Whether you’re looking for a romantic way to celebrate 2014 or want a fun night with your kids, Birmingham has you covered – from glitzy parties to high-energy celebrations, there’s plenty here to keep you busy before the clock strikes 12.

For better or for worse, New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year. Bars and restaurants are packed, friends get together and people travel to new cities in search of excitement. Whether you love New Years or think it’s an overrated hassle, it’s not long now until the calendar changes and the year is officially 2014.

If you need something new and exciting to do, check out Birmingham – a little unexpected, perhaps, but this vibrant city offers an affordable option for couples, groups and families and has lots of exciting things to keep you busy as you countdown to midnight. And with our central Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham in the heart of the action, you won’t have to miss a beat.

Need inspiration? Check out our pick of things to see and do in Birmingham for the New Year…

For keeping your options open

If you want to see where the wind takes you, head to Broad Street – known as Birmingham’s Piccadilly Circus, Broad Street is chalk full of options. The street is lined with interesting bars and restaurants and there’s no doubt this is where a lot of the action will take place in the countdown to midnight on December 31st.

For couples

If you’re in search of a romantic venue, Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar & Grill might be just the ticket – this rooftop restaurant and champagne bar on the 25th floor of Birmingham’s iconic Cube building offers the perfect backdrop for wining and dining. The restaurant is offering a delicious set menu and live entertainment, and with two seatings to choose from – 6:30 and 9:30 – you can make this a romantic starter or the fabulous main event at New Year.

For party animals

This year one of the hottest parties in the city is set to be at Birmingham’s Gatecrasher. The nightclub is hosting a huge party that will feature everything from pyrotechnics to fireworks and ice cannons. Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased online in advance – if you’re really feeling adventurous why not splash out and reserve a VIP table for you and your friends?

For families

Finding something family-friendly that kids and parents can both really enjoy is a challenge on New Years, particularly when the emphasis is often on drinking champagne and partying into the early hours. When you’re catering to different age groups, get creative – Birmingham’s Town Hall & Symphony Hall are hosting a special New Years Eve Gala concert and will be playing rousing classics like the Waltz of the Flowers and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The best part? Tickets for children are half price – so you can enjoy a memorable night out without breaking the bank.

What will you do to ring in 2014?