From More Harry Potter To The Queen's Birthday - Here Are The Events You Can Look Forward To In 2016

Right now 2016 looks pretty depressing. It’s January and we’re all skint with a full year of work ahead of us, but on the bright side, there are some pretty exciting things afoot. Check out our list of what you should be doing in the next year:

2016 Events
2016 Events
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Right now 2016 looks pretty depressing. It’s January and we’re all skint with a full year of work ahead of us, but on the bright side, there are some pretty exciting things afoot. Check out our list of what you should be doing in the next year:


The first episode was only last night but we’re already hooked and so you should be too. Immerse yourself in BBC1’s adaption of Leo Tolstoy’s classic, War & Peace to lift yourself out of the January funk. Did we mention James Norton stars…?

Dinosaur fans, assemble! The Museum of National History will be debuting a 122 ft long skeletal cast of the newly discovered Titanosaurus species this month in the Fossil Hall.

If you're a burger fan (and not attempting Veganuary) then you'll be excited to know that serial pop-up Lucky Chip will finally be opening a restaurant of it's own in London's Dalston area this month.

Awards season kicks off with the Golden Globes on the 10th of January. We're banking on Saoirse Ronan picking up the best actress award. Expect pretty people wearing even prettier things.


Your favourite really, really ridiculously good-looking people are back with Zoolander 2 on the 12th of the month. We’re excited to see Anna Wintour, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande make cameos.

2016 is officially the year to be single. Celebrate (don’t commiserate) the coming of Valentine’s Day by taking a trip to the cinema with your nearest, dearest and crudest girlfriends to see How To Be Single with Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson.

If you’ve got a loved one who is so laid back you think they’ll never get down on one knee then 2016 is the year to grab your love life by the balls. According to an old Irish legend, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick that women should be able to propose to men every four years on a leap year. Expect a barrage of 'WE'RE ENGAGED' Facebook posts on the 29th of the month.

Carrying on from the Golden Globes the Baftas (14th Feb) and Oscars (28th Feb) will both take place in February. Fingers crossed that Leo DiCaprio will finally grasp the glory he has been waiting for all these years.


Another big film we’ve been itching to see is Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice which is premiering on the 26th of March. Men in spandex? Yes, please.


April kicks off a big year for the royal family who will be celebrating the Queen’s 90th – yes, 90th! – birthday on the 21st.

One of the most intriguing entries for this year is the Victoria & Albert’s upcoming exhibition, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear which will be unveiled in April.

If you consider yourself the female version of Mick Jagger then you may want to head down to the Saatchi Gallery’s newest exhibition titled, EXHIBITIONISM: The Rolling Stones from the 4th of April. The exhibition will take over 2 floors and will feature over 500 artefacts and provide an immersive experience into the band's 50 year history.

Disney’s Jungle Book will be enjoying the live action makeover this year with its release on the 15th. If you haven't seen the trailer already, where have you been? Really.


A typically British horse pageant to celebrate the Queen’s 90th will be taking place on the 12-15th of this month. Tally Ho!

The Cricket Summer Series kicks off on the 19th. If you're a massive cricket fan, this will be the pinnacle of your year, if not, at least you have an excuse to crack out the Pimms.


After Nemo played an epic game of lost and seek in the ocean, it’s Dory’s turn this time. Finding Dory will be out on the 17th of June.

So while the Queen may have celebrated her actual birthday in April, her official birthday is in June (gives her time to get over the hangover from the first one, we hear). With a National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, a birthday parade and a giant street party on the Mall to celebrate the 600 charities that the Queen supports, expect to be all royaled out.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been mourning the loss of Harry Potter ever since the credits of the last film rolled but rejoice, because 2016 is a bumper year for all muggles and witches alike. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 will begin it’s run in April. The play is set 19 years after the last book and will follow Harry and his youngest son, Albus Severus Potter.

Wimbledon will take over our screens at the end of the month. After last year's stellar performance, we're rooting for our girl Heather Watson to do us proud!


The epic Tour de France begins on the 2nd of July with Chris Froome vying to win the race for the third time.

Girl power has officially gone supernatural. The all-female Ghostbusters cast will be available for hire from the 15th onwards. With Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy joining forces again, expect this to be a LOL experience.


The Rio 2016 Olympics begin on the 5th of August with what we can only presume will be a carnival themed opening ceremony. Nothing will ever be as good as London 2012, but at least we’ll still get to stare at Tom Daley in those speedos without feeling pervy. It’s for sport after all.

On the 12th and 13th of the month the Perseids meteor shower will be taking place with over 100 meteors visible in the sky. Heads up!


Following on from the Olympics, the Paralympics will be taking place from the 7th of September. Team GB, we've got this!

Only just got the hang of your new iPhone? Well, be prepared to want to swap it for the new one which is rumoured to be released in September of this year. The iPhone 7 is rumoured to have a better battery life (thank you Lord), will be thinner than ever (at least that's one of us) and a bigger memory.

Everyone’s favourite diarist is pregnant and she’s taking us along for the ride! The much anticipated Bridget Jones’s Baby will be out on the 16th of September.


We’re sorry but we still cannot help singing along loudly and proudly to Justin Bieber’s Sorry and that’s why we can’t help but be excited for the pint-sized singer to hit the UK in October for his Purpose tour. Expect run-ins with the paps and outrageous publicity stunts to follow.


All eyes will be on America for the 58th US presidential elections on November 8th. Fingers crossed for all mankind that Donald Trump won’t get anywhere near the White House.

With Eddie Redmayne playing the lead character, Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (out the 18th of November) is already set to be a winner. J K Rowling we love you. Always.


In December 2016, the last remaining American, British and Australian troops will head back home (hopefully in time for Christmas).

And finally, it'll be Christmas again and we can all relax and eat an endless supply of mince pies. Only 12 months to go...

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