7 Best Places to Spend New Year's Eve in the UK

7 Best Places to Spend New Year's Eve in the UK

December 31st, New Year’s Eve, marks the end of one year and the beginning of the next. What better time to get out and about, exploring the world and kicking off your New Year with a bang? 

Although many people prefer to save their travels for the warmer summer months, sometimes, it can be a great experience to see different parts of the world at different times of the year. If you will be in the UK over the festive season this year, here are some of the best places to spend the New Year!

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This sleepy Cornish town really goes all out for New Year, with many people heading down to celebrate the New Year by the sea. Parties start early in the evening in the town’s pubs, bars and restaurants, before many people head out onto the beach to continue celebrating well into the New Year. With fancy dress being welcomed and an annual fireworks display to enjoy, St Ives could well be a perfect destination this New Year!


One of the main cities in the Midlands, Nottingham has plenty to offer at New Year while offering a chance to escape the crowds that gather in bigger cities like London. There is usually a big fireworks display at Nottingham Castle, but as the castle is closed for refurbishment work until 2020, this year, there will be a spectacular display in Nottingham’s Old Market Square instead. How will you see in the New Year in Nottingham?

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You may be forgiven for not being familiar with the small town of Allendale in Northumberland, but on New Year’s Eve each year, this town plays host to a traditional fire festival. With roots in ancient pagan traditions, today, local men dress in traditional costumes and walk through the town balancing barrels of flaming tar on their heads! As the clock strikes midnight, the barrels are thrown onto a bonfire, ringing in the New Year in the ultimate style.


Of course, no list would be complete without the inclusion of the capital. There will be countless different events and activities all over the city to welcome the New Year, from fancy dress events to family-friendly fun. However, undoubtedly the most famous event is London’s annual New Year’s fireworks display, watched by millions around the world each year. Head down to the Thames early to guarantee a good view!


On New Year’s Eve each year, the Welsh capital plays host to a large outdoor ice rink in the centre of the city. For a truly memorable, traditional New Year experience perfect for the whole family, head down to Cardiff and enjoy the festivities including live music, a fun fair, and the classic fireworks display when the clock hits midnight.

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If traditional celebrations and fireworks aren’t really your scene, perhaps a New Year spent celebrating in the pubs and clubs of Manchester would suit you better? The city’s infamous Warehouse Project boasts unforgettable parties on New Year’s Eve, but you can always be sure of a wide selection of options if you choose to spend your New Year in Manchester.


New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh is legendary – why not experience this age-old tradition in Scotland’s capital for yourself this year? In Edinburgh, Hogmanay celebrations continue from 30th December right through to 1st January, so book a trip away and indulge yourself in festivities including live music, street parties and traditional processions.


So, wherever you will be this New Year, have fun, make memories, and ring in 2019 in style!

Choose your own adventure