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 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.