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6 European Festivals to Tick off Your Bucket List



With more amazing music, cultural and foodie events taking place throughout Europe each year, it’s no wonder we’re hopping on planes and joining the parties abroad. So, we’ve selected seven must-go destinations that’ll make your next festival experience the best one yet.

Green Man FestivalFor the family... 

Travelling with children? A quick trip across the Irish Sea and an hour’s drive from Cardiff airport, Glanusk Park in Wales holds the family friendly Green Man Festival in the town of Crickhowell. Children between 5-12 years pay £5 admission, which includes dedicated camping and under four-year-olds are free of charge. This is your chance to experience a European festival without the long travel, cranky kids and searing heat – success!

For the rocker... 

Hellfest is the annual French music festival for people looking to rock out in the sun. It’s held within the Val de Moine sport complex in Clisson, a mere 35 km south-east of the city of Nantes, and approximately 400 km southwest of Paris. This year’s line-up included Iron Maiden, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, so we strongly suggest you keep an eye on any Hellfest 2018 news. Rock on!

Flow festivalFor the artist...

Forget rolling fields, a chance of rain and sloshing about in the mud, Flow in Finland is a hub of art, urban design and industrial spaces mixed with amazing music and delicious food. No soggy chips or wellies here, it's set in the Suvilahti power plant area, a short walk from the centre of Helsinki, transforming into a living art space against which bands the National, Janelle Monae, Bonobo and Darkside have performed.


For the foodie...

Fast becoming one of the biggest food festivals in Northern Europe, Copenhagen Cooking is putting Denmark on the gastronomy map. This festival pays homage to Danish food culture, Nordic cuisine and features chefs from some of the city’s leading restaurants. You’ll find cooking workshops, wine tastings and markets amongst over a hundred events that take place around the city of Copenhagen.

For the dancer... 

Sonar FestivalSónar is Barcelona’s massive celebration of electronic music, featuring DJs and loads of performances to make you dance your flip flops off. The programme at this super-cool city-based festival is split into ‘Day’ and ‘Night’ listings, with new and up and coming acts during the day and big headline names at night. This year included Massive Attack, Rudimental and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. With venues all around the city centre, you can be sure to take in Barcelona’s tourist sites between acts. Oh, and book your flights and accommodation early for 2018 with Abbey Travel – this is a popular one.

For the hipster... 

Stop Making Sense is the Croatian festival halfway between Zadar and Split where you can dance in the sun, by the sea and underneath the stars in Tisno: a secluded bay with its own private beach and on site accommodation. Why not fly into Split or Zadar airports and take time to explore Croatia before availing of the shuttle buses to the festival? And with up to 2,000 attendees and a bunch of bands and DJs we’ve never heard of (in hipster world, that’s a good thing), you’ll rarely have to queue for a beer or the toilet. Hurrah!

Organising your festival hit list?

If you’ve caught the travel bug and fancy a cultural trip with a different beat, why not call us on 01 8047100 and have one of our agents help you plan your festival holiday? Or check out our website for great deals.
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