Events

Top Choice Horse Racing in Liverpool

Grand National

The world's most famous steeplechase – and one of England's most cherished events – takes place on the first Saturday in April and is run across 4.5 miles and over the most difficult fences in world racing. Its prot…
Top Choice Religious in Ribeira

Festa de São João

Porto’s biggest party is the Festa de São João. For one night in June, on the 24th, the city erupts into music, competitions and riotous parties; this is also when merrymakers pound each other on the head with squea…
Top Choice Music in Rotterdam

North Sea Jazz Festival

One of the world's most-respected jazz events sees hundreds of musicians perform. A free 'North Sea Round Town' festival in the weeks preceding the festival proper sees a variety of jazz acts performing in public sp…
Top Choice Carnival in Binche

Carnaval de Binche

Binche lives for its Unesco-listed carnival, which culminates on Shrove Tuesday. The undisputed stars are the Gilles, male figures dressed alike in clogs and straw-padded suits decorated with heraldic symbols. In th…
Top Choice Literature in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

Hay Festival

The 10-day Hay Festival is Britain's leading festival of literature and the arts – a kind of bookworms' Glastonbury. Like an iconic music festival, it has the gravity to attract the brightest stars in its corner of …
Top Choice Street Carnival in Le Puy-en-Velay

Fête du Roi de l'Oiseau

This Renaissance-themed street party dates back to a competition first recorded in 1524. Le Puy's most skilled archer, the first to shoot a straw bird from a high tower, was rewarded with year-long tax exemption, di…
Top Choice Carnival in Maastricht

Carnaval

Everything stops for Carnaval. Since November, Maastricht has been preparing. The orgy of partying and carousing finally begins the Friday before Shrove Tuesday and lasts until the last person collapses sometime on …
Top Choice Music in Aix-en-Provence

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Established in the spirit of rebirth following WWII, this world-renowned festival brings opera, orchestral works, chamber music and even buskers to Aix throughout July. The wonderfully atmospheric Théâtre de l’Arche…
Top Choice LGBT in Manchester

Manchester Pride Festival

One of England's biggest celebrations of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender life, held over three days of the August Bank Holiday at the end of the month. There's music and dance (the Big Weekend); debate, films…
Top Choice Winter Festival in Lyon

Fête des Lumières

Over four days around the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December), magnificent sound-and-light shows are projected onto key buildings, while locals illuminate window sills with candles. This is Lyon's premie…