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New Year things to do across Kent on New Year's Eve ad New Year's Day 2019

Looking for somewhere to countdown to the New Year, whether you want to be home in time for midnight or partying into the small hours? Here's some ideas to help you see out 2019 and see the New Year in.

Dreamland is hosting a New Year's Eve bash at its Hall by the Sea.

Chase & Status will perform
Chase & Status will perform

Drum and bass pair Chase & Status will be at the Margate attraction on Tuesday, December 31, with support from K Motionz, DJ Fly & MC Smokie. Their date is the first in a series of Neon Nights at the attraction in 2020, which include Mike Skinner, DJ Spoony and Faithless’ own Sister Bliss. First and second release tickets for Chase & Status are sold out but general admission at £35.75 plus a booking fee, are still available. Book here.

It'll be disco time at Canterbury's Westgate Hall on New Year's Eve when Uncle Funk & The Boogie Wonderband bring disco biggest floor-fillers.

Regular performers at major festivals, the group’s flamboyant shows have slick choreography and super 70s outfits.

Having already played two sold-out shows in Herne Bay earlier this year, the group’s lead guitarist and Canterbury resident Flash Jackson said: “We are so excited to bring our New Year’s Eve party to Canterbury for the first time. We’ve wanted to play a New Year’s Eve party gig for a while but had never been able to find the right venue until now.”

Uncle Funk and the Boogie Wonderland
Uncle Funk and the Boogie Wonderland

Disco-themed fancy dress is deeply encouraged, and dancing shoes compulsory. Support comes from DJ Lab Rat's Super Sounds of The 70s.

Tickets cost £30 and are available from festooneventsltd.co.uk

Need a hug this New Year? Then head to Tunbridge Wells where the popular Hug-Many is back on New Year's Eve for a sixth year, on The Pantiles, starting at 7pm and going through to 12.30am.

There will be live music from funk band Oomphf, as well as DJ SimonP, a piper, and fireworks, plus a countdown clock. The event raises funds for local charities including Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre, Trinity Theatre and Nourish Community Foodbank. Tickets are a donation of £10 per adult plus a 50p fee to cover PayPal costs. There is no charge under 12s, but donations for under 16s are welcomed.

Book at hug-many.co.uk

Time for a hug on The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells
Time for a hug on The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells

Want some fancy dress ideas? Click here to see the popular ones this year.

Disco classics, 90s music and 00s dance tunes will all be playing at the Back to Classics New Year's Eve party night at Source Bar in Maidstone.

The over 18s night runs from 8pm to 6am on New Year's Day. Find out more and book here.

Party into the New Year
Party into the New Year

The Spitfire pub in Kings Hill will be putting on live music to party into the New Year.

The New Year's Eve event runs from 7.30pm to 12.30am and is for over 18s. It will feature music from ska and pop band Avanzi. Book tickets at £25 here.

Raise a glass to the New Year
Raise a glass to the New Year

Wrap up warm and take a spin on the ice on New Year's Day with these rinks that are open:

Canterbury on Ice - Dane John Gardens: will have its last day on New Year's Day and is open with sessions are available from 10am to 8pm on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Book here.

Skate at Bluewater: The outdoor ice rink next to the lakes at The Village, which has a clear roof is open until Sunday, January 5 and has sessions on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Book tickets and a session by clicking here.

Grab a last chance to go ice skating
Grab a last chance to go ice skating

SKATE Tunbridge Wells, Calverley Grounds: This year there are two ice rinks, one of which is for two to four-year-olds and has Bavarian curling in the evenings. The attraction is open until Sunday, January 5 and has sessions on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, with the last skating session at 6pm. Book here.

White Cliffs Christmas Spectacular, Dover: The undercover rink at Cruise Terminal One at Dover Western Docks is back for a fourth year and has its last day on New Year's Day. Book your New Year's Eve or New Year's Day session by clicking here.

And when the partying's over...

Banish that hangover, with a New Year's Day dip. The Queen's Head Ramsgate New Year's Day dip will be at noon, meeting at the Queen's Head at 11am. There will be hot soup, and a medal for every dipper. The event raises funds for Ronald McDonald Houses. Find out more at the Facebook page and pick up a sponsor form from behind the bar.

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