New Year in Dorset

Are you looking for somewhere special to welcome in the New Year with friends and family this year?

With street parties, gala dinners, festive Pantomimes and a few quirky events thrown into the mix, Dorset is a fantastic place to celebrate!

So what are you waiting for? Crack open the bubbly and bring in the New Year in style!!

Happy New Year everyone!

Celebrate in style

Many hotels put on special New Year Breaks which makes a great excuse to get glammed up for the evening and party the night away.

The Knoll House Hotel's two night dinner inclusive New Year break starts at £499 per room. A three night New Year break is also available.

Arrive at The Eastbury Hotel and Spa on the 31st for a 2 night break to include dinner, bed and breakfast. Celebrate the New Year with a Champagne reception following by their signature 7 course tasting menu. With music and dancing, followed by a spectacular firework display, you are sure to start the New Year with a real bang. Prices start from £1100 for 2 adults, with the option to add an extra night bed and breakfast from £295 for two people.

For New Years at The Pines Hotel, book any two nights dinner, bed and breakfast to include Gala Dinner on New Years Eve with hats, novelties and bubbly from £340.00 per person.

Summer Lodge's fabulous 2 night New Year breaks are available from 31st December including afternoon tea, wine tasting, dinner on both evenings and entertainment on New Years Eve to see in 2023. Prices start from £2210 per room based on two people sharing. Single occupancy and children's rate are available on request.

Enjoy New Year's Eve in a bespoke treehouse at Mallinson's Woodland Retreat. A 3 night break commences Friday 30th December for two adults at £1485.00.

Each treehouse is set within its own woodland clearing offering a peaceful treetop next away from those noisy gathering and endless reruns of TV specials! 

Be a guest at Moonfleet Manor's New Year house party with a three night package priced from £1510 for two adults or £2290 for a family of four. The rate includes dinner, bed and breakfast, canapés and a glass of fizz on New Year’s Eve. There will be lots of family activities, first-class cuisine and entertainment on the evening of New Years Eve.

New Year breaks at Mortons Manor include a Gala Dinner on New Years Eve (plus breakfast and dinner on other days) and are either for 2 nights (arriving 30th or 31st December) or 3 nights (arriving on 30th December). Prices start from £850 for 2 people or £700 for single occupancy.

At Warmwell Holiday Park, discover Parkdean Resorts Winter Wonderland during New Year. Have a go at skiing, sledging or snow boarding on their dry ski slope, splash around in their indoor pool with flume and wave machine and get into the festive spirit. You can meet Father Christmas and his elves and reindeer, go ice-skating, see a live show or pantomime and go shopping at the Christmas Market. 4 Night New Year self-catering breaks starting 30th December are from £1019.

New Years Eve

The Isle of Purbeck Golf Club will be hosting their annual New Years Eve party with a 4 course dinner, disco and a glass of fizz at midnight to welcome in 2023. Tickets are £95 per person.

Overlooking Swanage Bay, you can indulge at the annual New Year Gala Dinner and Disco at Grand Hotel. Enjoy a welcome drink of Bucks Fizz, followed by a five course dinner and disco to dance the night away. Tickets cost £65 per person.

On Bournemouth Pier, celebrate New Years Eve in style with a Masquerade Party at Key West Bar and Grill. Tickets cost £85 per person and include a welcome cocktail, 4 course meal, live entertainment and disco, plus a prosecco toast at Midnight.

New Years Day

If you need help waking up the next morning, then join in the Lyme Regis traditional New Year's Day celebrations. Race a toy duck down the River Lim at noon followed by the quirky Lyme Lunge - an icy dip in the sea from the beach. Everyone is welcome at these events for charity, whether "dipping" or just watching all the fun.

Clear the head at Poole's annual charity day of fundraising! Poole's Annual Charity Bath Tub Race and Classic Cars on the Quay is back for New Years Day 2023!

Another great way to say goodbye to that hangover is a brisk New Year’s Day walk along the beautiful Dorset coastline or perhaps a twirl or two around Bournemouth's ice rink in the Lower Gardens.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will be performing their annual New Year Gala show at Poole's Lighthouse Centre for the Arts.

And don't forget that some of our seasonal pantomimes are still showing on New Years Day, so you can spend some quality time with the whole family at the start of 2023.

Book your Dorset New Year break

If that all sounds tempting, you’ll need to book in quickly!

Accommodation availability disappears very fast over the Christmas and New Year period in Dorset so the sooner you book, the sooner you can look forward to your magical break in Dorset!

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