Ways to celebrate the British New Year

This article will give you some great ideas for ways to spend New Years Eve in the UK, whether you’re a party animal, family, couple or have already blown your budget on Christmas festivities;

Feeling the pressure of organising a wild and crazy New Year somewhere far away from the humdrum of home? It may not involve getting on a plane somewhere exotic, but staying on home-turf does not have to be a boring alternative. Britain is bursting with colourful locations for every type of celebrator, whether you’re a party-goer, family, couple or simply on a budget. Come on, bring in 2010 Blighty-style:

New Years Eve for couples in Edinburgh

Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Hogmanay in Edinburgh

This wonderfully historic city is an excellent choice for those wanting all the buzz of New Year, but not necessarily the raucous behaviour that goes with it. Couples can welcome the second decade with style at the world famous Hogmanay Street Party which boasts a programme jam packed with live music, dance, light and one of the largest New Year displays in the world. There is also plenty to do in the daytime, including sightseeing and shopping or you could enjoy a spot of golf, one of Scotland’s favourite sports.

New Years eve for party animals in the North of England

Rather than opting for the more predictable choice of the capital, why not consider venturing up north to one of its many buzzing cities. Those looking for fun and frolics well into the early hours will love the likes of Manchester, with its endless New Year club nights such as Sankeys and Hed Kandi’s New Years Eve Special. Liverpool is another great option – their popular Garlands venue is even known as the Ibiza of the North West!

New Years Eve for families at Centerparcs in various UK locations

New Year at Centerparcs in Longleat

New Year at Centerparcs in Longleat

If you’re wanting a more family-friendly New Year, Centerparcs makes for a fantastic holiday destination without the hassle of having to get on a plane. Boasting a whole range of New Year activities, from firework displays to dedicated children’s celebrations, you can keep the kids occupied while you indulge in a glass or two of bubbly. There are also plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied, not forgetting log fires to cosy up to at the end of a chilly day.

New Years Eve for budgeters – stay in!

What better way to bring in the New Year than the comfort of your own home? Ok, so it might not be your wildest New Year to date, but if you’re strapped for cash it’s the best way to avoid the premium cab fares and expensive drinks so prevalent in the city-centre. Grab some food and fireworks of your own, invite round your mates (get them to bring along a bottle of bubbly), whack on some tunes and there you have it!

Travel Resources

For further reading, check out the Simon Seeks online travel guides to Edinburgh and other destinations.
For Edinburgh Golf Tours, try Yourgolftravel.com
Centerparks New Year Breaks

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Photo credits: Edinburgh photo by veggiesosage, Centerparcs photo by Heatheronhertravels

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  • Reply
    December 17, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Header, with this post you made me realise how much I love England..

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    Sherry Ott
    December 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I was at Hogmanay about 8 years ago….so much fun! I can remember eating fried snicker bars and listening to fabulous music!

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    December 21, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I’d love to spend a New Year’s in the UK. Sounds lovely!

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