10 group travel ideas: New Year celebrations

Date Posted: 01/11/2013

Spinnaker Tower Fireworks.

Pictured: Fireworks celebrate the start of the New Year at Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to make the most of the New Year celebrations, here are ten exciting ideas to help get the party started.

1. Spend the evening on a high

See in 2014 from a height of over 100-metres at Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower.

The attraction’s New Year’s Eve Party will feature a bar and DJ in the Waterfront Cafe with the tower’s viewing decks open throughout the evening, offering guests the chance to take in the glittering vista across the south coast while enjoying drinks and canapés.

Tickets cost £49.50.

2. Join in the grand finale of The Gathering 2013

Enjoy the spectacle of New Year’s Eve in Dublin.

The evening kicks off with a pageant and torch-lit procession which will wind its way through the streets of Dublin before culminating at St Stephen’s Green for a magnificent fireworks display, marking the grand finale celebration of The Gathering Ireland 2013.

A Countdown Concert featuring top Irish and international acts at College Green will welcome in 2014.

3. Tackle the Nos Galan Races

Alongside a celebrity guest, runners can tackle the Nos Galan Races, an annual ritual which sees hundreds of participants head to the small town of Mountain Ash, just north of Pontypridd, to run the five-kilometre route around the town.

Thousands of spectators also join the celebrations held in honour of local folk hero Guto Nyth Bran, who legend recalls could run seven-miles from Mountain Ash to Pontypridd and back in the time it took to boil a kettle.

4. Party in the capital

Promising a host of festivities and fun, London comes alive with celebrations on New Year’s Eve, as thousands of visitors line the Thames to see the sky lit up by a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

 NYE Bath Assembly Rooms

Pictured: Bath's Assembly Rooms' annual New Year's Eve party.

Stay overnight to watch the colour, pomp and ceremony of the annual New Year’s Day Parade in the heart of the city, featuring dancers, acrobats, cheerleaders, musicians and performers.

5. Have a ball in Bath’s Assembly Rooms

Bath’s stunning Assembly Rooms play host to the 19th annual Balls-2u-ii New Year’s Eve Ball on 31st December, with live music from a band called Pelican Groove.

Groups can purchase dining or non-dining tickets to sample all the ingredients for a fun party night, including DJ, casino, cocktail bar, photo booth and a Prosecco at midnight.

6. Experience the revelry of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Billed as one of the biggest and best New Year celebrations in the world, the party starts in the Scottish capital on 30th December with a torchlight procession.

The action then moves to Princes Street on New Year’s Eve, as thousands gather to see in the 1st January at the Concert in the Gardens, featuring live music and entertainment, DJs, outdoor bars, and a midnight fireworks display.

7. Go 007 at Dickens World

Dickens World in Kent is to host its New Year's Eve Extravaganza once again, and this year’s guests will be entertained with a James Bond theme, complete with casino games and cabaret show featuring Bond songs such as Live and Let Die, Goldfinger and Skyfall.

Guests can conga down to the atmospheric Dickens World courtyard in time for midnight, before putting on their dancing shoes at a disco until 2am.

8. Climb aboard the Orient Express

For an evening of elegance you can join the Orient ExpressBritish Pullman from London or the Northern Belle from Manchester for a round-trip which will see in the New Year in style.

Groups can enjoy a five-course dinner with champagne, fine wine and a magician to entertain you onboard. The train will then stop at a station just before midnight where passengers can disembark and welcome in 2014 with a traditional Scottish piper.

Medieval Banquet at Warwick Castle.

Pictured: Medieval Banquet at Warwick Castle.

9. Cruising through the Rhine Valley

The River Cruise Line’s New Year Rhine Cruise departing on 28th December is a six-day voyage onboard ms Switzerland through the Rhine Valley, taking in the Rhine Gorge.

Passengers can enjoy New Year Celebrations in the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz, with New Year’s Day spent in the city of Cologne.

10. Indulge in a banquet at Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle will be hosting a New Year’s Eve banquet in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall.

Promising an evening of entertainment and fine food, groups can journey through Medieval, Georgian and Victorian times experiencing sword fighting and a pistol duel along the way.

A disco will follow the evening’s entertainment, as guests countdown to midnight with Warwick castle characters.

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