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Travel: UK New Years

Top places to spend new year’s in the UK

If you want to spend new years somewhere a little different to your usual city or spot, here in the UK have a wide range of the best destinations in the world. There is no shortage of special places to gather, where you can experience anything from fireball displays, street parties or all-night parties. Here are a few narrowed down suggestions to make your choice easier. 


When the bell tolls midnight, the small fishing village of Aberdeenshire lights up with its must-see Fireballs Ceremony. Dating back to over a hundred years ago, the display is said to burn away the bad spirits of the old year, which is witnessed by thousands lined up the streets. This is one you definitely need to tick off your bucket list!


Closer to home now, Manchester offers a spectacle that can easily rival London and other world cities. The bright lights of Oxford Street dazzle the entire city centre which is geared up for the festivities. Whilst you’re there, you can watch the firework that’s not to be missed whilst singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ with fellow Mancunians, just like you see on telly! Manchester also has a variety of clubs, pubs and restaurants to bring in the new year the way you want too. Whatever your tastes are, Manchester has it all.


Looking for a getaway to bring in the new year? Cardiff might have exactly what you’re looking for! The Welsh Capital not only has its very own word for New Year, “Calennig”, but it is known for its family-friendly atmosphere around this special time of year.  You can walk around the Dyffryn Gardens on the 12 days of Christmas Trail, perfect if you have your little one with you. Or maybe you’d fancy ice skating in Winter Wonderland at the Admiral Open Air Ice Rink, just in time for the firework display at the stroke of midnight. Did we mention that there’s also a retro fairground right next door? There’s something for all of the family here.


More known for its museums, islands and birds, this Cornish seaside town truly comes alive on the countdown to midnight. Another one for the family, its tradition of street parties, fireworks and the fancy dress has built up quite the unexpected reputation for the town. We promise this will be a night you’ll never forget, however hard you party!


Another place not traditionally known for coming out of its shell, the small town in Northumberland will give you a new year’s experience like never before. Local men dress up in costumes and walk through the town balancing barrels of fire on their heads. No, you read that right! Just before the stroke of midnight, the barrels are emptied onto a bonfire to ring in the new year.


If you’re looking for a less traditional way to celebrate the New Year, Leicester might just be for you! One of the largest Steampunk festivals in the world will be hosting a four-day gala ball event at the Mercure Grand Hotel. This Sci-Fi/ Victorian event will have you dressed up and sat down to your best meal of the year. Not only that, but other celebrations include daytime entertainment and a ghost walk around the city.


Perfect all year round, the Lake District will allow you to unwind and let you explore some of the world’s best natural landscapes. Book a quiet a cosy cottage or country inn and take in the beautiful scenery right at your doorstep. Spend the night on a perfect winter walk and find the best stop on one of the hundreds of hills to view firework displays. Or if you wish to go out into the local towns and villages to celebrate, head down to any of the local pubs and taverns who will be happy to accommodate you for the evening.


Words By Lee Sidebotham



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