a comprehensive guide to this year's christmas and new year's eve celebrations
Thames Valley, a stone’s throw west of London with the beautiful river running through its heart, is packed with historic sights like Windsor Castle and Highclere Castle.
There’s plenty to do, from shopping in Reading and enjoying a day at the races at Ascot to simply messing about in boats. What the Royal County also has in abundance is fantastic places to eat, drink and be merry this festive season.
Pubs with river views, stately hotels, exclusive hire venues and joiner parties – the choice is endless. Whether you’re local or looking to enjoy Berkshire’s charms for one night only, we’ve found an establishment or Christmas shindig with your name on it.
Christmas is a magnificent affair in the East Midlands: not only is there a huge annual Winter Wonderland extravaganza in Nottingham city centre, but the area is also home to that Christmas classic, Stilton cheese, as well as many other iconic British specialities, including Melton Mowbray pork pies, Lincolnshire sausages and Bramley apples.
There’s also a wealth of wonderful places to hold your Christmas party, ranging from rural gastropubs to whole stadiums for hire. The area even boasts its own airport, as well as excellent road and rail links, so whatever you’re looking for this Christmas, you can be sure to find it in the East Midlands.
Proving that West is best, although it consists of a number of very different cities, between them have activities to occupy hardened culture vultures, savvy food-lovers and fun-seekers in spades. Around Brunel’s magnificent creations, the historic docks and stunning gorge, some of Bristol’s best restaurants, pubs and hospitality venues have sprouted – all perfect settings for celebrating Christmas or seeing in the New Year. In Bath, whether milling around Milsom Place, ambling across Pulteney Bridge, or taking a turn about Royal Victoria Park in a Jane Austen fashion, you’re never far from a top-notch eatery.
This Yuletide, we’ve scoured the region as a whole, and discovered some Christmas party gems to help you decide where, when and how you’ll be celebrating this year.
South Wales offers huge diversity, with its vibrant capital city, superb sporting venues and picturesque rural retreats. Enjoy a lively night out in Cardiff’s historic city centre or at the stunning new waterfront development of Cardiff Bay. For a more laid-back celebration, head round the coast to the Vale of Glamorgan, with its rolling hills and beautiful beaches, or to magnificent Monmouthshire, between the glorious Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons.
Whether you’re planning a city centre knees up or a more countrified affair, the excellent transport links make South Wales an easily accessible destination for your corporate Christmas party.
Home to two of the UK’s prettiest National Parks, one of Europe’s finest Gothic cathedrals and numerous fantastic waterside pubs and restaurants, Hampshire has plenty of peppy appeal and places to make you feel merry this December. Owing to the dedicated farmers, fishermen and producers of the county, it has a reputation for fine food, attracting some pretty big names from the industry.
With glorious rural pubs, buzzing coastal venues and remote boutique hideaways, there’s something to suit everyone when it comes to party planning for the Christmas period. Here are just a few of our favourite places to welcome Santa and 2016.
With thousands of fantastic venues to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start when planning a Christmas party in London. The simple answer is: here.
We’ve picked some of the best party venues and events across the capital, from iconic buildings to traditional boozers, and from luxurious Michelin-starred dinners, through spectacular immersive dining experiences, to sparkling joiner parties. Whether you’re organising an event for an SME or a multinational company, you’re sure to find inspiration. Our capital city is truly magical at Christmas, and we’re here to help you make the most of it.