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Top 5 Activities in Oxford to Help You Through Dry January

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Decided you’ve had enough of the drink for a while? Took it too far with NYE festivities? Don’t worry, Oxford has plenty out there for the Dry January-ers among us. Here’s our top five…

ShowStopper! The Improvised Musical/The Play That Goes Wrong

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Ignore any boozey cravings with a dose of comedy. The Oxford Playhouse has two absolute crackers on this January: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is a perennial hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and has visited the West End several times. The audience choose the title and the song styles, and the talented performers improvise an entire musical from scratch. Yep, you read that right. So, if you want to see anything from a West Side Story-inspired number about brussels sprouts to a Hamilton-esque rap about the struggles of dry January, check out The Showstoppers on the 10th. Tickets are £10-£22.
If you enjoyed the madness of A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong on BBC One this Christmas, you’re in luck. Mischief Theatre’s original show, The Play That Goes Wrong, is coming to the Playhouse between 22nd-27th January. We promise you one of the funniest shows you’ll have ever seen - but get tickets while you can, they’re selling fast! Get one for £10-£37.50.

The Oxford Playhouse is located at 11-12 Beaumont St, OX1 2LW.

Ice skating disco

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Stay in winter mode by going to Oxford’s Ice Rink. Skating is much easier sober, so exploit your new-found coordination and balance at one of the rink’s Freezing Friday Discos which take place every week from 8-10.30pm. Take a group of friends and practice your ice-dancing, then grab a hot chocolate for a proper winter evening.

Oxford's Ice Rink is located at Oxpens Rd, OX1 1RX. Ticket prices vary.
Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions

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Distract yourself from drinking by engaging your mind. The Ashmolean has a fascinating exhibition on until the 18th, Imagining the Divine, which examines the origins of our religious images. Why do we think of Jesus with a beard? Why is Buddha always cross-legged? Find out the answers to these and more at one of Oxford’s most famous attractions. Professor Mary Beard and Neil MacGregor are scheduled to give a talk on the themes of the exhibition in the Sheldonian Theatre on the 17th at 6pm. The event is sold out, but you can catch a film of it online after it finishes.

Ashmolean Museum is located at Beaumont St, OX1 2PH. Tickets to Imaginine the Divine are £5.50-£11.
Misha Glenny: McMafia

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If you’re enjoying James Norton as a banker turned gangster in BBC One’s latest thriller McMafia, Blackwell’s have just the event for you. Misha Glenny, the author of the original book, is coming to talk about the facts behind the series on the 31st from 7-8pm. Find out how organised crime is at the heart of all our worlds and make that last day of abstinence just a little bit easier. Tickets are £5.

Blackwell's Bookshop is located at 48-51 Broad Street, OX1 3BQ.
Odeon 'Screen Unseen'

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Swap alcohol for slushies and bar snacks for popcorn on the 15th January because from 8.15pm Odeon Cinemas will be doing 'Screen Unseen'. You pay £5 to see a 5 star movie, but there’s a catch - you have no idea what you’re going to see. Rest assured, during Oscar season it’s guaranteed to be a good one. This time last year we saw Moonlight and last month’s was critically-acclaimed Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, so they’ve got a great precedent.

And a bonus one

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Black Mirror Season 4, Peaky Blinders Season 3, Inside No. 9 season 4, ALL of Friends and much more are now on various streaming channels. Why not stay away from any temptation in the comfort of your own home and order in from one of Oxford’s great takeout places - Atomic Diner/Burger is the place to go for extreme comfort food.  

Atomic Diner is located at 247 Cowley Road, OX4 IXG. Atomic Burger is located at 92 Cowley Road, OX4 IXG.