November 20, 2018
If you still haven’t got any plans for New Year’s Eve in Northumberland, then you might want to get a move on! Some events get booked up early, but there is still some availability in venues if you pre-book now.
When it comes to NYE, you may be one of two types of people – 1. You want to avoid the expense, the rush and the busy nature of the night, and enjoy a cosy night in with loved ones instead, or, 2. You love the fireworks, buzz and atmosphere of New Year and want to head for somewhere thriving to enjoy it. Whichever type of person you are, here are some ideas to get you started with your New Year planning:
Hire a Cottage
Why not hire a luxury cottage, maybe even with a hot tub, to enjoy New Year’s Eve in comfort and style. There are many beautiful cottages located in fantastic locations across Northumberland, which sleep from 2 people up to a bigger group of people, depending on who you want to celebrate with! If you have kids and don’t have any other option but to stay in, this could be a good alternative. The kids can go to bed while you enjoy the chimes of midnight in luxury! You can cook some great food, open some champagne, and see the New Year in with style in the comfort of your own holiday home!
Newcastle City Centre
You can head to Newcastle city centre where you will enjoy a spectacular family-friendly fireworks display at Newcastle Civic Centre. This event is free, and fireworks start at 6pm. They say, “NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Newcastle City Council are once again working with outdoor art experts Walk the Plank to bring a touch of magic to the New Year's Eve celebrations in Newcastle and Heart North East radio presenter Tom Campbell will be on hand to entertain the crowds from 5.30pm.” You can enjoy the event from the afternoon onwards, where you can witness street theatre and listen to music building up the atmosphere.
The Tar Bar’l - Allendale
The Tar Bar’l is one of the most spectacular events you can enjoy on NYE. This ceremony has been celebrated for at least 160 years! This tradition sees the guisers, which are forty-five local men that carry whiskey barrels filled with burning hot tar, in a colourful procession through the town. They wear colourful fancy dress. Locals and visitors can enjoy music and dancing from 11pm and there is a really great atmosphere here. At 11:30pm, the torches are lit and the barrels ignited. Each guiser lifts the flaming barrels up onto the top of their heads and start walking! At midnight, they arrive at the Bar’l fire in the town centre. There is then a ceremonial bonfire which really is quite something to see. Similar traditions can be found in Scotland - such as Up Helly Aa on the Shetland isles. If you would like to experience something a little different this NYE, then why not head over to Allendale to see this unique tradition.