are sometimes unconfirmed and occasionally
unreliable, so check before booking. TBC/A = To Be Confirmed/Announced
Koningsdag (Orange Day) in Amsterdam the wildest day of the year. The city streets and canals burst with orange as locals and visitors enjoy this city-wide celebration. Orange-pride, live music, parties, boats and street markets, this is an electric atmosphere not to be missed.
29 March -
SPAIN, Seville and Granada, Holy Week, Semana Santa - hundreds
of shuffling pointy-hooded penitents, torch lit processions up to the Easter weekend in gorgeous cities. The premium time is during the night/early morning of Thursday-Good Friday.
4 - 5 April
Chios Island, Vrontados, Church Rocket War, Rouketopolemos - two rival churches fire around 60,000 firework rockets at each other between 8pm on Holy Saturday and 0:30am Easter Sunday. A heaven-sent art attack? Greece
ITALY, Florence, Scoppio del Carro - festive 'Explosion of the Cart' in Piazza del Duomo on Easter Sunday, set off by a mechanical dove driven from the Altar during High Mass. What madness is this? Florence Pictures
6 - 11 April
AUSTRIA, Mayrhofen, Snowbombing Festival - a week long live music event, with wild bands and world-class DJs in a fantasy alpine setting. This
'Ibiza in the Snow' is regarded by many as 'the Greatest Show on Snow'. It was the UK Festival Award's 'Best Overseas Festival' winner in 2010.
10 - 26 April
HUNGARY Budapest Spring Music Festival - all
sorts of arts, music, drama, dance, exhibitions, poetry and kid's
stuff, local and international, in a fine European city. Budapest Pictures
21 - 26 April
SPAIN La Feria de Abril (April Fair) in Seville - Seville's best spring party with traditional dress, parades, dancing and boisterous parties in a gorgeous environment. Seville Pictures
(27 April but 26th
if 27th falls on Sunday)
Amsterdam, Koningsdag, King's Day (a national holiday), is an annual cerebration for their King's birthday also known as Orange Festival (former Queens Day),
for lovers of the colour orange, beer and dope, this is a massive street and canal-boat dance party, starting the night before. Amsterdam
Isle of Man TT street racing. 30 May - 12 June. Original photo by Jonathan Camp.
ENGLAND Brighton Festival - a 3 week annual outdoor celebration of all kind of arts. It is regarded as England's biggest curated mixed arts festival which attracts some of the most innovative artist and companies from UK and the would as well as some of the most adventurous audiences.
Saturdays May to September in different
Rhine locations. TBC
GERMANY, Rhine in Flames, down the River Rhine
from Linz to Bonn on summer nights - a massive and amazing coordinated
fireworks display from boats, stately buildings and the surrounding
May - 21 June
AUSTRIA, Vienna Festival (Wiener Festwochen) - this 5 week event offers a wide range of arts, especially music, naturally, but also dance and theatre, sometimes challenging pieces, all set in magnificent buildings. Vienna Pictures
Petersburg, the White Nights Festival in gorgeous, romantic and endlessly light St Pete. The "Stars of the White Nights" with a series of the world famous Mariinsky (Kirov) ballet and opera performances is the most important part of the Festival (28 May - 31 July 2015). St
NORWAY, Oslo Constitution
Day - celebrates independence from Denmark, with folk music,
parades, entertainment and people in traditional costumes.
- 23 May
Flower Show - 11 acres of the UK's (and arguably Europe's)
best flowers and gardens event, with plenty of original, even wacky
22 - 25 May
AUSTRIA Salzburg Whitsun Festival - an extension of the
Europe's most prestigious summer classical music event. Held every year during Whitsun or Pentecost weekend in Mozart's pretty home town of Salzburg.
ENGLAND Ageas Salisbury International Festival - an high-standard, award winning multi-arts festival, ending with fireworks display in the Cathedral Close. It is one of UK's leading arts festivals known for its creative programme and the excellent economic value, despite over half the audience enjoying the festival through free events and activities.
30 May - 12 June
of Man TT Races. The ultimate event for bikers. Watch racers
on 37 miles of narrow, winding, stone walled roads travelling at way
over 150mph, then get out there yourself. Death is no stranger to
(Late Spring Bank Holiday Monday)
ENGLAND, Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling near
Brockworth in Gloucester, Gloucestershire - dozens of brave and/or bonkers people fling
themselves down a precipitous hill (1-in-2 gradient ) attempting to catch huge, rolling rounds
of Gloucester cheese. Bones get broken regularly, a few people faint just watching the event, so this is a remarkable sight
in the nanny state of England, but parking is a nightmare - 15,000 spectators rolled up in 2009.
28 - 30 May
SPAIN, Barcelona, Primavera Sound - one of Spain's biggest music festivals at Parc del Fòrum, 6km from Barcelona on the coast. Primavera is popular for line-ups focusing on eclectic, new, independent music.
GERMANY, Berlin Pride Festival and Christopher Street Day (Berlin CSD Parade), held 4 weeks prior to the day in Berlin - probably the biggest European gay parade and street party.
22 May 2016
11 June 2017
27 May 2018
Every year on
Mons, Le Doudou or Ducasse de Mons, Battle of Lumecon and the Procession of the Golden Chariot - Saint George fights the dragon and everybody pushes a vast, sacred chariot around town. Belgium