5 Awesome Ways to Celebrate this New Year’s Eve

1. The Traditional

Fireballs festival, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire

B Campbell, Flickr

Image: B Campbell, Flickr

Goodness gracious, blazing balls of fire! Stonehaven’s Fireball festival sees a parade of participants swinging flaming balls above their heads. Following the parade, the fireballs are cast into the sea at the harbour, and the stunning firework display at the Bervie Braes begins. This traditional welcome to the new year has been part of Aberdeen’s Hogmanay celebrations for over four hundred years. If you’re looking to end the night in a more contemporary setting, head back to the market square for a disco until 2am.

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2. The Wild Night

Newquay

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If partying into 2015 is what you’re looking for, then heading to Newquay this New Year is for you. The street party and midnight firework show are local traditions, and local bars and clubs offer tempting specials on food and drinks. Bar Help will even hose you down with ‘snow’ to welcome you to 2015.

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3. The Family Outing

Winter Wonderland, Cardiff.

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Image: Jon Candy, Flickr

Get your skates on and spend the new year on ice at the Admiral ice rink in Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland. Those of us with less balance can enjoy a great selection of rides and attractions, as well as live music and a free bus service.

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4. The Wild Card

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Image: Stephen Harper, Flickr

Stephen Harper, Flickr

Fancy toasting the new year 500 feet in the air? You can do just that at Portsmouth’s Spinnaker tower. DJ’s, great views and the world’s largest glass floor make for a one-of-a-kind new year experience at Portsmouth’s world-famous landmark. Tickets are £45 and must be pre-booked here.

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5. The Big Bang

London

Matthias Rosenkranz, Flickr

Image: Matthias Rosenkranz, Flickr

Who can forget the Capital’s explosive welcome to 2014, and this year’s celebration looks to be just as epic! The midnight skies light up with increasingly innovative pyrotechnic displays, using the world famous landmarks along the River Thames. The event draws over 500,000 visitors each year, more than any other new year celebration in the UK, so turn up early to guarantee a good viewing spot. Tickets for the event are £10 and are available here.

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New personalised home screen on our iPhone app

In the latest version of our iPhone app (version 3.2) we’ve added a feature our Android users liked – a personalised home screen and simpler navigation! Take a peak below at the new look or download the app for yourself here

(Don’t have an iPhone? We also have an Android app or our Windows app)

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The new home screen allows you to set your home station, check times, tickets & live departures and also view your recent and saved journeys more easily.

Tap the menu icon on the top left of the home screen to access other features of the app quickly. See below for details of the handy features you can access from the menu.

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Features available in our latest iPhone app

Let us know your thoughts!

Time for one more?

I hate it when I’ve turned down that ‘one last drink’ to find my train home has left without me. I could have had ‘just one more’.

It doesn’t happen much these days. My trainline app knows my ‘home’ station so I just tap ‘next train home’ and see whether there’s time for one more or it’s time to dash. Genius.

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