The tinsel and baubles have been stowed away and it’s back to reality for another year – but don’t worry! If you’re feeling the January blues, we have just the thing. Here are eight reasons to be excited for the year ahead:

1. Harry Potter treads the boards

First books, then (wildly successful) films, now it’s time for Harry Potter to hit the West End! Co-produced by JK Rowling, a new play is set to focus on the famous wizard’s parents. It’s due to arrive in 2015, so keep an eye out for tickets!


2. The first ‘official’ British astronaut

Brits have made the journey into space before, but everyone’s excited that Major Tim Peake will be the first ‘official’ British astronaut in November this year. He’s got a six-month stay on the ISS to look forward to, as well as a 2-inch growth spurt (apparently you grow taller in space… Now you know!)


3. Chinese New Year

The Year of the Goat starts on February 19th, and London hosts the biggest celebrations outside of Asia. If you fancy taking part, sampling some traditional foods and catching live performances, head down to Chinatown or Trafalgar Square and enjoy the parade!


4. House of Cards Season Three

Some say the final season is upon us… we’ve seen the rise, now it’s time for the dastardly rogue to reap what he’s sowed. We’ll know soon enough – all thirteen episodes will be released on Netflix on February 27th (yes, that’s a Friday, no, you won’t get anything done that weekend).


5. Benedict Cumberbatch becomes Hamlet

It’s going to be a good year for theatre. In addition to the Harry Potter play, 2015 will see the mighty Benedict Cumberbatch taking to the stage at the Barbican. Tickets have already sold out (natch), but the kind souls at the Barbican have kept 100 £10 tickets on hold for each performance, so there’s still a chance you’ll get to see Sherlock in the flesh.


6. Another Royal baby

Prince George was born in July 2013, but he’ll soon be sharing the limelight with a new baby brother or sister. All eyes will no doubt be on the Duchess of Cambridge for the next few months as the fourth in line to the throne makes their first appearance!


7. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Ignore the dodgy subtitle and the memory of the prequels… This time will be different. It has to be better than Episodes 1-3, right? The new trailer certainly shows promise, so we’re hopeful that the new Star Wars is a bona fide reason to be excited for 2015.


8. The Rugby World Cup comes to England

We might not see the FIFA World Cup in Blighty for a long time, but we can still get excited about the Rugby World Cup! Starting September, prepare for busy pubs, high spirits and lots of men throwing odd-shaped balls around.


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