Dig out that dinosaur costume and head down to the quay in Bideford, where you’ll join crowds of fancy dressed revellers in their hundreds. There’s always a fantastic atmosphere throughout the town on New Year’s Eve and the outside road show starts at 6pm to make sure everyone gets into the spirit of the event well before it’s time to gather and cheer in the new year.
As the clock strikes midnight everyone makes their way to St Mary’s church to listen to the bells chime the hour, and just as they do the fireworks display gets started and lights up the skies. The town’s most recognisable landmark is the Long Bridge that dates all the way back to the 13th century, and revellers used to try and run the length of it before the bells stopped ringing but these days they’re content to just open the bubbly and enjoy the fireworks.
Seeing the new year in in Bideford has become one of Devon’s most popular ways to mark the event, and the town was even voted third in a Guardian poll of New Year’s Eve destinations.