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 for us, with great events, openings and new entertainment on their way.
Explore England’s natural beauty
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 can already be explored, 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, meaning lovers of rugged coastline and bracing vistas will be spoilt for choice!
RHS Garden Bridgewater, Greater Manchester
If you’re a green-fingered gardening fan, why not head to Salford in Greater Manchester, which 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.
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 doors opening to reveal 80 elegant bedrooms, as well as an exquisite spa, with a naturally heated thermal pool taking centre stage.
Get up and about
New Windermere steamer, Lake District
You 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.
Experience new cultural delights
Frozen the Musical, London
If you’re a fan of Olaf and Elsa, London’s the place for you in autumn 2020, as Frozen the Musical opens at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane following the venue’s £45m refurbishment. The adaptation of the hit film was a stellar success on Broadway and you can expect a knockout show, filled with glistening snowflakes, ice queens and singing snowmen.
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.
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 from mid-July until late October, including the Open Eye Gallery, Tate Liverpool, Victoria Gallery & Museum and the National Museums of Liverpool, this is a great time for you to soak up the city’s buzzing art scene.
Museum of Making, Derby
If you’re a history fan, you can celebrate the re-opening of the world’s oldest factory in autumn 2020, as Derby’s 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.
Soak up sporting highlights
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 football fans 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 for you to enjoy, including the UEFA Festival, a celebration of art, culture, music and football across the capital.
Tour de Yorkshire, Yorkshire
Created 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. You can come to watch the race, or alternatively don your favourite race jersey and ride much of the same route that will be tackled by the professionals from 30 April to 3 May.