Ideas for New Year's Eve

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If Roman Abramovich's £5 million NYE bash in St. Bart.'s just seems a bit too much bother, take last-minute party inspiration from these UK-based events, from a zombie-themed fancy dress night in Manchester to a beach party in St. Ives.

Let us know which New Year's Eve night appeals to you and tell us how you're spending the last evening of 2012 in the comments section below or on Twitter.

  • Make like a zoombie at Tiki Dive Bar

    Zombie Apocalypse at Manchester's Liars Club promises to stave off the winter chill with a underground tropical paradise complete with flaming Zombie cocktails, fancy dress (in a macabre vein) and a plethora of rum cocktails.

    £5, The Liars Club Manchester, visit to book

  • Dance into Oblivion at House of Wolf

    "A debauched vintage soirée" awaits at the Top Hats and Revelations event at House of Wolf, a three floor former Victorian music hall in London's Islington. They'll be DJs, aerial artists, can can dancers and Burlesque performers on-hand to entertain.

    £15 advance, £20 on the door for Dance into Oblivion tickets, House of Wolf London

  • Scoff late night bacon at Rockliffe Hall

    Enjoy champagne and canapés, a four course gourmet banque, Auld Lang Syne performed by a resident piper and (our favourite) late night bacon rolls at Rockliffe Hall's Mistletoe Ball in Durham.

    £140, Rockliffe Hall Durham, call 01325 729999 or email

  • Jump 'n' jive at Floridita

    Dance the night away at Soho hot spot Floridita with retro bands The Midnight Stompers and Swing Zazou to get you in the groove at its Swing Extravaganza event. Price includes a three course dinner with treats such as grilled New York strip loin and Peruvian chocolate ganache.

    £60 , Floridita London, call 020 7314 4000 or book here

  • Shun the city at Eckington Manor

    Escape from the party scene with a romantic foodie break for two at Eckington Manor in the Cotswolds. Featuring cream tea on arrival, a four course meal made with local produce and a chilled bottle of Guy Charbaut champagne and handmade chocolates to toast in the New Year with.

    £250 for a standard room based on 2 adults, Eckington Manor Worcestershire

  • Relive the 80s in Islington

    Dig out the shoulder pads for this 80s Extravaganza at Islington pub The Duchess of Kent. The evening promises retro cocktails and platters (don't miss the cheese and pineapple hedgehogs!), party games, a four course dining menu and even a prize for best dressed.

    £50, The Duchess of Kent, Islington London

  • Party with the masses at Hogmanay

    This legendary New Year's Eve celebration is not to be missed. Join thousands around the world for a street party like no other against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, with live DJs, outdoor bars, a torchlight procession with massed pipes and drums and midnight fireworks.

    Torchlight procession free and unticketed, £15 for Hogmanay street party, Edinburgh

  • Dine like a king in Mayfair

    Dine out in style with a seven course meal plus wine matchings at Alyn Williams at the Westbury, a Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair. Highlights include roasted Orkney scallops and caramelised white chocolate parfait.

    £90 before 9pm (£60 minus drinks), Westbury Mayfair London

  • Boogie on the beach in St Ives

    Ok, it's not Miami but St Ives is still a go-to destination come New Year's Eve. The streets and harbour of this picturesque Cornwall town are filled with revellers in a random mix of fancy dress and once the bells and fireworks go off at midnight, the party spills over to the beach.

    Free, St Ives Cornwall, visit tourist information for more info

  • Explore a house of curiosity in Bristol

    Bristol's Alfresco Discos are shrouded in mystery, which makes them all the more desirable. The New Year's eve bash takes place at an unknown destination "of some considerable note & inexplicable curiosity" in the Bristol area and involves Victorian costumes and gramophones.

    Tickets can be sourced on Alfresco Disco's Facebook, prices vary

  • Blast off with fireworks in Wolverhampton

    Stay indoors, crack open the bubbly and watch Wolverhampton City Hall's breathtaking fireworks display, designed to be seen by city residents miles around. Hardcore partygoers can head to the venue to see in 2013 then enjoy a combined club night until the early hours.

    £9.99 on the door or online at

  • Ride into 2013 at Alton Towers

    Cartoon-styled hotel rooms, rides and a waterpark are just some of the reasons to choose a family-centred NYE at Staffordshire's premier theme park Alton Towers. And when the rollercoaster gets a little too thrilling, take sanctuary in the restaurant with a relaxed evening meal and 10-piece live band.

    Adults (12+) from £150 pppn/ Children (2-12) from £100 pppn. Visit Alton Towers to book

  • Skate through Cardiff's magical Calennig celebrations

    Cardiff's traditional celebration has midnight skate sessions, a spin on the majestic Star Ride, live music, a spectacular firework finale and - perhaps best of all - Britain's leading (and only completely live) Abba Tribute Band.

    Prices from £6. Visit for more information.

  • Don fancy dress in Newquay

    Be anyone you want to be in Central Square on the 31st - the area is famous for its impressive fancy dress carnival on New Year's Eve. A popular spot for midnight gatherings is Bar Help, which has an excellent view of the fireworks display.

  • Admire the view from Spinnaker Tower

    Look down on the beautiful Portsmouth harbour and the Isle of Wight while sipping champagne and nibbling canapés at a party in the city's Spinnaker Tower - home to the largest glass floor in Europe.

    Tickets are £45. Visit

  • Rejoice for 12 hours solid at the Elysian Project Fest

    An outdoor festival at a secret picturesque location in north London, this 6pm to 6am event promises to be a five-minute walk from a tube station, filled with wonderful live music, entertainment and food - and no mud.

    £40 - see

  • Roll the dice at the Fahrenheit Grill

    Dig out a glitzy evening gown or tuxedo to hit Liverpool's vibrant casino eatery for the last three-course meal of 2012, described as "delicious British food with a modern European edge". Then make like Bond with a Martini, enjoy live entertainment and perhaps a spot of gambling.

    Three course set menu, cocktail and champagne £34.95 pp. Visit for more information.

  • Have a masquerade ball in Harrogate

    Add a touch of mystery and glamour to the grand event at Rudding Park hotel's swish Venetian Ball. Masks on or off for the opulent six course dinner and live big band.

    From £150 pp. See for more information.

  • Go vintage on the South Bank

    Pop-up nightclubs, bars and beauty parlours complement 1920s ragtime bands, a 1940s swing orchestra and rock 'n' roll combos at Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway's Vintage New Year's Eve party at the Royal Festival Hall.

    From £100 pp. See for more details.

  • Make it all about the music in Manchester

    A 12-week pop-up warehouse club event sees its closing party meld into a New Year's Eve blow-out featuring Annie Mac, James Zabiela, Simian Mobile Disco, Felix Da Housecat and many more. Only those prepared to party hard need attend.

    Tickets £32.50