Whatever time of the year you choose to go on holiday you’re guaranteed to find a destination that coincides with a local carnival or festival to make your break extra special. Search today!
The UK hosts countless festivals and carnival throughout the year.
Experience the buzz and excitement of Cromer Carnival, one of Norfolk’s biggest summer events, packed full of activities for all the family, the highlight of which is a colourful parade through the town.
For something totally different, consider the Larg Viking Festival which is held every year to commemorate the famous battle of 1263, when the last Viking invasion was repelled. Get up close to the Vikings as they parade through the town and discover how they lived in the authentic camp.
Step back in time at Llandudno Victorian Festival, which celebrates the resort’s rich heritage, or Rochester Dickensian Christmas, where you can catch characters from Dickens’ much-loved stories, enjoy a candlelit procession and sing along at the open air carol concert.
The people of Germany know how to celebrate. Experience the ‘Kölner Lichter’, Germany’s biggest and most spectacular musical fireworks display that lights up the skies above Cologne or the world renowned Oktoberfest beer festival.
You can also get in the party spirit at the Autumn Diksmuide Beer Festival in Belgium, where you can try locally brewed beer and sing and dancing to a traditional oompah band.
Alternatively, head to Italy for the flamboyant Venice Carnival or Austria for the colourful Cow Festival or the Alpine Brass Festival, where the best brass bands from the region come together to entertain you in the picturesque Tyrolean village Ellmau.