Lancashire revellers are getting ready to party into the New Year – but are they staying in or going out?
According to new research, three-quarters of UK adults expect to welcome in 2016 in from the comfort of either their own home or that of friend or family member.
This year, 37 million people across the UK are opting to celebrate New Year’s Eve at their own or a friend or member of the family’s home
But there are still hordes of party animals seeking a night out around Preston, Lancaster and other major towns and cities.
Post Office Money Home Insurance’s annual New Year’s Eve report says one in four (24 per cent) is set to spend a cosy night in with their partner, while seven per cent will either host or attend a dinner party.
A similar amount will be seeing in the New Year at a house party (seven per cent). One in seven (14 per cent) will opt out of socialising altogether, seeing in the New Year solo.
Those looking to host a dinner are set to spend £116, while those holding a house party will fork out £50. People heading out to a pub, restaurant, or nightclub will spend £96 on average.
Overall, the average spend in the North West works out at £34 – around £70 less than in London.
Rob Clarkson, managing director of Post Office Money Insurance, said: “This year, 37 million people across the UK are opting to celebrate New Year’s Eve at their own or a friend or member of the family’s home.
“That said, for many it will be anything but a ‘quiet night in’.
“People might think staying in will save them money, but in many cases quite the opposite is true, particularly if you’re having friends and family round.
“Celebrating at home isn’t without risks.
“Our research has shown damages can be significantly more than your average night out would cost.
“Any homeowners or renters considering hosting a party should be sure that they are properly covered for accidental damage.”
Preston city centre nightclub Cameo and Vinyl is holding a “Great 1920s Ball”.
A spokesman for Cameo and Vinyl said: “Tickets are selling fast.”
Its sister club Evoque is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a Masquerade Ball.
The Church Street club said: “Our NYE tickers are selling fast!”
Preston’s “Club of the Year” Baluga is also hosting a New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. The club said: “Demand for booths is already high. Get in touch now before it’s too late!
Dominic Leighton, landlord of the Three Mariners in Lancaster, said: “New Year’s Eve is always a massive night for us and this year looks like no exception.”
Reader Lorraine Ashcroft, of Preston, said on Twitter: “Spending ours at the 55th club (Preston) with family, friends, good entertainment,food great beer and cracking atmosphere.”
According to research, the average spend nationwide on New Year’s Eve celebrations is set to be £54 per person, up from last year’s £47.
The biggest spenders are those in their 30s, who expect to spend an average of £84 each, while a thrifty 12 per cent of the population will not spend anything to celebrate seeing in 2016.
Londoners will spend the most, at an average of £110 per person, with those in the North West keeping the tightest rein on their finances, spending significantly less at £34 each.
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