The 10 Best Ways to Ring in the New Year

New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating with loved ones, reminiscing on the previous year, and making resolutions you inevitably won’t keep.

Whether you’re looking for something low-key or an unforgettable experience, we’ve compiled the best options happening around the UK for you to choose from on December 31st...


1. Watch the Nutcracker in Leeds

Enter into a magical wonderland at the Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House with an enchanting performance of David Nixon OBE’s The Nutcracker. The curiously animated box of toys dancing to the classic Tchaikovsky' piece will captivate adults and children alike.

Tickets are £47.50; Located at Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1, 6NZ; Running time approx. 2 hours

2. Celebrate at the Sky Bar

Celebrate in a way you’ll never forget with the 360° views of London from the Sky Bar. Hosted by Altitude London, with exclusive access to 7 venues in the Millbank Tower, you will be welcomed with a delicious bellini cocktail and spoilt for choice with complimentary food from multiple cuisines. Welcome 2016 with bubbles and an unbeatable view of the Southbank London fireworks display and finish the night in true luxury with a champagne, smoked salmon and caviar breakfast served from 5am.

£350 per person; 6pm-6am; Millbank Tower, 30 Millbank, London SW1P 4QP; Food available from 7-10pm


3. Watch the London Fireworks Display

No New Year’s Eve in London is complete without seeing - or at least hearing - the incredible firework display as the clock strikes midnight. The spectacular show is set against the capital’s breathtaking skyline, bringing Londoners and visitors together alike. This year’s event is ticketed, so if you didn’t manage to grab one in time, just curl up on your sofa with loved ones and watch the live stream.

Tickets now sold out; 5pm-2am, The London Eye, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 7PB; Partnered with Unicef

4. Take a Tour of Stonehenge, Royal Windsor and Bath

To welcome in the new year in unique style, take your family for a picturesque New Year’s Day tour of Stonehenge, Royal Windsor and Bath. Enjoy a crisp morning exploring Windsor Castle followed by an invigorating walk with unbelievable views. There is plenty of time for photo opportunities at Stonehenge before heading to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, where you can catch the breathtaking Roman Baths at sunset.

£119 per adult and £109 per child aged 3-16; Departs from Central London at approx. 8am; Includes lunch and priority access to all attractions

5. Attend a Masquerade Ball in Leeds

Opt for an element of mystery by attending the Masquerade Ball New Years Eve Party at Royal Armouries Museum. You will be welcomed with a chilled glass of sparkling wine - hidden among the overflowing chocolate fountains and Christmas trees - before sitting down for a sumptuous three-course banquet. Spend the rest of the evening tasting tempting cocktails and perhaps searching for your Romeo amongst the masked bachelors.

£69.95 per person; starts at 6pm, dinner at 8pm, DJ until 1.30am and carriages escort you out at 2am; Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT

6. Enjoy a Quayside View at Pitcher & Piano in Newcastle

If you’re looking for a night with a view, head to Pitcher & Piano in Newcastle. Boasting some of the best visuals of the recently redeveloped Quayside, this place has become one of the most iconic bars in the area. Whether your tipple is an indulgent cocktail or premium draught beer, this side of the River Tyne is the perfect place to reminisce on 2015 and welcome in 2016 with a bang.

Pitcher & Piano, 108 Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3DX

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7. Have Afternoon Tea at Restaurant SIX in Gateshead

Treat yourself to a well-earned treat after a long, hard year with afternoon tea at SIX in Gateshead. You can choose between a glass of bubbly or a healthful organic loose-leaf tea, depending on your plans later on. Of course, you’ll be served all the usual afternoon tea indulgences including a selection of finger sandwiches, fruit scones and a mouth-watering selection of miniature cakes.

Served between 12pm-3pm; Choose from classic afternoon tea (£19.95) or champagne afternoon tea (£27.95); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead Quays, Tyne and Wear, NE8 3BA

8. Just The Tonic Comedy Club in Leicester

Laugh your way into 2016 at Just the Tonic Comedy Club in Leicester. A sell-out event for the past 12 years, you’ll be treated to top 3 comedian acts during the evening, with a DJ getting those feet tapping until 1am. With food on offer at the fantastic venue, be sure to book ahead (due to limited capacity) so you can come down for a good old giggle.

Starts at 8pm. Location: 54 Belvoir St, Leicester LE1 6QL

9. Feast on a Banquet at Leeds Castle

Enjoy champagne in the Leeds Castle Library followed by a delicious four-course banquet of the finest food in lavish and opulent surroundings. The gentle hum of a live band is the soundtrack to the whole evening, with a spectacular firework display to finish.

£205 per person; Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL

10. Cosy up at Colchester's Barn Brasserie

Go for the authentic British countryside experience snuggled up in the Barn Brasserie restaurant in Colchester. With a full à la carte menu and the Head Chef’s seasonal specials available, tempt and treat your tastebuds for the entire evening. A few glasses of bubbly down and you’ll be hitting the dance floor to bring in 2016.

Reserve your table now; The Barn, Brook Road, Great Tey, Colchester, Essex, CO6 1JE

By Lizi Woolgar