be a 12 people max on the tour

What: You'll visit six venues, with food included at every stop. You will hear the stories behind the businesses, learn fun facts about Leeds, and have a fantastic afternoon out.

Where: Leeds City Centre

When: 11:45am every Saturday


Follow the Blue Plaque Trail in the City Centre

Have you ever noticed a Blue Plaque on the side of a building in Leeds? If not, make sure to look up! The Civic Trust has been installing them since the late eighties to commemorate buildings, events and people.

Each lovely little Blue Plaque tells its own story, and it's a fabulous past-time to follow their trail to each one around the City Centre. There is over 170 plaques, so keep your eyes peeled!


Try a 0% Drink at Hoist House

Turn left out the train station and take yourself slightly out of the hustle and bustle of the city centre by enjoying a non-alcoholic drink at Hoist House.

Located at Wellington Place, the guys at Hoist have you covered with a great selection of 0% drinks to try this January. It's a great atmosphere on a weekend for a casual drink in a lovely setting, and if you're missing the vibes that come along with going out for a drink, this is the place to try!

When Dry Jan is over, make sure to give their Bottomless Brunch a try.

Image taken from Hoist's Instagram.

Make use out of restaurants offering big discounts on food this January

House of Fu, Jamrock, Waterlane Boathouse, Blue Sakura, The Owl, and lots more have huge January discounts on their food at lunchtimes, mid week and even some on weekends.

We spotted all of the best discounts on Ayah's aka @leedsindulgence on Instagram stories, where she has created a highlight showcasing the best of January's offers. Click here for discounts. 


New Year, New Beginnings: Try out a new Hobby?

We know its cliche, but new year, new me...Dry January, look anything is possible!

So, why not try out a new hobby? Leeds has so many fun activities to try, from Ice Skating, Roller Skating (we love this post by Roller Girl Gang), Go Karting, Indoor Climbing at Depot

Each requires brain power, and what better way to start off your new year than with a new skill learnt or a new enjoyment found?

Even if you're not on the Dry January bandwagon, you may have found some of this blog post useful, if so, feel free to share it with your friends and family who may fancy a discount, new hobby or even a food tour in our lovely City of Leeds!

Back to blog