Spending New Year’s Eve on the Isle of Wight but not sure how best to see in 2012? There seem to be a lot of great NYE parties this year – so here are our five top ways to welcome in the new year…
Your Starring Role – Best for kitsch and vintage
You can join the beautiful people at a Hollywood themed pool party this New Year’s Eve at the Cygnet Hotel in Sandown. “Opt to party hard on the dance floor with top sounds and visuals and then swan around the swimming pool, disrobe and splash around or get steamy in the hot tub,” say organisers Blunt Events and Global Productions who are laying out the red carpet to present The Hollywood Pool Party.
“This is the Isle of Everywhere so shut your eyes and click your heels three times before making your grand entrance to this party of a lifetime. With the Hollywood theme you can be your hero for just one night: Marilyn Monroe, Rachel Welch, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, James Dean. You’ve all seen them in those wonderful films where the houses go on for ever and there’s always a pool to pose around or in – now you can join them. You have two bars to choose from, there’s food on offer all night and a cool chill out area if you need some time out from the dance floor.
“Hollywood theme dress means that you can dress up or down – Clint Eastwood wore a lot of ponchos and James Dean favoured jeans. Or you could go for that totally over the top F Scott Fitzgerald Great Gatsby DJs and evening gowns look. Ursula Andress was, of course, especially infamous for her swimwear in Dr. No and Jane Fonda was bordering on bondage in Flash Gordon. Be the film star you’ve always wanted to be and as outrageous or demure as you want to play it.”
The infamous Tickle me Elmo crew will be hosting the night backed up by the very talented Maxx Trax ( Bestival DJ Winner) and Sam Franklin Sam. VJ for the DJ’z will be Tim Callaghan-Martin projecting his wonderful visuals, and award winning magic man Huxley will be astounding party people with his captivating tricks
Totally Over the Top – Best for dancing and foam
Electric 80’s is back this New Year’s Eve at Cowes Yacht Haven Events Centre and this year will be seeing in the New Year not only with all the favourite Electric 80’s Tunes but some of the biggest party tunes from across the decades and a grand firework display to welcome the New Year.
The Haven Events Centre will be transformed with a light up disco dance floor, huge visuals, club lighting, dance podiums, and a giant Big Ben to chime you into 2012. Plus this year they have a bigger and better pyrotechnics fireworks display that will really start your New Year with a bang!
Fancy Dress is of course on the cards – a must according to organisers and it tends to be in an 80s theme, with quite a lot of day-glo and cross dressing. The best outfit will win a ‘Win a ‘Bottle of Sparkles’ from Style of Wight magazine.
Electric 80s’ original home was at the Venue in Ryde and for their regulars they will be laying on buses leaving from the Top of Union Street @ 8.15pm direct to Cowes, returning at 2.15am from the Yacht Haven, direct to Ryde.
Somewhat Spiffing – Best for food and sophistication
For a totally sophisticated entry to 2012 the Royal Hotel in Ventnor is the venue with a six course gala dinner and New Year’s Eve dinner dance with the ‘utterly fabulous’ Liane Carroll and Band and a Champagne reception at midnight.
Playing piano professionally since 15, Liane has won numerous awards including the Ronnie Scotts Award and is also a double BBC Jazz award winner.
“No one who hears Liane Carroll in person is likely to forget the experience. It’s not just that she’s a brilliant pianist and a mesmerising singer, but that, like Stevie Wonder, she seems in some magical way to be made out of music.” The Observer.
Lonely Lane – Best for scaring yourself
New Year’s Eve is said to be the night when the magnificent manor house at Knighton Gorges re-appears complete with a party in full swing. Ghost hunters gather at all that now remains, the gateposts, in the hope of catching sight of an apparition – gargoyles are said to re-appear on top of the posts and ‘orbs’ are photographed in the area.
Knighton Gorges was pulled down in 1821 by George Maurice Bisset, possibly to prevent his daughter from inheriting it. Travellers have reported that their cars break down near the gateposts and one man approached a large house for help, but could get no reply from his knocks. The next day he discovered from nearby villagers in Newchurch that the house no longer existed.
Join Ghosthunters at Knighton Gorges for a spooky experience, but remember that this is private land and be careful not to block the road.
Beach Fire under the Stars – best for the real myisleofwight deal
Brave the elements and have a beach fire under the stars to welcome in the New Year – if you’re brave you could even have a quick swim at midnight.
For the darkest skies for star watching you need to pick a beach on the west coast such as Compton, Brook or Brighstone and take a strong torch to collect your driftwood for the fire. This is a great activity for kids to enjoy too – scouting around for firewood, warming up around the flames and then leaping into the waves as midnight turns.
Take something to warm you up afterwards (and before of course) and lots of blankets and towels and see the New Year in immersed in the beautiful Isle of Wight.