Get the lowdown on the top summer festivals plus the finest places to stay, without a sodden tent in sight! The running of the bulls, tomato fights and cheese chases – we've got plenty of ideas for your summer break, from the wondrous to the downright wacky.
Renowned for its pockets of eccentricity, there are plenty of fantastic summer festivals in the UK. Stay in Gloucestershire and chase the cheese down Cooper’s Hill, or try Llanwrtyd Wells for World Bog Snorkelling, Salisbury for Stonehenge Summer Solstice, Bristol for Balloon Fiesta and Llandrindod Wells for Victorian Festival. If you prefer something arty, it’s all going on in August and September at the Notting Hill Carnival, Edinburgh festivals and St Ives Festival.
Summertime is party time on the continent! Stay near Pamplona in Navarre for the running of the bulls, near Buñol in Valencia for the world’s largest tomato fight or in the heart of Paris for Bastille Day. Music fans should rent a pad in Barcelona for Primavera Sound, a villa in Costa del Azahar for Benicassim or fly to Ibiza for the closing parties. While over in Morocco you’ll be wowed by Berber musicians and acrobats at Marrakech Popular Arts.
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“Yara very kind, house clean and very confortable” We enjoyed very much our stay with our three children. We stayed 6 days. Central London is quite easily reachable by metro and bus (less than an hour). The kitchen is well equipped and very clean. Many
The house met our expectactions, we felt at home since the first moment. It was very clean, the beds were comfortable and we slept very well, the kitchen was fully equipped and we could use all the ap… More
Reviewed 25 Aug 2013
The House was as it had been described,very clean with all comfort and especially wifi for our sons. Yara, the owner, was very polite and helpful. Everything great!… More
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Reviewed 8 Jul 2012
I had my family visiting London for the very first time. Yara & Jamila are most wonderful people & we were touched by their hospitality & warm behavior. The house itself is very beautiful & spacious. … More