5 European festivals to take the family to this summer

29 June 2018


With summertime officially in swing, we’ve rounded up some of the best events and festivals across the UK and Europe that are great for adults and kids alike.

Green Man – Brecon Beacons, Wales: 16-19 August 2018

Championing the best in independent music across the country, Green Man is set within South Wales’ Brecon Beacons mountain range – the ideal rustic location for a music festival free from corporate influence.

Both established and new artists channelling chilled-out acoustic vibes are featured in this year’s stellar line-up, which includes John Grant, Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes. Green Man also showcases its cultural side with a cinema tent, an extensive list of talks and installations, and a multimedia adventure zone for teens. For younger kids, there are workshops to create costumes for the Sunday parade as well as the Lost City of Atlantis, which is ruled by the Flying Seagulls pirate crew.   

Pohoda – Tencin, Slovakia: 5- 7 July 2018

Pohoda in Slavic stands for peace, ease and contentment, and that certainly describes the vibe of this arty, eco-friendly event. The tempting line-up includes a range of musical talents, from the Chemical Brothers and Jamie Cullum to Ziggy Marley and Jessie Ware.

At Pohoda, alternative meets classical in a celebration of art and music. In addition to fantastic bands and solo artists, there are live theatre-style performances, workshops where you can learn more about Slovak culture and try on traditional dress, and activities such as pottery making and pregnancy yoga. Families can camp in a former military airfield surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains.

Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival, Denmark: 24 August–2 September 2018

This annual event celebrates the best of Copenhagen and Denmark’s gastronomy scene. Founded as recently as 2016, it gives visitors the choice of more than 100 unique events over the course of 10 days.

This open-source festival showcases the best in modern Nordic cuisine and other delectable fare from the city’s renowned restaurants, with plenty of events held in English so you can be sure to take some expert insights back home. There are also cooking demonstrations, as well as cooking workshops for both children and adults.

There is something for every palate to sample, as authentic dishes concocted by award-winning Danish chefs are served up, from the famous smørrebrød to local soups.

La Tomatina – Buñol, Spain: 29 August 2018

This world-famous event quite literally paints the town red. Dating back to 1945, this large-scale food fight sees between 10,000 and 40,000 people get together each year to throw over 100,000 tonnes of tomatoes at each other.

Everyone is welcome to get involved, but kids might feel more comfortable at La Tomatina Infantil, an adapted version for those aged four to 14 years (parents take cover and watch from behind fences!).

Tollwood – Munich, Germany: 27 June–22 July 2018

Head down to Munich’s Olympiapark for this international cultural festival celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018. This 25-day extravaganza presents a fabulous programme of musical acts, plays, cultural events and environmental activities.

Kids love the myriad of acrobats, street performers and impromptu shows that pop up across the park, while the environmental displays teach them important lessons concerning the preservation of our planet. There are also an adventure playground and child-friendly performances for them to enjoy.


If you’d like to book one of these fantastic festivals for this summer, contact your Travel Counsellor.

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