With lots of upheaval and the loss of iconic stars such as David Bowie and Prince, 2016 has been a bit of a rotten year, and many people will be pleased to see the back of it. Thankfully, there’s plenty of ways to give this annus horribilis a barnstorming send-off.
For music and arts: Edinburgh
Edinburgh is home to the music, dance and arts spectacular that is Hogmanay. The festival has a well-deserved reputation for its world-famous celebrations, attracting visitors from all around the world. The Scottish capital’s streets are packed, with top entertainment from bands and DJs, a superb fireworks display, and the biggest and loudest rendition of Auld Lang Syne on planet Earth.
For beach lovers: St Ives
In recent years, the small Cornish town of St Ives has come to be one of the UK’s most popular NYE destinations, with thousands of revellers descending on the town for an almighty street party, sporting all kinds of fancy dress. As the clock edges towards midnight it’s time to head to the beach to witness some impressive fireworks.
For fireworks: London
Most places on this list boast a fireworks display (it is New Year’s Eve after all), but the annual show at Southbank by the London Eye tops the lot. Unfortunately, due to the huge numbers of people who make their way to the banks of the Thames to get close to the action, this is now a ticketed event and already sold out. However, there’s plenty of places around the city to avoid the £10 charge and get a good view. Pick of the bunch is Cannon Street, which is near St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House and Bank, and also boasts a great riverside location.
For chillaxing: The Lake District
If you prefer something a little more tranquil to fireworks or spending most of the night trying to get the barman’s attention in a crowded pub, then New Year at the Lake District will be right up your street. You can stay in one of the cheery hotels, eat delicious locally-sourced food and spend a few days hiking in the Instagram-worthy hills. You won’t miss out on the celebrations, either, as the beer and champagne will be flowing in the packed local taverns. What better way to rid yourself of a hangover than a pleasant countryside walk on New Year’s Day?
For party animals: Manchester
With an almost unrivalled music heritage, it’s no surprise that Manchester is also the UK’s party capital on New Year’s Eve. You’ll be blinded by the bright lights of Oxford Street, illuminating the city centre which offers a huge choice of venues to celebrate the dawn of 2017. As ever, the city’s clubs will be abuzz with the biggest DJs – with the party carrying on long into New Year’s Day at the Warehouse Project, featuring the likes of Ben Klock, Marcel Dettman and DJ Koze.