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15 Ways To Spend New Year's Eve In The South West

Come and see in 2016 in the glorious bottom left hand corner of the UK.

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1. Grab your costume and head to Bideford in Devon.

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Where the whole town comes together on December 31st for themed fancy dress, ferris wheel trips, hot food and outdoor dancing. The 2015 theme is "at the movies".

Plus, if you're feeling the vibe, you could even take up any available busking slots. More details on the event Facebook page here.

2. Join a Steampunk Circus for the night in Southville.

Tobacco Factory Theatres

The Steampunk Circus Ball takes place in the iconic Tobacco Factory, a solid mass of arts and ents space in trendy Southville.

Circus acts, fire performers, a "Some Like It Hot" speakeasy and Bombay Bazaar are promised, with a little Big Top nestled outside for further fun.

Tickets and more information here here.

3. Have it poolside in Bristol's poshest pond - The Clifton Lido.

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Dinner at Clifton Lido on the big night promises to be a classy gastronomic affair, with the resident chef Mr Bird rustling up a special 'Bird food menu'.

Try your luck on the reserve list for tables here.

4. Let Seth Lakeman strum you into a folk coma in the Cotswolds.

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Hear king of folk music Seth Lakeman and a specially curated program of his musical friends and inspirations fill up this stunning converted chapel near Stroud.

Expect good times, champagne, dancing and delicious local food. You could even stay over in the sumptuously styled hotel on site.

Find out more about The Convent and this event here.


5. Put your body in Motion in Bristol.

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Hear a Bristol legend, Roni Size, and one of the hottest DJs on the planet, Hannah Wants, tear the first hole right through 2016.

Expect the finest drum and bass and MC work over several different rooms.

Tickets very limited – secure yours here.

6. Discover the Camino in Combe Martin – celebrate and meditate.

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Cranleigh House in Combe Martin is a spiritual centre offering yoga, homeopathic treatment, meditation and the discovery of Camino to its visitors.

Visit over the New Year period to learn more about the concept of Camino – a walk with purpose or intent, with the focus on finding peace.

Cranleigh House is vegetarian, self-catering and welcoming to all. Find out more here.

7. Go to Glastonbury for a psytrance rave.

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Headlined by the South West's godfathers of psytrance, Zetan Spore, the Temple Ball at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms will be epic.

Guest and resident DJs across two rooms, for just £20, this is guaranteed to be a night you won't forget to remember.

Check out the Temple Ball Facebook page here.

8. Watch fireworks in Dartmouth from your own yacht for the night.

Canopy and Stars

Beautiful, glorious Dartmouth goes wild at New Year's Eve with street parties, fancy dress, and a wonderful fireworks display across the Dart Estuary.

Make a weekend of it and Inisaig could be yours. She's a 1960s yacht, with a mahogany wheelhouse and a saloon stuffed full of cut-glass decanters and retro boardgames to start the party. Details here.


9. Go around the World in 40 dances in Bristol.

Colston Hall

Bristol's Colston Hall plays host to a Global Beats night on New Year's Eve, headlined by the eclectic, fantastic Submotion Orchestra and Ibibio Sound Machine.

You can get your tickets here.

Colston Hall's top floor terrace is also a little-known and amazing place to watch Bristol's fireworks and harbourside revellers enjoying the night, too.

10. Stay at Lizard's Point for a Cornish New Year treat.

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The Polurrian Bay hotel on Cornwall's Lizard Point is the actual moon on the stick for knackered parents who still want to party like rock stars.

Book a two-night break, tuck them in, arm yourself with a baby listening device and get on it. With an indoor heated pool, you could swim off the night before's excesses too. Book your break here.

11. Flee to Somerset for the ultimate country pub celebration.

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The Talbot Inn in Somerset's beautiful Mells is the quintessential country pub with rooms. Expect a lively, cosy New Years atmosphere, with local ales and incredible food, seriously stylish bedrooms, and the obligatory roaring fire.

Just 20 minutes from Bath, an easy escape from London by car or train. Book your place by that fire here.

12. Surf's up, drinks down at Watergate Bay, Cornwall.

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The Watergate Bay hotel is the place to be if you want to learn to surf by the end of 2015.

Join the crew for a three night break, and on New Year's Eve you can stack your breakfast plate with waffles before heading out to the bay for surf lessons.

After the massive party with live music, if you've still got the energy, there's early morning surfing on New Year's Day. Book your wetsuit time here.


13. Party in Newquay and Dip for CLIC the next morning.

CLIC Sergeant

You're never going to regret going to Newquay for a party – with its huge fireworks display across the bay to celebrate New Year, and a myriad of very lively bars and clubs to choose from.

Why not stay over and take part in the 2016 Dip for CLIC the next day in Newquay Harbour – a chilly but exhilarating swim to raise money for cancer-beating. Job done. Do some good here.

14. Get Medieval at the Swan Hotel, Almondsbury.

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Get medieval (with a modern twist) at the banquet at this popular hotel in pretty Almondsbury, near Bristol.

Medieval (un)dress optional, of course! Find out more here.

15. Join a pub and several hundred of its owners for a vinyl DJ and live music marathon in Bath.

Tony Mcateer

The Bell Inn, in beautiful Bath, is a co-operative owned by just over 500 of its most dedicated locals.

Join them, 5000AD, Count Bobo, the Calamity Poets and several top notch vinyl DJs for a roaring night of decent beer and decent music, for just £19.00. Tickets and more information here

PS: There's aquatic-themed fancy dress, too.