It’s always a good idea to celebrate New Year’s Eve doing something a bit special. It’s an exciting way to usher in the adventures and possibilities of the coming twelve months. Below are some of the best places in the UK to toast the midnight change of calender.
The biggest celebrations in the country, Londoners and visitors from around the globe line the banks of the Thames near the Houses of Parliament to watch a spectacular fireworks display. Stick around for the New Year’s Day parade, the biggest of its kind in the world
A torchlight procession through the streets, a concert and fireworks, Edinburgh throws a mean party for New Year’s Eve (called Hogmanay north of the border). Research hotels and accommodation in Edinburgh early, as this is a popular one.
An old pagan tradition lives on in this small village in Northumberland. Forty five men are charged with walking through the town with barrels of flaming tar balanced on their heads. As the clock strikes twelve, they throw the burning barrels onto a huge fire to blaze into the New Year.
The Welsh call the celebration Calennig, and party in the capital with free live music and a funfair in the city centre. A popular way to watch the obligatory fireworks is while skating on the temporary ice rink.
In this Welsh mountain village, New Year’s Eve is celebrated with a 5 kilometre run conducted by torchlight, if you fancy it!
This Pembrokshire seaside town hosts a beach picnic and firework display to ring in the New Year.
Perth and Kinross
Fire features again in this Highland village, as long birch poles with lighted rags at their tips are carried through the streets then cast into the river to rid the town of evil spirits.
Who knows what sights you’ll see at Bideford’s New Year’s Eve celebrations as the town goes fancy dress for the evening. Families gather on the quay from six in all manner of costumes, while revellers greet the new year with the chimes of the bells at St Mary’s church.
Renowned as a party town throughout the year, Newquay comes into its own on New Year’s Eve. A huge beach party is staged, and many people turn up in fancy dress. One for a younger crowd with sound systems playing long into the night, but what better way to beat the hangover the next morning than a ride on some of Britain’s best waves.
Isle of Wight
Have a ghoulishly good time at Knighton Gorge, once a grand country estate on the Isle of Wight. Legend has it that in 1915 two locals saw ghostly apparitions carrying lights parade to a house that wasn’t there in the morning. The Gorge may be gone, but it’s stone gateposts remain and crowds gather every new year’s eve to see if the apparition reappears.
About the author: Hugo Riddle is from lastminutehotels.com. Hugo usually writes about travel destinations around the world, especially travel guides about the United Kingdom.