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Family Friendly Festivals in Europe

by Ellen 15th November 2016
Le Fête Nationale, Paris

If you’re looking for something different to do this year on your holiday, European festivals should be top of the list. Whether it’s sampling local culinary delights, enjoying traditional music, or discovering customs passed down for generations, Europe is a cultural hub worth exploring. We’ve put together some of our favourite festivals in Europe going on this year, you’re sure to find something to suit the entire family.

  1. Weihnactsmarkt, Strasbourg

  2. The German markets are a Christmas favourite celebrated across the entirety of Europe. Visit Strasbourg to experience the place where it all began. The Christkindelsmarik was originally held in 1570, making it the oldest in Europe.From 25th November to 31st December 2016 there will be 300 stalls spread out over 12 locations in the city centre, all selling beautiful food, drinks and trinkets. There will also be live music and a living nativity not to be missed. And it’s just an hour away from our camp in Herbolzheim, Germany.
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    1. Nice Carnival, Nice

    2. From the 11th to the 26th of February 2017 Nice will hold their annual carnival. Hailed as one of the largest in the world, they boast a procession of 1,000 musicians and dancers from across the world.There’ll be a parade of lights that illuminates the heart of Nice with neon floats of all shapes and sizes, and floral parades on beautifully decorated themed floats where costumed models throw 100s of flowers into the crowd, among many others. Expect 15 days of constant entertainment, matched with an unbeatable atmosphere throughout the city. Want to stay close to the action? Our camp at Cagnes – Green is just a half an hour drive away.
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      1. Paris Jazz Festival, Paris

      Founded by two jazz fans in 1994, this annual festival spans the eight weekends over June and July 2017. Attracting over 120,000 people last year, it’s a must see if you’re in Paris. You’ll see a whole host of major international jazz players take the stage at the Parc Floral. As beautiful as the park is itself with its enchanting flowers, hence the name, teamed with soft jazz and the relaxed atmosphere that accompanies it, it’s a truly unforgettable experience. We’ve got two camps in lovely Paris, Paris Est – Champigny is the closest to the city centre. If you’re a big fan of Jazz, there’s also the 40th annual Roma Jazz Festival this year, but you’ll have to be quick, it’s running from the 6th – 23rd November this year!

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      1. La Fête Nationale, Paris

      2. A French national holiday held on the 14th of July 2017 in the capital city – Paris, Bastille day celebrates the history of the iconic city. Paying tribute to the storming of the Bastille in 1789, there will be a military parade along the river and a re-enactment of the military event itself.There will also be dancers and great food throughout the city, not to mention a beautiful firework display over the Eiffel Tower. Try our camp in Paris Est-Champigny, as it’s close enough to the city centre to be close to the festivities, but gets you away from the hustle and bustle.
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        1. Giostra, Poreč Croatia

        2. If you’re into your history then this festival is the one for you. During the month of September 2017 locals in Poreč Croatia will take a trip back in time to recreate the Baroque period. With over 250 people dressed in traditional costumes this folklore festival serves up a taste of traditional Croatian life.There will be music, local produce and old trades, theatrical performances, street entertainers and much more. The highlight of the festival is a jousting tournament between the armour-clad knights. Best of all we have the stunning Camp Laterna Campsite in the same city.
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          1. Oktoberfest, Munich

          2. Of course we’ve all heard of Oktoberfest, and maybe celebrated it in the local Bierkeller, but the only way to celebrate this festival is in Munich, Germany. The start place of the iconic beer festival, Munich comes alive with traditional dress, food and beverages from the 17th September 2017 for 16 days.Visiting Oktoberfest doesn’t have to just be about the beer, if you have children there are plenty of other activities going on that the whole family can enjoy. As well as plenty of great traditional food stalls, there’s also a one-hundred-year-old merry go round, arts and crafts stalls, music performances and dances. Don’t fancy staying in the busy city with children? Why not stay in our Innsbruck or Lindau camps and travel into busy Munich for the day?
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            1. I’Primi D’Itali,a Foligno Italy

            2. One for the foodies, this is the only national ‘festival of first courses’ in Italy. Learn to cook classic pasta, gnocci, soups and starters in this Italian culinary marathon. Experience tastings, demonstrations by great chefs and cookery classes, complemented by theatre and entertainment.This festival runs from the 28th September – 1st October 2017, attracting hundreds of visitors every day. There’s also special ‘junior classes’ where children can learn the historical origin and how to cook traditional Italian dishes. For all you foodies our Castelvecchio di Preci camp is half-way between Rome and Florence and only an hour from the festival.
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            5. Green Man Festival, Wales

              1. There are also plenty of festivals in the UK that are family-friendly. One of my all-time favourites is Green Man. Held on the 17th -20th August this year, this music festival has had big names like Hot Chip and James Blake is built around kids.

              There’s an indoor cinema showing kids films, a fun fair and a dedicated ‘little folk zone’ with tons of free workshops and activities. There are also toilets and showers built especially for children and all food stalls offer child portions.

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            8. So there you have it, our top 8 European festivals to look out for next year. Which will you be attending? Are there any great ones we missed? Let us know in the comments below, or via Facebook or Twitter.

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