London is renowned for its varied and diverse culture, but the past is always remembered..
This year, find out all about the history of not just the UK but the world is these series of exhibitions all over the UK.
London Borough of Culture – Brent
January to December 2020
Inspired by the British City of Culture and European Capital of Culture program, London Borough of Culture (London’s cultural district) is an initiative launched by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in 2018. In 2020, Brent takes over from Waltham Forest. Designed to introduce culture to the heart of the communities, it is a unique opportunity to discover the diversity of the different neighbourhoods of London.
Nature 2020 – Brighton, England
To commemorate the end of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020), the municipality of Brighton and Hove, together with numerous environmental defence agencies, has announced the organization of Nature 2020, a series of events in favour of Ecology Along the Brighton and Lewes coast. The purpose is to publicize local nature reserves and preserve them by taking advantage of the 10th anniversary of the South Downs National Park.
Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art – Liverpool, England
July 11th – October 25th, 2020
The largest festival of contemporary art in England will return to Liverpool in 2020. The Biennial will host works by 500 international artists between July 11th and October 25th. For this eleventh edition, director Fatoş Üstek and Ecuadorian curator Manuela Moscoso will show off their experience to transform the 2020 festival into a special event. European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool has more museums and art galleries than any other city in the United Kingdom after London, and many of them are free. A cultural asset that certainly brings quality to the event scheduled for the summer.
Upfest –Bristol, England
May 30th – June 1st, 2020
After a break in 2019, Upfest, the Bristol urban art festival is back. With more than 300 artists giving a new air to more than 40 corners of the city, it is the largest street art festival in Europe. The M Shed will present Bristol Street Art: past, present and future in a new exhibition scheduled from June 6th to November 1st, 2020.
Beethoven 2020 – Newcastle Gateshead, England
In 2020, Sage Gateshead will host a special program for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The Newcastle concert hall in north-east England will propose concerts and thematic weekends throughout the year.
Dolphin Fest 2020– Aberdeen, Scotland
The second edition of the Dolphin Fest will be held in Aberdeen, Scotland, in April 2020. During this event, the city is crowned as an incontestable destination for dolphin watching. The festival will propose multiple activities throughout the city to celebrate its marine mammals: interactive games, scientific conferences, excursions to the sea and more.
The Illuminated River, London
The Illuminated River is a large-scale artistic project that aims to illuminate the bridges of central London along the Thames. It is a work conceived by the internationally renowned artist Leo Villareal and the British architects’ cabinet Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, presented by the Illuminated River Foundation, which has been developed with love, respecting heritage, wildlife and the environment, with the Desire to create an exceptional installation. The transformation of the city aims to revalue the role of the Thames bridges within the identity of London and encourage the population to enjoy the river and its riverbank at night.
Tour de Yorkshire – Yorkshire, England
April 30th – May 3rd, 2020
In 2014, the great start of the Tour de France took place in the county of Yorkshire in northern England. The cyclists crossed the beautiful landscapes of Great Britain and their spectators were able to discover the wealth of the historical heritage of this region where the fortified city of York, the cosmopolitan city of Leeds, the cathedral of Ripon and the university city of Sheffield are located.
Since then, every year, the Yorkshire Tour crosses Yorkshire County in 4 stages. This event, reserved for professional cyclists, is always accompanied by an amateur race, the Yorkshire Ride Tour, in addition to a cultural festival, the Yorkshire Festival Tour.
The Fife Regatta 2020 – Scotland
4th -11th June 2020
This regatta, organized for the last time in the town of Fairlie in 2013, will begin and end in Largs. It will take place in various places along the Clyde River, especially in the Holy Loch Marina, Dunoon, Rothesay, around the island of Bute and in Tighnabruaich. William Fife’s famous yacht fleet will return to Clyde to participate in a unique regatta. As in previous races, participants will appreciate both the spectacular landscapes and the local hospitality, but also with a new itinerary.
Velo Birmingham & Midlands
June 21st, 2020
This new cycling race of approximately 161 km will take place for the first time in the summer of 2020. 18,000 participants of all levels will leave the centre of Birmingham and cross Coventry, where they will circulate along the paved streets around the cathedral.
Revitalization of Strawberry Field, Liverpool – August 2019
The well-known Strawberry Field, immortalized by the Beatles song,
The Salvation Army opened Strawberry Field to the public for the first time in September 2019, allowing visitors to explore the grounds. Incorporated in the grounds is a training centre for young people with special educational needs and a new exhibition space dedicated to the story of the place, together with a cafe and shop, was the place where John Lennon used to escape during his turbulent childhood and the inspiration for the naming of the immortal song.
The Wave Bristol – November 2019
The Wave Bristol, a new artificial lake dedicated to surfing, opened in autumn 2019 in Bristol, in the south-west of England. Powered by a wave generator capable of producing 1,000 waves per hour, the lake has 3 different areas depending on the level of difficulty as well as a space reserved for high-level and semi-professional athletes. Located in a green space on the outskirts of the city, The Waves also has a swimming pool, a cafeteria, a teaching centre, a camping area and a surf shop.
Bargate Quarter, Southampton – Autumn 2019
Southampton has earned a reputation as a good getaway destination thanks to the renovation of its cultural neighbourhood, the creation of Ocean Village, the expansion of West Quay Shopping and the opening of quality hotels such as the Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa. Also, in the autumn of 2019 a new neighbourhood, the Bargate Quarter was inaugurated, which brings fresh air to the city thanks to its carefully selected bars, restaurants and shops.
Heart 200, Scotland – 2020
Heart 200 is a new tourist route of almost 322 km that crosses the countryside of Scotland around Perth, Stirling, Trossachs and the Perthshire County Highlands – in the very heart of Scotland. In addition, this magnificent itinerary connects two Scottish national parks, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and the Cairngorms. Thus, whether for a weekend, a holiday week or any other good excuse, Heart 200 proposes an itinerary that will delight all types of visitors.
England’s Coast Path – 2020
Starting in 2020, it will be possible to travel the longest enabled coastal path in the world (4,500 km), the path of the coast of England that extends from Newcastle to the Dartmoor National Park in Devon. Those who visit will discover beautiful sandy beaches and towns and small fishing villages immersed in a postcard landscape.
Loch Ness 360 Trail – 2020
The Loch Ness 360° Trail is an 80 km enabled trail that runs along Lake Ness in its entirety, intended for hikers, mountain bikers, lovers of racing and outdoor sports in general. The trail, which connects the Great Glen Way and the South Loch Ness Trail around the lake, begins and ends in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, but can be accessed from anywhere.
Renovation of the Geffrye Museum, London – Spring 2020
The Geffrye Museum, an East London museum dedicated to the history of the interior of Great Britain, has initiated a huge transformation program, Unlocking the Geffrye, in order to turn it into a more open museum by improving the visitor experience. Remodelled, it will open again in spring 2020 after 2 years of work.
RHS Garden Bridgewater, Manchester – Spring 2020
In 2020, the long-awaited inauguration of the 1st phase of one of Europe’s largest horticultural projects awaits us: RHS Garden Bridgewater near Manchester, the first new garden of the Royal Horticultural Society in 17 years. These new green spaces have been devised by landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith. The initial plans include a new modernist building, designed by architects Hodder + Partners, which will serve as a reception for visitors at the southern end, an aquatic room, a teaching centre and a cafeteria. In addition, the project provides for the reconstruction of the garden of about 4.5 hectares. When everything is over, the Bridgewater garden will occupy an area of 63 hectares.
Desmond Family Canoe Trail, North England – Spring 2020
The Desmond Family Canoe Trail is the first rowing path in the United Kingdom. It connects the Irish Sea with the North Sea, from Liverpool (Mersey) to Goole (Humberside) over 261 km through the cities and towns of Liverpool, Wigan, Blackburn, Burnley, Leeds, Skipton, Bradford and Goole. Follow the Leeds and Liverpool channel and grab the channelled section of Leeds Air & Calder. Those who navigate it will take between 5 and 7 days to cover it in its entirety. Throughout the journey, we will find accommodation and restaurants.
Museum of Making, Derby – Summer 2020
In the place where the first factory in the world was built, the inauguration of the Museum of Making will highlight the city’s industrial past and its ability to innovate at the time and always. Installed in the Silk Mill, which is part of Derwent Valley Mills, a World Heritage site, it will open to the public in summer 2020.
Cumbria’s Hidden Coast Project, England – September 2020
Thanks to the opening of this new coastal path in autumn 2020, nature lovers will be able to discover spectacular seascapes with its coves and cliffs or enjoy a picturesque 65 km cycle path from Whitehaven to Millom. The project, Connecting Cumbria Hidden Coast, will allow visitors to access an isolated region of the northwest England coast and to perform numerous outdoor activities.
Reopening of Nottingham Castle – During 2020
Nearly 30 million pounds sterling has been invested in rehabilitating the grounds of Nottingham Castle, especially the palace and ducal gardens as well as the vast network of caves and underground hidden in Castle Rock. They are, therefore, a thousand years of history that will be ready to be (re)discovered in this castle, a symbol of power, Protestantism and rebellion for centuries.