As we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new, what better way to celebrate than watching one of the UK's best New Year's Eve fireworks for 2024
? In this blog, we'll unveil the 8 best firework displays in the UK
to give you a few options for where you want to watch these incredible light shows - whether in your hometown, on a UK staycation
or maybe even in your own back garden. So, grab your coat, don your sparkly attire, and let's ring in the New Year with a bang with our top 8 picks for UK firework displays this 2024
Why do we set off fireworks on New Year's Eve?
Before we dive into the glittering night sky of the best UK fireworks displays
, let's take a moment to appreciate the historical significance of lighting fireworks on New Year's Eve. This age-old tradition dates back to ancient civilisations, where people believed that the loud noises and bright lights from fireworks would drive away evil spirits and bring good luck for the coming year. Today, it's a heartwarming way to come together, make memories, and create a sense of unity as we embrace the unknown future.
How to set off DIY fireworks at home (safely!)
If you'd rather avoid the crowds, save money and not venture out on New Year's Eve but still want to experience the magic of fireworks, consider setting off your own firework display
at home. Obviously, setting off fireworks incorrectly can be highly dangerous so make sure that you follow the safety instructions Ensure your safety and follow these tips:
- Purchase fireworks from licensed sellers.
- Read and follow the instructions on the label carefully.
- Choose a safe and open outdoor space.
- Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby.
- Never relight a dud firework.
So, why not purchase nibbles and invite your friends and family around to watch your DIY fireworks display? You can save money, and bond with loved ones all while ringing in 2024 and joining the festivities.
Now, let's explore the top 8 New Year's Eve fireworks displays
that will light up Britain this year New Year's Eve!
The UK's 8 Best New Year's Eve Fireworks for 2024
1. London - The Mayor's Fireworks
Being in London for New Year's Eve
has to be one of the most iconic ways to welcome 2024. The New Year's Eve fireworks in London
are truly something else. Tickets cost £20 and you have to buy them beforehand - try showing up without a ticket and you won't get in! The fireworks are set up from the London Eye
so make sure you check out the travel details
and set off early to get a good spot
for the show. If you or loved ones have mobility issues, there is also an accessible viewing platform
where you can bring your own foldable seat - guaranteeing that the London New Year's Eve fireworks can be enjoyed by all. However, the event organisers do state that this event is not suitable for children
and that over 16's should be accompanied by an adult.
2. Stirling - Private Displays
Sadly, Stirling's local council has confirmed the official firework display that usually takes place at the Wallace Monument won't be going ahead this year
due to budget cuts. But you can still view an array of private displays by heading up to the best view point in the city, Stirling Castle. Take flasks of hot chocolate (or something stronger) and huddle together with your loved ones as you wave goodbye to 2023.
3. Birmingham - Centenary Square
8pm - 12.30pm
If you're spending New Year's Eve in Birmingham
, don't miss the celebrations on Centenary Square
which is by far the biggest NYE party in the city. At the event, you'll find street food vendors, an ice rink
and bars to help you celebrate the arrival of 2024. If you'd rather stay inside and be cosy, you can find heaps of clubs hosting NYE events
or if you'd prefer a more refined New Year's, book tickets to a masquerade ball
where you can enjoy a 6 course meal (yes, 6), pipe band and even a live casino.
4. Cardiff - City Hall
If you're in Cardiff for New Year 2024, the City Hall
is the place to be! The Winter Wonderland will still be on so you can sip festive drinks, savour traditional German food and take a trip on the big wheel before the fireworks begin. There will also be live music playing on the stage in front of the City Hall so you can dance and sing with your loved ones before the New Year countdown. Would you rather welcome 2024 inside? Why not book tickets to a live jazz party
or New Year's rave
depending on how adventurous you're feeling.
5. Belfast - Titanic Quarter
Celebrate a legendary New Year's Eve in Belfast at the Titanic Belfast NYE party
. You'll get a cocktail on arrival, a set meal and be able to dance the night away to the live DJ before heading outside to watch one of the best UK firework displays over the iconic Titanic museum. Other options for spending NYE in Belfast include The Observatory
which is said to the tallest bar in Ireland
and, as you can expect, has incredible panoramic views over Belfast. Why not make a weekend out of it and book a night at a Northern Ireland spa hotel
? It's the best way to sweat out the toxins from the night before.
6. Edinburgh - Princes Street
8pm - late
What's got to be one of the most iconic New Year's Eve parties, Edinburgh's hogmanay
can't be missed when spending the 31st in Scotland's capital. Get tickets
to the street party and you can enjoy live music, access tons of outdoor bars and get the best views of the best New Year firework displays in the UK, all in front of Edinburgh's
majestic castle. Make sure you arrive early though as last entry is at 11pm. Not wanting to splash out on a ticket? Why not head up to Calton Hill
or Arthur's Seat
where you can enjoy the firework display free or charge along with many other private displays going on throughout the city.
7. Inverness - Northern Meeting Park
8pm - 12.30pm
Next on our list of the best New Year's Eve fireworks is the Northern Meeting Park
firework display in Inverness. For 2024, Inverness
is taking their New Year celebrations to the next level by hosting the largest Hogmanay ceilidh in the world
with live music from the incredible Highland Fire. Tickets to the ceilidh
cost £12.50 but you can join in on the procession from the Northern Meeting Park completely free. We recommend you buying tickets though, as you can rub shoulders with the locals, have access to food and drink stalls and join in on a proper Highland hogmanay
8. Liverpool - Titanic Hotel Liverpool
Time: 4pm - late
Get the best seats in the house to the incredible firework display
at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool by booking a 3 course meal at the extravagant Stanley’s Bar and Grill
in the Titanic Hotel Liverpool. Before midnight you can join fellow revellers on the dockside to watch the incredible firework display. The hotel also host an exclusive Gala Dinner
where you can enjoy cocktails and canapés on arrival, a four-course dinner and then incredible live music. All before getting a glass of champagne and watching the hotel's firework display on the docks. Tickets are £120 per person so make sure you dress to impress.
Where are the best New Year fireworks in the UK?
Deciding on the best New Year fireworks in the UK
really depends on what you fancy. If you want an extravagant, world-class display over an iconic setting London
are your best bet. If you're seeking a more traditional, intimate affair, you can't go wrong with the Highland hogmanay celebrations
up in Inverness. But if you really don't like crowds and just want to have a special moment with your loved ones, your own back garden
with a private display will be just as nice.
Which of these New Year's Eve Fireworks will you watch?
No matter where you choose to welcome the New Year, each of these UK destinations
promises a memorable experience filled with breathtaking fireworks, joyous crowds, and the warmth of celebration. So, gather your loved ones and make this New Year's Eve a night to remember!
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