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The best places to spend New Year’s Eve in the UK

The UK boasts some of the best destinations to spend New Year’s Eve in the world.

There is a whole range of events, from unusual traditions with historical roots to all-night parties featuring top names in the music industry. The best place to celebrate the new year comes down to what you want from your evening.

You could dance the night away or chat and watch the fireworks with friends, roam the town and watch party-goers or sit on a beach at one of the coastal settings to be beside the sea as the new year arrives. This list features some of the best places to go for New Year’s Eve

St Ives, Cornwall

For a classic NYE celebration, head down to the picturesque sandy beaches of Cornwall’s famous St Ives. The small Cornish town of St Ives has deservedly built up quite a reputation as one of the best places in the UK for New Year’s entertainment (if not the world)! Thousands of people, traditionally sporting all kinds of fancy dress, flood the small town and often overflow onto the beach.

Street parties and fireworks generate an electric atmosphere as everyone is busy enjoying themselves. It really is an occasion not to miss. Children, too, will love being surrounded by their favourite superheroes and cartoon characters, or at least their real-world fancy dress equivalents!

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Scotland has many places where you can celebrate New Year with Hogmanay, but its capital sure knows how to welcome the new year in style. Unfazed by the chilly northern winter, thousands of people flock to Edinburgh to celebrate Hogmanay with music, fireworks, and a whole host of arts events and entertainment.

While the New Year’s Eve Street Party and Concert in the Gardens are the main events, the festivities continue for three days and include a torchlight procession the night before, as well as the Loony Dook, a bracing New Year’s Day swim in the freezing River Forth.

A woman taking a picture of Edinburgh buildings
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The Welsh capital celebrates New Year with countless options for family fun, a showstopping firework display, and the spectacular Winter Wonderland – which also features an ice rink where there’s a special midnight skate available.

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Mountain Ash, Wales

The small town of Mountain Ash in Wales hosts the most popular 5K Nos Galan road race on every new year’s occasion. This race wraps up by 9 PM and the entire town gears up to celebrate the arrival of the new year. People celebrate a small festival with their friends and family.

To experience the exceptional Welsh customs, just head to Wales. To get a break from the busy schedule all year, visit Pembrokeshire to chill out with your friends. Enjoy the street parties that offer a wide variety of street foods, dance performances, fireworks displays, and more.

An overview of mountain ash in Wales
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You can’t talk about New Year’s Eve destinations without a mention of the UK’s happening capital. There are hundreds of small celebrations across London, from swanky dances and opulent balls to concerts by some of the biggest names in music. For many, it is THE best place to celebrate New Year, and nowhere else comes close!

Thousands more people will line the banks of the Thames to watch a dazzling 10-minute firework display from the South Bank. If you do happen to find yourself fully functioning the following morning, continue the festivities by watching the New Year’s Day parade, which features over 10,000 performers from all corners of the world.

An overview of London with the London Bridge
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A lively city at the best of times, Manchester really comes into its own on New Year’s Eve. There’s no chance of quietly sitting out the excitement here! The bright lights of Oxford Street illuminate the city centre and there is a huge choice of venues where you can party the night away.

Head to The Warehouse Project or The Ritz for some of the biggest club nights of the year. For an alternative style of music, pop by Matt & Phred’s for a big band extravaganza. The choice of entertainment to suit all tastes makes it one of the best places for New Year’s Eve if you are a fan of revelry!

A picture of buildings in Manchester
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The iconic Brighton Pier is a wonderful spot to welcome in the New Year. With countless lively bars and clubs lining the beachfront, exciting events, and even an ice-skating rink at the Royal Pavilion, this really is the ideal place to close the year with a bang.

Brighton pier with people sitting on the beach and at the fun fair
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Lake District

If you are a nature adorer, Lake District is the perfect destination. Mostly, nature lovers visit this place especially during new year’s eve to welcome the first day of the year peacefully. It is a romantic spot for family and friends where you can indulge in watching the beauty of nature.

Some of the tourists gather at one place near the lake to watch stunning fireworks shows. With amazing scenery, scrumptious foods, and dazzling fireworks, welcome the new year in the Lake District in an unforgettable manner.

A scenic picture of Lake District
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For those looking for a social night out with plenty of dancing, Birmingham is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. From DJ nights to bar hopping with friends, Birmingham’s electric streets have plenty to offer. What’s more, if you feel like getting some fresh air you can head to Centenary Square for the annual display of dazzling fireworks.

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