The final countdown

The final countdown

Be it karaoke or carnival; make your New Year’s Eve one to remember

Best for star-crossed lovers

Skip the hubbub of everyday life and escape to the Forest of Dean for a romantic start to 2016. Gold Oak Hideaway is a snug log cabin that has everything you need for a rendezvous a deux: under-floor heating, wood burning stove, hot tub – who needs the world when you have each other, right?

Best for gourmands

Epicureans can indulge in an authentic medieval style banquet at Ruthin Castle, North Wales, complete with singing, court jesting and costumes a-plenty. Tuck into tucker inspired by the legendary feasts of the Earl of Warwick and wash it all down with goblets of mead and wine. Gout pretty much guaranteed.

Best for extroverts

Wannabe warblers can ring in the New Year with a tune of their choice courtesy of Rockaoke - the UK’s only live karaoke band on hand to invite willing (and hopefully able) participants up on stage. Choose from a huge repertoire of gut-busting tunes from the greats: Jimmy Hendrix, The Who, Queen and more.

Best for singletons

If a cheeky midnight kiss is what you want before you have to brave the night bus home, look no further than Speed Dater’s inventive lock and key ruse to ignite passions. Upon arrival, women are given locks and the men keys. Here’s hoping that Cupid plans on working overtime.

Best for
party animals

It may be freezing outside but you can ring in the New Year, Rio Style, at Cheltenham Town Hall’s Brazilian themed bash. Be prepared for a carnival-level riot of colour, glittering samba sequences and plenty of hip-swivelling.

  • Words: Rebecca Parker & Catriona Taylor