Celebrated on the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese New Year will begin on the 16th of February 2018 and will start a celebration of the Year of the Dog. There will be colourful celebrations for Chinese New Year taking place across Britain. You can wear red and jade for luck.
Taste Chinese delicacies in London
Celebrate Chinese New Year 2018 in London on 18 February during the free annual event across London Chinatown and the West End. Join in the colourful Chinese parade that dances its way through the West End before heading over to Trafalgar Square where you can see stage performances, dance troupes, acrobats, dragon and flying lion dances, opera and martial art acts. The Chinese New Year ends with a grand finale of fireworks and a spectacular show. Make sure to stop by at Chinatown where you can sample traditional delicacies at an abundance of restaurants and pop-up food stands. Chinatown is closest to Leicester Square station.
Mark the end of Chinese New Year in Durham
On 24 February 2018, join Durham University Oriental Museum for their unique late night opening to mark the end of Chinese New Year and the Lunar New Year Lantern Festival. For one night only, visitors can see the museum lit by lanterns, enjoy traditional craft, and listen to stories. Even better, the event is free for children under two, and just £2 for all other visitors, and the first 100 children receive a free lantern. This event is held between 18.00 to 20.00.. The Oriental Museum is just a few minutes’ drive from Durham city centre.
Celebrate Chinese New Year in Manchester
Manchester has one of the oldest and largest Chinese communities in the UK, with a fabulous corner of the city dedicated to Chinese culture and food. The city has prepared a number of celebrations for 2018 that will culminate on Sunday 18 February with the stunning dragon parade, accompanied by traditional lion dancing, martial arts displays, food stalls, a funfair with over 20 rides on Charlotte Street, and a huge fireworks display at 18.00.
Find the Spirit of the Orient on the Isle of Wight
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a fusion of sound, vibrant colours and illuminations at electric woods Spirit of the Orient. Electric Woods is held at Robin Hill Country Park just outside of Newport on the Isle of Wight. You can expect plenty of ambient entertainment, interactive lantern parades and traditional lion dancing. The festival is held 10 February – 25 February 2018.
This festival is also a contemporary take on Chinese cuisine in the woodlands, including deliciously tempting hot meals and tasty snacks. There is a bar too for those looking for a winter warming beverage or tipple.
Chinese New Year Concert, Edinburgh
Head to Edinburgh and explore an exciting programme of 2018 Edinburgh Official Chinese New Year Concert. The event will bring a variety of performances: the heartstrings of Guzheng, flute virtuoso, Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra and a number of western classical and traditional Chinese musicians from China, including the winner of Riccardo Zamboni 2010, Tenor Han Peng, Chen Yehui and Scottish Chinese Musician Daniel Shao. This is held on 22 February 2018 19.30 – 22..00.