5 Winning Last-Minute NYE Ideas

Of course there’s nothing better than spending a New Year night in with your family, a glass of prosecco, and a roaring fire. But if you’re determined to make midnight extra special this year, there’s no easier way to do it than by taking a New Year trip. We’ve got the accommodation covered and because we want you to have the best possible time, here are our top five picks for the best way to see in 2016.

1. The Vaults New Year’s Eve Crystal Countdown, London

It might not be easy to find – it is, after all, an underground venue – but once you’ve happened upon it, this party at The Vaults (cavernous arches beneath Waterloo train station) will certainly be worth the hunt. The venue is split across a number of rooms, each of which will be transformed into an amazing theatrical set. You can also expect cocktails, DJs and exclusive access to the South Bank to see the world-famous London fireworks.

Nearest Travelodge: London Central, Waterloo hotel

2. Calennig, Cardiff

This Welsh version of Hogmanay is just as fun as its Scottish counterpart and will give you the chance to explore the city unencumbered by traffic. Head to the Civic Centre where DJs will be playing, wander through the fun fair and at midnight enjoy the spectacular fireworks.

Nearest Travelodge: Cardiff Central hotel

3. Hogmanay, Edinburgh

If you want your New Year trip to be all about atmosphere then you certainly won’t get a better one than at this world-famous street party.

Edinburgh fireworks NYE

Hogmanay in Edinburgh. Photo © Hui Yao

Take to the streets as the whole of central Edinburgh is cordoned off and screens erected to help you count down to the big moment. Music, food and drinks are all on hand and at midnight you can celebrate under the glow of the spectacular fireworks which light up the sky above the iconic castle. Magic.

Nearest Travelodge: Edinburgh Central hotel

4. The Victoria’s Prohibition Party, Birmingham

Spend a decadent New Year ’s Eve at this Prohibition-era speakeasy. Dress up in your best 1920s-inspired outfit (think flapper dresses, beaded headbands and sharp zoot suits), take a turn on the gaming tables, sip a cocktail and enjoy some vintage swing and jazz. Rag-time girl group The Glamophones will keep the party going into the early hours, and there’s a free glass of punch to toast midnight. Cheers.

Nearest Travelodge: Birmingham Central Bull Ring hotel


5. Hogmanay with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Glasgow

Dress up in your finest – we’re talking black tie – and head to the spectacular Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for an evening of live classical music.

Cello players in symphony

Symphony in action. Photo © Furtseff

Even if you’re not a fan of the genre, this extra-special New Year’s Eve concert will give you a magical insight into this lavish world. Listen to renowned pieces like Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ and Rossini’s ‘William Tell Overture’, and you’ll be in a sophisticated frame of mind come the new year.

Nearest Travelodge: Glasgow Queen Street hotel