If this year has taught us anything, it is to regard all non-dreadful news with a healthy degree of scepticism. This week, however, a genuine glimmer of hope appeared on the horizon, giving even the most downbeat among us cause to think an end to the pandemic might, just might, be in sight.
Early data suggests the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine protects more than 90 per cent of people from developing Covid symptoms. Deliveries are expected to begin before the year is out.
Would it be utterly mad to believe a return to normality is nigh, if by ‘nigh’ we mean ‘perhaps by next Easter, if we’re lucky’? This year, Easter holidays were all but wiped out, as were most other events and dates in our diaries. But looking ahead to Easter 2021, which falls on April 4, we could well be in a better position. So what might things look like by then, and what can you book now to look forward to?
From festivals and live concerts to theatre, there’s something for everyone and much is already scheduled to take place.
After its postponement this year, the organisers of the Charley Says Easter Fest 2021 are planning to go bigger and better with a huge DJ line-up and a brand new venue in Surrey between April 3 and 4. You can buy tickets here.
Every year, there is a spectacular performance of The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. The next one is scheduled for April 2 and features 100 performers. Attendance is free.
The Country to Country Festival, Europe’s biggest country music festival, has been rescheduled for 2021 between March 12 and 14, at the O2 in London, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and the 3arena in Dublin. You can buy tickets here.
New musicals such as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, and Frozen had to move their premiere dates to spring 2021, just in time for Easter. You can also enjoy some quality time watching the classics, including The Lion King and Wicked.
Food and drink
Many restaurants don’t know whether they will survive beyond Christmas, let alone what their availability will be at Easter. At this stage, it is difficult to vouch for their booking lists. But for those who love a good brunch, sought-after and normally-fully-booked restaurant, or food and drink festival, there will be options next spring.
You can join the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival 2021 waiting list if you’re interested in learning from professionals and discovering food and drink from all corners of the globe. The festival will take place at Chester Racecourse on April 3-6. Meanwhile, the Scottish Vegan Festival is due to take place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on April 11.
Fancy a traditional Easter Sunday lunch or dinner? You can enjoy a taste of stardom at some of Britain’s best restaurants and pubs. Treat yourself to a meal at the only pub in the UK with two Michelin stars, The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Or try The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, The Kitchin in Edinburgh, or Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire or The Hardwick in Abergavenny, if you want to spoil yourself.
Set to begin in early April, the Urban Food Fest in London and Manchester is a unique culinary experience accompanied with free live entertainment and games.
Big sporting events have not been spared the disruption caused by the virus in 2020; many were cancelled or rescheduled. But 2021 looks promising.
The 2020-21 domestic football season has already begun, of course, and just in time for the Easter period, next year’s Six Nations rugby tournament is set to go ahead as planned, between February 6 and March 20.
This year’s domestic cricket competition was shortened, but from April 2021 the new season ought to go ahead as normal.
The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) roadshow Unibet Premier League Play-Offs tournament has grown in popularity and is set to return as early as February, lasting right through until Easter.
The Grand National is set to return to Aintree on April 10. Tickets are available here. There is also daily horse racing scheduled throughout spring at all the usual venues including Musselburgh, Newcastle, Lingfield Park, Kelso, Chepstow and Nottingham.
The BBC’s A Question Of Sport, the world’s longest-running TV sports quiz, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. There are no live recording dates planned at the moment, but it should resume in early spring. You can register for updates on tickets here.
There has already been a surge in bookings as travellers turn their attention to the Easter holidays next year. If you do plan to try and go abroad, it remains advisable to book flights with a reputable airline that has a flexible cancellation policy. Cyprus, Morocco and Crete are good bets for reliable sunshine at this time of year. Other great choices for Easter sunshine are Lanzarote, Malta and Gozo, and Sicily.
But for those who still want to play it safe, UK staycations will always be a great option. From pebble beaches at Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa in Devon, family friendly beaches and activities along the Pembrokeshire coast, stunning ocean views at Lewinnick Lodge in Cornwall, and Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, the medieval core of a fine 16th century mansion in Llandudno, there’s something for everyone.
If you are still undecided, visit our travel section for more information and inspiration.
Various London attractions host their own Easter activities, including Easter egg hunts around Royal palaces, museums and landmarks.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, south east London, usually hosts an Easter extravaganza for all ages.
The London Games Festival will be back for its fifth year in celebration of the art, culture and business of video games.
We will add more events here as they are confirmed