Where Are the Best Places to Go for New Year’s Eve with Family? 

New Year’s Eve is infamous for its big parties and local events dedicated to seeing in the next chapter with loved ones. There are tons of places across England and Wales popping open the fizz for some festive fun. Plus, you’ll find amazing events, shows and entertainment just perfect for all ages. 

So, where are the best places to go for New Year’s Eve with family? Check out some of the favourites below…


Yorkshire is the perfect spot to spend New Year’s Eve this year. Not only do you have beautiful landscapes on your doorstep, but there’s also a hive of pretty villages and bustling cities packed with things to do. 

You’ll find events and activities scattered throughout Yorkshire during Twixmas and New Year. All ages with love the variety!

First up, but get in quick, is a trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. This year’s Light and Lantern Festival is said to be bigger and better than ever, with over 2,400 metres of illuminated trails and handcrafted lanterns lighting the way. Of course, you could also make a day of it with a visit to the animals. 

Heading to Harrogate on New Year’s Eve is also a great day out. The town’s Crescent Gardens incorporate a large ice rink for a spot of family skating. The setting is beautiful, and everyone can join in the fun. 

What’s more, a stay in this region could mean you catch a glimpse of the white stuff – the best way to see out the festive season. 


 Torquay View - kate & tom's Large Holiday Homes

Fancy spending a New Year’s Eve staycation by the seaside? Or perhaps cosied up in the beautiful surroundings of a National Park? Then Devon is the place to be on New Year’s Eve!

This year there’s a host of events suitable for all ages throughout the region. An exciting new event in South Devon sees the English Riviera comes to life with a beautiful display of illuminated events. Torquay, Paignton and Brixham each have a part to play. So, you can hop on a steam train or listen to carols by candlelight – all at the Bay of Lights event. 

No New Year’s Eve celebration would be complete without a pantomime. Kids and adults adore this annual tradition, and a stay in North Devon gives you an opportunity to see something special in Barnstaple.


Another of the best places to go for New Year’s Eve with family is Wales. Wherever you choose, you’ll find a host of events and celebrations. Of course, a top choice for a break is visiting the vibrant city of Cardiff. This year its Winter Wonderland event is packed full of things to do throughout Twixmas and New Year. 

The Ice Rink and Ice Walk is set in Cardiff Castle and is a popular activity suitable for all ages. You’ll also find a funfair and plenty of local food and drink to sample. Best of all, adults can have a little break in the Ice Bar to enjoy an ice-cold beer. 

Staying in Mid Wales this New Year offers a fantastic chance to admire beautiful scenery and enjoy long walks with the family. To make it extra special, head to the Elan Valley Visitor Centre to help them find reindeer. This exciting trail takes you through Cnwch Woods, with a little treat for your efforts when you return.

The Cotswolds

 Marsden Manor - kate & tom's Large Holiday Homes

This beautiful area is the perfect festive retreat. It’s even prettier in the snow, so fingers crossed for a dusting while you enjoy your New Year’s Eve break. 

If you’re looking for a little adventure on NYE, head to Batsford Arboretum to hunt for Santa’s little elves. Or book a day at Blenheim Palace’s Traditional Christmas event to admire the palace’s ornate interiors and decorations in the theme of The Kingdom of the Snow Queen. 

Most of the villages and towns in the Cotswolds go all out for the festive season. So, take a walk around pretty streets adorned with twinkly lights and soak up the last of Christmas with a hot chocolate and hearty meal at the local pub. 


Durdle Door panorama, Dorset.

New Year’s Eve in Dorset is a great way to enjoy festivities and celebrations the whole family will love. This area is renowned for its glorious coastline, providing endless walks and hikes in captivating surroundings. 

The seaside town of Bournemouth is always a favourite for fun and family festivities during the Christmas period. Take a step back in time to traditional Victorian celebrations at the Russell-Cotes Museum. This spot provides an exciting learning experience with a Christmas Trail to follow, plus the option of afternoon tea. The town is also home to an exhilarating zip line on the pier and RockReef, where the kids can let off some energy helping save Santa by working out clues on the climbing walls. 

Further along the coast, Swanage is a beautiful town to explore. It’s also home to Artisans on the Beach. Craftspeople set up shop in the beach huts, where you can shop festive trinkets and creative gifts from local makers on your stay. 

Book a New Year’s Eve break with kate & tom’s 

New Year’s Eve is the ideal time to get friends and family together for a festive celebration. At kate & tom’s, we have a selection of large cottages in all the best places to go for New Year’s Eve with family – with luxury extras to make your stay even more special. 

Ready to make your dream NYE getaway a reality? Browse our New Year’s Eve cottages and choose your favourite. Remember to get in early, as this time of the year is always hugely popular. If you’ve already missed out on your favourite, why not get in early for next year?