New Year's Eve Events in the North-East

Published: Monday 19th Dec 2016

Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team

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Most revellers will be waiting until late on New Year’s Eve to start their celebrations at pubs, bars and clubs across the North East, but for those who wish to celebrate a little earlier and/or with the younger members of the family, there are family-friendly events occurring all over the region earlier pan in the day.

So, if you are holidaying in Northumberland this New Year and are looking for something to do to welcome in 2017, here are some ideas:

Outdoor Skating, Centre for Life

Always a popular draw with wannabe Torvill and Deans of all ages, the rink is open for a good while yet if you haven’t already been for a spin around it.

Time: 10am – 6pm. Cost: £9 Adults, £8 Concessions, £7 Children (5-17), £3 Children (4 and under); £25 Family (2 + 2 or 1+3)

Children aged 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult on the ice rink and children aged 10-12 must be supervised by an adult (from the viewing platform if preferred).

New Year Wishes, The Baltic

Go along to BALTIC and bring your New Year wishes to life. Whether you want to fly high in the sky or swim with whales at the bottom of the sea, you can animate our wishes alongside BALTIC artist Lesley-Anne Rose. This New Year, anything is possible.

Time: 11am – 4pm. Cost: Free drop-in event.

New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival, Newcastle

Newcastle’s Winter Carnival Parade returns to bring the New Year in in style. There will be otherworldly creatures, puppets and street bands, all illuminated with fire and light. A majestic leader will guide the procession of fiery torchbearers, artists, bands and community groups as they make their way to Newcastle Civic Centre.

Time: From 5:15pm – via Northumberland Street. Fireworks finale at 6pm at Newcastle Civic Centre; and midnight – New Year Fireworks at the Quayside. Cost: Free.

New Year’s Eve Party (Adults only), Kielder Observatory

Kielder Observatory is an astronomical attraction at Kielder Water and Forest Park. See in the New Year a little differently this year. Gather with friends and/or family, England’s darkest skies, the famous team of Kielder volunteers…and the Universe!

As soon as it gets dark, there will be a tour of the observatory, followed by a tour of the universe after you have been shown how to use the powerful telescopes.

All night you will be warmed by a log burning fire, mulled wine and a fire pit cooking sausages, burgers, kebabs, a vegetarian option and toasted marshmallows. At midnight, there will be a cheeseboard of Northumberland’s finest, red wine, bubbly and the stars. There will also be live music, dancing and aptly named chocolate (milky way, mars bars and star bars).

Cost: Adults £60 for day ticket.

Head to Allendale, a mining town near Hexham and Carlisle, where there is a very special New Year tradition dating back to 1858. Generations of Northumbrians, past and present, get together in New Year’s Eve for the Allendale Tar Barrel Ceremony.

45 villagers, called ‘guisers’, in fancy dress, parade through the town carrying whiskey barrels filled with burning tar on their heads. These barrels are used to light the ceremonial bonfire located in the town square.

As traditional folk music plays, the guisers weave in and out of the streets like a dragon. Join in with the locals to a chorus of ‘Be Damned to He Who Throws Last’.

The ceremony is exciting to watch but doesn’t get underway until just before midnight. This means you can enjoy a few drink s in the local, soaking up the atmosphere and discovering the history of this tradition.

The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The Grace Darling Holidays Team


Your team of holiday experts in Northumberland.


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