From Frozen the Musical hitting London’s West End to the launch of the world’s longest coastal path and the final of the UEFA European Championship, 2020 is set to be an exciting year for England. Discover more of what the year has in store, with great events, openings and new entertainment on their way.
The England Coast Path, nationwide
The England Coast Path marks an ambitious project to create a seamless signposted path around the country’s entire coastline, with the aim of opening as much of the path as possible in 2020. Vast swathes of the route are already open to the public, including a big stretch along the coastline of north-east England. When complete it will cover 4,500km of England’s picturesque coast, including many previously inaccessible sections.
When? Opening dates to be confirmed
RHS Garden Bridgewater, Greater Manchester
Salford in Greater Manchester is gearing up for the opening of one of the largest gardening projects in Europe - RHS Garden Bridgewater! Projected to open in summer 2020, RHS Garden Bridgewater aims to restore Worsley New Hall to its former glory and beyond, adding a vast walled garden and an impressive modern welcome building, as well as returning the remaining historic buildings to their beautiful best.
When? Opening in the summer (exact date to be confirmed)
New Windermere steamer, Lake District
Visitors will soon be able to enjoy even more of the sights around Lake Windermere, once the MV Swift steamer launches in the summer. The 300-seat boat, the largest cruise vessel to launch on the lake in more than 80 years, will be shorter than others in the Windermere Lake Cruises fleet, allowing it to access more jetties along the lake’s stunning coastline.
When? Launching in the summer (exact date to be confirmed)
For those after a spa experience fit for royalty, why not book a stay or treatment at the historic Buxton Crescent & Thermal Spa, due to open its doors in 2020. Originally built in the 18th century to utilise the area’s healing spring waters, this breathtaking example of Georgian architecture has undergone a £46 million renovation to create a modern five-star spa hotel within the Grade I listed building. 2020 will see guests enjoy the 80 elegant bedrooms, as well as an exquisite spa, with a naturally heated thermal pool taking centre stage.
When? Opening date to be confirmed
Frozen the Musical, London
Frozen the Musical will be the opening show at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane in autumn 2020, following the venue’s £45m refurbishment. The adaptation of the hit film was a stellar success on Broadway and visitors can expect a knockout show, filled with glistening snowflakes, ice queens and singing snowmen.
When? Autumn 2020
Tate Britain: Steve McQueen Year 3, London
Oscar-winning film director and Turner Prize winning artist Steve McQueen has brought a ground-breaking photographic exhibition to Tate Britain, a refreshing installation on display until 3 May 2020. Year 3 captures groups of third year pupils from a diverse range of schools across London, with the portraits showcasing the future generation of Britain.
When? Until 3 May 2020
Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
The UK’s largest international contemporary art festival is returning in full force in 2020. The latest Liverpool Biennial theme will be The Stomach and the Port, exploring ideas surrounding the body. Showcased throughout a number of Liverpool’s artistic spaces, including the Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Victoria Gallery & Museum and the National Museums of Liverpool, this is a great time to soak up the city’s buzzing art scene.
When? 11 July – 25 October 2020
Museum of Making, Derby
Derby will celebrate the re-opening of the world’s oldest factory in autumn 2020, as the historic Silk Mill transforms into the Museum of Making. Aiming to shine a light on objects that have shaped the modern world during the last 300 years of local history, one of the gems housed within the new venue will be the Eagle Engine, used in the first transatlantic flight over a century ago.
When? Autumn 2020
UEFA Euro 2020 – Wembley, London
Wembley Stadium is hosting both the semi-finals and final of Europe’s premier football tournament in July, in addition to four other games. UEFA Euro 2020 will see the tournament spread across more than two nations for the first time, and the showpiece at Wembley will attract viewers from all over the world. Located in the heart of Brent, the London Borough of Culture for 2020, there’ll also be a host of other events to coincide with the tournament, including the UEFA Festival, a celebration of art, culture, music and football across the capital.
When? 12 June – July 2020
Tour de Yorkshire, Yorkshire
Created in May 2015 as a legacy road cycling event following the Tour de France’s successful visit to the county, the Tour de Yorkshire continues to attract sizable crowds each year. Visitors can come to watch the race, or alternatively budding cyclists can don their favourite race jersey and ride much of the same route that will be tackled by the professionals.
When? 30 April - 3 May 2020
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