This New Year's Eve...
December 21, 2016
Top five destinations for a smashing New Year’s Eve
If you’ve not made any plans for New Year’s Eve yet, don’t panic. We have compiled the top street parties, beachside celebrations, festivals and firework displays around Great Britain to ensure you bring in the New Year in style (and on budget).
Edinburgh - Three day street party
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay is Scotland’s famous New Year Festival. The festival takes over the historic city for a three-day street party, which includes live music, fireworks with plenty of pubs, bars and clubs to pop into for a wee tipple to celebrate the New Year and carry on partying into the small hours.
London – Fireworks on the Riverside
Visit the capital and hear the famous ‘bongs’ of Big Ben when the clock strikes midnight, followed by a huge firework display over the River Thames.
Newquay – Beachside Fancy Dress Party
Locals embrace the much loved tradition for dressing up as much as the visitors at New Year, all ages are encouraged to wear fancy dress and make their way through the town, ending up at the town’s Central Square for the countdown to midnight. This is followed by fireworks over Newquay Harbour, and then the partying continues with plenty of bars open until late.
Stonehaven - Fireball Festival
As the clock strikes midnight, the harbour area of Stonehaven will be lit up by the traditional fireball ceremony (to protect the town from evil spirits!). The entertainment starts at 11pm with a pipe band and a drumming band. From midnight until 12.25am the fire swingers will make their way from the High Street to the Harbour, where the fireballs are dramatically thrown into the sea.
London – Skate at Somerset House
Skate into the New Year at Somerset House, enjoy time on the ice while the DJ keeps everyone entertained and the bubbly flows. The River Terrace also offers spectacular views of London’s fireworks display at midnight.
Did you know?
With a Two Together Railcard, you and the person you travel with most can both enjoy 1/3 off rail fares when you get away together.
A Two Together Railcard costs just £30 - that’s £15 each. So after a couple of trips, the card will have paid for itself.
Rail fares listed correct at the time of release.