New Year’s Eve is one of the most highly anticipated days of the year and making the most of the celebrations, surrounded by friends and family, is what the day is all about.
Doing this in the incredible Lake District is one of the most wonderful ways to welcome the new decade. So, with that in mind, we take a look at where you should consider celebrating 2020 when joining us for a stay in stunning Cumbria, from fabulous fireworks to an action-packed night of food and festivities.
Where to dine
When it comes to ensuring you find a fantastic place to eat this New Year, we can’t place enough emphasis on booking your reservations early. You’ll find that the vast majority of restaurants and bars will be booked up, so get in touch early to avoid disappointment.
The team here at Cottage Escapes recommend the following eateries in Bowness for a brilliant meal this New Year:
The Village Inn: this award-winning restaurant is just a stone’s throw away from Lake Windermere in the heart of Bowness and serves up some of the best cuisine in the area. We guarantee that all members of your party will leave feeling full and festive.
Baha: for a culinary delight, why not purchase a ticket for the NYE party at Baha? You’ll be treated to an 8-course tasting menu with live music playing throughout the night. Following your meal, there will be a DJ playing music as you party into the early hours of 2020. It’s worth noting that this event is for over 18’s only.
Rastelli’s: if you are looking for an incredible Italian meal as you head into the New Year, Rastelli’s should be your eatery of choice. With a menu capable of catering for all tastes and preferences, Rastelli’s serves up a whole host of Italian dishes, alongside tempting steaks. After enjoying a fantastic meal, you can step out into Bowness and head off to one of the many pubs and bars before making your way to the Glebe for a spectacular firework display.
The Boathouse: this year, there will be a scrumptious gala dinner and live music throughout the night and your party will be treated to a fantastic evening filled with good food and plenty of fun. It’s worth noting that the gala dinner is a ticketed event, so you’ll need to book ahead. However, the bar with DJ is open to all.
The Angel Inn: serving up some fantastic home-made dishes, The Angel is proud to source the vast majority of its produce within the Lake District and its surrounding areas. Based in the heart of Bowness, The Angel Inn is perfectly placed for a New Year’s Eve night out, with plenty of bars and pubs in close proximity.
Where to Watch the New Year Countdown
As the New Year approaches, there is an awful lot going on in and around Bowness, so when you have finished your meal you won’t be short of places to go. Most of the pubs around the area will be free and un-ticketed and thought inevitably very busy, this makes for a genuinely fantastic atmosphere throughout the evening.
Spectators will gather in their droves on the Glebe ahead of the midnight countdown, with a number of locations near the shore having their own firework displays. It has become a bit of a tradition for hordes of people to gather by the jetty, as it has an absolutely fantastic vantage point, but be sure to head down early enough to get yourself the perfect spot, as the area is bustling as the countdown approaches.
Following an awe-inspiring firework show, you should head into one of the many pubs and bars which will be sure to offer the perfect place to celebrate the arrival of 2020 into the early hours of the morning.