10 Things To Look Forward To in 2021

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From supermoons to Sex Education, here's what to be excited about this year

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It’s a bleak January to say the least – but there’s still hope for the year ahead. Read on for a whole host of things to look forward to in 2021.

Things To Look Forward to in 2021

1. Great TV

Sex Education


Some of our favourite shows are back for new seasons this year. First up is a sparkling new series of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK on Netflix at the end of January, starring Liz Hurley, Dawn French and Gemma Collins as special guests. Other programmes to be excited about include a third series of Sex Education and a sixth series of Line of Duty, plus Logan Roy and the gang are back for a third instalment of Succession. Loved Normal People? Another of Sally Rooney’s novels, Conversations With Friends, is being made into a BBC series this year. There’s also an adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love on the cards, plus a BBC drama based on Adam Kay’s hilarious yet heart-breaking book about the realities of life as a doctor, This Is Going To Hurt. More on the best book-to-screen adaptions here.

2. The return of sport

The Olympics

With many big sports events postponed last year as a result of the pandemic, 2021 could be one of the most lavish years in sporting history – providing they are able to go ahead. The Tokyo Olympic Games are scheduled to begin in July, followed by the Paralympics. Football fans, meanwhile, are hoping the postponed Euro 2020 will take place this summer.

3. Musicals


Though it’s impossible to say when theatres will be able to reopen, the 2021 musical calendar is looking promising. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-awaited Cinderella is due to premiere this year, as well as Frozen the Musical and Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal. And over in the world of musical films, we have Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story to look forward to.

4. Supermoons


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Two supermoons will be gracing our sky in 2021: one in April, another in May. These occur when a full moon is at its closest point to Earth, meaning they look bigger and brighter than usual.

5. Book releases


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Made a New Year’s resolution to read more? You’ll be spoilt for choice, with plenty of new releases to look forward to in 2021. One of the most talked about is the new novel from Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara at the Sun, which tells the story of a robot who wants to find a human owner. And if you loved Daisy Jones and the Six, you’ll be pleased to hear Taylor Jenkins Reid has a new book coming out in May called Malibu Rising. Other 2021 releases include Milk Fed by The Pisces author Melissa Broder, Animal by Lisa Taddeo, and a non-fiction from Bill Gates on the climate crisis.

6. Festivals

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Dreaming of a summer spent dancing in fields? You could be in luck. There are tentative suggestions some festivals may be able to return to the UK this summer, providing the vaccine roll out is successful. Although Glastonbury founder Emily Eavis confirmed this year’s festival has been cancelled, other smaller festivals have released line-ups, with Glasgow’s TRANSMT announcing Lewis Capaldi, Liam Gallagher and Rita Ora, and Reading and Leeds revealing Stormzy as a headline act.

7. Royal birthdays

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth views the Peter Beales Roses exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 in London Monday, May 21, 2018..RHS / Luke MacGregor

There are two big royal birthdays this year: the Duke of Edinburgh turns 100 on 10 June, and Queen Elizabeth II – Britain’s longest reigning monarch – turns 95 on 21 April. The Royal Mint is releasing a new £5 coin in celebration of the latter, and fingers crossed we’ll able to join in with the festivities in some shape or form.

8. Exciting exhibitions

Curiouser and Curiouser

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It’s been a hugely challenging year for galleries, but the heart of the city’s cultural scene is still beating strong. And though it looks like lockdown will likely delay some of this year’s early launches – such as the Francis Bacon exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts, due to open this month – lots of exhibitions scheduled for later in the year are hoping to go ahead as planned. One of the biggest is Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms at Tate Modern, as well as an exhibition of David Hockney’s optimistic lockdown creations at The Royal Academy of Arts and the V&A’s Alice in Wonderland-themed exhibition Curiouser and Curiouser.

9. The new James Bond

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Could the wait finally be over? After being pushed back from last year, the new Bond film, No Time To Die starring Daniel Craig, is set to launch in cinemas this year. It was originally due to hit screens in April, but the film will now debut in October – providing it doesn’t get delayed for the fourth time…

10. Holidays



While foreign travel certainly won’t be possible over the next couple of months, there’s hope we may be able to go on holiday this summer. As mentioned above, this is clearly dependent on the vaccine’s effect –  but when we’re allowed, there are a whole host of hot new international hotels to visit. There’s plenty to be excited about on UK shores too, with big hotel openings for 2021 including Cornwall’s Three Mile Beach, Mondrian Shoreditch in London and Gleneagles Townhouse in Edinburgh.

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