Free prosecco and ‘massive’ marquee planned for Exmouth New Year’s Eve Party

PUBLISHED: 15:53 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:03 24 October 2018

New Year's Eve in Exmouth 2017.

New Year's Eve in Exmouth 2017.

©2017 Matt Round Photography

After the town’s carnival was cancelled this year and the Christmas Cracker event was discontinued the organisers want to put Exmouth back on the map.

The event starts at 8pm on New Year's Eve. Picture: Contributed.The event starts at 8pm on New Year's Eve. Picture: Contributed.

A New Year’s Eve fancy dress party featuring live music and food is in the final planning stages in Exmouth.

The event, being organised by two of the town’s pub landlords, will take place in a ‘massive town centre marquee’ on The Strand and guests will be given a free glass of prosecco if they arrive before 8.30pm.

Live music will be provided by highly energetic new wave reggae/dub band The Barefoot Bandit and a DJ playing funk and soul.

According to Spoken landlord George Nightingale the event is in its final planning stages and will soon be fully confirmed.

New Year's Eve in Exmouth 2017. Spoken
 - Ben Wallington.New Year's Eve in Exmouth 2017. Spoken - Ben Wallington.

“We’re trying to rejuvenate Exmouth, historically the town was always one of the top places in the country to see in the New Year,” said George.

“That reputation has declined in recent years but we’re hoping to change that.”

Every year Exmouth turns into one big fancy dress party to ring in the New Year, anyone who’s not in fancy dress is the odd one out.

The event has faced criticism on social media, with some Facebook users expressing concerns that they will have to pay to enter the town centre.

“A lot of people think we’re taking over The Strand, we’re not,” said George.

“There will be plenty of room for people to enjoy New Year’s Eve without attending our event but obviously we hope they do check out the marquee.

“This isn’t about us, we’re desperate to get Exmouth back as a destination to have a good time, and we really want to get the town buzzing again.”

He added: “We’ve lost the carnival and the Christmas cracker so the town needs something. The fireworks are wonderful but it’s clear the council does not have the budget for an event like this so we’ve stepped up.”

The party is scheduled to start at 8pm on December 31 and end at 1am on New Year’s Eve.

Tickets cost £10 and are available from Spoken and The Grapevine, tickets on the door cost £15.

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