Looking for the best places to see in the New Year in the UK? Whether you’re in the mood for a ceremonial bonfire, a massive street party, or a showstopping firework display, there are a wealth of options taking place all around the country.
Here are our picks…
If you’re a fan of fancy dress then St Ives is the place for you this New Year. Every year thousands of residents and visitors descend on the small Cornish town in their favourite costumes to watch the spectacular firework display before taking to the streets for a huge family friendly party.
Where to stay: Ayr Holiday Park
Cardiff is going all out this year with their Winter Wonderland festivities over Christmas. The celebrations continue right through to New Year where you can count down to midnight on the brand new Big Wheel, gliding along on the undercover ice rink, or the brand new Alpine Trail through Gorsedd Gardens!
Where to stay: Cardiff Caravan Park
Looking for a New Year celebration with a difference? Head up to Northumberland and the usually quiet rural town of Allendale, for a night you’ll certainly remember. Witness the tradition of Tar Bar’l that involves 45 male residents carrying whiskey barrels of burning tar through the town’s streets before igniting the Bar’l fire in the city centre.
Where to stay: Hadrian’s Wall Campsite
The vibrant city of Manchester will see it’s Christmas season come to a spectacular end with an incredible fireworks display in Albert Square. The display will be the last large-scale event to take place in the square for at least 4 years, so make sure not to miss out on what promises to be an amazing night, with a huge variety of top quality bars and restaurants available.
Where to stay: The Hawthorne Nightstop
If there’s one city synonymous with the celebration of New Year then it has to be Edinburgh. People flock in their thousands to celebrate Hogmanay in the Scottish capital, with music, fireworks and a whole host of arts events and entertainment. What with the festivities going on for a full 3 days, the New Year’s Eve Street Party and Concert in the Gardens, you can see why experiencing a New Year in Edinburgh is near the top of a lot of people’s bucket list.
Where to stay: Mortonhall Camping Park
Stonehaven on Scotland’s northeast coast celebrates Hogmanay a little differently to Edinburgh with its famous Fireballs Ceremony. This unique festival sees 60 fireball swingers dressed in costume parade down the High Street swinging their ‘fireballs’ in a spectacular display to celebrate Hogmanay. A tradition believed to date back at least a hundred years, and said to burn off the bad spirits.
Where to stay: Deeside Holiday Park
If you’re in and around London over New Year to enjoy the festivities, but are worried by just how busy everywhere will be, then why not take a step back and watch from afar. Primrose Hill provides the perfect vantage point to watch all the celebrations and enjoy a relatively chilled night with friends and family.
Where to stay: Lee Valley Camping & Caravanning Park