With the new year upon us, many people will be thrilled to say goodbye to 2020, a time we all wish we could forget in a hurry.
Instead, we will be looking ahead to 2021 and the possibilities it holds.
While we don’t know yet when things will start to get back to normal amid the coronavirus pandemic, we can still look forward to a number of things, especially as we now have a vaccine, with the first dose having already been administered to over 500,000 people.
So, after speaking with colleagues and friends about what they’re most looking forward to in 2021, we’ve compiled a list of some of the things you could get excited about in the coming months.
The list features a mixture of things you can enjoy from the comfort of your sofa while the tier system is still in place, as well as things we’ll hopefully be able to do outside our homes again soon.
Here’s a look at our ideas…
Covid vaccine rollout
The mass rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine has begun, with over 500,000 people already receiving their first dose.
NHS England said the bulk of the vaccination programme for those who are “at risk” will take place from the beginning of 2021, continuing through to March and April.
The elderly and those with underlying health conditions are first up on the list for jabs, but if you’re wondering when you might be able to get the vaccine for yourself, there’s an online calculator that will give you a rough idea.
With the tier system set to be in place in England until the end of March 2021, we’ll likely all be staying home for the first few months of the year.
And if there’s one thing that could make staying home on a grey February day a little better, it’s pancakes.
We’ll be sure to stock up on ingredients to make a stack of fluffy pancakes and some thin crepes with lemon and sugar on Pancake Day on February 16.
Our mouths are already watering at the thought!
If there’s one thing we know to be true it’s that the sitcom Friends will always be there for you… even when it hasn’t been your day, your week your month or even your year.
He shared a post on Twitter, writing: “Friends reunion being rescheduled for the beginning of March. Looks like we have a busy year coming up. And that’s the way I like it!”
The special one-off show will see Perry reunite with his co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer.
While Christmas has been ruined for many families this year, we might have a better chance of things turning around by Easter.
At a Downing Street press conference on December 21, Prime Minister Boris Johnson claimed the country would be “very different” from Easter onwards and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that this is the case.
He said: “I think that was the right thing to do and now that we’ve got the vaccine coming in the way that we have, I think that we can certainly look forward to a very, very different world for this country from Easter onwards as I think Chris [Whitty] and Patrick [Vallance] have said before.
“It’s not just very important for people’s morale, but it’s also totally realistic.
“We have every reason to be extremely hopeful about this country’s ability to bounce back next year from Covid and I think that’s the right thing to say then and now.”
The return of the West End
If things do start to change after Easter, we’ll hopefully see theatres reopening in the West End and across the country at some point afterwards.
There are a number of classics we’ve missed, including Mamma Mia!, The Lion King and Wicked.
As well as this a bunch of new shows are scheduled to open from April 2021 onwards such as Pretty Woman The Musical, Singin’ In The Rain, Sister Act and of course the highly anticipated Frozen The Musical.
Watching movies at the cinema
Along with the return of theatres, we’d also like to go back to the cinema more.
A number of big blockbuster releases have been pushed back to 2021 and we can’t wait to see them.
Wonder Woman 1984 was originally scheduled to come out back in August but has now been moved to December 25. But with many places in the UK in Tier 4 and cinemas closed, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to see Gal Gadot back in action until later in 2021.
Daniel Craig’s final Bond flick No Time to Die, is expected to finally hit screens in April 2021 with Marvel’s Black Widow coming out in May 2021.
Other film releases to look forward to include Jurassic World: Dominion, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Top Gun: Maverick and Dune.
The Summer Olympics
As with so many other things, this year’s Olympics were cancelled.
However they’ve been rescheduled for Summer 2021 and are set to take place in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8.
Eurovision fans were devastated when the singing competition was cancelled in 2020, but it’s expected to return next year.
The 2021 show will be hosted in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, following the country’s Eurovision win in 2019 with the song Arcade by Duncan Laurence.
Forty-one countries will participate in the contest; the exact same line-up of countries that would have competed in 2020.
Bulgaria and Ukraine will return after their absences from the 2019 contest, while Hungary and Monenegro have confirmed they won’t be participating.
Couples wanting to get married in 2020 had their plans turned upside down, with strict rules put in place limiting the number of guests allowed to attend.
Those who have been waiting patiently to tie the knot with their love in front of their family and friends will hopefully be able to invite more of their nearest and dearest to their big day once again soon.
Other things people said they were looking forward to in 2021 included attending football matches and other sporting events, the release of Taylor Swift’s re-recorded albums, Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebrations and new video games coming out such as Halo Infinite.
What are you most looking forward to about the new year? Let us know in the comments below.