Happy New Year from across the pond! Here at Original Travel UK we're choosing to cast aside any January blues and instead look straight to the year ahead - there are so many exciting experiences coming to the UK and Ireland for 2019. We are continually adding new and off-the-beaten-track experiences to our portfolio to include in your tailor-made itinerary. Here are just a few of our favourite experiences across the UK and Ireland for 2019…

Queen Victoria's Anniversary

SPRING

Queen Victoria's Anniversary

This May the UK and Ireland will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth in 1819. In honour of this royal anniversary, a number of limited exhibitions will be held across London, including at Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Game of Thrones Finale

For those who are distraught by Game of Thrones ending this spring, delay the inevitable by visiting the real-life filming locations across Northern Ireland, including The Dark Hedges of Armoy, Tollymore Forest Park and Downhill Strand beach on a special Game of Thrones tour.

Cricket World Cup

SUMMER

Cricket World Cup

Cricket is quintessentially English and you don't need to understand the rules to enjoy yourself (believe us, most of us Brits don't have a clue what's going on either). This summer, the Cricket World Cup is coming to a number of fantastic venues across England and Wales and, for a VIP experience, we can arrange private cricket ground tours or an afternoon spent in the iconic Long Room in the Pavilion at Lord's.

Dior at the V&A Museum

This year, London's Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting Dior's largest ever exhibition in the UK, tracing the history of the 20th century designer and exploring the fashion house's strong relationship with Britain and the Royal family. There will be 200 haute couture gowns on show, many worn by high-profile clients, with one of the highlights being Princess Margaret's iconic 21st birthday gown.

Buckingham Palace

AUTUMN

Season Three of The Crown

The hotly-anticipated return of The Crown this autumn the perfect opportunity to get in the regal spirit while vacationing in London. Feel like royalty for a day with a before-opening private tour of the Crown Jewels at The Tower of London and a visit to Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and various filming locations from The Crown with your private local guide.

World Porridge Championship

The World Porridge Making Championship takes place each year in the Scottish Highlands and brings in competition from all around the world (yes, really). If you think your daily bowl of porridge is true perfection, add this fun experience to your Scottish trip this October and compete for the highly coveted 'Golden Spurtle' trophy, and Goldilocks' seal of approval of course.

The Nutcracker

WINTER

Backstage at The Nutcracker

This year, the Royal Ballet returns to London's Royal Opera House with a fabulously festive performance of The Nutcracker. At Original Travel UK we can arrange an exclusive behind-the-scenes festive experience for your family, including a backstage tour of the world-renowned venue and a meeting with the ballerinas themselves.

Christmas Cashmere

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes private tour of one of the best, and most authentic, cashmere mills in the world. Located in Scotland, learn how your cosy cashmere sweaters are made as you are led through the intricate process by an expert. At the end, you'll have the chance to purchase some stocking fillers for your nearest and dearest to take back home.