New Year in Northumberland

Published: Friday 29th Dec 2017

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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If you are staying in or around Northumberland this New Year, you might be thinking of how you can mark the occasion and what’s on near you.

Here’s just a few of our top picks if you haven’t planned what you are doing this December 31st yet:

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is a castle and stately home in Alnwick. It truly is a spectacular place and a perfect setting for your NY. In recent years it has been the setting in a number of film and television productions, such as in Downton Abbey's 2014 and 2015 Christmas specials and also appearing as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter films.

Their New Year’s Eve package is very popular, although you may still be able to get last minute availability. Their menu includes:

Price per person: £79.50


Cream of Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Brioche Croutons, Chive & White Truffle (V)


Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Marinated Cumber, Fennel & Orange Butter Sauce


Pearl Barley, Butternut Squash & Sage Risotto with Parmesan

Main Courses

Roast Sirloin of Northumberland Beef with Caramelised Celeriac Puree, Salt Baked Carrots, Spinach & Bordelais Sauce


Root Vegetable and Chestnut Wellington with Caramelised  Celeriac Puree, Salt Baked Carrots, Spinach & Red Wine Sauce (V)


Dark Chocolate Delice with White Chocolate Cermeux, Passion Fruit Sorbet & Chocolate & Orage Tuile

To book contact 01665 511 086 or

Kielder Observatory

If you love stargazing, join the Kielder observatory for night under the darkest skies in the UK, celebrating New Year. A team of astronomers will show you the wonders of the night sky. You’ll also get champagne, middle-eastern street food from Papa Ganoush, soft drinks, coffee and Ice Cream sandwiches! You can celebrate with Ceilidh dancing on the deck under the stars and live fiddle music too. The cost is £110 an adult.

The Tar Bar'l Festival, Allendale

This place has twice been crowned Village of the Year for All England! It is a very pretty, stone-built village in the heart of the Allen Valleys. It is most famous for the Tar Barle, which is a unique New Year celebration if you fancy doing something a little different. This festival of fire dates back to 1858! You'll find 45 "guisers" – hereditary barrel bearers – embarking on a pagan tradition by walking the streets carrying barrels of whiskey on their heads filled to the brim with burning tar. The guisers then ceremonially toss their barrels onto the Baal bonfire to welcome in the New Year. It’s a little whacky, but it is definitely full of character! BBC news even covered the event a few years ago on their website.

Snuggle up in a cottage

If you aren’t into the busy party celebrations, why not stay in and enjoy New Year’s Eve with your friends, family, partner or loved ones in peace. Light a log fire, cosy up to a film, crack open a glass of wine and enjoy the New Year in sophisticated style. You could hire a cottage for new year in Northumberland, and enjoy cooking for yourself or go to a nearby pub (remember to book!) to enjoy some rustic warming food before you go back for the night.

Whatever you decide to do this New Year’s Eve, have fun, spend it with those you love, and look forward to a beautiful start to 2018.

From everyone at Grace Darling Cottages, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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