Campervan Hire England

Campervan Hire England

Campervan Hire for New Year: England 2018 Edition

We said previously that nowhere celebrates New Year quite like Scotland, and we stand by that. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t also some fantastic events throughout the UK. England has a ton of unique events for folks wanting to celebrate in style. If you manage to snag one of Rockin Van’s campervan hires you’ll be able to travel around England during the festive period without the limitations of accommodation and travel. It’s worth considering because once you see some of the events on offer, you’ll definitely want to go.

London, The Shard’s New Years Eve Party

We’ll start with the most obvious. Similar to Edinburgh throwing the biggest party in Scotland, England’s capital goes all out in their New Year’s celebrations. The cities skies will be set alight with bright dazzles of colour throughout the evening. One of the most iconic buildings in the city, The Shard, throws a truly unique party annually to celebrate the New Year. This year it’s being held between 10 pm and 2 am and will feature DJ Santero, a Ministry of Sound DJ who knows what’s what about all things music related. It is guaranteed to be a good time, with a great view of the fireworks around London. With a campervan hire in England, you won’t have to worry about paying for expensive travel and accommodation as well as the tickets, so those wanting to attend this decadent even will be able to do so without starting off the New Year with no money.

Bristol, Great Gatsby New Years Eve Party

The Square Club in Bristol was originally founded as a Private Members Club for folk in the creative industries. Members have access to a great workspace to get their own work done, and a venue they can use for personal parties. However, everyone is invited to attend their annual New Year’s Party. It’s always an extravagant themed affair, with 2017 being titled “Parisian Nights.” The 2018 party is themed after “Great Gatsby.” It promises a dapper evening full of dancing and fine dining. For those out there who like a drink or two, the bar promises free alcohol all night, so it’s highly advised that you pick a friend or family member to be the designated driver of the campervan for the night if you attend this event.

Northumberland, Allendale Tar Bar’l Ceremony

It wouldn’t be a UK list of New Years eve event without a fire event. Believed by some to have begun in back in the Middle Ages, Tar Bar’l is a tradition that goes back centuries in the town of Allendale, Northumberland. The quiet village springs to life every New Year eve, as 45 men, known as ‘guisers,’ carry whiskey barrels full of burning hot tar. The barrels are used to ignite the ‘Baal Fire,’ a ceremonial bonfire. Why this is done is not entirely clear, the general consensus is that it is Pagan in origin. People flock to watch the processions every year, and it’s a popular quirky event that you can easily access with your campervan.

Cornwall, St Ives Street Party

The small town of St Ives has established a reputation for being one of the best places in England for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The party floods the streets and overflows out onto the beach. The party atmosphere, fireworks and fancy dress provide an evening full of delights that the entire family will love. However, even if a street party isn’t quite your thing, Cornwall has a number of exceptional campervan sites available for you to spend a quiet New Years in. Most sites will host their own more sedate parties that you can attend if you desire. If you book one of the many Camping and Caravaning Club sites available in Cornwall, you’ll be able to take advantage of The Clubs privilege scheme that Rockin Vans is part of.

To book a campervan hire to explore England during the festive period, get in touch with us today! We can’t wait to introduce you to the many benefits that having a campervan can give you.

Motorhome Hire Wales

Motorhome Hire Wales

Motorhome Hire for New Year: Wales 2018 Edition

We’ve looked at some of the great events throughout Scotland and England, so it seems unfair to miss out on the last country in Great Britain. While smaller than the other two, Wales is no less significant, especially when it comes to events around the festive period. The problem is though, that if you live in Scotland, getting to Wales is pricey. According to ‘Trainline’, it’s more expensive to go to Cardiff Central than it is to get to London if you don’t manage to snag a deal. Luckily, Rockin Vans offer campervan and motorhome hires for travel to Wales, so you can embrace the celebrations without having to worry about travel and accommodation expenses.

Cardiff, Winter Wonderland

It is an unspoken requirement that the capital city of every country needs to have a big festive blow-out. The Winter Wonderland event that Cardiff offers is possibly one of the best in Britain, particularly when it comes to the New Year’s Eve offerings. The Admiral Ice Rink offers a skating session that starts at 23:30 and goes on through to midnight, so those who want a more unique celebration have the option of gracefully gliding, or tripping, their way into 2019. If ice skating isn’t your thing, you can spend New Year’s Eve on some of the thrilling attractions at the Fun Fair. It’s the one day of the festive period that the fair is open until midnight, and no other city in the UK offers quite the same New Year’s Eve experience. Cardiff is a fantastic city in Wales to visit with your motorhome in general, but especially so during the holidays.

Mountain Ash, Nos Galan Road Race

A motorhome hire for travel in Wales can open up brand-new opportunities for a new year’s eve celebration that you hadn’t ever considered before. Did you know that you have the option of running a 5K road race the evening of New Year’s? Maybe it’s not a conventional choice, but for those of you planning to make a new years resolution pertaining to health or fitness, it’s a great start. The Nos Galan Road Race is held annually within the town on Mountain Ash in South Wales. The 5K race is done in commemoration of the legendary Welsh runner Guto Nyth Bran and attracts hundreds of participants to the small town every year. It was traditionally timed to finish at midnight, but now ends about 21:00, so you can retire to your motorhome afterwards and have a well-earned relaxed midnight celebration.

Fishguard, New Year’s Eve Street Party

It’s fair to say that a huge celebration isn’t for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still some perfect locations in Wales for you to visit with your motorhome hire this New Year’s Eve. Fishguard, a coastal town in Pembrokeshire, hosts a New Year’s Eve party in their town square. You’ll be treated to fireworks, live music and you can participate in a flash mob record attempt. The top UK Bon Jovi tribute act, Wrong Jovi, are headlining the event this year so you can look forward to hearing some of Bon Jovi’s greatest hits to ring in the New Year. Coastal towns are always a great option for those with a motorhome hire, as it means you can take advantage of a quiet beach and the community atmosphere without having to worry about booking a B&B in a location that will have very limited options.

Cwm Gwaun, Hen Galan

For those wanting to stay at home for New Year’s Eve, yet still, have that motorhome hire for a Wales celebration, believe it or not, there is an option for you. The inhabitants of a small wooded valley near Fishguard celebrate New Year’s Eve on the old calendar date of January 13th. In this small community, Hen Galan was traditionally considered to be a bigger holiday than Christmas, so it’s the perfect opportunity if you want an excuse to procrastinate on that new year’s resolution and indulge for a little longer. You can go to The Dyffryn Arms Pub for a drink and a meal or carry out the tradition of Mari Llwyd, a tradition in which a horse’s skull (now usually a wooden effigy) is brought around houses to bring luck in the upcoming year.

To get the most out of the New Year, consider a motorhome hire for an adventure in Wales. Rockin Van’s is thrilled to offer our clients the freedom to travel and create their own tailor-made holiday. For more information, contact us.

Camper Van Hire Scotland For New Year

Camper Van Hire Scotland For New Year

Nowhere celebrates New Year quite like Scotland. Having a Motorhome means that you have the freedom to attend whichever event you want at a discount as you don’t have to pay expensive hotel or travel fees. If you don’t own a Motorhome but still want the experience, it’s alright because Rockin Van’s can offer you the perfect Camper Van hire for your Hogmanay trip. To get you started on some ideas of a place to join in the festivities, here’s a list of some great New Years Eve events around Scotland this year.

Edinburgh, Hogmanay Street Party

You can’t have a list of Hogmanay events without mentioning at least one of the many great events that Edinburgh holds annually. The Street Party is just one of the experiences that you can choose from. There is also; a Ceilidh under the Castle, and a Concert in the Gardens (featuring Franz Ferdinand this year). Come midnight, the one o’clock gun is fired to ring in the New Year, and regardless of what event you’re attending, you’ll be treated to the stunning fireworks display that lights up the skies of Edinburgh every year.

Aberdeen, Hogmanay Live!

Offering a more traditional New Year’s Eve celebration, ‘Hogmanay Live!’ is broadcast live and features more traditional Scottish music and dance. This year features local musician Graham Geddes, and brings a traditional ceilidh that is a more sedate but a no less fun celebration that the whole family can enjoy. Taking your Camper Van to Aberdeen for Hogmanay is also perfect for couples wanting a quieter, more romantic break. For those wanting a more ‘exciting’ experience, Aberdeen does also hosts it’s own street party, complete with live music acts and fireworks.

Stonehaven, Fireballs Parade

If you thought ‘Hogmanay Live!’ was a more traditional do, it has nothing on the Fireballs Parade that Stonehaven offers. Dating back to the 19th century, the Fireball ceremony consists of a number of ‘fireball-swingers’ swinging flaming balls down the high-street accompanied by pipes and drums. It was originally done to cleanse the street of evil spirits for the new year, but now it just looks spectacular. If you’re wanting a more unique trip with your Camper Van hire in Scotland, Stonehaven and the Fireballs Parade isn’t to be missed.

Inverness, Red Hot Highland Fling

Picking up the pace once again is Inverness with its annual Red Hot Highland Fling. It’s the biggest free event in Scotland, so if you’re looking to save some cash to help recover from Christmas while still getting the full Hogmanay experience, it’s ideal. Like Aberdeen, it features more traditional stylings as it’s usual music of choice. However, with this year having been dubbed the year of the young people, this might be set to change. With The Trad Project and Blazin Fiddles playing this year, it is going to be a great show.

Burghead, The Burning of the Clavie

For those who have the time and desire to celebrate Hogmanay twice, Burghead gives you the opportunity with The Burning of the Clavie taking place on January 11th. This date is because back in the 1750s, when the Julian calendar was reformed and the Gregorian calendar was introduced, Burghead decided to make the most of it and have two celebrations instead of getting angry like everyone else. Every January 11th, a barrel full of scarves (the Clavie) is set alight and carried around the town followed by a large crowd. Owning a piece of the burnt Clavie is meant to bring good luck for the coming year. Why? Well, much like many Scottish traditions no one is entirely sure. It’s good for the inner pyromaniac regardless.

So if you’re bored of spending New Years Eve in your house with a handful of relatives, why not explore Scotland and see what it has to offer. We have a Camper Van hire in Scotland for those who don’t own their own but want to take advantage of the festivities this year. Get in contact for more information.