Looking for that special night out for New Years Eve? Here's 10 Unique New Year Breaks In The North York Moors
I don’t know about you but I’m always so busy arranging the festivities of Christmas that I tend to forget about New Year's Eve, and always end up doing the same old thing. Either I go to the local pub and have a few glasses of champers, or hurriedly try to arrange a house party that leaves me with a ton of cleaning up!
But what if you could do something different, in fact not just different, but unique? Well, you can, and if you’re interested you should read on…….
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Attend a ball like Cinderella (only don’t leave at midnight)
Just on the edge of the North York Moors, you will find the rather magnificent four-star Victorian country house of Gisborough Hall. Set in beautiful surroundings with views over the Cleveland Hills it is the perfect place for a black-tie New Year’s Eve ball and relaxing break.
Checking in on New Year’s Eve you will be shown to your luxurious room of which there are 71. Room choices include suites, four poster, feature superiors, doubles, twins, wheelchair accessible and superior kings.
Whichever option you choose it is sure to be sumptuous with all rooms being beautifully designed and en-suite. Views from your room will either be over the hotel's grounds or out to the Cleveland hills.
Once settled into your room there is an invitation to partake in cream tea canapes in the old hall or drawing room where you will be greeted by the roaring log fires. After which you will retire back to your room to prepare for the evening ahead.
On arrival at the ball, you will be greeted with a glass of champagne and canapes before being seated for a five-course gala dinner. Thai cured gravadlax of salmon, a sirloin of beef en croute and Bailey's caramel cheesecake are just a sample of the delicious fare on offer. You will end your meal with canapes and coffee.
Following the gala feast, you can boogie the night away with the sounds of the live band Chameleon and resident Gisborough DJ into the early hours. Of course, there will be a short break in the dancing whilst you countdown to and bring in the New Year with what else but a glass of champers?
On New Year's day you are free to explore the area or if you choose to sample the delights of the Gisboroughs revival zone.
Treatments on offer include facials, body massage, scrubs and wraps, body detox, hand and foot therapy, reflexology and manicures. It may be just what you need after a night of dancing and champagne!
A storybook visit to the Shire
When it comes to New Year celebrations, it can be difficult to find something great to do when you have children! Parties and balls are aimed at adults, and babysitters come at a pretty high premium. Plus, what if you want to do something where your children are fully involved?
Well, I have the answer and it is that you should take them for a short break staying in the Shire House which has leaped straight out of the pages of J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel Lord Of The Rings. Believe me when I say Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee would gladly live here happily ever after!
From its circular stained glass windows and circular wooden green door, Shire House is everything it should be. Mushrooms adorn the front entrance and inside it is full of quirky features that will delight any Lord Of The Rings fan.
For the adults, it also manages to give a real luxurious feeling with its roll top bath, sumptuous furnishings, and overall high standards.
Located in the North York Moors near Saltburn By The Sea, North Shire also offers plenty of things to do. It is surrounded by natural beauty, stunning views and 6 acres of land to walk in.
North Shire is also home to various farm animals for you to visit such as hens, peacocks, chickens, miniature ponies, horses, and goats. Should you wish to go out for the day Whitby is just a 15-minute drive away.
Practicality wise Shire House sleeps up to six people in two bedrooms and has a fully equipped fitted kitchen with everything you could need. Please note the nearest shop is six miles away and may not be open during your New Year stay so bringing food with you may be advisable.
Party the night away and go for a dip!
There’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned party full of great tunes and boogie magic on New Year's Eve, and the bigger the better! So this year why not take yourself off to Whitby for a few days where you will find one of the biggest all-night party’s going on?
Whitby Pavilion on the West Cliff of the town is home to some of the best entertainment around and New Year's Eve will be no exception as it plays host to the fabulous Five Divide. Playing hits from the 60s by groups such as the Beatles, the Searchers, and the Shadows you won’t be able to stop your feet from dancing!
As if that wasn’t enough when the live music stops, Keith Wallace will hit the decks and keep you partying with the help of the compere, Whitby’s own Mr. Martin Hart! It promises to be a great night of festive fun and frolics for all the family! Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Of course, if you’re partying to the wee early hours in Whitby you’re going to need somewhere to stay and we recommend Egrets Landing which is a four bedroomed cottage near the swing bridge and 199 steps. It sleeps six people between four bedrooms and also has a comfortable lounge, dining area, and kitchen. It’s ideal for being able to lie in after a hard night partying and not worry about getting up in time for breakfast!
Following a (late) breakfast, a full English always sounds good, you may want to blow off the (hangover) cobwebs with a little bit of exercise and what better way to do this than to go for a swim? That’s right, a swim in the delightful North Sea!
Every year hundreds of people in the UK and abroad take a dip in the sea wherever they are on New Year's Day. You might say it’s become a tradition and one that you have to at least once in your life partake in!
To do so you should make your way to Scarborough where the Scarborough Lions have been hosting a charity New Year Day dip since 2015. 75% of all monies raised go to a charity of the brave dippers choice.
There is also a fancy dress competition should you wish to join in that will be judged by the mayor. Go on, what have you got to lose? Have some fun in the bracing sea and raise some money for charity!
A great outdoors celebration
If you fancy something really different this year to celebrate the arrival of a new year, this could be a great choice for you. What is it? Well, it’s three days of walking and exploring the fabulous North York Moors with a little New Year celebration thrown in.
You will be based in the historic market town of Helmsley where you’ll stay in their local hostel. This is a peaceful retreat and socially set up with a spacious lounge and a roaring log burner. From here you will be offered a choice of short or full day walks visiting some of the North York Moors finest sights such as:
- Urra Moor, the highest point in this national park
- Spaunton Moor, more relaxing, easy trails
- Coastal paths, tales of Bram Stoker and smuggling
- Historic buildings, Castle Howard, Rievaulx Abbey
But what about New Year's Eve itself? Well, during the day you will go on a short ramble before returning for the chefs to prepare you a five-course outdoor feast you won’t forget. At midnight you will also have champagne to toast in the New Year.
Hole up in a pigsty!
Not everyone enjoys the razzle-dazzle of New Year's Eve preferring to spend this time quietly with a loved one. If this is you, I have the perfect little getaway for escaping it all and having your own peaceful little party!
Just a short drive from Robin Hoods Bay with rolling views over the hills fit for an empress is the pigsty, a little bolthole for two. It has a kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom, and a lounge, in fact, everything you need for a romantic New Year break away from it all.
What makes this property so unique is that it was originally built and used as a Grecian Temple inspired pigsty for a pair of pigs!
It then went on later to become a hen house and dog kennels too! What inspired Squire Barry of Fyling Hall to build such as pigsty with its primitive classicism and Grecian columns is a mystery but I’m glad he did.
Crawl the pubs of Whitby
There is nothing unique about a pub crawl in the grand scheme of things. However, a pub crawl on New Year’s Eve is becoming a bit of a rarity. This is due to many pubs either charging an entrance fee, meaning people feel they need to stay in one place or arranging night long entertainment by ticket only.
This isn’t (or hasn’t been, you may want to check) the case however in Whitby where you can still do a good ole pub crawl on New Year's Eve!
There are several pub crawls in Whitby, some of which overlap including the same pubs and bars as others. All of them are worthy of a try and if you book several days stay in Whitby, you could challenge yourself to do them all! There are no pubs in Whitby to stay away from with many offering outside seating, being dog-friendly and playing background music from the 60s to present day.
If you are going to crawl the pubs of Whitby, you’re definitely going to need somewhere to stay and we suggest the family-run Ellies Guest House, Heathfield, Riviera or The Leeway which are situated close to Whitby Abbey and all the pub trails of choice.
Alternatively, there are some excellent cottages in Whitby – choose from:
Sail away on a fine dining experience
The truth is that you are not actually going to sail anywhere on this unique New Year experience, sorry! However, you are going to be given permission to climb aboard and dine upon the full-size replica of the HM Bark Endeavour which is now moored at Whitby.
Sailed upon by Captain James Cook on his voyage to Terra Australis (Australia) the HM Bark Endeavour has to be one of the most famous ships in history.
Not only did it nearly become a shipwreck off the coast on the great barrier reef but it also brought us back thousands of new species of flora and fauna. It is quite the setting for a New Year’s to remember!
On arriving at the HM Bark Endeavour you will participate in a drinks reception with canapes and nibbles before being seated for a four-course dinner in the sumptuous Orlop restaurant. After your meal, there will be live entertainment followed by champagne and fireworks on the top deck at midnight.
Again you are going to need somewhere to stay after your dining experience aboard the HM Bark Endeavour and what better place than a lovely Whitby Hotel.
Swing from the treetops!
Not literally, but kind of when you spend a truly unique New Year’s break in a treehouse in the Keldy Forest! This is one for all the family to enjoy with lots of outdoor adventures thrown in too.
Keldy Forest is located deep in a wooded valley near Cawthorn and offers back to nature getaways with truly magical accommodation to boot.
The Golden Oak treehouse is just one of these that can sleep up to eight people in three bedrooms. It has open plan living, a log burner, hot tub and gas bbq on its deck and the third bedroom is reached by taking a short walk across a wooden bridge. The kids will definitely love it!
Activities in Keldy Forest include walking, cycling, archery, crossbow, horse riding, zip wire, canoeing and ranger walks, and talks.
There is also the Cawthorn Roman Camp nearby where you can see their fortifications and imagine what it would have been like to live there. That’ll give the kids something different to talk/write about when they go back to school after the Christmas holidays!
He’s behind you rock n rolling to Strauss!
Scarborough is located just on the edge of the North York Moors and believe it or not has a lot to offer when it comes to New Year celebrations both for adults and for kids. Before deciding what you’re going to do, however, you’ll need somewhere to stay.
Sandy Toes is a modern cozy retreat close to Scarborough’s North Bay that can sleep 2 to 4 people. It consists of a lounge with bed settee, a kitchen diner, conservatory, and one bedroom.
For bigger families/parties arrangements can be made to hire the neighbouring cottage Salty Kisses.
What to do on New Year's Eve in Scarborough will depend on whether you have children with you, or will it? You see, Scarborough Spa is home to pantomime this year and we all know both kids and Mum and Dad love a good panto! Oh no, he doesn’t! Oh yes, he does!
Anyway, this year's panto is Robin Hood meets Babes in the Wood and it’s a great way to spend some time on New Year's Eve with the family. Can Robin Hood save the babes from the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham or will all be lost?
There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by seeing this show which is filled with hilarious jokes, sparkly music, dancing, and fabulous festive fun!
Although you can’t beat pantomime for a cracking good time, you can equal it by partaking in another of the Scarborough Spas shows on New Year's Eve. This time you will be going to see the fabulous Tony Skingle as the king himself, Elvis, backed up by the Doobi-doo-girls and Hatton dancers.
Since you started your New Year celebrations with the Scarborough Spa, it is only fitting that you should finish them on New Year's day by going back there.
This time you will be seeing the Spa orchestra and hearing the sounds of guest singers soprano Debra Morley and English tenor Nicholas Sales. Music includes waltzes and polkas written by Johann Strauss, his family, and other composers.
After all the hectic shopping, cooking and visits you will have completed over Christmas you may be feeling by the time it gets to New Year's Eve that you just want to rest, recuperate and relax! If so, I have the ideal unique New Year break for you.
Raithwaite Estate is a grand coastal retreat located just a short distance from the North York Moors. It has two hotels, privates stone cottages, a lake house, a fabulous spa and is the ideal place to get away from it all and celebrate New Year with their two-night package.
On arrival at Raithwaite Estate, you will be checked into your accommodation and left to spend the day exploring the gorgeous 100-acre setting or relaxing within the spa.
There are four treatment rooms available, a relaxation room, heated pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and a small gym all at your disposal. Following this, you can relax in your room and get ready at your leisure for the evening ahead.
To start the evening, you will be greeted with a glass of Prosecco and amuse-bouche before being seated for a five-course tasting menu in the brasserie. Should you wish to you can pre-order the wine flight to accompany this.
After dinner, you will party in the Raithwaite suite where casino tables and a disco await you before stepping outside at midnight with a glass of champagne to watch a firework spectacular.
New Year's day will again, after breakfast which is served between 8 and 11 am, be a day for you to explore or make full use of the spa treatments and facilities.
Should you wish to you can also partake in lunch or afternoon tea in the keep. Dinner will be served (included) in the brasserie in the evening with entertainment from guitarist Val Hill.