If balls of fire and barrels of flaming tar sound a bit alarming, there are also fun runs, live music and, of course, fireworks in our round-up of the best places for a traditional New Year’s Eve
If you like your celebrations tinged with a bit of derring-do, head for the normally unassuming village of Allendale. Here you’ll find 45 “guisers” – hereditary barrel bearers – doing their bit for pagan tradition by roaming the streets carrying on their heads great whisky barrels filled to the brim with burning tar. The test of strength and courage ends in spectacular fashion as the guisers ceremonially toss their barrels onto the mighty Baal bonfire to welcome in the new year. And they do all it all in fancy dress. Of course.
We had four glorious days before the rain set in and we got stuck in the mud
You’d have thought we’d have realised about the weather after 20 hours of watching the TV show. But somehow the never-ending gloom and near-constant rain of The Killing seemed more an atmospheric effect than a warning that this might not be the most balmy of honeymoon spots. Which is how we came to be barbecuing under an umbrella, in our cagoules, on a Copenhagen campsite.
The cagoules feature in a lot of pictures from our August break. Our wedding present was an old VW campervan, and Scandinavia seemed the ideal place for her first run: not too hot, beautiful landscape and coast, lots of amazing homewares to ogle over, delicious pastries and an excellent supply of obsessed if slightly bungling detectives in nice knitwear.