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Goodbye 2012, Welcome 2013 - Say goodbye in style

The end of year is always a busy time.  Some have been planning Christmas for months, others for a few weeks. Christmas is now over, Santa received your letter and we hope he granted your wishes. After two busy days of festivity you rested a bit on Boxing Day and enjoyed the view of the horses and hounds of the Monmouthshire Hunt which left from Cross Street in Abergavenny for their traditional Boxing Day hunt. We are not big fans of hunting but we do appreciate the majesty of the horses and hounds, and the meeting point is just in front of our Abergavenny shop.

If you live closer to the Cotswolds you may have gone to Bibury for its traditional duck race. If you don’t know about it, the Bibury duck race has been running for about 25 years, you sponsor a rubber duck and funds are given to charity. The sponsors of the first 20 ducks and of the last one to cross the finish line are given prizes.

Now that Boxing Day is over too, you are wondering what to do on New Year’s Eve. The World apparently hasn’t come to an end yet so you want to find a way to party 2012 away. New Years Eve 2010 - Dubai Fireworks

New Year’s Eve festivities

If you live around our Hereford shop you will be happy to know that the Hereford Rowing Club organises a New Year’s Eve party with disco, fireworks and even a bouncy castle for children.

If you’re looking for a night club then the Big Night Out in Gloucester’s Liquid Club seems very promising, featuring lasers, pyros and even a chocolate fountain! It's the perfect place to try out the party dress and matching bag you bought on Boxing Day!

The Cheltenham Town Hall also offers a great NYE party with live music from the Chip Shop boys, with dining options.

If you live in Wales, Brains pubs have planned events all around the country. If you are willing to drive a few kilometres (but please don’t drink and drive) you can choose between classic dinners, black tie parties, themed parties or quizzes. To name just a few, Abergavenny’s Lamb & Flag pub offers a rock & roll themed party with staff dressed as characters from Grease, and profits will go to Breast Care at Nevill Hall Hospital. If you prefer a free finger buffet and a pub quiz you can head to Abergavenny’s Plas Derwen pub.

In Cardiff you can choose between a Hell & Heaven party at Barocco and a 70s disco night at Cardiff Bay’s Terra Nova, among many other things.

Our special favourite is probably the Pyjama Party at Llantarnam’s Greenhouse, with even a girls room with karaoke and a boys room with a Wii!

One-of-a-kind events

We’ve talked about partying, but you may want something a bit more special to enter the New Year. Calennig is after all a Welsh tradition, and Cardiff has great plans to say goodbye to 2012. Indeed, with Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland gather around the Civic Centre for free music, some midnight ice-skating or simply enjoy the midnight fireworks!

A very special way to see 2012 out is to take part in the midnight excursion to the top of the Skirrid Fawr in the Black Mountains, starting from Abergavenny.

If you live further away from South Wales and Gloucestershire or if you are willing to plan a last-minute trip to enjoy the best New Year’s Eve possible, here are some more ideas:

- Go to Edinburgh for the world famous Hogmanay and join the 80,000 party goers expected in the streets of Edinburgh! Expect amazing midnight fireworks.

- Stonehaven, also in Scotland, welcomes 2 fire events: a free Fireballs Ceremony and a ticketed Fireballs Festival

- Reach the Civic centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and embrace Norse mythology and Viking folklore with a Winter Carnival Parade followed by a themed fireworks display.

- Party in London and don’t miss the New Year’s Eve fireworks around the London Eye, announced by Big Ben’s chimes. A live DJ will entertain you from 10pm if you want to arrive early.

We could go on and on but we have to stop at one point. If the places we talked about are too far from your home for special festivities like the Scottish fiery ones we advise you to contact your closest Tourist Office, or just browse the web!

We wish you all the best for the New Year and may your wishes come true. We’ll see you next year!

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