There’s no doubt that 2012 was a momentous year for the UK, with a collection of historical events such as The Queen’s Jubilee, the London Olympic Games and the London Paralympics to name a few. This year as well as welcoming a new royal baby, 2013 brings a new host of exciting one-off events around the UK which will celebrate our nation and the amazing talent that has been produced in it. So if the January blues have left you needing something to look forward to, then why not get involved in one of 2013’s big events? They’re a great excuse see something unique on a city break you will remember for a lifetime.
The 2013 UK City of Culture
Londonderry is the second largest city in the North of Ireland and is bursting with undiscovered culture, putting it top of the list for UK city breaks this year. This vibrant and historic walled city has been awarded the UK City of Culture for 2013 and to celebrate will host a wealth of cultural events including the 10-day All-Ireland Fleadh, the world’s biggest Irish Festival and the ever-controversial Turner Prize. Londonderry is the city of the moment and will be one of the UK’s trendiest places to visit in 2013.
David Bowie is…
From the 23rd March – 28th July 2013, The V&A Museum in London is set to display the first international exhibition of the astonishing career of David Bowie. The retrospective will allow visitors to gain unprecedented access to Bowie’s archive which will showcase the creative processes of Bowie’s musical innovation. David Bowie is… will include a collection of over 300 never-seen-before objects collected through his career and is set to be a cultural highlight of 2013 in the UK.
This year also sees the return of the UK’s best loved showman – Robbie Williams. After a six year absence from the stage, fans and press went into hysteria when Robbie announced dates for his Take the Crown comeback European stadium tour. With 21 dates around the UK including Wembley Arena on the 29th and 30th June 2013, Robbie is back in full force and ready to reclaim his crown as the King of Entertainment. With talk of it being his last ever tour, no fan should miss out on this last-chance opportunity to see Robbie in all his glory.
Helen Mirren in the West End
We’re used to loosing all of our home-grown actors to the star-studded streets of Hollywood, but this year Helen Mirren is staying true to her roots and coming back to the West End, where it all began for her in the 1970’s. From 15th February – 15th June 2013, Helen Mirren will star in brand new play The Audience, taking on the leading role of The Queen. The Audience tells the story of The Queen and her private weekly meetings with over 12 different Prime Ministers and is expected to perform to sell out audiences every night.