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10 Things to Look Forward to in 2022

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 2022 (Picture: Getty)

We had so many hopes for 2021, following that year, but unfortunately it was a bit of a flop.

Footie didn’t come home, Kimye split up, the weather was a bit rubbish, and a plethora of major events were cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the new year is upon us, making now the perfect time to put the past behind us and start looking forward to what 2022 has in store.

Here are the best things to look forward to in the upcoming year.

Things to look forward to in 2022

Although it is good to get excited by the following events, it is also important to keep in mind that they may be cancelled or rescheduled due to coronavirus.

It is hard to predict the situation months ahead of time.

Fingers, toes – everything is crossed (Picture: Getty)

Fingers crossed!

World Cup 2022

It could very well come home (Picture: Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Don’t put your vuvuzelas away just yet – England has a second chance of bringing football home during next year’s FIFA World Cup.

The major sporting event will take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee brings with it a bumper four-day weekend (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Is there anything better than a bank holiday?

Yes: two bank holidays.

The event, marking Her Majesty’s 70 years as reigning monarch, will include the Trooping the Colour, a live concert held at Buckingham Palace, a service in St Paul’s Cathedral, and plenty of jaw-dropping light displays.

The bank holiday weekend for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will take place from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Winter Olympics

This year’s Summer Olympics proved to be a massive hit (Picture: Derek Leung – International Skating Union/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

This year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo proved to be a massive hit, with the BBC reporting a whopping 68.8 million online viewing requests for its Olympics coverage in the first week of the Games.

The Olympic fun has only just begun – as the Winter Olympics are due to take place in China from February 4 – 20.

Fans are most looking forward to the figure skating, bobsleighing, and the ski jump.

New movies

The Batman starring Robert Pattinson comes to UK cinemas on March 4 (Picture: AP)

This year saw its fair share of blockbusters, from James Bond: No Time To Die to Last Night in Soho – but 2022 promises so much more.

Comic book fans are eagerly awaiting to see how Twilight’s Robert Pattinson takes on the iconic role of Batman, while the gamers among us can’t wait to see Spider-Man’s Tom Holland star in the movie adaptation of Unchartered.

Bookworms can look forward to an adaptation of the bestselling novel Where The Crawdads Sing, whilst Gemini vegetarians practice their bend and snap in anticipation of the release of Legally Blonde 3.

Other big hits to look forward to this coming year include:

The 335Death on the NileScreamFantastic Beasts: The Secrets of DumbledoreDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessTop Gun: MaverickJohn Wick: Chapter 4LightyearMinions: The Rise of GruThor: Love and ThunderMission: Impossible 7Hocus Pocus 2Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverAvatar 2

And Super Mario Bros. starring Chris Pratt as the iconic Italian plumber – although, it’s too early to say if this is something to get excited about, or dread.

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TV shows

The Apprentice returns after a two-year hiatus (Picture: BBC/Boundless/Ray Burmiston)

Do-be-do-be-do-be-do-be-do-be-do-be-do-doo.

The Apprentice is returning to our screens in January, finally breaking a two-year hiatus.

Fans of the reality show can’t wait to see Lord Sugar give some harsh truths to a new batch of egotistical businesspeople – and brutally fire each of them week by week.

Other major shows will be dropping new series in 2022, including Bridgerton, Ozark, Killing Eve, Euphoria, Stranger Things, Ted Lasso, The Mandalorian, The Boys.

Alongside this is a whole host of new TV shows to get your teeth into, including:

House of the DragonLord Of The RingsPeacemakerThe Gilded AgePam & TommyPachinkoThe StaircaseObi-Wan KenobiAndor

Your 2022 nights in are sorted.

Doctor Who regeneration

Someone else will take on the iconic role (Picture: BBC Studios/Ben Blackall)

Jodie Whittaker will finally hand over the Doctor Who role to a new actor in the coming year – but who could it be?

Favourites for the position include Olly Alexander (It’s A Sin), Michaela Cole (I May Destroy You), Richard Ayoade (IT Crowd), and Jo Martin (Holby City).

But who could Jodie be handing the sonic screwdriver on to?

You’ll have to wait to find out… unless you have a TARDIS, of course.

Festivals

Festivals are back on the cards (Picture: Getty)

The pandemic saw the cancellation of massive UK festivals such as Glastonbury, Download, Boomtown, British Summer Time – as well as worldwide ones such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Primavera.

However, 2022 could see their triumphant return.

Glastonbury has optimistically revealed some June dates, while British Summer Time has signed The Eagles, Pearl Jam, and Duran Duran to headline next year.

The Reading and Leeds Festival has already started selling tickets, and Noel Gallagher has confirmed he will make an appearance at the first-ever In It Together Festival.

Bring on the banging bops and muddy fields.

A new Bond?

James Bond will be getting a new identity (Picture: Eon Production)

Daniel Craig has starred as James Bond since 2006 – but 2022 may very well be the year the franchise gets shaken (not stirred) up as the actor has previously announced that he will be stepping back from the 007 codename.

Speculation has been rife since Craig announced the news, with many names popping up as potential new double-ohs.

Idris Elba (Luther), Tom Hardy (Venom), Henry Cavill (Superman), and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), and Rege-Jean Page (Bridgerton) are just some of the top contenders.

Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the Bond movie franchise, and so would be the perfect time to announce the name of the new spy.

Holidays

This could be you (Picture: Getty)

With the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, we all had dreams of finally escaping this rainy island and jet-setting around the world.

However, coronavirus had other ideas.

While some of us were able to enjoy a break to France or Spain, the travel restrictions changed so frequently that many had their plans scrapped – or were afraid to make any at all.

However, 2022 may very well be the year that holidays make a triumphant return, as the Covid-19 vaccine reaches the far corners of the planet.

You don’t need to wait until next year to start making plans – start researching the best countries to bask in the winter sun, fun AirBnBs, and mouthwatering all-inclusive holiday deals.

Until travel restrictions soften, just close your eyes and go to your happy place.

Personal milestones

Will 2022 see you turn the big three-oh? (Picture: Getty)

It’s not just the big things you should be looking forward to – it’s important to remember that personal milestones are the ones that will really make a difference in your life.

Are you turning 30, is your best friend pregnant, are you starting a new job or moving in with a partner?

Anything that gives you some joy, even something terribly small like the release of a new book, completing a 10k run, or a visit from a friend, is worth getting excited about.

If Gen Z TikTokkers have taught us anything this year, it’s that you need to romanticise your life and make yourself the main character.

Celebrate the things that mean the most to you, and make 2022 a year to remember.


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