The Best Places to Find Fireworks this New Year’s Eve
What better way to ring in the new year than on a date? But where can you guarantee fireworks come midnight? Here’s our guide to six of the best displays around the UK.
Any New Year’s celebration worth its salt culminates in an awe-inspiring firework display. The major cities have the best and brightest, but you’ll need to plan ahead if you’re going to beat the crowds.
The Scots celebrate the last day of the year as Hogmanay. The world-famous celebrations start on December 31st and last through to New Year’s Day (and sometimes the day after). Edinburgh is the centre of the action and plays host to an enormous ticketed street party with live bands and DJs. As the clock strikes midnight, the fireworks are unleashed from the top of Edinburgh Castle.
More info: edinburghshogmanay.org
Head for Centenary Square to watch the city’s biggest and best display, which will be preceded by live music from 9.30pm. For a romantic vantage point, buy a ticket for the Birmingham Wheel. If you feel like partying afterwards, the bright lights of Broad Street are only a short walk away.
More info: birminghammail.co.uk
The capital’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display takes place on the South Bank and is eagerly watched by people from around the world. The spectacle has been gaining popularity yearly, with numbers swelling to nearly half a million revellers last year. To keep crowds to a manageable level, the event is now ticketed. There are just 100,000 available, so buy now to avoid disappointment.
The Welsh brand of NYE celebrations is called Calennig. In Cardiff this takes place on the City Hall Lawn, amid the baroque splendour of the civic centre buildings. Once the fireworks have finished, there’s the opportunity to start 2015 with a few laps of the outdoor skating rink. Though the fireworks are free, the skating costs £9.
More info: christmasincardiff.com
The city doesn’t have one definitive fireworks display, but it does have a definitive place to watch them from. The iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge gives onlookers a view across the city and is a traditional congregation point on NYE. As well as the bangs from the fireworks, keep an ear out for the Bristolian tradition of banging pots and pans on the pavement to bring in the New Year.
More info: bristolpost.co.uk
Newcastle’s firework display signals the end of its annual Winter Carnival – one of the largest events in the North East. After a boisterous parade around the city, the NYE festivities proper start at 6pm on the quayside, with live music and other entertainment.
More info: visitengland.com
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