The best December events in the UK and some crazy ideas for New Year’s Eve!
The UK’s biggest gaming festival, Insomnia59, ends 2016 with a bang (or, rather, a chorus of them). Prize-money tournaments for Counter-Strike, Overwatch, Battlefield 1 and more will be fought on the eSport Stage; the Drone Racing iSeries champion will be crowned, as will the best cosplayers; and attendees will be able to try the latest VR kit, alongside classic retro games.
Toast the new year
Blaze a trail into 2017 at the Tar Barl festival in Allendale, Northumberland. This centuries-old ceremony ends with a procession to the village square, where 45 flaming barrels of tar are thrown onto a bonfire.