NYE: Saying Goodbye to 2017 in Leeds
Words by Lauren Entwistle
Goodbye 2017, hello 2018. However your year has been, make sure to celebrate it in style at a number of spots across Leeds. Whether you’re a clubber, wine sophisticate or just fancy a gathering in a foodie pub with your nearest and dearest – we’ve got you covered.
Here are our top picks for where to usher in the New Year at our favourite places:
New Year’s Eve at Ham & Friends
Say hello to 2018 in style with a special 4 course New Year’s Eve dinner at Ham & Friends. Their kitchen are busy developing a mouthwatering menu fit for a special celebration – and of course there’ll be a toast at midnight with a glass of fizz for everyone to see in the New Year.
Tickets are £45 but if you wish to add a wine flight to your dinner, you can do so for £25. Grab ’em here before they sell out!
NYE Comedy Sessions at the Hi-Fi Club
Frankly, there is no better way to welcome in the New Year than with a good old laugh, so celebrate the arrival of 2018 at the Hi Fi Club with their New Year’s Eve Comedy Session Special.
Starring comedians Justin Moorhouse, Junior Simpson, Katie Mulgrew and Barry Dodds, the show is longer than their usual Saturday Comedy Sessions, instead starting at 8.00pm and finishing at 10.30pm. You also get complimentary entrance to ‘Move On Up’, which follows the comedy as part of the ticket price – allowing customers the option of staying until the small hours or heading off to see the New Year in elsewhere, with the option of being able to pop back at anytime to continue the party.
It’s always a sell-out show, so don’t leave it until too late to get your tickets! Grab ’em here.
Roundhay Park – Magical Lantern Festival
If you’re more of the outdoorsy type, head to Roundhay Park this NYE for a real treat: The Magical Lantern Festival. The fest is the UK’s biggest Chinese Lantern celebration, where you can see 30 huge displays, from the Chinese Temple of Heaven to a safari zoo, complete with zebras, lions and giraffes. Afterwards, you can bring in the New Year with a glass of mulled wine in their tipi bar (not to worry, there’s hot chocolate for the kids) before chowing down on street food.
Tickets are £9.50 for kids, £13.50 for adults or £10.50 per person for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 kids or 1 adult and 3 kids).
Viennese Whirl at Leeds Town Hall
Perhaps one of Leeds’ most iconic buildings, the Town Hall celebrates New Year’s Eve with an effortlessly classy afternoon of Viennese waltzes, marches and polkas in the Victoria Hall. Led by the fantastic Orchestra of Opera North with conductor Justin Brown, expect a cultured way to welcome in the New Year.
Your ticket, which you can get from £10.60, gets you a glass of bubbly or orange juice on arrival. Perfect.
NYE at Sheaf St
All the best bits of a house-party with all the perks of a club? Sounds like you can’t go wrong. As they say on their site, this will be “a proper party that doesn’t take itself too seriously. This year do something you’ll remember!”
With a dress code that warrants all out glitter and sequins or just come as you are (we’re all friends here) with a top line-up across two rooms. With live music coming from: Michael Upson, Psychemagik, Marshall Hackett, James Bevan, Josh Crozier, Billy Black, Andreas Rauh – so it’s going to be seriously good.
Just make sure to book your tickets here well in advance!
However you bring in the New Year, whether you’re out and about or chilling at home – have an absolute good’un!