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BEST PLACES TO CELEBRATE ST PATRICK’S DAY IN THE UK

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Missed a St Patrick’s Day parade at the weekend? You’re not too late! The annual celebration of all things Irish kicks off for real tonight, and the redspottedhanky.com community will be celebrating in style. If you’re not sure where to go, have a look at our top picks for festivities in the UK. There are family friendly parades, traditional jigs and beery celebrations to be had from London to Manchester. Ceid mile failte…

Newcastle, various locations

The Toon loves a party, and Newcastle’s celebrations for St Patrick’s Day traditionally pull out all the stops! 2015 is no exception, with a parade in Eldon Square on March 17 followed by multiple parties in the city centre on Tuesday night. There’s even an island-style St Patrick’s bash at Florita’s Miami Bar and Tropical Garden (Collingwood Street). Expect hipsters in Guinness hats and much merriment!

Newcastle’s celebrations carry on until Saturday March 22, when a family ceilidh in the Great Hall of the Discovery Museum in Blandford Square. In between reels, check out the craft stalls and pop-up cafes.

The Shard, London – St Patrick’s Day Silent Disco

The coolest St Patrick’s Day festivities in the UK are taking place on March 17, in The View From the Shard, London’s highest and hottest meeting spot. Plug yourself in to complimentary headphones and groove the night away to a selection of banging tracks from the Shard’s resident “silent DJs”, who’ll be beaming their sets straight into your ears! Bop to hefty electro and house as well as plenty of traditional Irish party music.

Silent Disco ticket price includes a glass of Irish whisky with ginger ale and fresh lime – and as it’s St Patrick’s Day, the friendly folk behind the bar are offering one free refill per guest. Cheers!

Nottingham – Forest Recreation Ground and City Centre

Nottingham’s annual St Patrick’s Day parade warms up on March 17 with a full day of live music in Forest Recreation Ground, before taking to Mansfield road for a rowdy march into the city centre. There’ll be Irish dancing, ceilidh bands and jazz bands, before a huge collection of marching bands break out the batons and twirl their way to Market Square. Celebrations are free.

Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema is also playing classic Irish movies on March 18 and 19.

The Toucan Pub, Soho, London

The Toucan revels in its reputation as the best place to get a Guinness in the capital. It’s a tiny two-floor establishment filled to the brim with Guinness memorabilia and thirsty city types, so expect to drink your beer on the pavement! That said, its St Patrick’s Day celebrations are legendary and its Soho location makes it the perfect place to start an evening of craic-themed merriment. Watch out for the absinthe and Guinness cocktails!

Fred’s Ale House, Levenshulme, Manchester – St Patrick’s Night Hooley

What do you get if you put real ale, an art gallery and an indie folk band in the same building? Fred’s Ale House and its legendary St Patrick’s Night Hooley! Quaff the beer, admire the pictures and dance yourself Irish to the bodhran-beating foursome of Juliet Rises. You can also quell rumbling tums with specially created Steak and Guinness Shamrock pies.

For a more family oriented ceilidh, head to the Chorlton Irish Club, which is hosting a day of kid-friendly fun and an evening of traditional dancing.

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