Top 10 New Year’s Eve destinations in the UK

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Here in the UK we are lucky to have some of the best New Year’s Eve destinations in the world.

There are a whole range of events, from unusual traditions with historical roots, to all-night parties featuring top names in the music industry.

To help you decide where to see in 2018, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 places to celebrate New Year's Eve in the UK.

1.     Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital sure knows how to welcome in the new year in style. Unfazed by the chilly northern winter, thousands of people flock to the city to celebrate Hogmanay with music, fireworks and a whole host of arts events and entertainment.

For more information, take a look at our blog post about celebrating New Year in Scotland.

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2.     Northumberland

The ordinarily quiet rural town of Allendale in Northumberland is the unassuming location of a New Year’s celebration with a difference. Men with blackened faces, known as ‘guisers’, bear flaming barrels of tar through the town, tossing them onto a ceremonial bonfire, creating an awesome spectacle that's sure to make your Northumberland holiday a memorable one. A fantastic event for the whole family - it’ll certainly be a New Year's Eve to remember!

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3.     Cardiff

The Welsh capital city has its very own name for its New Year celebrations. ‘Calennig’, which literally means ‘first day of the month’, is always a fun, family friendly occasion, culminating in a fantastic firework finale to start off the new year with a bang. New Year’s Eve 2017 will be no different, with big plans for a memorable celebration.

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4.     St Ives

The small Cornish town of St Ives has deservedly built up quite a reputation as one of the best places in the country (if not the world!) to celebrate New Year’s Eve! Thousands of people, traditionally sporting all kinds of fancy dress, flood the small town and often overflow onto the beach.

Street parties and fireworks generate an electric atmosphere as everyone is busy enjoying themselves. It really is an occasion not to miss. Children, too, will love being surrounded by their favourite superheroes and cartoon characters, or at least their real world fancy dress equivalents!

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5.     London

You can’t talk about New Year’s Eve destinations without a mention of the UK’s happening capital. There are hundreds of small celebrations, from swanky dances and opulent balls to concerts by some of the biggest names in music.

Thousands more people will line the banks of the Thames to watch a dazzling ten minute firework display from the London Eye. If you do happen to find yourself fully functioning the following morning, continue the festivities by watching the New Year’s Day parade which features over 10,000 performers from all corners of the world.

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6.     Newquay

Bringing the focus back to Cornwall again, Newquay is one of the best places to enjoy a good old Cornish cider in the company of thousands of jovial costumed party people, welcoming in the new year with a burst of colour and neon tights. Residents and visitors from far and wide congregate in the central square for the midnight countdown and customary rendition of Auld Lang Syne, having already made the most of the town's many drinking establishments. The celebrations continue long after the last firework has died away.

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7.     Bideford

Perhaps not a place that immediately springs to mind when thinking of New Year’s Eve destinations, the North Devon town of Bideford’s celebrations are definitely not to be underestimated. This year will be no exception! Party goers traditionally wear costumes and a number of landlords are offering either prizes or discounts to reward fancy dress efforts. As the clock strikes midnight, line up with the locals and challenge yourself to run across the Long Bridge before the last bell chimes out!

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8.     Manchester

A lively city at the best of times, Manchester really comes into its own on New Year’s Eve. There’s no chance of quietly sitting out the excitement here! The bright lights of Oxford Street illuminate the city centre and there is a huge choice of venues where you can party the night away. The Northern Quarter will be buzzing with big name DJs at 2022NQ and huge club nights at Mint Lounge and Odd to name just a couple. For an alternative style of music, pop by Matt & Phreds for a Mardi Gras extravaganza or head over to The Blue Pig, a self-proclaimed 'illustrious drinking hole'.

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9.     Looe

It seems that the Cornish are particularly hot on New Year’s celebrations, with Looe being one of the most popular in the whole country. Like its other Cornish contemporaries, Looe welcomes in the New Year in fancy dress! This is the one day of the year that you will feel out in place dressed ‘normally’. As it is a traditional fishing village, why not start the evening with a delicious seafood meal? Trawlers on the Quay is a top choice on New Year's Eve. After all, you’ll need energy to party your way through the rest of the night until the midnight fireworks from the beach!

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10.  Cynon Valley

If you have a little more energy this New Year’s Eve, or like to watch people who do, the Welsh town of Mountain Ash is the place to be. This year the town is preparing itself for the 56th Nos Galan Road Race. The world famous event is a 5km running race in commemoration of the life of famous Welsh runner Guto Nyth Brân. A famous sports person acts as a ‘mystery runner’, beginning the race by bearing a torch from Guto’s grave to Mountain Ash. Before the big race there are plenty of events for children, not forgetting the fireworks display. Prize giving takes place at the family-friendly hour of 8pm, leaving the adults plenty of time to continue their New Year’s celebrations in the pub!

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If you fancy joining in the festivities away from home, take a look at our cottages available over New Year to find a quiet place to relax after the excitement of the evening!

Posted by Clare on 2nd November 2016