A guide to New Year’s Day for families in the North East

A guide to New Year’s Day for families in the North East

On New Year’s Day you don’t have to hibernate, and if you’ve got children you’re less likely to be able to stay indoors nursing a hangover. I’ve picked some of our favourite ways to spend time together as a family on New Year’s Day, plus one event for adults if you weren’t able to get a babysitter the night before.

whitley bay beach

New Year’s Day

We love to go for a walk along the coast to get those bracing sea winds whoosh the cobwebs out. We also like to watch this craziness…

Whitley Bay Beach New Year’s Day Sea Dip

Every year 100s of people go for a dip in the sea at Whitely Bay. Meet on the beach at 10:45am and enter the North Sea at 11am. Fancy dress is optional. I imagine that screaming while the freezing cold water hits you is not voluntary!

Morris Men at the Ship Inn

morris men monkseaton new years day ship inn
Another great tradition of ours is to watch the dancers outside the Ship Inn in Monkseaton. There is always a terrific atmosphere and even young children will enjoy watching the Morris Men. There’s no charge for this event, which is outside in the street, and moves inside afterwards.

Got New Year’s Eve sorted? If not, have a look at some ideas for New Year’s Eve in Newcastle for families with young children.

Alnwick Treehouse Restaurant

If you’re looking for a magical experience for your first dinner of 2017, the Treehouse Restaurant in Alnwick Garden might be just what you’re looking for. With its wobbly rope bridges, wooden walkways, twinkling lights and roaring log fire this is a fairytale New Year’s Day dining experience . Even more so because there’s someone else to do the washing up!

Sage Gateshead New Year in Vienna

new years day in newcastle gateshead sage
If you weren’t able to get a babysitter on New Year’s Eve, you could try again for the 1 January 2017, and waltz your way along the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside for New Year in Vienna. The Sage Gateshead has a programme featuring the waltzes of Strauss dynasty, including everyone’s favourite On the Beautiful Danube, Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky’s last ballet The Nutcracker and music by Rossini and Kreisler. Tickets are still available at a range of prices, starting at around £20. See the Sage Gateshead website for more info.

What do you have planned for New Year’s Day?



  1. December 22, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    Great guide. I’m going to share this on my Facebook page tomorrow

  2. Family Makes
    December 31, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    So much happening on New Year’s Day – nice gentle experiences for parents nursing sore heads! Unless you’re taking part in the dip, that is!!

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