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New Years Eve Celebrations

November 25th, 2014 5:13 pm


So Christmas is only a month away which means New Year’s Eve isn’t far behind. So you can celebrate and welcome in the New Year in style, we’ve made a list of things to do up and down the country. Plan ahead so you’re not disappointed and end 2014 with friends and family.

London – NYE Fire Work display

In the past few years the popularity of London’s New Year’s Eve firework display has rocketed and ever increasing numbers have been turning up to see the spectacle live. So many, in fact, that this year for the first time the show is to be ticketed. The £10 cost will go towards the cost of safety and administration. Of course you may ask, why do I have to pay for something others and I have enjoyed for free? Well Boris argues that the 100,000 ticket holders will all get a decent view as well as a safe night out (apparently 500,000 people turned up last year and the huge crowds are becoming a worry as you can imagine). You can book up to four tickets from noon on Friday September 26 at london.gov.uk/nye. Or plan to watch the action live and free on telly.

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is one of the biggest and best New Year celebrations in the world. Things get underway on 30 December with the spectacular Torchlight Procession. Join thousands of torch carriers as they create a river of fire from the historic Royal Mile to the son et lumiére and fireworks finale on Calton Hill. On Hogmanay itself, the action moves to Princes Street in the very heart of the city of Edinburgh beneath the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Around 80,000 people party their way into the new year at the Concert in the Gardens featuring incredible live music From Lilly Allen and entertainment, DJ’s, giant screens, outdoor bars and of course, the world-famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Midnight Fireworks on the castle ramparts.

And if you need something to clear your head the morning after, why not take part in the (literally) breathtaking Loony Dook, the annual splash in the River Forth at South Queensferry. Take part in the Dookers Parade through the High Street before taking the plunge in the freezing Forth with the iconic Forth Bridges as a backdrop. And don’t forget your fancy dress!

Tickets are now on sale for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations.

Allendale Tar Barl Ceremony, Northumberland

The pretty little town of Allendale in Northumberland, blazes into the new year (literally) with a Pagen fire festival that lights up the midnight sky. The local townsmen, or “guisers”, march towards a ceremonial bonfire carrying whiskey barrels filled with burning tar, clad in Pagan costumes and chanting “Be Damned to He Who Throws Last”. As they toss the barrels into the bonfires, the flames get wilder and cheers get louder. It’s an incredible spectacle and a great night for everybody in the town.

Cardiff Calennig Celebrations

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.. Enjoy the magic of Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, party to music in the civic centre and soak up the atmosphere as the spectacular firework finale brings in 2014. There is a free Cardiff bus service from 7.30pm until 2am to ensure you get in and out the city safely.

Newquay Night Out

Newquay is known for its festive nightlife and New Years Eve is no exception. It’s local custom for everybody to get dressed up and take to the streets for a night on the town. The local pubs, restaurants and clubs are ready for the big one, offering great specials on food and booze for the crowds that descend. Central square is where everybody gathers to catch a glimpse of the fireworks show.

Newcastle Winter Carnival

It’s Newcastle’s turn this year for its moment in the spotlight as it gets ready to welcome Rugby World Cup 2015. Celebrate the arrival of 2015 and a year of rugby in Newcastle with a brand new Winter Carnival Parade that will ring in the New Year in style.

The city centre is where the carnival parade will welcome you to sway, stomp and dance your way down to the Quayside. Down by the River Tyne is where the party really gets started though. Celebrate all things rugby with music, performance and dazzling firework displays to light up the Quayside. It might be cold along the Tyne but there will be amazing musicians on hand to keep your feet moving and add to the lively New Year’s Eve atmosphere. The family friendly early evening celebration and the midnight fireworks are commissioned by Newcastle Gateshead Initiative in partnership with Newcastle City Council Arts Team, working with creative director Jeanefer Jean-Charles and produced by award-winning outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank.




Christmas TV Adverts

November 13th, 2014 2:25 pm


Christmas seems to creep up on all of us every year, and the adverts and promotions appear on our screens earlier and earlier. This year is no exception with our high street stores and supermarkets battling for the best Christmas TV advert to entice us through their doors to do our Christmas food and present shop.

Here’s a pick of the best ones on your TV screen now:

John Lewis have taken the romantic approach this Christmas, by introducing the lonely penguin Monty.  The advert shows Monty and his owners adventures, until poor Monty discovers he has no one to love. His owner notices his lack of romance and finds him a mate, which he plays cupid on Christmas morning. This advert seems to have captured the hearts of the young and old. Be sure to have some tissues on hand when watching this tear jerker.

Waitrose has followed the life of a young schoolgirl put in charge of creating gingerbread for her schools Christmas Stall. It shows the determination and frustrations of mastering the perfect gingerbread, of which all the ingredients are bought at Waitrose.

Sainsbury’s has recreated one of the most famous moments from the First World War in its 2014 Christmas advert in partnership with armed forces charity the Royal British Legion.

The ad is a ‘creative interpretation’ of Christmas Day 1914 when British and German soldiers laid down their weapons and met in no man’s land.

Famously they shared greetings, treats, mementos and even a game of football before returning to fighting the following day. Another tear jerker, that captures kindness and happiness in what would have been a horrible and lonely time.

Marks and spencer have dropped out of a celebrity filled advert this season and decided to add a little sparkle to their adverts by following the fairies. The advert shows a day in the life of being a Christmas Fairy. Watch as they fly across the sky, ensuring presents are what the receiver wants, outfits are perfect and glamorous, even helping find a stranger find their lost cat in time for Christmas day. Follow the Magic on Twitter  http://twitter.com/thetwofairies and watch as the fairies spread their festive kindness and evoke magic and sparkle across the nation.

Mulberry has taken a jest approach with their Christmas advert, by claiming a Bayswater handbag is the best present over a waving puppy and a unicorn. Do you want to #winchristmas this season? Looks like a Mulberry handbag is just the right thing to ensure that.

We’re all torn in the office to what one is our favourite. Each has a little special something that contributes to the festive feeling at this time of year. Is Monty the penguin your favourite adorable penguin? Or could you do with the magic Marks and Spencer fairies sprinkling a little fairy dust on your Christmas plans?




Have a blast this Bonfire Night

November 4th, 2014 3:38 pm


Bonfire night is near and there are displays up and down the UK tomorrow, and all over the weekend for all the family and friends to enjoy.  Here are a few displays we’ve found, all across the country that’ll sure to light up the nights sky near you.

Lord Mayors fireworks – London (8th November)

The Lord Mayor’s Show has marched (and floated and trotted, and occasionally fought) through 799 years of London history, surviving the Black Death and the blitz to arrive in the 21st century as what must be the oldest, grandest and best-loved civic pageant in the world.

Midsummer Common, Cambridge (5th November)

A bonfire will be lit immediately after the fireworks display which starts 7.30pm at Midsummer Common. The Thurston Fun Fair will be open all evening. There is also a fire show between 6.45 and7.20pm by Phoenix Performance.

Fireworks at the Fort, Segedunum, North Tyneside (5th November)

Bring along your friends and family to one of the largest FREE firework displays in the North East.  As well as the firework extravaganza, why not explore the museum exhibits or have a bit to eat in the cafe before selecting the best spot outside to watch the display.

The Big Band Fireworks – Porthcawl Wales (5th November)

Watch a  fabulous colourful display of fireworks at the Hi Tide Inn, Porthcawl. There are great views of Coney Beach and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast in the background ensuring this display is anything but boring. The show is expected to start at 7pm.

Roundhay Park – Leeds Firework (5th Novemeber)

Once again in 2014, tens of thousands of people are expected to gather at Roundhay Park to enjoy Leeds’ biggest bonfire and fireworks event. Admission to the Roundhay Park bonfire and firework display is FREE, no tickets required! Bonfire – Fire lighting at 7.30 pm -Fireworks: Firework Display from 8pm

Bristol Zoo’s Family Friendly Fireworks – Bristol (4th, 5th & 6th November)

Now in its seventh year, Bristol Zoo’s Family Friendly Fireworks will be back for three evenings of great family entertainment. Beautiful, low-noise fireworks will light up Bristol Zoo on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th November 2014 adding a sparkle to Guy Fawkes Night without the loud bangs that might frighten your little ones or our animals. Gates to open at 5 pm. Display expected to start at 5:45pm

Glasgow Green Fireworks – Glasgow (5th November)

Remember remember…. that Glasgow Fireworks returns to Glasgow Green on Wednesday 5 November. As usual, the event is free and open to all. Gates open at 4pm. The fireworks display is on from 7.30pm.





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