New Year's Eve ideas

New Year

Posted by Clare on 17th October 2019

It comes around ever so quickly, but New Year’s Eve is still one of the most important celebrations of the year for a lot of people.

There are so many ways to see out the old year and welcome in the new, but choosing between them and making sure everyone is happy can be tricky.

The New Year is traditionally a great excuse to get together with family and friends. The week straddling the 31 December is perhaps the best time in the whole year to book a group getaway. Not only are there bank holidays and festive time off to make the most of, but the whole country is alive with fantastic events to suit all tastes.

We’ve compiled a list of our top ten New Year’s Eve ideas to make your holiday one to remember, whatever your idea of fun! Whether you're a couple looking to spend a romantic night together or you're looking for some unique suggestions for fun with the family, you'll find some great ideas and things to do below. Amd, if you need a fantastic venue to throw your perfect party, why not take a look at our New Year cottages by clicking the button below?

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Gathering of friends

When you’ve got children, sometimes you can feel a bit sidelined at New Year with friends going out while you’re at home looking after the little ones. What better way to keep everyone happy than to bring together all of your friends with children in one big group cottage?

Treat the little ones to a late night (if they can last that long!) and don’t worry about having to cut off the celebrations early, as you can pop out and put them to bed before carrying on the evening with the adults. Our large cottages offer plenty of space for socialising while making sure you have a private patch to retire to when bed is calling.

Fancy dress party

Fancy dress

Nowadays, rarely is there a New Year’s Eve celebration without at least one group of fun-loving friends donning their dressing-up box best and getting into character for some late-night partying! Whether you choose to stay in or go out, pick a theme, gather your garments and go all out for a fancy dress evening to remember.

This is a fun way to get everyone in the family involved. Why not dress as children’s TV characters? The little ones will love it and it will be amusing for big ones too!

Slap up meal

If you’re going to last until midnight you need to make sure that you’ve got enough energy to stay on your feet. Why not begin the evening in a sedate fashion with a relaxing meal in a fine dining environment?

Treat yourself to a sensational dish from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Cornwall, for example, or, up north, head to L'Enclume in Cumbria for a meal you'll never forget. Wherever you are in the country, track down those Michelin-starred and award-winning restaurants – after all, it’s not every day you can celebrate a New Year!

Games night

Fun and games

Arrange an evening of hilarity with some fantastic games to see in the New Year with laughter. A group holiday cottage with plenty of communal space is the perfect location, and our cottages with games rooms already offer hours of fun inside with pool tables, table tennis and more.

Pass the hat is a good game to play with a group - the aim is to get the festive hat around the circle, from head to head, without using hands. Play New Year’s charades, acting out events from the past year for others to guess. Taboo is a fun one too; stick celebrity names to each person’s forehead and they must ask questions to guess who they are. 

Heart of the action

Up and down the country, villages, towns and cities come alive with fireworks, entertainment and weird and wacky traditions. Some of the smallest towns and villages welcome thousands of visitors to join in with the celebrations.

Bideford in Devon, Newquay in Cornwall, Stonehaven in Scotland and Allendale in Northumberland are particularly renowned for being some of the best New Year’s Eve destinations in the country! Check out our top UK New Year's Eve destinations to bring in the New Year with a bang.

A quiet night

If heading out into the chilly streets with thousands of others isn’t your idea of fun, why not stay in and keep the celebrations low key? Cosy in your holiday cottage, you can snuggle into the sofa in front of the fire, watching the action on TV. Throw in a few board games, a good book and a tasty winter warmer meal and you’ve got all the ingredients for a perfect night in.

If you’ve got young children, make sure they’re all tucked up in bed nice and early, stick some relaxing tunes on the hi-fi and get ready to see in the New Year in an understated yet romantic fashion.

Watch the sun come up at Haytor

At one with nature

For some, New Year isn’t about parties, fireworks and dancing, it’s about putting the past year behind and looking forward to the future. Small, peaceful crowds gather at stunning locations across the UK to witness the first sunrise of the New Year.

Haytor in Devon is a fantastic spot to watch the golden sun peek over the horizon, illuminating misty valleys, rolling hills and majestic tors as it rises on the first day of January.

A dinner party

Similar to the slap up meal idea but without the need to dress up to the nines, a dinner party is a great way to entertain friends and family for those hours in the run up to the 12 o’clock chimes. Plan the menu carefully beforehand so you’ve got plenty of time to fit in three courses and even a few nibbles to begin with!

Make sure that you’re stocked up with everyone’s favourite beverage and plenty of breakfast options for New Year’s Day. That way you can enjoy a luxurious lie in followed by a delicious brunch!

Try a traditional French galette des rois

A foreign affair

Enjoy the best of both worlds by spending New Year’s Eve in the UK, surrounded by family and friends, while throwing in some exotic elements to add a little pizzazz to the proceedings!

Countries across the world incorporate their very own ‘lucky foods’ into the celebration. Make sure pork is on the menu, as it will help you ‘move forward’ in the New Year and is popular in countries such as Germany and the USA. For dessert, enjoy a ‘galette des rois’ or ‘king cake’. Traditionally eaten in France around Christmas and New Year, this cake contains a little trinket to bring luck to the person who finds it in their slice. Don’t forget a bunch of grapes too, so that you can eat one on each chime of the midnight bells - a popular Spanish tradition!

Kick back in a cosy cottage

Sit this one out

If all the hype is too much for you, don’t feel you have to follow the crowds. Book a romantic break with your partner, or get away for a week with your family and let New Year’s Eve pass by like a normal night. You won’t be tired in the morning and you can have a lovely time exploring a new place without ringing in your ears or nursing a hangover from the night before! A holiday is a great way to start the New Year as you mean to go on.

See in the new year in one of our New Year cottages

However you wish to spend your New Year, a cottage break is the perfect way to see it in, whether you have plans big or small. See in 2019 the right way with a stay in one of our New Year cottages!

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