From landmark royal anniversaries and ground-breaking sustainable events to a celebration of world-renowned storytellers, there’s a whole host of reasons that Britain’s brilliant in 2022.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will see venues across the West Midlands welcome 11 days of competition featuring 19 different sports and a fully-integrated para-sports programme. Kicking off on Thursday 28 July with the Opening Ceremony at the redeveloped Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, Birmingham, the schedule will feature more medal events for women than men for the first time in the Games’ history. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is also seeking to become the first-ever carbon-neutral Games, with a focus on providing a sustainable future for the West Midlands. Alongside the Games, the Birmingham 2022 Festival will showcase the region’s rich creativity from March through to September, with a full programme of events to be unveiled in January 2022.
As the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having spent 70 years on the throne, 2022 will see a year-long set of celebrations across the UK to mark the Queen’s historic reign. An extended Bank Holiday from 2-5 June will feature key events including the Trooping of the Colour to mark the Queen’s official birthday. Other highlights include a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, a special live concert from Buckingham Palace and the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.
Festival UK* 2022 is a series of ten large-scale engagement projects taking place across the UK and on digital platforms, each seeking to bring people together while celebrating the UK's creativity and innovation. Visitors keen to discover what's in store should watch this space, with more information to follow soon.
Featuring an eclectic mix of live, virtual and hybrid events, Scotland’s Year of Stories will celebrate the stories and storytellers that have immortalised the landscapes and culture of Scotland, inspiring people the world over. From Robert Burns and Walter Scott to Ian Rankin and JK Rowling, the event will showcase the tales and talent behind the nation’s rich cultural offering, shining a spotlight on its diverse communities, people and literary heritage.
Whether welcoming the world’s best golfers to compete in the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews or marking 150 years since the first FA Cup final, Britain is packed with sporting pedigree in 2022. England will host the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 throughout July, welcoming the elite from the women’s game to our shores. The Rugby League World Cup will also see men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions taking place simultaneously for the first time, when the tournament gets underway across England from mid-October. Meanwhile, other events including Wimbledon and Royal Ascot are preparing for the return of capacity crowds and planning celebratory events like never before.
The Scottish capital Edinburgh is a city renowned for its festivals, and 2022 marks the 75th anniversaries of two mainstays in the city’s extensive festival programme, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival. In addition, the year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride March in London, and Britain’s biggest LGBTQI+ festival is set to return after a two-year hiatus. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) also celebrates its centenary in 2022, while it’s 25 years since J.K Rowling’s wizarding hero hit the shelves in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – details of related events are to be confirmed.
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