Continued from 2020
Hotel Indigo Bath
10 September 2020
Located in the heart of the historic city of Bath, on the elegant South Parade, the honey-coloured Georgian exterior of Hotel Indigo Bath is a delightful introduction to the comfort and luxury inside. Featuring stylish décor with a traditional twist and designed around five themes ranging from gardens to literary hideaways, the 166 bedrooms come complete with Egyptian cotton linen, Nespresso machines and spa-inspired bathrooms. Other facilities include a gym, a bar and the Elder Restaurant, an opulent dining establishment that prides itself on its ‘field to fork’ philosophy. There is also the option to stay at the The Private House, a luxurious eight bedroom Georgian accommodation featuring en suites, a private dining room, lounge and courtyard.
Champneys spa at Mottram Hall, Cheshire
Luxury spa brand Champneys has unveiled Mottram Hall, its first luxurious spa venue in the north of England. Part of a £15m revamp of the country house hotel, the £10m spa features all the luxury visitors would expect from the world-renowned brand. The perfect way to unwind after a day at the hotel’s championship golf course, highlights include a 20-metre swimming pool with private cabanas, a thermal suite with steam room, saunas and experience showers, treatments by Clarins and Elemis, activity studios, a gym, a restaurant and café, not to mention the first Champneys barbershop in the UK.
The Libertines’ Albion Rooms guest house and restaurant, Kent
Owned and developed by rock band The Libertines, The Albion Rooms is set in a five-storey Victorian building overlooking Margate’s bandstand and the sea. Its new design emphasises Margate’s strong artistic heritage – and future. Featuring seven individually decorated guest bedrooms designed with input from the band, the venue also boasts a recording studio, for use by The Libertines and other artists, a restaurant and The Waste Land bar. Named in honour of the TS Eliot poem, which is linked to Margate, the bar will host poetry and live music performances in addition to art exhibitions, for a truly creative stay.
Buxton Crescent hotel, thermal spa and visitor attraction, Derbyshire
1 October 2020
Originally opened in 1789 and designed by John Carr of York, Buxton Crescent is steeped in history and remains one of England’s most architecturally important buildings. Now, following a £50m investment project, the Grade I-listed site has reopened as a five-star luxury accommodation. With 81 newly renovated rooms and suites, the contemporary Dining Room Restaurant and a stylish café and bar, the hotel offers an elegant escape from city living in the heart of Buxton. But it’s the thermal mineral water spa that is its crowning glory. Offering a range of rejuvenating treatments including a salt cave, wave balance therapy and purification facials, it’s an excellent spot for some pampering. And, with the opportunity to enjoy a brand new Visitor Experience revealing the stories of Buxton, its healing waters and its royal fans, it’s ideal for history lovers too.
The Guardsman, London
19 October 2020
Those wanting to reside close to one of the capital’s most iconic royal landmarks can plan a stay at new luxury boutique hotel, The Guardsman, just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. Styled to have a ‘members-club feel’, the hotel has 53 luxurious bedrooms ranging from cosy Queen Singles to luxurious Guardsman Rooms, plus six exclusive residences for longer-term stays.
The Grand Hotel re-opens, Birmingham
4 November 2020 (Grand opening in 2021)
The Grand Hotel, originally opened in 1879, is a Grade II-listed building in a prominent position on Birmingham’s prestigious Colmore Row, with views over St Philip’s Cathedral. After a £45m pound investment, the eagerly-awaited initial reopening of the hotel took place on 4 November, with guests having the opportunity to experience the hotel’s elegant Art Deco interiors and exquisite service ahead of the grand reopening in 2021. As well as 185 bedrooms, the venue will include a destination restaurant and bars, gym facilities and an external feature terrace. Shops and offices will also form part of the wider development.
The Mayfair Townhouse, London
3 December 2020
Combining luxury with individuality on a grand scale, The Mayfair Townhouse is a unique addition to the capital’s hotel scene. Comprised of 15 Georgian Townhouses in a prized location just moments from Green Park, this fairytale oasis features four elegant accommodation options ranging from stylish rooms to luxurious multi-room options, including the Two-Bedroom Garden Suite, a flora-themed retreat that comes complete with a secret private patio. Guests can unwind at the aptly named Dandy Bar, dine on delicious cuisine at The Lower Ground, revel in secluded luxury in the Private Den or avail themselves of the hotel’s personalised concierge service, for a truly five-star experience in the city.
Nobu Hotel London Portman Square, London
3 December 2020
The new Nobu Hotel – one of several new openings from the brand – will be unveiled in the heart of Marylebone this December. With 249 guest rooms and suites, together with a Nobu restaurant, ballroom and meeting spaces, the hotel offers guests a luxurious escape in the heart of London, all in the brand’s signature minimalist Japanese style.
The Carlton Tower, London
Opening early 2021
Following an incredible £100m renovation, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah will re-open in early 2021 in the chic heart of Knightsbridge. Offering a choice of luxurious rooms and suites, many of which feature private balconies with staggering views across the capital, the hotel also boasts a range of five-star facilities. These include access to Cadogan Gardens, a private city garden with adjoining tennis courts, a new ‘destination’ bar and restaurant featuring an immersive theatre kitchen, and the Chinoiserie, an all-day bar and lounge. Guests can also look forward to relaxing at the world-renowned Peak Fitness Club & Spa. Covering three floors, the opulent wellness sanctuary features a new Talise Spa and a 20m swimming pool with glass ceiling, for iconic city views.
The Londoner, London
Bookings from March 2021
Edwardian Hotels London is getting set to open its first purpose-built hotel, The Londoner, billed as the world’s first ‘super boutique hotel’. The landmark development near Leicester Square embraces the heritage of its West End setting, offering five-star luxury facilities spread over 16 storeys. With 350 guest rooms, including 35 suites and a tower penthouse, plus a subterranean gym and spa, the hotel also features two private screening rooms, six restaurants and a state-of-the-art ballroom, and has been developed with sustainability in mind. Indeed, it will be one of the greenest hotels in the world when it opens its doors next year.
Environmentally green hotel brand to open on Deansgate – Manchester
Climate conscious Qbic Hotels will open its fourth property in Manchester with pre-configured rooms made from recycled materials and incentives for guests for being green. In-house restaurant Motley will serve local food with a veggie menu.
The NoMad Hotel, London
8 February 2021
US brand NoMad’s first venture outside the States is housed within a historic, Grade II-listed building in the heart of Covent Garden. Many of The Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station building’s 19th century architectural features will be woven into the new 91-bedroom hotel, and there will be a range of seven opulent room and suite styles to choose from. The Magistrates’ Courtroom (reimagined as the Magistrates’ Ballroom) has been transformed into a spectacular venue for private events and gatherings, while a museum with rotating exhibitions will honor the history of the Metropolitan Police Force.
Bodmin Jail to become a hotel, Cornwall
12 February 2021
Bodmin Jail is undergoing a £40m redevelopment and preservation project to become a brand new immersive visitor attraction (which opened on 1 October 2020) alongside a four-star boutique hotel and restaurant, Bodmin Jail Hotel. Scheduled to open on 12 February 2021, the project will retain and enhance the unique atmosphere and sense of history that exists in the jail ruins. Expect to see bars on the windows, stone walls and the original guard tower. Holdings that date back to the 18th century are being used to create 70 spacious bedrooms with three cells to a room in the original civil, naval and women’s wings. An exciting new restaurant concept is also due to open within the hotel, giving guests the chance to indulge in a traditional afternoon tea or sample some hearty British classics.
Leonardo Hotel, Bristol
Leonardo Hotels is set to open its 13th hotel in the UK in March 2021. With 197 bedrooms and a meeting room, the Leonardo Hotel Bristol Glassfields aims to be a low energy/green hotel situated near Temple Meads train station, convenient for visitors travelling from London (the journey now takes just 1 hour 17 minutes from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, thanks to the new faster train route from GWR).
The Harper, North Norfolk
1 April 2021
The development of the former Langham Glass site brings a luxurious boutique hotel to North Norfolk. The Harper North Norfolk, owned by The Bijou Collection, promises to be a contemporary, laid back and “appealingly unstuffy” country escape. The historic Norfolk brick-and-stone building will have 32 high-tech bedrooms with modern four-poster beds and high-spec bathrooms, two restaurants, a bar, a lounge and a luxury spa with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and treatments.
Forest Holidays set to open new location in Delamere Forest, Cheshire
2 April 2021
Forest Holidays is taking bookings for its latest location, Delamere Forest, in the heart of Cheshire. Sixty-seven light-footprint cabins will open at the northern end of the ancient woodland on 2 April 2021, making it possible to stay beneath Delamere’s canopy for the very first time. There are five styles of cabin to choose from, including treehouses, with the forest framed by walls of window, plus luxuries including hot tubs and outdoor pizza ovens. www.forestholidays.co.uk/locations/cheshire/delamere-forest
Sustainability Centre, South Downs Eco Lodge
The eagerly anticipated renovation of the Sustainability Centre’s South Downs Eco Lodge will see the transformation of the former Ministry of Defence building into a welcoming accommodation with sustainability at its heart. The new expansion will feature 12 comfortable en suite rooms, an accessible room purpose built for wheelchair users, a specially designed kitchen and a combined breakfast and living room. The site will also feature a vegan/vegetarian café offering guests a range of tempting organic treats throughout the day.
Graduate Hotels debuts first European properties, Cambridge and Oxford
Having announced their first developments outside of the US, Graduate Hotels look set to bring a taste of schoolhouse chic to the University cities of Cambridge and Oxford come spring 2021.
Inspired by the culture and creativity of Cambridge University and its world-renowned former alumni, the 148-room Graduate Cambridge will be nestled on the banks of the tranquil River Cam, just a stone’s throw from several of the University’s lauded Colleges. Housed within the former Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge City Centre, the interior will be the subject of a complete redesign, bringing the rooms, fitness club, pool and common spaces to life with Graduate Hotels’ signature collegiate charm. Guests can also look forward to savouring the delights of Poindexter, the hotel group’s cosy café and dining chain, in addition to a stylish hotel restaurant.
Located just moments from the renowned Radcliffe Camera and Ashmolean Museum, in addition to the buzzing bars and restaurants of St Giles Street, the Graduate Oxford will be an ideal base from which to discover the City of Dreaming Spires. Located in the former Macdonald Randolph Hotel, the accommodation will feature 151 rooms brought to life with bold colours and textures inspired by the region’s rich history and artistry, and will undergo a complete redesign ahead of its opening next spring.
Leopard Creek opens at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Kent
1 April 2021
Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve has announced the opening of Leopard Creek, the 600-acre Kent wildlife reserve’s 14th accommodation to date. Situated in the heart of the reserve amidst glorious gardens and with staggering vistas of the surrounding coastline, the luxury accommodation will also give guests up-close views of the resident wildlife – two rare Amur leopards and a pair of white rhinos! Featuring a choice of accommodation, guests can choose from two charming cub huts for couples, three elegant cabins (suitable for families of two adults and two children) or two stylish luxury wigwams with space for four adults.
Glamping at The Wave, Bristol
Group glamping accommodation is due to open at The Wave, a unique inland surfing destination that opened in November 2019. Safari tents sleeping up to ten people will offer peaceful hideaways close to the surf, with further details to be announced.
Una St Ives Resort, Carbis Bay, Cornwall
Plans to build a new aparthotel, leisure facilities and 96 holiday villas at Una Resort in Carbis Bay (near St Ives) were approved in 2018. The £25m programme to develop Una into one of Cornwall’s leading resorts is now a reality. The site already has 29 contemporary self-catering eco-houses, extensive spa and leisure facilities and Una Kitchen, well known for its Mediterranean and wood-fired cooking. Phase one of Una’s expansion commenced in Autumn 2019, will deliver a 55-roomed aparthotel, additional self-catering apartments, and expanded leisure, spa, restaurant and event space. 2019 saw Una Kitchen, the resort’s existing restaurant, secure A Taste of The West Gold award and is currently a Finalist for Best Restaurant in Cornwall, under the Cornwall Tourism awards. www.unastives.co.uk
Three Mile Beach accommodation, near St Ives, Cornwall
Opening spring 2021
Fifteen luxury self-catering beach houses will open along the wilds and tranquillity of the north Cornish coast next spring. Beach houses come in two to four bed, suitable for those wanting to go off grid alone or families and groups of friends spending quality time together. All houses are hygge design with private decks, sunken hot tubs and barrel saunas. Three Mile Beach will offer surf lessons, and private chefs to make your time away even more memorable.
THE PIG in the South Downs, West Sussex
One of two new PIGs being added to Home Grown Hotels’ portfolio, the South Downs PIG will open in the Grade II-listed Madehurst Lodge, near Arundel. As with the other PIGs, the kitchen garden and restaurant will be at its heart, and anything that can’t be supplied by the gardens will be procured from the best local producers within 25 miles of the property.
The Broadwick Soho, London
September 2021 will see the hotly anticipated opening of the first London hotel designed by Swedish interior architect, Martin Brudnizki (Annabel’s, The Wolseley). Inspired by the history, glamour and grit of Soho, Brudnizki’s inimitable magic will be woven throughout the hotel’s 47 guestrooms and 9 suites, many of which come complete with private balconies, for a bird’s eye view of Soho’s vibrant streets. Guests can also opt for the luxury penthouse, to make their stay extra special. With a rooftop bar and wraparound terrace, plus a sumptuous Italian restaurant run in partnership with culinary powerhouses Jamie Poulton and Ed Baines (of Randall and Aubin fame), this luxury boutique development promises to be one of Soho’s hottest spots come September 2021.
Pan Pacific, London
The first foray into Europe by Pan Pacific Hotels Group will be in the new landmark tower at One Bishopsgate Plaza, just across from Liverpool Street train station. The new Pan Pacific London hotel will have 237 guestrooms and suites designed by Yabu Pushelberg. It will also feature the Square Mile’s largest hotel ballroom, an 18-metre infinity pool with cityscape views, and an abundance of landscaped outdoor space - more than any other hotel in the area. Spectacular views of The Gherkin from The Signature Suite on the hotel’s 18th floor will be worth writing home about too.
Spectacular new Eden Project hotel, Cornwall
There will be a new £8.5m addition to the Eden Project in 2021: a 109-bedroom hotel. The unconventional structure will blend into the countryside and offer high levels of accessibility, energy efficiency and sustainability. Designed by Tate Harmer, one of the UK's leading architects for sustainability and natural environments, the new hotel will incorporate existing features such as old trees and stone walls. A meadow and an orchard will be planted around the hotel.
Novotel Paddington Village, Liverpool
Liverpool City Council has selected Accor Hotels for a joint Novotel hotel and aparthotel for its £1bn Paddington Village Scheme in the city’s Knowledge Quarter. The 16-storey tower will be located opposite the new Royal Liverpool Hospital and will have a commanding presence across the city as the highest venue in Liverpool; lit up at night, it will be the beacon for KQ Liverpool. It is set to include a winter garden, a generous reception foyer and atrium with multi-purpose conference and event facilities, function bar, restaurant and executive bar lounge, fitness suite and meeting rooms.
Part of the Marriott group, Moxy Hotel is currently under construction in Bristol and set to open in 2021 (date to be confirmed). Located at the end of the M32 in St Pauls, the 160-room boutique, affordable hotel will be in a convenient location for visitors looking to stay close to the city centre and Bristol Shopping Quarter with accessible travel routes nearby and the vibrant area of St Pauls to explore on its doorstep.
Hilton Woking, Surrey
Hilton is to open a new high-rise hotel in Woking as part of a £540m regeneration of the town centre. The four-star, 170-bedroom property will feature in the upcoming Victoria Square retail and residential development. Boasting a Sky Bar on the 22nd floor, an all-day restaurant, an on-site coffee shop and plenty of meeting space, the hotel will also house a ballroom for up to 500 guests.
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New AR experience: Wallace & Gromit: The Big Fix Up, Bristol
30 December 2020
Launching this December, Wallace & Gromit: The Big Fix Up will see a whole new interactive Wallace & Gromit tale grace the city of Bristol. Using cutting-edge augmented and mixed reality technology, the AR experience can be accessed via smartphone, giving participants an exhilarating immersive experience featuring the much-loved characters. The product of a collaboration between British companies Potato, Sugar Creative and Tiny Rebel Games, in partnership with Aardman, The Big Fix Up is just one of the out-of-this-world interactive experiences enabled by a multi-million-pound Research and Development Grant, as part of the UK Research and Innovation’s Audience of the Future programme.
Killing Eve film tour , London
From 27 February 2021 (dates vary by month)
Silver screen tour icons BritMovie are bringing everyone’s favourite spy-drama series to life with a fascinating Killing Eve London film locations tour, available from February 2021. Following in the footsteps of criminal mastermind Villanelle, the series was filmed across many of Europe’s most iconic cities, with this expert-led tour revealing 10 of the most intriguing filming locations across the British capital.
New Fossil Hunting Safaris, Yorkshire Coast
2021 – precise dates tbc
Keen fossil hunters can discover wonderful examples of ammonites and more on a fossil-hunting beach safari along the Yorkshire Coast, home to prehistoric hotbeds such as Staithes, Robin Hood’s Bay, Boggle Hole or Saltburn. From discovering the secret world of rock pools to walking alongside dinosaur’s footprints, visitors can book a session with a fossil-finding expert such as Hidden Horizons in North Yorkshire and see what marvels they find in 2021.
Waterfronts from England’s Creative Coast, Kent, Sussex and Essex
Spanning 1,400km of coastline between the South Downs and the Thames Estuary, England’s Creative Coast is a collaboration between the region’s world-class galleries and arts organisations. And in 2021, its impact on the world of coastal art promised to be even greater, with the launch of Waterfronts, a series of seven new site-specific art commissions curated by Tamsin Dillon. The commissions, by artists including Andreas Angelidakis, Holly Hendry and Michael Rakowitz, explore the border between land and water. Visitors will have the opportunity to get up close to the art works as part of the world’s first art geocache tour, as groups of local experts lead visitors on an exploration of the landscape, discovering the commissioned artworks, collecting geocaching rewards and unveiling hidden gems along the way. An initiative from the Discover England Fund (a multi-million pound programme that is now in the fourth year of delivery), the first artwork from England’s Creative Coast Waterfronts will launch in spring, with the others following over the summer.
BeWILDDerwood to open second venue in south Cheshire
The award-winning forest of family fun and outdoor adventures, will open its second venue in south Cheshire in spring 2021. Just like the well-loved Norfolk original, BeWILDerwood Cheshire will feature Treehouses, Wobbly Wires, Slippery Slopes, Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles.
Connecting Cumbria’s Hidden Coast project, Cumbria
Work is underway on a new 40-mile coastal challenge recreational route, stretching along the Cumbrian coast from Whitehaven to Millom – largely along the route of the England Coast Path. It will feature adrenalin activities, cycling facilities and art installations at various intervals along its unbroken 40-mile trail and will be available all year round. Keen runners can also take part in Run the Edge, a one or two-day running and walking challenge following this historic coastline. Organised as part of the wider Hidden Coast project, the initiative will also feature an Event Village with music and food vans, for participants to celebrate their achievements in style.
2021: Coventry UK City of Culture 2021
From May 2021
Coventry will be UK City of Culture 2021, with a dazzling array of major international events lined up. Highlights include the opening performance by Coventry Moves, which will transform the city through breathtaking installations, performance, and digital works. In June, The Walk will arrive in the city, commemorating the 5,000-mile journey of fictional refugee Little Amal. Working with the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre and Handspring Puppet Company, the creators of War Horse, the public artwork will commemorate and celebrate the history of refugees in Coventry, the UK’s only City of Peace and Reconciliation. September to December will see the city host the world-renowned Turner Prize, while the Coventry Biennial promises a fourth-month long programme of groundbreaking visual art and culture hosted across the region. Add to that June’s UK Asian Film Festival, August’s CastAway, a major new Coventry-based production shedding light on climate change, and a range of music, dance, comedy and theatre productions from companies as illustrious as OiBokkeShi and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and 2021 promises to be a landmark year for Coventry and the West Midlands.
Public sculpture trail, Derby
27 May- 22 August 2021
Thirty decorated rams will appear in Derby creating a brilliant public sculpture trail across the
city centre. The five-foot-high fibreglass sculptures are made in the shape of Derby’s mythical ram - which, according to legend, was 10 yards high with enormous horns and a huge flowing fleece. The story goes that people travelled from all over the country to see the huge ram, and the hope is that the new trail will do the same.
Estuary 2021, South Essex and North Kent
22 May – 13 June 2021
Taking place on the river along the 83 miles of South Essex and North Kent coastline, Estuary 2021 is the second installment of an ambitious programme of artworks and events celebrating the Thames Estuary region. Visitors can expect mesmerising installations, exhibitions and events revealing the changing culture and landscapes of the area. There will also be a series of major talks and a film programme revealing the past and present of the Estuary’s industrial heartland – from its heritage sites and protected wildlife to its open marshland and port towns.
Chester Boat will offer wine-tasting cruises for the first time in 2021
The special sailings, on summer evenings in June, July and August, will be led by an expert from the Wine School of Cheshire.The cruises will be held onboard the Lady Diana, the company’s flagship vessel, which was built for the River Dee and celebrates its 40th birthday in 2021.
HF Holidays launches Hadrian's Wall Complete
Blending history and heritage with lashings of fresh air, HF Holidays latest adventure offers six days and 86 miles of iconic beauty along England’s most popular trail. Roaming east to west and coast to coast, the trail will take walkers along the full length of Hadrian’s Wall National Trail, revealing ancient ruins, crumbling forts and the staggering impact of the Roman Empire on Britain.
Carden Park will open an Adventure Ropes Course in 2021
Carden Park, the luxury country hotel near Chester, will open an Adventure Ropes Course in its grounds in 2021, featuring obstacles such as ladders, bridges and high walkways before a final long drop down a climbing wall. Vouchers are due to go on sale soon. The new high ropes course adds to other attractions on the 1,000-acre estate, including a new state-of-the-art spa, two 18-hole golf courses, swimming pool, tennis courts, off-road motoring and cycling experiences and more.
England Coast Path, nationwide
The England Coast Path is a new National Trail encompassing the many natural highlights of England's coast. Natural England hopes to have all stretches approved and with establishment works under way by the end of 2021. The first 66-mile (106-km) stretch in Kent and East Sussex opened in July 2016. With additional sections already open, including Camber to Folkestone and Rufus Castle to Lulworth Cove, and at 2,700 miles (4,498km) long upon completion, it will be the longest coastal walking route in the world.
Ongoing: Culture Mile, City of London
London’s new Cultural Mile continues to create a vibrant creative hub, bursting with inspiring projects, collaborations, outdoor programming and events. Located in the north-west of the city and spanning just under a mile from Farringdon to Moorgate, the initiative will collaborate with cultural giants such as the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Corporation and the Museum of London over the next 10-15 years. The Cultural Mile is currently progressing with the new Museum of London at West Smithfield (mentioned above), a new Centre for Music, and the transformation of Beech Street into a cultural hub.
Ongoing: St John’s neighbourhood, Manchester
St John’s is an enormous masterplan to create a new neighbourhood for enterprise, culture and living on the former site of Granada Studios. Incorporating 2,400 residential homes, world-class hotels, work spaces, intimate streets and lively courtyards, the St John’s neighbourhood will retain many original buildings such as the iconic Bonded Warehouse as well as new-builds such as The Factory. Dates are tbc, but The Factory – billed as the North of England’s new flagship cultural venue – is scheduled to open in 2022.
29 December 2020 - 2021
The commemorations marking Thomas Becket’s death, and the 800th anniversary of his translation to the shrine in Trinity Chapel, have been rescheduled to this December. They will commence with Canterbury Cathedral’s Martyrdom of Thomas Becket Choral Evensong on 29 December 2020, and will continue into 2021.
200th anniversary of John Keats’ death
23 February 2021
2021 will make the 200th anniversary of the lauded poet’s death, with Margate a particular city of interest for fans of the poet, as he lived and wrote there in both 1816 and 1817.
Royal Albert Hall – 150th Anniversary, London
29 March 2021
On 29 March 2021, the Royal Albert Hall will celebrate its 150th birthday. Details and dates remain tbc, but the cultural icon promises to have an incredible calendar of events in store to mark this historic anniversary, its ground-breaking past and its glittering future.
20th anniversary of Staffordshire’s National Memorial Arboretum
16 May 2021
Staffordshire’s National Memorial Arboretum - the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance - will be marking its 20th birthday in 2021. Since planting began in 1997, the NMA has honoured those who have served, and continue to serve, with the 30,000 trees and more than 300 memorials creating a living tribute to the sacrifices made by the UK’s Armed Forces and civil services. It marks the 20th anniversary of being officially opened on 16 May 2021.
Mayflower 400, various locations
Primed to ignite the south-west’s rich heritage are the Mayflower 400 commemorations, marking 400 years since the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, taking the first pilgrims to America. Many exciting events have been pushed to July 2021 from the 2020 Mayflower International Festival, including the main Four Nations Ceremony (11 July), Military Muster (10 July) and Rehabilitation Triathlon hosted by the Royal Marines (8 July). Mayflower 400 Tours have also launched a series of four in-depth tours revealing the lives of the pilgrims before their historic departure from Plymouth, while the city’s newly opened the Box museum will also explore the cultural significance of the Mayflower’s voyage and its connection with colonialism.
Three of England’s National Parks turn 70, Peak District, Lake District, Dartmoor
2021 is a stellar year for the outdoors in England, as it marks 70 years since the official formation of the Peak District, the Lake District and Dartmoor National Parks, all of which were created in 1951. From the glittering waters of the Lake District to the wild ponies of Dartmoor, the parks encompass some of England’s most beautiful landscapes and native wildlife, with celebration plans tbc.
40 years of the Humber Bridge in 2021
17 July 2021
Once the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge, the Humber Bridge celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2021. Spanning the Humber Estuary linking Hull with Lincolnshire, its 4,626ft centre span made it the world’s longest until Japan's Akashi Kaiky Bridge in 1998. Although plans for a bridge were drawn up in the 1930s, work started in July 1972 and it opened to traffic on 24 June 1981 before being officially opened by the Queen on July 17. It is still the world’s longest bridge that can be crossed on foot or by cycle.
50th anniversary of HMS Belfast arriving on the Thames, London
In 2021, HMS Belfast will celebrate 50 years since its historic arrival on the Thames. Although the iconic landmark is currently closed, visitors will be able to commemorate the ship’s history, its role in the Second World War and its future plans when it reopens once more in summer 2021.
Chester Zoo celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2021, Cheshire
Chester Zoo celebrates its 90th birthday in 2021 and special anniversary events will include the opening of the Latin American Wetland Aviary in March. Some of the region's most precious birds will be available to spot, from Caribbean flamingos to scarlet ibis, at the immersive walk-through experience, which seeks to recreate the atmosphere of these wetland habitats. Plus, in line with the zoo's role as a world-leading conservation centre, along the way there will be the chance to learn about the different species and efforts to preserve them.
600 years: Chetham’s Library and Manchester Cathedral, Manchester
The lesser known of Manchester’s ancient libraries, Chetham’s was founded in 1653 and is the oldest surviving public library in Britain; however, the building that houses it and neighbouring Cathedral were built in 1421 making 2021 their 600th anniversary.
25 years: The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Home to the Hallé Orchestra and known for being built on a bed of 280 springs to gently soften the acoustics from passing trams, in 2021 the Bridgewater Hall will celebrate 25 years of playing a major role in Manchester’s ongoing cultural renaissance.
England's first chief spymaster turns 500, Lincolnshire
Burghley, one of England’s most culturally significant Elizabethan houses, will mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of William Cecil, one of Elizabethan England’s most powerful figures. Postponed from 2020, the grand house will mark the anniversary in 2021 - and can claim good reason for doing so. Befitting his role as a keeper of secrets, Cecil gave two different dates for his birth, 13 September 1520 and 13th of September 1521, and often switched between the two dates. Following his lead, Burghley, which was built for Cecil, is set to switch this year’s planned celebrations to next year, making 2021 the year to remember for the Lord Burghley 500 anniversary.
20th anniversary of Historic “lost gardens”, Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire’s very own “lost gardens” celebrate 20 years of restoration in 2021. From dereliction to a nationally important garden, the revival of the 450-year-old Easton Walled Gardens is a story of determination and survival. Owned by the Cholmeley family for over 400 years, by the 1900s the original Tudor styled gardens had become so admired that they even drew praise from future US President Franklin D Roosevelt. who described the gardens as 'a dream of Nirvana... almost too good to be true’. The gardens were abandoned to nature for 50 years, until in 2001 Ursula Cholmeley began restoring them to their former historical importance, but with contemporary twists.
400th anniversary of Oxford Botanic Garden, Oxfordshire
Founded in 1621, Oxford Botanic Garden is the UK’s oldest garden of its kind, so it’s only fitting that it’s located within the country’s oldest university! Coupled with the 130-acre Harcourt Arboretum, acquired in 1947 and home to some of the finest conifer collections in the country, this world-renowned location for botanical research, study and conservation will celebrate its 400th birthday in 2021, with events to be confirmed.
1,000th anniversary of the Abbey of St Edmund, Suffolk
Originally planned for May to November 2020, the anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund by King Canute in 1020 will be celebrated with a number of events in 2021. St Edmund, the first Patron Saint of England and King of East Anglia, was enshrined in this site in 903 – hence the name of the town that was built around it: Bury St Edmunds. The shrine became one of the most famous and wealthy pilgrimage locations in England, while the Abbey is also known for its links to the Magna Carta.
50th anniversary of Glastonbury Festival, Somerset
23-27 June 2021
Summer’s biggest music festival will celebrate its belated 50th birthday in 2021, with festivities postponed from 2020. Five decades after the festival’s first incarnation, which took place the day after Jimi Hendrix died in 1970, it’s still the place to see the biggest pop and rock acts and a great selection of up-and-coming performers. Founded on a site steeped in Arthurian legend, the atmosphere is second to none – although visitors probably won’t get free milk from the farm like Glasto’s original festivalgoers did!
John Lennon 80, Liverpool
John Lennon 80 Celebrations will continue from 2020 into 2021 across Liverpool. Some highlights include the Imagine Piano at Strawberry Field (added in 2020) and a new Beatles story exhibition of John Lennon photos, which will run for the next three years with new photography due to be added to ensure an evolving visitor experience.
41st anniversary of the Great North Run, NewcastleGateshead
12 September 2021
Having taken place virtually in 2020, the iconic half marathon will return in September 2021. Starting in the city centre and winding past several of the area’s landmarks before ending at the sea, the Great North Run will celebrate its 41st birthday in 2021.
Wicked The Musical turns 15, London
27 September 2021
September 2021 will see the 15th anniversary of Wicked, which first graced London with its magic in 2006. Further details are tbc, but the musical is sure to celebrate its birthday in suitably spellbinding fashion at its long-term home of the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
900 years of Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire
23 October 2021
The build-up has begun for one of the largest celebrations of its kind, marking 900 years of the consecration of Tewkesbury Abbey in 1121. A massive fund-raising project kicked off in 2017, with completion scheduled for 2021. The project aims to make the Abbey fit for purpose for future generations and includes cleaning and restoring the much-loved Milton Organ. There’s another reason why 2021 will be important for the market town of Tewkesbury; the year also marks 550 years since the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471.
Attractions and Exhibitions
Major developments at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Cotswolds
November 2019 – summer 2021
Slimbridge 2020, a £6m project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, brings nine new visitor attractions to WWT Slimbridge. The Estuary Tower Hide, a fully accessible hide with sweeping views of the Severn Estuary, opened in November 2019. A new open-air Living Wetland Theatre and Waterscapes Aviary opens in Easter 2021, followed in summer 2021 by the fully wheelchair accessible Severn Estuary Walkway and Mission Impossible, an introduction to the story behind the world’s rarest goose. New attractions already open include the Duck Decoy, the Scott House Museum and a recreation of a Scott-era research hut on the Russian tundra. Sir Peter Scott was an international leader in conservation and the founder of the WWT; he was also the son of Scott of the Antarctic.
Turner and the Modern World at Tate Britain, London
28 October 2020 – 7 March 2021
Tate Britain is celebrating Britain’s great painter of the industrial revolution with a major new exhibition running until 7 March 2021. Turner and the Modern World will show his fascination with the age of the industrial revolution, when a new society was forged.
South Bank new open-air art exhibition, London
November 2020-February 2021
South Bank’s new open-air exhibition, Winter Light will feature over fifteen commissions dotted across the Southbank Centre’s buildings, as well as the iconic riverside walk. These artworks cover an array of themes including nature, politics, and gender, each using a combination of light, colour, and space to convey their message. Winter Light’s installations will arrive sporadically over the winter. The first one appeared on November 20th and by mid-December every commission will be shown, illuminating South Bank until February 28th, 2021.
Nottingham Castle reopens following transformation, Nottingham
Work began in 2017 to transform Nottingham Castle into a world-class destination. Approximately £24m is being invested in what is being called the most significant current heritage project in the UK. The grounds will be remodelled to reveal more of the medieval site and views across the city, and to enable them to host a new visitor centre and year-round outdoor events programme. An interactive Robin Hood Gallery will be added to the Ducal Palace, which will be returned to its 19th-century layout. There will be animated tours of the caves, which will be given improved access, including to some parts never before seen by the public. The ground-floor displays in the 17th-century Brewhouse Yard cottages will also be improved, and the cottages will be the welcome point for visitors arriving at the foot of Castle Rock. Work is expected to be completed in late 2020 with a view to opening fully in early 2021; the castle is closed until then.
Mary Shelly's House of Frankenstein, Bath
Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein is a new multi-sensory, fully immersive family friendly visitor attraction proposed for the City of Bath, and the UK’s first attraction dedicated to Mary Shelley and her novel, Frankenstein, one of the world’s most famous, iconic and lauded creations.
Holburne Museum, Canaletto: Painting Venice, Bath
22 January – 5 September 2021
Canaletto: Painting Venice will see the most significant works of Italian artist Canaletto go on display at the Holburne Museum in January. The first time in almost 300 years that this collection of 23 paintings has been seen outside of Woburn Abbey, the exhibition will give guests a rare glimpse into the life and works of a celebrated artist at the apex of his talents.
Manchester Poetry Library, Manchester
Scheduled to open in early 2021, Manchester Poetry Library will be another gem in the UNESCO City of Literature’s creative crown. Housed within Manchester Metropolitan University, the library will work to promote and develop new writing talent, in addition to making poetry more accessible to all.
Museum of the Home, London
London’s Museum of the Home will continue its development and the renovation of its Grade I-listed almshouses. Aiming to create 80% more space, the renovations will see new Home Galleries running the length of the building, with refreshed period rooms to explore and innovative new exhibitions, installations, talks and displays, in addition to the installation of a climate-friendly green roof on their Gardens Through Time exhibition.
Banksy exhibition to open in London in 2021
25th March 2021- September 2021
The Art of Banksy, which pitches up in Covent Garden on March 25th 2021, is set to be the largest touring exhibition of Banksy’s artworks. In an actually very Banksy-esque move, this exhibition is completely unauthorised, with absolutely no blessing from the artist. As a result, the producers have collated the largest collection of privately-owned Bansky art.
Tornado Springs opens at Paultons Park, the New Forest
19 March 2021
Paultons family theme park is preparing to launch its largest and most ambitious project to date – a 1950’s Americana themed Midwest desert world called Tornado Springs! Aimed at children from ages three to 14, the four-acre attraction will feature eight thrilling rides and adventures including the Storm Chaser rollercoaster – a free-spinning train carriage ride that reaches 20 metres above the ground!
Shoephoria, The Fashion Museum Bath
29 March 2021
A world-class selection of more than 100 pairs of shoes from The Fashion Museum’s collection will go on display from the end of March. The exhibition featuring highlights from the museums 3,000 pair collection will demonstrate the evolution of shoe design over the last 300 years - from some of the oldest pairs from Her Majesty Queen Mary to more modern examples by Vivienne Westwood and Jimmy Choo.
Manchester Jewish Museum refurbishment, Manchester
Manchester Jewish Museum is currently undergoing a major extension to add new galleries, learning spaces, a shop and a café, following a £2.9m grant from the National Lottery. The extension is being built alongside the museum’s historic building, a Grade II-listed Spanish and Portuguese former synagogue, and promises to ‘bring people of all faiths, backgrounds and ages together’ as it works to promote a deeper understanding of the Jewish faith and culture.
Science and Industry Museum redevelopment, Manchester
The Science and Industry Museum is undergoing a full redevelopment of its site, including the restoration of Power Hall, the Grade II-listed industrial heritage gallery, and the development of a £5m Special Exhibition Gallery. Located within the New Warehouse and designed by celebrated architects Carmody Groarke, the gallery will reveal the beauty of the original brick structure and colonnaded viaduct, and will be a fitting space to host a range of world-class exhibitions dedicated to Manchester’s past.
Woolwich Works, London
Spring 2021 will welcome a new riverside cultural hub, Woolwich Works, in London’s Royal Borough of Greenwich. Bringing life to a restored collection of industrial buildings, it will become home to large-scale performance and events areas. It will also share space with both local and internationally known creative companies, including a residency of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair and Chineke!
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, at the V&A, London
27 March 2021
An immersive and theatrical show explores the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland over the last 157 years, roaming from print to stage and fashion to film.
Hyde Park Picture House to re-open following refurbishment, Leeds
Hyde Park Picture House, the world’s only surviving gas-lit cinema, is undergoing a £3.6m renovation to preserve the Grade II-listed venue while making it more comfortable, more sustainable and more accessible. Planning permission was granted for works including a new three-storey extension, a new basement with a second screen, an enlarged foyer, tech upgrades and step-free access to all major parts of the cinema. The historic community cinema in a Grade II-listed building was built in 1914 and has several remarkable surviving elements, including a hexagonal ticket office, Edwardian plasterworks and unique gaslights. Works began in February 2020 and the cinema plans to re-open in March 2021.
New bridges for Illuminated River, London
Lighting up Britain in spring 2021 will be the Illuminated River project, which is transforming some of London’s iconic bridges. The ambitious art commission aims to add gloriously colourful lighting to the city’s waterways, with displays along Blackfriars Bridge, Waterloo Bridge, the Golden Jubilee Footbridges, Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge all due to completed in the spring – adding a brand new dimension to an already iconic riverside walk in the capital.
New McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, Staffordshire
The company behind six other major shopping outlets in the UK, including Cheshire Oaks, will open a new multi-million-pound designer outlet against the backdrop of a Staffordshire town in 2021. Work is already under way to create the £160m McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, on Mill Green in Cannock. Located just 30 minutes from Birmingham, the finished site will open in early 2021, with phase one set to reveal 80 luxury brands in addition to a wide variety of dining establishments – from restaurants to cafés. Additional features will include 1,400 parking spaces, bike parking and a playground to keep the kids entertained.
Rye Harbour Discovery Centre opens as Sussex Wildlife Trust’s first Visitor Centre, Sussex
In April 2021, the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve will open the doors to a new Discovery Centre, with help from numerous sources, one being a £588k grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The centre will transform the way visitors engage with the natural and cultural heritage of the reserve, with an exciting and innovative programme of activities, education, training and conservation projects.
The 1,110 acre reserve is one of the most biodiverse places in Britain with 4,200 plant and animal species recorded, including over 200 rare or endangered birds and mammals. It is also home to a range of historic buildings, among them Henry VIII’s Camber Castle and the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House.
RHS Garden Bridgewater, Manchester
May 11 2021
RHS Bridgewater – the largest gardening project in Europe - is set to join the prestigious RHS portfolio on 11 May 2021. The 156-acre garden will be the first to be added in 17 years, offering a tranquil escape in the grounds of the historic Worsley New Hall, near the bustling centre of Manchester. Featuring a kitchen garden, heritage orchard, therapeutic garden and a historic 11-acre walled garden, one of the largest in the UK, the RHS hopes to welcome one million people a year within a decade to this new destination garden.
Derby Silk Mill to open as Museum of Making, Derby
Derby’s rich history of making will be celebrated when the city opens a new museum designed to inspire creativity. Run by Derby Museums and located on the site of the world’s first factory, the Museum of Making will celebrate the culture of innovation in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site and will display objects from the area’s 300-year-long industrial history. Due to Covid, the opening date has been postponed, with further details to be confirmed.
Bringing the dystopian universe of Brit Cit to the heart of London, Judge Dredd Uprising is a thrilling new immersive attraction based on the world-renowned comics. With five zones of physical and mental challenges, an immersive live theatre and a laser-tag combat area, this two-hour live-action experience promises to test your mental and physical agility to the max. Escape the iso-cube, explore the futuristic world of Piccadilly Circus and battle it out on the Cursed Earth before the final showdown at the New Old Bailey – Judge Dredd Uprising is a futuristic escape room like no other!
Pathways into Petersfield’s Past, Petersfield
Petersfield Museum’s four-year Pathways into Petersfield’s Past project is continuing its essential conservation work, with completion of the new museum complex section scheduled for spring 2021. Part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project is carrying out external and internal renovations in addition to the development of a new exhibition space linking the police station and courthouse. Keeping accessibility front of mind, the new design will ensure level access to all collections on one site. The museum will also boast a Victorian Justice Heritage Site, which will give a deeper insight into the buildings’ history and be used to deliver a special education programme, in addition to the first public Edward Thomas Study Centre in the UK.
Spitfire to return to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Staffordshire
Stoke-on-Trent’s famous Spitfire is expected to move back into its stunning new multi-million-pound home in 2021, at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Hanley. Plans for the £6m investment were first unveiled in 2017, and will result in a glass-fronted gallery being added to the city centre’s museum so that the iconic plane can become more visible to the public. The city is forever linked with the Spitfire thanks to one of its most famous sons – the aircraft designer Reginald Mitchell.
Hambledon Vineyard new visitor centre, Hampshire
Visitors looking to get a sparkling taste of Britain can enjoy some of the South Downs’ finest tipples in 2021, at the Hambledon Vineyard. Located in 200 acres of lush countryside, the vineyard will welcome a brand new tasting room and visitor centre by mid-2021, giving guests the chance to savour a range of delicious wines and discover behind-the-scenes stories and techniques from one of Britain’s newest – and most delicious – traditions.
Auckland Castle, County Durham
Due to reopen June 2021
Auckland Castle opened to the public following a multi-million-pound conservation project in late 2019 but subsequently closed again, with a planned reopening scheduled for June 2021. The Castle sits at the heart of The Auckland Project, a multi-faceted visitor destination that uses art and heritage to fuel long-term regeneration in Bishop Auckland. Opening dates for other projects including the Spanish Gallery, Faith Museum and the original 17th-century Walled Garden are yet to be confirmed.
History buffs can plan a visit to the Imperial War Museum next year to discover the venue’s new Second World War and Holocaust galleries. Spanning two floors, the £30.5 million investment will include in-depth exhibition, thoughtfully analysing the conflicts and its horrors through personal stories, stark objects and engaging display techniques fit for a 21st century audience. https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/new-second-world-war-and-holocaust-gallery-plans-unveiled
Bristol Street Art: The Evolution of a Global Movement, Bristol
This new Vanguard exhibition at the M Shed celebrates Bristol as the birthplace of modern British street art, with a world-class exhibition produced by a collective of artists, musicians and creatives specialising in the second-generation graffiti movement. Expect work by names such as Dicy, Will Barras, Paris, Xenz, China Mike, Vermin, Mr Jago and, of course, Bristol’s most famous artist, Banksy.
Design District, London
The Design District on Greenwich Peninsula, London’s first purpose-built district made specifically for the creative community, will be a new creative destination in the capital when it opens in 2021. Visitor highlights will include food stalls; roof terraces for sky-level film screenings, yoga classes, exhibition previews, parks views and bars stocked with craft beer brewed four floors below. All this, plus open workshops, event spaces, and a rooftop basketball court.
Archway Project at the Roman Baths, Bath
Those wanting to delve further into British history can plan a trip to the historic spa town of Bath, where the Archway Project is set to convert the former Victorian spa buildings close to the Roman Baths. Scheduled to open in 2021, the renovations will create new learning spaces for groups and schools, a World Heritage Centre exploring the internationally recognised historic city, and unlock previously unseen areas of the Roman Baths themselves – including a Roman sauna.
The Roundhouse revived, Birmingham
The National Trust in partnership with the Canal & River Trust is reviving The Roundhouse, formerly a 19th-century canal-side stables in Birmingham city centre, into a hub from which to explore the city by foot, bike or boat. The iconic, horseshoe-shaped building will become the centre of the city’s extensive canal network, with a variety of shops, cafs, offices and leisure facilities. The Roundhouse is currently closed and further information is tbc.
New gallery at Tamworth Castle, Staffordshire
Opening date tbc
Tamworth Castle will unveil a new state-of-the-art gallery celebrating the town’s Anglo-Saxon history. The Battle and Tribute exhibition will feature a mead hall, a touch-table strategy game and an interactive combat film experience. The exhibition will also reveal the area’s incredible history in addition to that of Aethelflaed, the forgotten ‘warrior queen’, and the role of kingship, war and warrior culture in Anglo-Saxon times.
The Geffrye re-opens after £18m development project, London
The Geffrye will reopen following a major transformation, named Unlocking the Geffrye. The scheme will open up the museum and greatly improve the visitor experience, expanding the existing Grade I-listed buildings and creating new spaces for its collections and learning activities, helping develop the museum for generations to come.
Dorset County Museum reopens, Dorset
The Dorset County Museum is set to re-open following a multi-million pound redevelopment. The new museum will become a cultural destination at the heart of Dorset’s community, complete with new galleries, a learning centre, collections storage, a library and visitor facilities.
The Canterbury Journey, Canterbury
In May 2014, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded an in-principle grant of nearly £12m to Canterbury Cathedral. Work started in 2016 and is expected to complete in autumn/winter 2021. The Canterbury Journey is radically transforming the accessibility and sustainability of the cathedral while safeguarding the building (including the cathedral’s endangered western end), increasing the number of visitors and enriching their experience. Works already completed include: a new visitors’ centre, viewing gallery and community studio; external nave roof repairs; and new exhibition and interpretation spaces. There will also be new trails to guide visitors through both the cathedral and its newly landscaped precincts, and an outreach programme to schools and communities. The project is due for completion in autumn/winter 2021.
Remaking Beamish, County Durham
With additional support announced from the government’s £1.57billion Culture Recovery Fund, in addition to the £10.9 million awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Remaking Beamish project will create a range of new ways for people to experience the heritage of the north east. The developments include the reconstruction of a 1950s town with cinema as its centerpiece – meaning the museum will recreate a period within living memory. Visitors will also be able to spend the night in a reconstructed Georgian inn. By 2021, Beamish plans to attract 100,000 more visitors to the region annually, and create 95 permanent jobs and 50 apprenticeships.
Bath Abbey Footprint, Bath
Footprint is an ongoing project to restore and improve Bath Abbey. The £19.3m programme includes the addition of new meeting, catering and toilet facilities, a new song school, the installation of more-environmentally friendly features and repairs to the building’s floor. It will also enable the creation of a new Discovery Centre that uses innovative technology and items from the Abbey’s collection to tell its story.
Films, TV, Novels and Theatre_________________________________________________
Following the adventures of a toy maker, his granddaughter and an enchanted new invention, Jingle Jangle reveals the Tudor architecture, cobblestone streets and historic homes of Elm Hill, Norwich, in all their snow-dusted festive glory.
Tin Star Liverpool Season 3
The final series of the hit Sky Atlantic series returns this November, following the trail of Jack, Anna and Angela as they return to Liverpool to face their demons and the events of 20 years prior. Filmed on location in the city, the third series casts the spotlight on one of Britain’s most exciting cultural meccas.
All Creatures Great and Small, Channel 5
Christmas Special December 2020
Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original publication of James Herriot’s books, Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small will culminate in a Christmas special in December 2020, with plans confirmed for a second series next year. Based on the real-life adventures of the Yorkshire vet James Herriot, the original series first ran on BBC1 from 1978 to 1990, and has now been given a fresh interpretation by Channel 5. At its peak, All Creatures Great and Small pulled in audiences of more than 13 million.
Academy Award winner Colin Firth stars in this romance drama as a man diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci co-stars as his partner of 20 years, comforting the love of his life as they travel across England in their old RV and explore the beautiful area of the Lake District.
No Time to Die
2 April 2021
The latest Bond film picks up with the agent after his retirement. (Spoiler alert – there’s no such thing as an easy retirement when your job title was 007!) Starring Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Wishaw, and with a screenplay worked on by British producer, writer and actress extraordinaire, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the film promises to showcase the best of British talent, in addition to iconic locations in London and further afield.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
The follow-up to 2018’s hit Peter Rabbit once again stars James Corden as the voice of the adventurous rabbit, with Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo in on-screen roles. Prompted by his unwanted reputation as a troublemaker, the blue-jacketed bunny runs away to explore beyond his Cumbrian garden home when the newly married McGregors go away. Queue mayhem in trains, farmers’ markets and beyond! Peter Rabbit fans can explore the landscape that so inspired Beatrix Potter in Cumbria. Attractions with personal connections to the woman behind the rabbit include Hill Top, a farm that has been kept exactly as she left it in 1943, and The Beatrix Potter Gallery, which houses an annually changing exhibition of the writer’s original drawings in what used to be her husband’s offices.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Exploding onto the stage at London’s Piccadilly Theatre in autumn 2021, Moulin Rouge! The Musical promises to recreate all the glamour, passion and artistry of Baz Luhrmann’s hit film. Part of The Bohemian Project, the production also aims to promote the careers of arts students and up-and-coming talent, with initiatives include accessible ticketing and development projects.
Monopoly Immersive Experience
“Do not pass go, do not collect £200!” – fans of the board game Monopoly will be hoping to avoid this well-known phrase come autumn 2021, when the brand new Monopoly experience opens at a secret location in London’s West End! Created by Gamepath and Hasbro, this 75-minute immersive production will see players racing against the clock to complete a wide range of exhilarating challenges and tasks, all set against a giant Monopoly board.
The latest instalment in the Batman film series is set for release in spring 2022 and shines the spotlight firmly on Liverpool! Used to represent parts of the fictional Gotham City, filming took place in both north and central Liverpool, Anfield Cemetery and at the top of the renowned Royal Liver Building.
Major sporting Events________________________________
The Hundred: new cricket league, nationwide
Following the excitement of England’s 2019 Cricket World Cup success, the Hundred is a brand new 100-ball cricket league. The tournament has been postponed to summer 2021 due to Covid-19 . Eight new women’s and men’s teams have been created, in seven cities including Birmingham, London and Manchester.
UEFA World Cup, London and Glasgow
11 June – 11 July
Emotions will be running high come summer 2021, with European giants of football locking horns in London and Glasgow for the UEFA European Championships, from 11 June – 11 July. Rescheduled from 2020, London’s Wembley Stadium will host both the semi-finals (6-7 July) and final (11 July) of the tournament, while Glasgow’s Hampden Park will host matches throughout.
Rugby World League Cup
October/ November 2021
Venues across the country will host the Rugby World League Cup over six weeks in autumn 2021. The finals will be held in Liverpool (wheelchair) and Manchester (men’s and women’s) on 26 and 27 November.