New Year's Eve in the Lake District

New Year's Eve Cheers

New Years Eve, or Hogmanay as our friends across the border call it, is celebrated all over the world, marking the transition from one year to the next. Celebrations start in Samoa, Tonga, and other pacific islands, before moving through the time zones. Festivities vary, with some observing religious traditions, others quietly gathering with friends and family, and many joining together at large parties with impressive fireworks displays. In the UK, the most spectacular displays are to be found in London and Edinburgh, but many other towns and cities have their own delightful displays and events.

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in the Lake District

In the Lake District, New Year’s Eve is a quieter affair than what you might find in other areas in the UK with much larger populations. There are very few large nightclubs in the area, although you will find that several pubs and clubs in the larger towns hold events, usually ticketed. In addition, many hotels in the area offer their own private celebrations for hotel residents, rather than hosting public events. Below we have listed a selection of hotels and clubs that do hold private parties. It’s worth noting that many of these do tend to get booked up several months in advance.

Public New Year's Celebrations

As mentioned above, most events tend to be private affairs. However, there are a couple places where people gather publicly to celebrate. In Keswick, many people leave their respective pubs, restaurants, and parties to gather in front of clock tower in the town centre, and there is a countdown as the clock strikes midnight. In Bowness-On-Windermere, with a number of hotels on the shore doing their own fireworks displays, it has become custom for people to gather by the jetty on the lake shore to watch the various displays, as it has a great vantage point.

Private New Year's Celebrations

Here we list a selection of venues that hold private celebrations, either as part of a residential package in a hotel, or as a private party in a nightclub or pub. Prices will vary according to the package, and most require advanced booking, so do check in advance.

Carlisle

The Venue

  • Address: 7 Portland Place, Carlisle, CA1 1RL
  • Venue Type: Comedy Club
  • Celebration Type: Ticketed Event, Live Music

Carlisle Rugby Club

  • Address: Rugby Ground, Warwick Road, Carlisle, CA1 1LW
  • Venue Type: Sports Club
  • Celebration Type: Ticketed Event, Live Music, Buffet

The Halston

  • Address: 20-34 Warwick Road, Carlisle, CA1 1DN
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Ticketed Event, Formal Dinner, Live Music

The Circle Bar

  • Address: 5-10 Lowther Arcade, Carlisle, CA3 8LX
  • Venue Type: Cocktail & Tapas Bar
  • Celebration Type: Ticketed Event, Informal Tapas

The Brickyard

  • Address: Richmond Hall, 14 Fisher St, Carlisle, CA3 8RN
  • Venue Type: Night Club & Live Music Venue
  • Celebration Type: Ticketed Event, Live Music
 

Penrith

Penrith Rugby Club

  • Address: Penrith, CA11 8RG
  • Venue Type: Sports Club
  • Celebration Type: Ticketed Event, Live Music, Buffet

The Inn on the Lake

  • Address: Glenridding, Penrith, CA11 0PE
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music

The George Hotel

  • Address: Devonshire St, Penrith, CA11 7SU
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music

The Highland Drove Inn

  • Address: Great Salkeld, Penrith, CA11 9NA
  • Venue Type: Pub
  • Celebration Type: Ticketed Event, Music, Food

The Brantwood Hotel

  • Address: Stainton, Dacre, Penrith, CA11 0EP
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music, Fireworks
 

Keswick

The Inn on the Square

  • Address: Market Square, Keswick, CA12 5JF
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music

Armathwaite Hall Hotel

  • Address: Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, CA12 4RE
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music, Fireworks

Lodore Falls Hotel

  • Address: Borrowdale, Keswick, CA12 5UX
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music

Skiddaw Hotel

  • Address: 31 Main St, Keswick, CA12 5BN
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music
 

Kendal

Stonecross Manor Hotel

  • Address: Milnthorpe Road, Kendal, LA9 5HP
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Gala Dinner, Live Music

Bootleggers

  • Address: 24 Finkle St, Kendal, LA9 4AB
  • Venue Type: Night Club & Live Music Venue
  • Celebration Type: Ticketed Event, Live Music

Kendal Town Football Club

  • Address: Pye Motors Stadium, Park Side Rd, Kendal, LA9 7BL
  • Venue Type: Sports Club
  • Celebration Type: Ticketed Event, Live Music, Buffet

Castle Green Hotel

  • Address: Castle Green Lane, Kendal, LA9 6RG
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music

Burgandy’s Wine Bar

  • Address: 19 Lowther St, Kendal, LA9 4DH
  • Venue Type: Bar
  • Celebration Type: Ticketed Event, Music
 

Windermere & Bowness-On-Windermere

The Burn How Garden House Hotel

  • Address: Back Belsfield Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere, LA23 3HH
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music

Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa

  • Address: Ambleside Rd, Windermere, LA23 1LP
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal
 

South Lakeland

Lakeside Hotel

  • Address: Newby Bridge, Ulverston, LA12 8AT
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music
 

Ambleside

Waterhead Hotel

  • Address: Lake Rd, Ambleside, LA22 0ER
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music

Skelwith Bridge Hotel

  • Address: Ambleside, LA22 9NJ
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music

Glen Rothay Hotel

  • Address: Rydal, Ambleside, LA22 9LR
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music
 

Cockermouth

Embleton Spa Hotel

  • Address: Embleton, Cockermouth, CA13 9YA
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music

The Trout Hotel

  • Address: 3 Crown St, Cockermouth, CA13 0EJ
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music

Fredericks Lounge Bar & Restaurant

  • Address: Tithe House, 43 Station St, Cockermouth, CA13 9QW
  • Venue Type: Bar
  • Celebration Type: Ticketed Event, Music
 

Grange-over-Sands

The Grange Hotel

  • Address: Station Square, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 6EJ
  • Venue Type: Hotel
  • Celebration Type: Residential Package, Formal Meal, Music