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5 quirky ways to keep your New Year’s Eve on track

Press Release   •   Dec 17, 2016 09:00 GMT

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Tired of spending the holidays stuck in traffic or going to the same house party every New Year’s Eve? If so, why not venture further afield by rail for this New Year’s Eve. Expedia.co.uk has celebrated the launch of its new rail booking service, www.expedia.co.uk/trains, the first of its kind by an online travel agent, by finding the quirkiest New Year’s Eve events that are just a train ride away.

With special discounted hotel deals for those who booked a train on Expedia.co.uk you can save enough to buy those New Year treats and essentials like a meal for two, a few bottles of bubbly or perhaps a fancy dress outfit! So now there’s the perfect reason to escape the traffic, take in the views of the fantastic British countryside and enjoy a little British eccentricity this New Year.

Allendale Baal Fire, Northumberland.

A tradition supposedly dating back to the dark ages, this lively event is much more than just a bonfire. ‘Guisers’, local men with elaborate costumes and painted faces, carry flaming whiskey barrels filled with hot tar on their heads through the streets to the town centre. The barrels can weigh as much as 30lbs (15kg) and they all get put on a giant bonfire where everyone gathers. This is all accompanied by booming music from a band who only meet once a year – there are plenty of bands we wish would follow this rule…

Train fare from Newcastle to Hexham is £6.70. When you book through Expedia.co.uk/trains, you get an exclusive rate of £40 per person at Twice Brewed Inn for a double room.

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Nos Galan Memorial Race in Cynon, South Wales

Since 1958, the Cynon valley has been famous for the unique spectacle of thousands of keen runners sprinting round the town of Mountain Ash on New Year’s Eve. Started in memory of semi-mythological Welsh runner Guto Nyth Brân, the current race has over 1,500 participants every year, including a mystery runner (it was Olympian Colin Jackson last year) who carries the torch through the town. What better way to kick off your New Year health drive?

Train from Cardiff to Porth is £4.40. When you book through Expedia.co.uk/trains, you get an exclusive rate of £39 per person at the Bedlinog Inn for a double room.

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Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Stretching across three days, it has an unrivalled list of festivities to observe and join in with. Whether it is watching internationally renowned bands, candlelit choir concerts, innovative arts performances or joining in with a giant Ceilidh, you will find plenty to entertain everyone in the group. It all culminates with a huge street party around midnight and an enviable firework display.

Train from Glasgow to Edinburgh is £12.50. When you book through Expedia.co.uk/trains, you get an exclusive rate of £175 per person at the Ravelston House for a double room.

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Fancy Dress in Bideford, Devon

Not content with traditional festivities and fireworks, Bideford is famed for hosting thousands of fancy dressed folk every year. In addition there is a funfair, parade, food and beverages and local musical acts, who covet a performing slot every year. Why not wander around and discover the next One Direction while dressed as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

Train from Exeter to Barnstaple is £9.90. When you book through Expedia.co.uk/trains, you get an exclusive rate of £38.50 per person at the The West Country Inn for a double room.

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Scarborough Spa Orchestra, Yorkshire

There is only one professional seaside orchestra left in Britain and the only place to see them this New Year’s is at their home, Scarborough Grand Hall. The theme is ‘Vienna, City of Dreams’, and is set to feature music from the famous Strauss family and a host of other composers who found fame and fortune in Vienna, such as the glorious melodies of Franz Leha. If you’re feeling a bit delicate this New Year’s Day, what could be better than some glorious, uplifting classical music?

Train from York to Scarborough is £7.90. When you book through Expedia.co.uk/trains, you get an exclusive rate of £39.50 per person at the Scarborough Travel and Holiday Lodge for a double room.

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