2020 is a year that seemed to take forever to end. The COVID pandemic resulted in lockdowns that shut out most of the ways we would pass the time, including travel. Fortunately, the new year brings with it new hope, as the rollout of vaccines may perhaps get us back to life and opportunities that were denied to us in the preceding months. Britain certainly offers a number of things to look forward to this year from culture to games that we couldn’t experience under COVID. There’s no telling yet how the lingering effects of the pandemic will affect the following events, but at least they give us something to expect.
Coventry City of Culture
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport designates one UK city per year as a City of Culture. This designation not only highlights the art and culture of that area with festivals and events, but grants it a greater opportunity to host such arts awards as the Turner Prize, Brit Awards, Man Booker Prize, Stirling Prize, and more. Hosted by a city every four years, Coventry’s year as City of Culture will begin in May 2021 due to the pandemic and will be sure to be a much-needed boost to its economy.
This live-action version of the board game that normally leaves you and your mates hating each other gets a live-action series of challenges in 2021. Hasbro and Gamepath have teamed together to turn “Park Lane” and “Mayfair” into an immersive gameplay experience at a presently undisclosed location in the West End. Timed to last roughly 75 minutes (as opposed to the hours that the came can normally take), teams will need to race across the “board” to complete challenges and buy up properties. Due to launch in Autumn, exact dates seem to be up to the end of the pandemic, at which points tickets should go on sale.
Rugby League World Cup
The 2021 Rugby League World Cup (separate from the Rugby Union World Cup in New Zealand) will mark the first time that the men’s, women’s, and wheelchair competitions will be brought together in one location and at one time instead of being spread out. This year’s final is set to take place in Manchester at Old Trafford in November. Other venues for the competition matches include London’s Emirates Stadium, Liverpool’s Anfield, St. James Park in Newcastle, and both Headingley Stadium and Elland Road in Leeds, amongst others.
Theater and Cinemas
One thing that many people are looking forward to regardless of whether they’re traveling to the UK is the return of live theater and new movies. With the tier system expected to expire in March 2021, the West End and cinemas throughout the UK are preparing to reopen with plenty of shows and new movies to greet audiences. Blockbuster films set to come to cinemas in 2021 include The King’s Man, James Bond’s No Time to Die, Peter Rabbit 2, and Death on the Nile.
UEFA Euro 2020
Yes, you read that right. Much like the Summer Olympics that were due to take place this past summer, the Euro Cup football competition had to move its matches from June and July 2020 to June and July 2021 due to the Coronavirus. The cup will see twenty-four teams from UEFA member countries play in twelve cities throughout Europe to find out who represents the continent in the world’s great sport. For countries like Scotland, this is especially momentous as it will be that nation’s first appearance in 25 years. What’s more, Gareth Southgate’s 2018 England squad that made it to the fourth place in the World Cup will be back to improve on their success.