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What to do in Balham this JANUARY

The first chapter of 12! How are you starting your ’23? Want wholesome book-swapping or a raucous dancing there’ll be something here for you.

Get a laugh at the Banana Cabaret

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When: 13th January

Where: The Bedford, SW12 9HD

Ian Stone, Laura Smyth, Jack Gleadow and Carey Marx are taking to the stage at The Bedford to turn any of those Friday 13th frowns upside-down. Head down and grab some nibbles pre-show at the pub and you’ve got a cracking Friday night sorted.

Celebrate all things Scottish at Burns Night 

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When: 25th January

Where: The Bedford, SW12 9HD

Join Live Canon at a proper Burns Night celebration. There will be poetry, toasts and speeches as well as, of course, a sing-song to ‘Auld Lang Syne’. The event can be live-streamed if you can’t make it in person, but if you can you’ll get a nip of whiskey for the toasts. 

Get your dancing shoes on at a Burns Night ceilidh

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When: 25th January

Where: St Thomas’ Church, SW2 4XW

With your ticket you get a haggis supper and a whole lot of fun. Led by ‘Fiddle Paradiddle’ there will be a right knees up and you’ll be dancing the night away. Dig out those kilts, Balham, it’s time to ceilidh.

Swap your books

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When: 12th January

Where: Hagen & Hyde, SW12 9AU

Share the joy of reading with others and go to this book swap at Hagen & Hyde. Bring one book that you are prepared to give away, and switch it with another attendee. The perfect way to make some booky friends and find your new favourite book too. 

Make your Friday nights niche

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When: 6th January

Where: The Post Food Court, SW12 9AG

Throw it back to old skool tunes at The Post Food Court. At their Niche Friday Nights there will be guest DJs, cocktails and of course, delicious food from the vendors around. The perfect way to start any weekend.

Join ’64 Million artists’

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When: 4th-30th January

Where: Balham Library, SW12 8QY

Balham Library is hosting a month long #TheJanuaryChallenge. Every day throughout the month there will be new daily activities for you to get involved with, from meditation to poetry writing there is something for everyone. The end of the month will culminate in a big art exhibition too, featuring all kinds of art from all kinds of people- all inspired by a mental health journey. 

Life draw and then brunch

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When: 8th January

Where: The Exhibit, SW12 9SG

If “Eat some food and draw a nude” isn’t the best tag line ever then we don’t know what is. At this 21+ event you’ll be taken through a very relaxed 1.5 hour drawing class where you’ll get to experiment with your own creativity. Once your masterpiece is complete tuck in to a well deserved brunch from The Exhibit’s menu. Now that’s a wholesome Sunday. 

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