New Year can be another difficult time to navigate if you’re not drinking. We list some of the best things to do at New Year without alcohol, from hiring a hot tub to a Mexican yoga retreat!
Join the ultimate mindful New Year’s Eve night out, SLIP (See Love In People) NYE sober rave, in Haggerston (east London) where you’ll find everything from yoga and vegan food, to house and techno DJs seeing you into 2018 with a bang. Head over to their Facebook page to book. “WeAreOne” are also celebrating in sparkly sober style to see in 2018, so join them in Clapton (also London…) for a blissful night of lasers, lights and lashings of good vibrations – details here.
Retreats for relaxation, yoga and mindfulness
It’s not too late to book a plane ticket out of here! Join Alex Dawson for her “8 days of yoga, adventure and inspiration in paradise.” This yoga retreat in Mexico runs from 30th December to 6th January and is the best way to start 2018. If that’s a little extravagant for you then head to Cornwall for Existential Bliss’ Conscious Gathering, for a booze-free night of dancing, relaxing, raw chocolate and smoothies.
Spas to switch-off
You don’t need champagne to provide your bubbles fix. Why not lounge in a hot tub with your nearest and dearest? Hit up a local spa for some pampering – there’s heaps of deals all over the UK here.
If you like magic, lanterns and festivals, then you should probably check out the Magical Lantern Festival – being hosted in various location across the UK. Vibrant sculptures and larger-than-life lanterns make for a truly great evening out – and the event shuts at 10pm, giving you plenty of time to make it home before the craziness and get settled with your favourite alcohol-free alternative. If you’re on a budget then remember that there are usually lots of FREE spots around where you can view any local fireworks. The London Fireworks at the London Eye, for example, can be viewed from many spots along the river, such as Vauxhall – so you can gather your pals, wrap up warm and take a picnic.
Glitz ‘n’ Mystery
If you still want to party, but you’re not interested in the usual techno offerings – then check out one of Cosy Club’s many 1920’s Gatsby Gladrags-themed New Year’s offerings across the country – they have canapes on arrival, a four-course meal and great alcohol-free drinks options so just sack off the Prosecco toast at midnight. If you’re a fan of a bit of murder mystery then head to Exeter for “Black Day at Blackhawton Manor” for their 1930’s themed murder mystery evening with a lavish four-course meal and live jazz band – again, just ignore the glass of prosecco at midnight.
If you’re in Edinburgh then head to Hanam’s restaurant where you’ll experience delicious food AND the best alcohol-free drinks menu you could wish for.
If you’d rather listen to someone repeatedly scraping their nails down a blackboard than step out into the big bad world on New Year’s Eve, then you can recreate a few of these ideas in your own home: such as hosting your own Murder Mystery night, hosting your own fireworks, hosting your own spa retreat by stocking up on essential oils, relaxing music and even hiring a hot tub. This way you can stock up on drinks, make sure you’re surrounded by your favourite people (or alone) and do whatever you like.
And don’t forget Laura’s New Year’s Eve webinar, live on our Facebook group or watch the recording here later.