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As soon as Boxing Day dawns, thoughts turn to New Years Eve and how best to mark the New Year. Celebrate the coming of 2013 in style with a short break to Northumberland...

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Celebrate New Year in Northumberland

As soon as Boxing Day dawns, thoughts turn to New Years Eve and how best to mark the New Year. Celebrate the coming of 2013 in style with a short break to Northumberland and join in with the locals as they mark the end of one year and the start of the next! Spend New Year in Northumberland and choose to experience age-old custom or modern technology.

Follow in the footsteps of generations of Northumbrians past and head to Allendale. Located within easy reach of Hexham and Carlisle, this former mining town plays host to a very special New Years tradition which dates back to 1858. 45 villagers in fancy dress process through the town carrying lit tar barrels which are used to light a ceremonial bonfire in the town square. Join in with a chorus of Be damned to he who throws last as the barrels are thrown onto the bonfire. The ceremony was a regional finalist of the 2011 Enjoy England, Where Else But England Awards so its well worth visiting if you spend New Year in Northumberland. The ceremony doesnt get underway until just before midnight so enjoy a few drinks in the local and soak up the atmosphere during the evening.

While many people will see in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display, who needs fireworks when you can enjoy natures own light display? Not far from the Scottish border, Kielder Observatory hosts New Years Eve; guests are taught to use the telescopes and then stare skywards searching for planets and distant galaxies. Enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine and a slice of cake to keep out the December cold while you put your new skills into action. Celebrate the chime of midnight with a glass of champagne and release lanterns into Kielder Forest to enjoy a stunning display with your fellow stargazers.

If you want to get away from all the New Years madness, Northumberland is also a great choice. With excellent walking on your doorstep and a wealth of wonderful cosy pubs, enjoy a few relaxing days away for a low key celebration. Explore Alnwick castle, discover Hadrians Wall or meet the friendly locals in the pretty towns of Craster and Seahouses. A few days away are ideal before you have to head back to work after the holidays!

Choosing a self-catering holiday cottage is the perfect way to celebrate the New Year with family or a big group of friends. Find a large property and throw a great celebration to welcome in 2013, plus if you choose a rural property, there wont be too many requests to turn the music down! Come New Years Day; ease your hangover with a bracing walk along the stunning Northumberland Coast. Get out in the fresh air and enjoy a meal at one of the pubs along the coastal path; what better way to bring in the New Year?

To browse and book holiday cottages in Northumberland, visit and find the perfect cottage for your New Year celebrations.



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