Another lockdown, so what is there to keep you entertained this time around, we have a few ideas below.


1 . What to Watch?

There are some great new shows available this January on TV, Netflix, Disney Plus and Amazon Prime.

Coming to ITV on Sunday 17th January at 9pm is Finding Alice, starring Keeley Hawes as Alice, who's widowed after her husband has a terrible accident. The six part drama sees Alice discover upsetting secrets about Harry. Joanna Lumley and Nigel Havers also star.

On Netflix, The Dig, dropping on Netflix on January 29, is the new period drama set just before WWII and sees a wealthy widow hiring an archaeologist to excavate her estate. However, they stumble upon something that has the potential to change their lives forever. It stars Lily James, Ralph Fiennes and Cary Mulligan and looks set to be a post-Christmas cracker.

Released on Amazon Prime on 15th January is One Night in Miami, set on a fictional night in 1964, it follows a young, brash Cassius Clay as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center the new Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Against all odds, he defeated Sonny Liston and shocked the sports world. The film sees a fictional meeting of Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke in a hotel room to discuss the big win.

Also on ITV is the new series of Breaking Dad with Bradley Walsh and his son Barney. Delayed due to Boris's announcement earlier this week, this now starts next Monday 11th at 8pm. The madcap pair will be up to their usual father and son capers, with Barney challenging Brad to all manner of weird and wonderful adventures this time in Europe.

Over on Disney Plus from Friday 15th January is new Marvel series WandaVision. Popular MCU characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision return in this intriguing new series which has been heavily inspired by classic sitcoms. They start the series as two super-powered beings living idealised suburban lives – but begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

And for all the bingers, we recommend you check out the eight part drama series The Serpent which is available to stream all episodes now on BBC iPlayer. This new true-crime thriller recounts how French fraudster and murderer Charles Sobhraj (Tahar Rahim) was finally brought to justice. Posing as a gem dealer, Sobhraj and his girlfriend Marie-Andrée Leclerc (Jenna Coleman) travelled across Thailand, Nepal and India in the 1970s, carrying out a spree of crimes on the so-called ‘Hippie Trail’ through Asia.


2 . Join a Book Club

Already read your Christmas gifts, and fancy trying something a bit different? Then why not join an online book club, they have grown hugely since the first lockdown last year and there are not quite a few to choose from to suit different needs.

Check out this article to give you some ideas, search online or see if there is a local group on Facebook you can join.


3 . Find local hiking, running and cycling trails

Exhausted the local area for places to walk, run or cycle? We have discovered an App called 'All Trails' available to download for free from your app store on your phone.

It suggest local trails to suit your activity from family friendly, and dog friendly to trails less travelled. Give it a try for some new inspiration.

Download App here


4. Try Mindfulness

With collective anxiety levels running high during the coronavirus pandemic, you might be thinking of giving mindfulness or meditation a go. Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.

There are now a number of mindfulness and meditation apps available which allow you to try it from the comfort of your home.

Check out this article with suggested apps to help you