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.

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.

Be a guest at Moonfleet Manor's New Year house party with a three night package priced from £1701 for two adults or £2421 for a family of four. The rate includes dinner, bed and breakfast, and pre-dinner drinks and canapés on New Year’s Eve. There will be lots of family activities and first-class cuisine.

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 £1070 for 2 people or £850 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 29th or 30th December are from £899.

New Years Eve

Overlooking Swanage Bay, you can indulge at the annual New Year Gala Dinner and Disco at Grand Hotel. Tickets cost £65 per person and overnight accommodation is available in the hotel.

You can dance your way through to the New Year with The Boogie Bumpers at Bournemouth Pavilion Ballroom. Tickets cost £82.50 and includes an arrival drink, delicious four course dinner with coffee plus a glass of bubbly at midnight.

At the Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis, there are two New Years menus to choose from. The Early Bird 3 course menu is priced at £36 per person and available for 5:30pm bookings. The 8:30pm menu includes sharing dishes for 2 people including Portland pearl oysters, sea bass and Venezuelan Rio Caribe chocolate mousse at £60 per person.

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.

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 rinks.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will be performing their annual New Year Viennese 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 2024.

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!

We handrawn heart New Year Breaks

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