So you’re booked, you know the meeting place and time and you’re mentally prepared for the best New Year’s Eve of your life. Here’s some general information about your Stoke Travel Hogmanay trip to make sure you get the most out of the experience.


We’ve got our own train, it’s all ours. The only people on the train will be your fellow Stoke Travel Hogmananiers. This means that we’re not bound by all the rules of regular train travel.

  • Tickets will be allocated at check in, so if you want to ride with your pals make sure you check in with them.
  • There will be charging sockets on the train for your phones. We don’t recommend that you bring your laptops or tablets, because why the bloody hell would you?
  • There are toilets on the train. So break the seal/eat a curry. We got you.
  • Food and drinks are available on the train. We’re providing breakfast at check in, but an extra lining of the gut never hurt anybody.
  • The train is also BYO, meaning we don’t mind if you turn up with your own booze. The more the merrier (we’ll all be). Beers, wines, spirits, you name it, just don’t peak too early. We will also give you a bottle of Prosecco each for the ride up, so factor that in.


  • When we arrive we go straight to Black Market, our Edinburgh exclusive venue (right next door to the station). There will be pre-street party snacks waiting for you.
  • Winter carnival by the street-party entrance — carnival rides, food stands, mulled wine/cider, something for them to do before the street party – if you don’t want to stay at the venue.
  • Check out Edinburgh Castle and be a bit of a tourist before the street party starts.
  • See our Edinburgh guide for more ideas about the Scottish capital.


  • We’ll give you your official Hogmanay street party tickets at check in. Then they’re your responsibility, so try really, really hard not to lose them.
  • The street party officially starts at 7pm and finishes at 1am, giving you a full 59 minutes and 59 seconds to secure some New Year snogs.
  • There are four street-party stages with DJs and live music. Screens will also be around so you can stay connected to the party even if you are trapped in the crowd.
  • Bars and clubs also line the street party so you can go in and buy drinks or chill in there if the weather is too cold for you.
  • There is no accommodation, this is a 24 hour trip so you’ll be expected to party for 24 hours. The train back to London leaves Edinburgh at 4:30am on the 1st of January, so you can sleep then.
  • You won’t need your passport as we’re not leaving the UK, but do bring some ID for buying drinks — especially the more baby-faced among us.
  • Check out our Hogmanay guide for more general information about the night.


  • 07:30: Check in opens at Lost Rivers, Elephant, our London venue – get your train ticket, festival wristband, breakfast voucher.
  • 8:30: Check in closes. Guides will start taking groups to the train. Guides to give out prosecco and flutes as each group leaves for the train.
  • 08:30 — 09:30: If you have used a promo code you will get one hour of free drinks between this time.
  • 09:30: Everyone leaves London venue and heads to Kings Cross St Pancras.
  • 10:00 — 10:30: Stoke Travel guides will show you to your seat on the train (stay here for departure and then feel free to move around the train).
  • 11:00: Train departs London Kings Cross Station
  • 15:00: Arrive in Edinburgh, go straight to venue
  • 19:00: Street party starts
  • 21:00: First Fireworks display, will go every hour until midnight
  • 22:00: Security will stop letting people into street party
  • 24:00: Midnight Magic Show
  • 01:00: Street Party closes – head back to venue
  • 03:30: After Party finishes, customers head back to train.
  • 04:30: Train departs Edinburgh
  • 08:30: Arrive back in London

Want more information?

Make sure that you join the Hogmanay Facebook event and group where we update information and a place for you to ask us questions.

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Hogmanay is in Edinburgh, Scotland, and we’re going to get there by train from London, England. A private train. Just for us. Can you even imagine how much fun that’s going to be?

But before we board the party train we’re going to meet, and check you in, and give you a chance to meet your fellow Hogmananiers and decide who you want to sit next to, etc.


We’re meeting at 8AM, yep eight in the morning, at the Lost Rivers Elephant. Know it? It’s an entertainment space made from shipping containers just down from Elephant and Castle station. Don’t be late, we’re a big group and we don’t want to leave without you.

Here’s the address:

Lost Rivers Elephant

Elephant Road

Elephant and Castle



And here’s the location on Google Maps

Click on it to load it up on your device.


When you check in we’ll be giving you your train ticket, street-party  wristband, and a breakfast to start the trip right. If you added booze to your trip you’ll also receive this here.

Check in closes at 9am.
From there we’ll make our way to Kings Cross station to board the private party train to Edinburgh. We’ll have guides at the station to make everything easier, guide you to the right carriage/seat, offer words of encouragement, and so on.

Train leaves at 10am, so settle in and get the party started.


Lost Rivers Elephant is right in the heart of Elephant and Castle, on Elephant Road beside Elephant and Castle overland station.

FROM ELEPHANT AND CASTLE TUBE STATION: walk down Old Kent Road for about 100 meters and take a right onto Elephant Road. Once you pass the overland station Lost Rivers Elephant will be there on your right.

REMEMBER: you’ll be given your seat allocation on the morning, so make sure you check in with all the friends you would like to sit with.

And that’s it! Get yourself to Lost Rivers Elephant at 8am on the 31st of December and we’ll get you to Edinburgh and back. For more general trip information, click through to here.

Want more information?

Well, make sure that you join the Hogmanay Facebook event and group where we update information and a place for you to ask us questions.

Or check out our Edinburgh destination guide, and

Our Hogmanay event guide.

See you soon!

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Hudson Ritchie Road-Surf trip por California.

Bonito roadtrip-surftrip de uno de los nuevos valores del surf Californiano HUDSON RITCHIE  Film / Edit – Cory Gehr Song – Housebroken Man by Quiet Life feat. Cary Ann Hearst http://boltfinslongboard.bigcartel.com/
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And if your wedding party is bigger than 15 people we’ll throw in the ceremony for free!


BARCELONA, SPAIN. Following a resounding victory for the blatantly obvious in Australia’s harmful same-sex marriage plebiscite, Stoke Travel has announced that they would be adding LGBT marriages in 2018.

“The people have spoken and the time is right,” said a wild-eyed Stoke Travel employee while vigorously fingering his money pouch, “I mean, it’s about human rights and decency, and also about throwing a big party. Those gays are pretty well off, aren’t they? And they love a celebration.”

While offering safe spaces for travellers to be whoever they want to be, Stoke Travel has always struggled to attract a significant portion of the gay market, sometimes being more of a bogan, or “frat boy” option. Well, as of 2018, that should be a thing of the past.

“Here’s what I’m seeing. Big pink marquees, feather boas, champagne. Drag queens as wedding singers. Platters going around covered in hors d’oeuvres and party drugs. We’ll provide the whole service, from picking you up at the airport in one of our vans, to giving the happy couple our finet tent to consummate the marriage. How much are those big tubs of lube, the pump action ones? We’ll even throw one of those in, why not.”

Stoke Travel has long prided itself on being a more inclusive travel company and is glad that another developed nation has finally pulled its finger out and given people the legal right to put their finger in, a wedding ring.

“I mean, the plebiscite was just a bloody waste of time and money, wasn’t it, who gives a fuck who marries who, and what a distraction it’s been from actually bloody running the country, but it’s good to know that the majority of Australians aren’t backwards, mouth-breathing, god bothering troglodytes like some of us have always suspected. Good on you for going the long way about doing what the bloody conservative Catholic Spanish have had since 2005.”

When pressed on whether gay marriage would mean people would now be able to marry their pets, cousins or favourite fire hydrants, the Stoke spokesman was optimistic.

“Wouldn’t that be friggen great! Imagine all the happy people and all their happy wedding money if we could marry whatever person, animal, or inanimate object we wanted. I mean, ever since gay marriage was legalised in Spain the only thing that’s happened is that gays of got married, but I imagine a bright future where Stoke Travel can profit off all kinds of marriages.

“But for now, to all the gays, lesbians, transexuals, queers, to anybody who wants to get married, we’ll be hosting non-binding* gay marriages next year, and if bring along a big enough group for the party we’ll throw in the boring part of the ceremony for free. You’ll be paying for the fun party, obviously, because that’s where all the money is to be made.”

When asked if Stoke Travel was seeking on profiting on people being given a basic human right a long time after it should have been given, our source was unapologetic.

“Wedding’s, mate, they’re a license to print money, gay weddings more so. If we’re profiting off people’s happiness, then so be it”.


* Given that Stoke Travel has no right to officiate anything other than the biggest and best festivals in Europe, all marriages, same sex or otherwise, will be symbolic and a waste of your money. Congratulations on finally doing the right thing, Australia.


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Pink Jungle. Makala H. Smith, Karina Rozunko & Lola Mignot. California

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Good! Here’s a small collection of media and information about Hogmanay and Edinburgh from around the web and elsewhere, because knowledge is power and power is sexy and sexy is what you will want to be this New Year’s Eve with Stoke Travel.

Must watch: Trainspotting. The first one, because while the second one is alright, the first one is a cult classic and while it might not make you want to go to Edinburgh, it will surely entertain the heck out of you. A story of drugs, losers, addiction, crime and violence, done in a way that’s funny and sad at the same time. Absolutely amazing movie.

Must read: also Trainspotting. Seriously, check out Trainspotting, it’s by Irvine Welsh, or if you’ve had enough of Trainspotting, then read The Acid House, also by Mr Welsh, written in his trademark Scottish dialogue, and goes deeper into the drug addicts of Edinburgh in an often very bizarre way. Filth is another Irvine Welsh novel set in Edinburgh and this one follows a disgusting corrupt cop around the city, again painting a wonderful picture of the people here.

They also say that Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde was not only inspired by an Edinburgh local, but actual set there too instead of London, as it claims to be. We’re happy to believe that, as after a big night at Hogmanay with us you’re likely to be a reasonable approximation of the main protagonists. Plural intended.

Hogmanay blogs: there are a bunch out there, but we found this one to be easy to read, and this video won’t make your eyes bleed and does give a good impression of what’s going on.

Of course Stoke Travel have written extensively on Hogmanay and New Year’s Eve in general. We’ve got:

We hope this little reading list helps you prepare for your New Year in Edinburgh with us. Hogmanay is going to be a hoot and we’re just so chuffed that you’ve decided to join us. Now go and read about sex and drugs and prepare for a nice, tame, morally sound party experience with Stoke Travel in the Scottish capital.

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New Year’s Eve generally sucks, too many novices out to party and ruining the fun for real raging professionals. The exception is Edinburgh’s Hogmanay, an absolute belter of a party in the Scottish capital that neatly combines tradition with wild party antics.

What is Hogmanay?

Hogmanay literally means New Year’s Eve in Scottish. The tradition goes back centuries, taking influence from the Vikings who once inhabited here and their propensity to rage over the winter solstice, and elements of ancient Gaelic traditions. It’s such a big deal because celebrating Christmas was banned in Edinburgh by the protestants — it wasn’t even made a holiday until 1958 — so the fun-loving Scots were forced to go all out when ringing in the New Year.

Where is Hogmanay?

Hogmanay is all over Scotland, but the biggest and best is in Edinburgh. The city comes alive, with stages set up all over featuring international and local musical acts, street parades and fireworks from Edinburgh Castle.

When is Hogmanay?

New Year’s Eve, dummy, but does spread over a few days. We find that it’s not worth three days of your time, so we opt to shoot up from London for a 24-hour madness trip.  Get in, party our kilts off, get out.

Hogmanay traditions

It starts with a torch parade that winds through Edinburgh, led by real-life Vikings! Or at least Scottish guys dressed as them. After that the street party is the place to be, then the traditional linking of the arms and singing (read: drunken slurring) of Auld Lang Syne. After that the locals will hope that the first person to enter their house in the New Year will be a tall, dark man, preferably bearing gifts of coal. This is known as first footing. Then there’s more drinking, in the streets and in bars and clubs, before the sun rises on New Year’s Day and a bunch of literal crazy people go and take a dip in the fucking freezing water in a tradition known as the Loony Dook.

Hogmanay events

The street party is the main event, with stages set up all over the city featuring local and international acts, traditional Scottish dances, and the fireworks spectacular.

Hogmanay tickets

You’ve got to buy tickets for the street party, but of course they’re included in Stoke Travel’s Hogmanay New Year’s trip, along with private party train travel from London and back. Given that accommodation is so expensive and full over Hogmanay we like to get in, get the partying done, and then vegetate on the train on the way home.

It’s really the only way to have a great New Year’s Eve — to get away from the maddening crowds of party plebs and go to where the locals are pros at partying on the last day of the year. Hogmanay is a cultural event steeped in tradition, and a damn good way to ring in the New Year buckwild surrounded by people apparently speaking your language but doing so in an indecipherable way.

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Longskate en el QUASIMOTO BURRIANA 2017

Otro de los reclamos del Quasimoto en Burriana, es la multitudinaria expresion sesion de longskate y este año también de skate. Remarcar, que tanto la expresion sesion, como la emotiva marcha por Burriana sobre patines, fue todo en honor del fallecido artesano de longskates, Carlos ‘LongRodriguez’. Como veis, la gente se reúne y abarrota en […]
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Stoke’s Guide To New Year’s Resolutions

What do you think about New Year’s resolutions? Are you in the it’s the thought that counts camp, seeing them as harmless attempts at bettering ourselves that can be discarded without feeling too much guilt? Or do you feel like you are nothing without your word and see the resolution as an insoluble pact made with the universe that must be adhered to at all costs lest you be not necessarily mad, but definitely disappointed in yourself…

Stoke Travel runs the dangerous balancing game of being spiritually flaky and all for ditching resolutions at the soonest possible convenience, changing plans, generally flip-flopping through life, but also being a literal company and therefore required to go through with everything that we throw out there.
So we’re going to roll like this. We’ll encourage you to change plans and ditch resolutions willy nilly, while we make unbreakable pinky-promise blood-pacts and stick with them NO. MATTER. WHAT. So, what’s your New Year’s resolution?

Giving up a vice

If it’s like heroin or something, then yeah, by all means give it the fuck up. Put that needle down RIGHT NOW, actually. Don’t wait for the New Year. But if we’re talking about booze, party drugs, even dirty cigs, maybe don’t go for the full cold-roast turkey approach and maybe just make a resolution to make more mature choices when engaging with your vices. Like, don’t quite booze altogether, because yawn, but also maybe don’t put rum in your morning coffee. Don’t ditch porn outright, but probably don’t watch it on the train. Resolve to be moderate, not abstinent, because like the wise guys always say, it’s best to be moderate in everything, including moderation itself.

Shaking some extra kgs/getting fit

Ok, so this one is pretty straight forward. It’s nice and it’s healthy for you to want to look as hot as possible. Literally nothing bad has ever come from young people being obsessed with looks and body image. But check this out, if you’re under 40 you’re super hot to most people. Literally everybody older than you wants to be as fresh and supple as you are and everyone younger than you is envious of your freedom to eat ice cream for dinner if you want to. So weigh up your options. Will shedding the pounds make you feel sexier in the nude? And is this worth giving up everything that makes life pleasurable when clothed? If you eat dinner naked then hats, and pants, off to you.

Getting your life in order

Some of the most interesting people we know are staring down the barrel of middle age and are still unsure of what to do with their lives. This makes us sad, because they work with us and you’d really wish they saw us as a stable, long-term career choice. In any case, wanting to put all of your ducks in a row is a noble endeavour, but that doesn’t really account for the nature of ducks! Have you ever known them to sit still, let alone form an orderly queue? Nope, ducks are erratic, like our lives should be, so instead of trying to get your life in order, why don’t you resolve to embrace the chaos, to let life take you wherever the heck it wants, to loosen your seatbelt and let the crazy roller coaster of existence fling you about the carriage. Why don’t you make a resolution to get your life in disorder? Eat some worms, fly south for the winter. Now there’s a New Year’s resolution we can get behind.

Get yo’self a boyf/girlf/bowf

Now while we’re big advocates of singledom and strings-free one-night stands, we’ve got to admit that up here in the northern hemisphere the prospect of having someone to hug at night and also make sweet humping with whenever you please sounds pretty pleasant to us. Winter time is the perfect time to lock someone down and then proceed to let it all go. Let the hair grow and the belly flow, let the comfort clothing creep in and may your meals be relentlessly hearty. Get yourself something to give you warmth through the cold nights, someone who inspires you to increase the frequency of your bedroom workouts, and then kick them to the curb come summertime, once the springtime sun has touched up your moon tan and the pre-summer partying has eaten away at the cold-weather chub. BUT, making this a New Year’s resolution is insane, and you know why? Have you even seen yourself on New Year’s Day? Coming out of the club looking like Gollum, curled up on the couch vowing to never drink again while up to your elbow in a bag of Doritos. Partying at a dayclub with eyes like deep-space dinner plates and a jaw that’s threatening to fly off and land itself in a new postcode. This is not the time to be out looking for a new lover. Fucken clean yourself up, have a wash, a nap, let the toxins make their way out of your peepee, change your clothes and for heck’s sake scrub those club stamps off your wrists. Then, and only then, do you have any business stepping out and taking yourself a temporary partner.

Making the train home

Finally a New Year’s resolution that we can get behind. New Year, new you making the gollydamn train home! What train? Stoke Travel’s very own recovery train, leaving from Edinburgh and rolling into London town. What are we talking about? Our New Year’s Eve Hogmanay blow out bonanza! The best way to do New Year’s, the most time and cost effective, maximum bang, minimum buck, what a blast, you’re going to love it. Have you booked a ticket yet? You’d best be doing that, because she’s just around the corner.

New resolutions, who dis?


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Un magnífico día de surf, no recuerdo donde…

Recuerdo ese día a la perfección. Es uno de esos días que se alinean los astros´, las olas, el entorno, todo es perfecto.Se quedará en mi retina para siempre. Un spot poco convencional, por su acceso, su camino hasta el pico, incluso la ola era diferente a las que acostumbramos a coger en nuestras playas […]
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