Island Party Time This New Years Eve

So, you’ve decided that the diamond floating in the south is your destination for New Years Eve, where are you going to go? Yes, our Island may seem small, but our winter season is jam packed with exciting galas, parties and musical mayhem. Here are a few of the events that we think you would most like to attend this year…

Black Tie

First stop if you’re feeling posh and fancy going a bit flashy we highly recommend The Royal Hotel in Ventnor. A prestigious hotel, widely known for its gourmet food and silver service dining experience, the hotel will be hosting their annual black tie dinner-dance including a five course tasting menu followed by acclaimed jazz singer Liane Carrol. This will be complemented by a champagne reception at midnight, what a wonderful way to start 2018. See their online brochure here.

And for West Wight flashiness The George Hotel in Yarmouth hold their Black Tie & Firework celebrations on December 31st, with a five course menu to include a chilled glass of champagne on arrival. You can dine in either the lively Conservatory or enjoy the more intimate, elegant, sophisticated ambiance of Isla’s.  And as the clock strikes midnight fireworks will be set off from the end of Yarmouth’s historic Pier, which you can watch from their garden or Conservatory.

Crafty Beer & Vinyl

If you’re on a shoestring budget, check out this event for the culturally intrigued and connoisseurs of a reasonably priced fine craft beer - it’s New Years Eve at Ventnor Exchange. Vinyl DJ with a tasty brew with performances from local talent soon to be announced, keep watching their website and Facebook for further details. This will be a suitable event for couples, singles and groups to take your pick of their 20 craft beers, in-house wines or NYE themed cocktails. 

Soul and Sparkle

Hailed as the Biggest and Best party in the West, Tapnell Farm will be hosting their second New Year’s Eve Bash at their Cow Co restaurant with live music from The Soul Lounge, DJ Nipsy, midnight countdown and more. The theme is ‘GLITTER’ so be sure to dress to impress in your most sparkly and eye-catching outfit and the frivolities go on till 2am.  Dumpling Dumpling will be bringing their delicious yes you’ve guessed it dumplings, both savoury and sweet, to the party that will go down a treat with your Prosecco. 

Electric Disco

Or you could take a trip back to the days of glitter, glitz, perms and back-combed hair in Cowes Yacht Haven. Back by popular demand is the infamous Electric Disco New Years Eve Party, which this year encompasses the 70s and the 80s.  If you were ever a hippy, glam rocker, punk, new romantic, northern sole kid, Bowie babe, or just missed the boat on the two decades completely but thoroughly wish you hadn’t; this is the event for you. There are three rooms this year - Xtreme Vertigo DJs and DJ Jakey Chan in the Haven, a silent disco in the second room where you’re given headphones and select your DJ and a 300-capacity heated marquee with live music from Ska’d for Life. They’ll be taking you to London with a Big Ben to chime you into the New Year and a huge midnight show, featuring a funky countdown, and a fountain of sparkles falling from the skies.


Jo Macaulay

12 December 2017

By Jo Macaulay in Articles