The festive season is upon us, and while your Christmas planning is likely to be already underway, you may also be thinking about things to do on New Year’s Eve. Whether you’re organising a night out on the town, or spending time with friends or family, the pressure of planning the perfect New Year’s Eve can get to all of us, as we frantically try to find somewhere fun and exciting to be when the clock strikes midnight.

There are a number of wonderful things you can do for New Year’s Eve in NewcastleGateshead. Explore our guide below and discover your perfect New Year’s Eve plans, so that you can welcome in 2018 in style.

Midnight Fireworks at NewcastleGateshead

Midnight Fireworks

It wouldn’t be a New Year’s Eve in NewcastleGateshead without fireworks soaring above the River Tyne. The Midnight Fireworks, which take place annually at the Quayside, are a great opportunity to see the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Tyne Bridge lit-up in all of their splendour, with an impressive firework display setting off when the clock strikes 12. The Midnight Fireworks are always a spectacle and this event is ideal for families to attend, as it’s completely free with an electric, exciting atmosphere. You can also spend the hours leading up in any of the fantastic bars and restaurants on the Quayside, but be sure to wrap up warm, as these winter nights can be a little chilly!

A Quiet New Year’s Eve Dinner

While going out and partying is a fun way to bring in the New Year, it’s also nice to spend time with your nearest and dearest in a quieter, cosy setting. Why not get together with friends, family or the one you love by booking an exquisite New Year’s Eve meal at any of Newcastle and Gateshead’s top restaurants?

Many of the restaurants in Newcastle and Gateshead offer tailored New Year’s Eve menus, so you can soak up the festive ambiance with seasonal dishes and a glass of wine in hand.

Independent eateries such as River Beat – which overlooks the River Tyne with views of the historic Newcastle Castle - offer Asian-style tapas dishes that are great for sharing. If you fancy treating yourself to something a bit more special, a multi-course à la carte menu at the likes of Peace and Loaf or House of Tides will allow you to indulge while catching up with friends, without having to wander from bar to bar. Book up well in advance for dinner at BALTIC’s SIX Restaurant and enjoy stunning views of the Quayside, lit-up with Christmas lights, and perhaps even a glimpse of the colourful New Year Midnight fireworks from the comfort of your dining table. Or why not spend the evening in style at Dobson and Parnell before you nip out onto the Quayside to ooo and ahh at the Midnight Fireworks?

Tyneside Cinema New Year’s Eve Party

If there’s one thing Tyneside Cinema know how to do, it’s throw a sophisticated shindig and this year is no different. Newcastle’s oldest, independent film house is throwing its annual New Year’s Eve party with a Hollywood twist. Their Oscar-themed soiree is sure to provide all the glitz and glamour expected for a New Year party, with a dress code that calls for your finest attire. Its own red carpet will be rolled out for your arrival, a free glass of fizz and a gift bag for every guest. You can find yourself mingling with the ‘stars’ of the silver screen, all while enjoying canapés and movie-themed cocktails prepared by the Tyneside Bar Café team.

The Ashleigh Lowes Trio will also be providing film-themed live music so you can dance the night away. Early bookings are strongly encouraged, as Tyneside Cinema’s famous New Year’s Eve parties sell out fast, thanks to their friendly atmosphere and quirky festive spirit.

Boiler Shop: The Last Hurrah

Boiler Shop is well-known for its fantastic events, such as Bongo’s Bingo and regular Rolladiscos, but for New Year this venue really goes all-out. Hosted this year by Sean Rowley and featuring a number of yet-to-be-named special DJ guests, the Boiler Shop’s Last Hurrah blowout is the perfect way to see-out 2017, cut loose and party into the early hours.

With a mixture of soul, funk, reggae and disco compiling the soundtrack for the evening, as well as juicy burgers provided by MEAT:STACK to keep party-goers on-track to the countdown, The Last Hurrah New Year’s Eve party is sure to be a corker. While there are lots of great club nights across Newcastle and Gateshead on New Year’s Eve, a night at the Boiler Shop will certainly be one to remember, and 100% worth the sore head the next day.

Book a Romantic Break for Two

If the hustle and bustle of a crowded bar or restaurant isn’t up your street, but you still want to do something different for New Year, why not book a last-minute night away in any of the fantastic hotels in Newcastle and Gateshead?

Whether you fancy a magical night at The Vermont hotels’ Gatsby inspired New Year Gala or a spa break at Rockliffe Hall, there are plenty of boutique hotels where you can spend the evening, or even the weekend, if you really want to unwind. Escape into the countryside at Alnwick Castle, or bag yourself a room with a view at the Coast to see-in the New Year with just the one you love.

If you don’t want to stray too far from home, Hotel Du Vin in the Ouseburn has offers for New Year’s Eve, which include a bedroom for two, champagne, evening entertainment and a full breakfast the next morning. The best part is that you can sit back and let everything be taken care of, so you can celebrate the New Year in total style and relaxation.

Hadrian’s Tipi

Having recently opened as a pop up retreat in the city centre, Hadrian’s Tipi is fast becoming one of the best nights out in Newcastle thanks to its Winter Wonderland theme which provides a haven of warmth and festivities that will get you out of the cold.

If you haven’t got round to visiting yet, make Hadrian’s Tipi your destination for a New Year’s Eve night out. Enjoy the heat of a roaring log fire, traditional charcoal fired Frankfurters, beers and craft ales from local breweries or even a hot chocolate if you fancy.  Based on the oh-so-trendy German Market huts that have gained popularity elsewhere in Europe, and boasting food vendors from across the North East, Hadrian’s Tipi is a fantastic way to spend a winter evening, while providing a touch of extra magic this New Year’s Eve.

New Year Skating At Life Centre

Many of us dream of ice-skating in Times Square on a New Year’s Eve, however the Big Apple can wait as you strap on your skates at the Life Science Centre this season.

Whether you’re an ice-skating novice, a seasoned pro, or just an observer, the Life Science Centre ice-rink has returned to NewcastleGateshead for another Christmas, so why not glide into the coming year by enjoying a spot of skating on New Year?

While you’ll need to book up if you’re visiting with a smaller party, you can embrace the Yuletide setting by showing off your best moves fit for the Winter Olympics before retreating to a nearby pub to warm your cockles. Why not also pay a visit to the Life Science Centre itself where you can check out a number of great exhibitions?

Head to your Local Pub

An oldie, but a goodie; getting down to your local pub is still a great way to ring- in the New Year without the pressure of sourcing a ticket, bar-hopping or queuing for hours. A night at any of NewcastleGateshead’s fantastic bars and pubs is always a brilliant night out and there’s something about New Year which makes the atmosphere in this city extra special.

A number of Newcastle and Gateshead’s best pubs are open a little later on New Year’s Eve and have a warm and friendly atmosphere which you can enjoy with a pint in hand and good company.

Round-up your friends and head to the Town Wall to sample the craft ales on offer, or skip across the road to The Forth where the tunes are always top-notch. Be dazzled by the twinkling lights of The Old George - Newcastle's oldest pub which is the perfect combination of cosy and lively! There’s also the Tyne Bar or The Cluny in Ouseburn if you fancy a spot of live music, or you can get toasty by the fire in The Bridge Tavern or enjoy the best view of the city skyline lit-up for New Year from The Free Trade Inn.

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  1. Lynn B
    Disgusted that you are no longer having the parade and fireworks earlier in the evening. Just found d out and it is far too late to apply for the ticketed event. Couldn't be more disappointed. Been going to the New Year celeb for over 20 years. You have destroyed my traditional New Years Eve celebrations.

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