I’ve pulled together a list of things to do on New Year’s Eve in Newcastle for families with with young children. Have you planned what you’re doing to celebrate the New Year yet? There are some brilliant events planned in Newcastle for New Year’s Eve, and some traditional events for the first day of 2017.
I’ve had a scout about and found some interesting events both in Newcastle upon Tyne and nearby, for ways to see the New Year in. If you’re not local, grab a hotel in Jesmond, which will place you in the heart of the action for all the wonderful New Year’s Eve events in Newcastle, Gateshead, and beyond!
If you’ve got a babysitter
If you would rather get out of the city for a New Year’s Eve party, book your spot at one of these exciting events nearby:
Take the kids with you
With two little boys, I like to find things to do on New Year’s Eve that create a bit of excitement yet don’t go on too late. These are a few of our favourite things to do with young children in Newcastle and nearby on New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve Family Fun at Beamish Hall
At £48 per adult and £28 per child, this is the occasion of choice if you are celebrating the New Year as a family. Grown-ups get to enjoy a three-course meal while kids tuck into a children’s party buffet, before enjoying everything from balloon modelling and face painting to party games. More info on NewcastleGateshead website.
Gosforth Civic Theatre New Year’s Eve House Party
This sounds perfect for families with young children (plus you’ll probably have time to do this one and an adult-only event if you’ve got a babysitter). A DJ will be spinning the tunes at the glitter ball. There will be fizz for the adults, and non-alcoholic fizz for the kids, as well as New Years’ themed crafts and activities to help celebrate the bringing in of a New Year – at 6pm (the new midnight). Tickets are £5 each, babes in arms go free, or a family ticket is £18 (plus fees if you buy online). More details on GCT facebook page .
The Newcastle Winter Carnival Parade
The streets of Newcastle city centre will come alive with an array of strange creatures, enchanting puppets and uplifting street bands on New Year’s Eve thanks to the Newcastle Winter Carnival Parade
This is a free event. Music and carnival performers will gather at Monument from 4.30pm, with the parade getting underway at around 5.15pm. For the best view of the parade, you should be ready on Northumberland Street or around Monument well ahead of time. We usually stand near Primark, as the parade makes its way to the Civic Centre for an early evening firework display.
Be aware that there are usually loud drums, and odd-looking creatures. They’re not scary to you or I, but you never know how things look to little children! There is quite a bit of standing around, waiting, and you need to keep out of the way of the parade. Last year we parked in the NCP and only dashed down when we could hear the parade coming, so as to not get too cold or have too much waiting.
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Fireworks at the Civic Centre
The New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Civic Centre start shortly after the parade gets there, so if you begin to shuffle along in that direction as soon as the parade has passed you, you’ll probably arrive there in good time to get a good view of the display. This is also free!
Fireworks on the Quayside
In previous years, the Quayside firework display was on the shortly after the parade, but now it’s at midnight. Newcastle’s New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks event is really spectacular, with a brilliant display over the River Tyne between Gateshead and Newcastle.
Make sure to head down with plenty of time to spare before the clock chimes midnight and witness an amazing firework display. It’s a crowded spot, but the Swing Bridge gives a good view of the display from above, or try anywhere along the Newcastle Quayside walkway near the Milk Market. If you’re in Gateshead you can view the NewcastleGateshead New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks from Baltic Square and Performance Square outside the Sage. Be aware that the roads will be closed to vehicles and it can take a while for the crowds to disperse.
What do you have planned to make sure your New Year’s Eve celebration goes with a bang?
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