New Year’s Theatre Breaks
It’s that time again, and Christmas is coming. But never mind, it will soon be all over – yay! But what are you doing for New Year’s? If you don’t plan anything you can end up staying in and watching Jools Holland and friends only half pretending it’s New Year’s Eve when it’s really December 9th. I’ve done that enough times for one life, and each time it gets more and more sad. The answer I’m proposing is to book a New Year’s Theatre Break and spend the better half of the seasonal festivities in London, doing exactly what you enjoy, consuming what you really prefer to consume, with the music of your choice rather than somebody else’s selection of everything.
Your West End Musicals selection includes Billy Elliot, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, Matilda The Musical, Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages, Singin’ in the Rain, The Lion King, Top Hat,War Horse, We Will Rock You and Wicked.
By choosing a show from the list, you can decide which songs are going to be running around in your head when you wake up and surface some time in January. You’ll be in a nice comfortable hotel room, NOT surrounded by all the stuff you never got around to sorting out over the past 12 months. No, let’s get away from all that. Leave it all at home and spend a two or three day New Year’s break in London where nobody knows your name, and to be honest, nobody cares what you get up to.
There isn’t a whole lot of time to think about it though, because there are limited dates and limited shows and hotel spaces, the New Year’s packages do tend to sell out earlier than other deals, so don’t leave it too long and risk being disappointed. If Les Miserables has sold out, you may have to go and see The Jersey Boys again, which is fine if you like that kind of thing, and some people certainly do. The point is, the earlier you make up your mind to go for it, the wider the choices, although it’s still worth checking quite late in the day just in case your preferences are still represented in the availability options.
Take the Train
Travel is not a problem. Theatre breaks are bookable with rail, coach, self drive or even air flights included. Admittedly, the flights are only going to be of interest if you live in the far North of England, Scotland of Northern Ireland but it’s nice to know that you can do that from those places. Everybody in the UK must live not further than a short journey by road from one of the mainline railway stations, and all tracks lead to one of the main railway terminus stations in London. When you arrive at St Pancras, Victoria, Paddington, Kings Cross, Euston, Waterloo or Liverpool Street (I’m deliberately ignoring Cannon St, Marylebone and Fenchurch St) it’s only a few stops on the tube or a Taxi ride to your central London hotel, and from there to the West End theatre similarly. Did you know that on New Year’s Eve the public transport in London is free after midnight until the next morning so that everybody can get home OK? I would avoid Trafalgar Square and all the nonsense that goes on there if I were you, but that’s your call.
New Year’s Theatre Breaks by Coach
You could alternatively board a luxury express coach from one of the large number of pickup points, dotted all over the national road network, aligned with each of the major population centres and motorway convergence points. Go and have a look at where your nearest coach pickup point might be, I think you’ll be surprised. But going by coach isn’t just a transport option, it’s also a theatre breaks style choice, and this is the part that comes into play particularly strongly for the New Year’s holidays. The special coach breaks take into account the festivities around New Year’s Eve and make sure you get to the party, to the dinner, to the show – everything in the right place at the right time so you can be in whatever state of mind you like to enjoy without having to worry about a single thing. Just book your New Year’s theatre breaks and get yourself to the start – then allow it all to happen to you. How does that sound? If not your bag, then the boring option is to book self drive, and sort out the transport yourself. Horses for courses, no skin off my noses, just fill out the booking form before it all closes. Um… Music!