new years eve in manchester and the north
NYE 2015 at the Kazimier. Photo: Mina Bihi.

New Year’s Eve in Manchester and the North

Creative Tourist

Like everything in 2020, we imagine this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will be rather different from normal (yes, the fireworks are cancelled). As we head into the roaring twenties, and who knows what they will bring, here are some ideas for marking the close of the first decade of the new millennium.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Wild Swimming

    Nothing offers a more bracing start to the new year than an ice-cold drip. A tradition loved by many (and inconceivable to many more), head to the hills to wash away the year that’s passed and embrace the one that lies before…

  • 2. Top places to go rural (without going too far from Manchester)

    Disley, home to Lyme Park. Image by Dave Dunford via Wikimedia Commons

    Similar to the above but rather more palatable. If ice baths aren’t your thing then a refreshing New Year’s Day walk is perhaps the next best way to get 2020 out of your system and make space for the year ahead.

  • 3. Alcohol Delivery in Manchester

    Alcohol Delivery in Manchester

    New Year’s is one of the better excuses to splash out on something more special than a £5 bottle of red from Tesco (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Whether bars are open or not, our Food and Drink editor has you covered with some of the best alcohol delivery services in Manchester.

  • 4. Food Delivery and Kit Meals in the North

    Six By Nico

    Pair high-end drinks with something-more-special food – and no, we don’t mean another Deliveroo. Check out the at-home meal kits put together by some of Manchester’s leading chefs and whip up your own haute cuisine to ring in the New Year.

  • 5. The Apartment – Streaming on YouTube

    The Apartment, online, Until 28 February 2021, from £3.49 - Book now

    Get in the spirit with the classic New Year’s film, Billy Wilder’s The Apartment, streaming now on YouTube.

  • 6. Bluedot 2021 at Jodrell Bank

    Bluedot

    Bluedot Festival 2021 at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, 22–25 July 2021, from £59.75 - Book now

    After the 2020 festival was postponed (because of you know what), we’re even more excited to catch Bluedot’s annual programme of live music, science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks. Book your tickets now and look forward to dreamy summer days.

  • 7. Cultural Calendar 2021

    Thom Yorke at Victoria Warehouse Cultural Calender
    Thom Yorke plays two nights at Manchester's Victoria Warehouse - photo by Alex Lake / TWOSHORTDAYS.COM

    On that note, New Year’s is all about fresh beginnings and a new sense of promise. Start getting a few more things in the diary to look forward to in 2021 with our Cultural Calendar.

  • 8. Parks and Gardens in Manchester

    Blossom on trees in Manchester

    New Year’s is also a time for reflection. Take a meditative stroll through some of Manchester’s finest parks and gardens – the perfect place to start drawing up your 2021 resolutions (ready to be broken).