New Year escapes

Posted on: 29 December 2012 by 50connect editorial

Want to get away for New Year's Eve? Looking for a party or prefer some peace and quiet? Here's our guide to New Year breaks.

New Year events 2013Whether you prefer to spend New Year's Eve partying to the max, unwinding in an secret paradise or enjoying some family fun, we have great ideas for New Year breaks.

Where To Party

Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scottish capital plans to up the ante at Hogmanay this year. The festivities will last from 30th December to 2nd January.

Partying will take many forms, from an outdoor concert with Simple Minds, The View and Bwani Junction, to a Keilidh and a the traditional 'torchlight procession'.

Remeber to wrap up warm for Edinburgh, and if December's anything to go by you could still be in the snow!

Paris at New Year'sParis, France: The city of light lives up to its name on New Year's Eve. Firework displays range from the grand to the impromptu.

Traditionally, crowds gather at the Champs-Elysées to let off bangers and find a place to watch the Eiffel Tower erupt into a spectacular light show.

For something mellower, head up to the Sacré-Coeur church in Montmartre.

Gisborne, New Zealand: Gisborne in New Zealand boasts that it is the first place on earth to see in the new year.

Why freeze in the UK when you can enjoy 25 degrees in spectacular New Zealand? Good question actually. Rhythm and Vines is the festival to be seen at, and this year there are performances from Blood Red Shoes, The Black Seeds, Netsky Live and a DJ set from Mark Ronson.

There are 120 performances over four stages and, with a beach 700 metres away, you'll also find surf competitions, volleyball and more than a smattering of VW campervans.

It's surrounded by vineyards, so the wine is guaranteed never to run out, and southern hemisphere sunshine should also be on tap.

KrakowKrakow, Poland: Celebrations at the city renowned for throwing the best New Year's party in Eastern Europe centre on its main square, awash with colonnades, history and, from early evening onwards, revellers drinking beer and glühwein.

This is New Year at its most wintry - expect snow flurries and roasted chestnuts. Why not join the part boats or the jazz cruise, but wrap up warm, it's not your classic sailing weather!

Tignes, France: This French ski resort will be holding a free outdoor party for 15,000 people on 31st December.

The mega party promises to go on all night to keep those embracing the -20C temperatures warm through the night and into 2013 with DJ sets and hosue music pumping, join in the highest New Years Eve party there is!

Where To Unwind

Foxhills Resort, Surrey: Watch nearby fireworks light up the sky while lying in the hot tub of the UK's first spa garden. Take your pick from three New Year's party options at Foxhills Manor, Club House and Summer House.

Why not stay over?
Accommodation from £120.00 per room per night including breakfast and use of the Country Club facilities. Treat yourself to an upgrade from an extra £40.00.

Seaham Hall, Durham: If yoga and circuit training aren't quite your bag, why not combine your spa break with partying? Seaham Hall is offering a New Year's Eve black tie Gala Ball on 31st December, where you can enjoy a red carpet welcome with Champagne and Oyster Bar reception, an exquisite 7-course meal, live music, traditional Scottish Piper and a fabulous firework display -- all in the magnificent surrounding of the historic Seaham Hall.

As the clock strikes midnight you'll be treated to a glass of champagne followed by a party with inhouse DJ. What better to wake up in 2013 then wondering down to a spa.

Budapest, Hungary: Swap a pub crawl for a spa crawl in Budapest.

Locals here have been enjoying the thermal springs that gush from Buda's limestone bedrock for 2,000 years: they'll spend hours each week soaking in the mineral-rich waters of the public spas, many of which are open until late on New Year's Eve.

Getting away from it all!

Hay-on-Wye, Wales: You can make New Year as quiet or as noisy as you like at Cwm Cottage near Hay-on-Wye. Near the border with England, it lies on the edge of the Golden Valley at the end of a secluded lane with just one other house in sight.

Surrounded by fields, it has three bedrooms, a large kitchen and a sitting room with a wood-burning stove. The nearest pub is a mile away, with Hay four miles further.

ScotlandKnoydart peninsula, Scotland: Known as Scotland's last wilderness, the Knoydart peninsula is an enticing blend of glens, lochs and rivers in a protected landscape that faces Skye, Eigg, Rum and Muck.

It's not an easy place to reach, but worth the effort. Although it's on the mainland, the only access is on a ferry from Mallaig, seven miles away or a 16-mile walk.

The only village, Inverie, is surrounded by three Munro mountains, which effectively block mobile phone signals. Other forms of life are still going strong, including the Old Forge pub, with local food and traditional music.

Where To Take The Family

Disneyland, Paris: If there's one place you can count on for a family-friendly New Year it's Disneyland.

The entire resort is taken over by festive fever, with Santa Claus's Village, Minnie's Jolly Holidays Show and Mickey's Winter Wonderland, and on 31st December there's a Times Square dinner buffet party with Disney characters at Disney's Hotel New York.

New Year Detox

RagdaleRagdale Hall, Leicestershire: Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa can help you banish those festive excesses.

After a fruit-abundant breakfast in bed, while away time in the spa, with its waterfall pool and volcanic salt bath, before being rubbed and scrubbed with a 50-minute treatment - choose from a 'refresh and revive' face and back therapy, a 'natural harmony' facial or a full body massage. You also get either a back, shoulder and neck massage or a conditioning hand or foot treatment.

Ragdale has a range of spa options and discounts on groups bookings, check the regularly updated offers page to find the perfect price for your getaway.

Web Links

SkyScanner - Search for the cheapest flights to destinations around the globe.

Eurostar - Book your European train travel online.

Hotels.com - Find the perfect hotel to suit your needs and budget.

Disneyland - Book your place at Disneyland Paris for the New Year party.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay - Official website for Edinburgh's New Year celebrations.

What are you doing for New Year's Eve? Are you going out or staying in? Are you going abroad to see in the New Year?

If so, let us know by leaving a comment in the box below, or share your thoughts with other readers in the 50connect forums.

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