Straight from the horse’s mouth.

There is a whole lot of love floating around the United Kingdom this year in anticipation of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May.  And, if like my invitation, yours was ‘lost in the mail,’  no worries! There’s a whole lot to love about the UK, royal wedding or not. In fact, no matter your reason or your season, there are so many amazing things to do and see here in the new year – from art and music festivals to horse racing to renowned flower shows and culinary events.  If the UK is on your radar this year, consider aligning your travel around one of these events:

England:

  • Cirque due Soleil – Ovo, The Royal Albert Hall, London (Jan 17–Mar 4)
  • Six Nations Rugby (England vs. Wales), Twickenham (Feb 10)
  • London Fashion Week AW18, London (Feb 16–20)
  • Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, The Tate Modern (Mar 8–Sep 9)
  • Monet & Architecture, The National Gallery, London (Apr 9–Jul 29)
  • Cheltenheim Jazz Festival (May 2-7)
  • Royal Windsor Horse Show (May 9-13)
  • Chelsea Flower Show (May 22-26)
  • Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Oxfordshire (Jun 22-24)
  • Wimbledon (Jul 2-15)
  • Lake District Summer Music Festival (Jul 28-Aug 10)
  • The Great River Race, London (Sep 8)
  • Cheltenham Literature Festival (Oct 5-14)

Scotland:

  • Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow (Jan 18-Feb 4)
  • Aviemore Dog Sled Rally, Glenmore (Jan 27-28)
  • Fort William Mountain Festival (Feb 21-25)
  • Glasgow Film Festival (Feb 21-Mar 4)
  • Ayrshire Music Festival, Ayr (Mar 12-23)
  • Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, Speyside (May 3-7)
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival (Jun 20-Jul 1)
  • Royal Highland Show (Jun 21-24)
  • The Senior Open, The Old Course, St. Andrews (Jul 26-29)
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh (Aug 3-25)
  • Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Edinburgh (Oct 19-31)

Ireland:

  • Horse Racing Easter Festival, Mallow, Co. Cork (Apr 1-3)
  • Cork International Choral Festival (Apr 18-22)
  • Connemara Mussel Festival, Renyvyle Co. Galway (Apr 27-29)
  • Bloom in the Park, Dublin (May 31-Jun 4)
  • West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bantry (Jun 29-Jul 8)
  • Galway International Arts Festival (Jul 16-29)
  • Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival, Waterville (Aug 23-26)
  • Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival (Aug 28-30)
  • Cork Guinness Jazz Festival (Oct 19-22)
  • The Wexford Festival Opera (Oct 19-Nov 4)

From music, art and sporting events to horse racing, culinary and literary festivals, the UK truly shares its love with all your interests in mind! I can’t wait to discover what most interests you.  Please reach out to me anytime at jbraun@saddlehilltravel.com or (508) 380-0376 and we can begin planning today.

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