Holidaying in Europe gives you the great opportunity of experiencing many local events and festivities. We have selected a variety of events taking place across Europe this year, so for an introduction to these events and a list of the nearest parcs, please click on the country you are travelling to below.
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Chateau de Blois Spectacular
March - September (annual)
The Château de Blois is one of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance architecture in the Loire region. The story of its fabulous history is told in a sound and light spectacular (Son et Lumière) with several famous actors playing their parts. Take your pick of three nearby Keycamp parcs in this beautiful region.
Nearby parcs:Le Château de Marais (Chambord)
Parc des Alicourts (Pierrefitte)
Parc de Fierbois (Tours)
The Night of a Thousand Fireworks
Les Nuits des Mille Feux, held annually, light up the magical gardens of Villandry Château with 2000 candles. Lit just as the sun begins to set, the candles burn on until after midnight in the beautiful grounds of the Loire's most famous château. Baroque music, played live by strolling musicians, adds to the mystical atmosphere during this quintessential Loire experience. Villandry Château is conveniently located near to four Keycamp parcs, giving you the freedom to choose.
Nearby parcs:Le Château de Marais (Chambord)Parc des Alicourts (Pierrefitte)Parc de Fierbois (Tours)L'Etang de la Brèche (Saumur)
Les Tombées de la Nuit
The lively town of Rennes hosts a series of musical encounters, light and sound shows in the medieval city centre every July. Young musicians, poets and storytellers turn the town of Rennes into their stage. Even the local restaurants get involved in turning the streets into a truly festive atmosphere. Stay at nearby Chateau des Ormes and you'll be perfectly located to enjoy this delightful event.
Nearby parcs:Château des Ormes (Dol de Bretagne)
Le Grand Pardon des Mariniers, Saint Jean de Losne, Burgandy
Late June (annual)
Known as France's largest inland waterways centre, Saint Jean de Losne's annual festival celebrates its aquatic heritage. A mass is said for the sailors, and the boats are blessed by the priest, sending them safely on their way. The vessels are lent old world charm with their decorations of flags and bunting and the sailors dressed in traditional nautical outfits. The whole of the town joins in with food stalls, performances, sea shanties and merriment. Keycamp's Domaine de Chalain is ideally located to enjoy this festival.
Nearby Parcs:Domaine de Chalain (Lac de Chalain)
Fétes Médiévales de Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy
The Fêtes Médiévales de Bayeux commemorates the Battle of Formigny (1450), which was the final battle of the Hundred Years’ War. During the celebrations, there are costume parades, traditional dances and lots of singing as Bayeux steps back a few hundred years in time. Enjoy this traditional festival whilst staying at one of the following Keycamp parcs.
Le Vallée (Houlgate)La Côte de Nacre (St Aubin)
Mid June – Mid August (annual)
The preserved medieval city of Carcassonne is always worth a visit, especially during the summer-long Carcassonne Festival. A mix of music, theatre and dance is performed among the walled city's historic buildings, including the Grand Théâtre and Basilique Saint-Nazaire. Mixing contemporary and classical, the 2010 programme included the likes of Bob Dylan, Simple Minds, Mika, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jamiroquai plus performances of Handel's Messiah and Bizet's Carmen. Soak up the culture from one of our five parcs in the area.
Nearby Parcs:Club Farret,
Domaine de Massereau,
Domaine De La Yole,
The Strawberry Festival is held annually in the town of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne and entertains both locals and visitors alike. There is everything from markets selling strawberries to a variety of strawberry related products and local delicacies, but the main attraction is the building of a giant strawberry tart! Use St. Avit Loisirs or La Palombiere as a base to enjoy this quirky event.
Nearby parcs:St Avit Loisirs (Le Bugue)
La Palombière (Sarlat)
A Fiera di u Casgiu
Set in the delightful olive groves of Montemagiorre, A Fiera di u Casgiu is a cheese and local produce fair consisting of tastings, painting, cooking competitions and events for children. The festival is a major event for the island's wine growers and farmers as they proudly showcase their own locally grown produce. With two great Keycamp parcs nearby, there's no excuse not to indulge in some quality French produce.
Nearby parcs:Belgodère-Palasca (Corsica)
Borgo 'Pineto' (Corsica)
Cyrano's Table Food and Wine Fair
Mid July (annual)
The Cyrano's Table is a gastronomic fair that welcomes visitors and locals alike to taste delicious local specialities and regional tipples. In the heart of Bergerac, restaurateurs, cooks and enthusiastic eaters meet in the town square to partake in the afternoon and evening events with a fireworks display finishing the event off in style on Bastille Day. Embrace the culture of this wonderful region from our two local Keycamp parcs.
Nearby parcs:St Avit Loisirs (Le Bugue)La Palombière (Sarlat)
Festival de la Mer et du Maquereau, Trouville-sur-Mer
Trouville-sur-Mer hosts an annual festival devoted to the town's thriving fishing industry and, in particular, the humble mackerel. Tastings are held throughout the weekend and the event ends in mass to bless and protect the sailors. The Saturday is a celebration of fishing, with sea shanties sung by local choirs and stalls set up along the harbour selling all things fishy. On the Sunday, visitors are invited to take trips in fishing vessels and try their hand at catching mackerel. With two parcs nearby, why not catch a late summer holiday in the Normandy region?
Auvergne Cheese and French Wine Fair
Every year the streets of Besse, in the shadow of the spectacular Mont Dore, host a delicious wine and cheese fair. Patrons can sample the Auvergne's four cheeses - St Nectaire, Cantal, Bleu de Laqueueille and Fourme d'Ambert - plus a whopping 50 regional wines. Les Tours is perfectly placed to venture into the area.
Nearby Parcs:Les Tours
Salon du Chocolat
The world's largest event dedicated to chocolate offers activities, demonstrations of recipes, workshops for kids, exhibitions, and of course tastings. A parisian event wouldn't feel right without a touch of glamour too and Salon du Chocolat allows the exciting worlds of fashion and confectionery to collide with the Chocolate Fashion Show, featuring - you guessed it - dresses made of chocolate! Indulge in an off-season getaway at Keycamp's two Paris-based parcs.
Nearby parcs:International (Paris)
La Croix du Vieux Pont (Berny Riviere)
1 June - 30 July 2013
Les Epicuriales is an invitation to hundreds of thousands of visitors and locals to drink, dance and be merry. There is a street festival atmosphere with restaurants spilling out onto the terraces and musicians playing amongst them. In the middle of it all is the all important refreshments tent, housing an array of world and local wines. Why not spend an indulgent day out from nearby Domain de la Rive?
Nearby parcs:Domaine de la Rive (Biscarosse)
International Garden Festival
Late April - Mid October (annual)
The International Garden Festival is France's answer to the Chelsea Flower Show with its 30 show gardens set in the beautiful grounds of the château at Chaumont-sur-Loire. Each year the festival has a theme. As well as the spectacular display of gardens there are cafés and shops to add to the event. Soak it all up from our three nearby parcs.
Cannes Film Festival
14 - 25 May 2014
Cannes is home to the biggest and most famous film festival in the world. Most of the action takes place at the famous Palais des Festivals, although screenings do take place all over the town. The beach is the place to see the starlets doing their thing. Some film screenings are open to all to view. With four Keycamp parcs nearby, a stunning Cannes holiday is well within reach.
Nearby parcs:Esterel (St Raphaël)Douce Quiètude (St Raphaël)La Pachacaïd (Canadel)La Baume (Fréjus)
Printemps des Comédiens
June - July (annual)
The Printemps des Comédiens seeks to pick out the very best in theatre for this month-long extravaganza. Festival director Daniel Bedos is world renowned in the world of theatre, and in his hands festivalgoers can be assured of a top quality event. Club Farret and Les Sablons are the closest parcs for this exciting summer event.
Nearby parcs:Club Farret (Vias Plage)Les Sablons (Portiragnes Plage)
Montpellier Dance Festival
June - July (annual)
Montpellier Dance Festival returns to various venues across the city between June and July of this year. It is one of Europe's premier dance events and each year a different theme is chosen for choreographers to respond to. Club Farret and Les Sablons are ideally located to enjoy this Dance extravaganza.
Anjou Theatre Festival
June - July (annual)
The Anjou theatre festival is a high quality affair presenting its productions against the magnificent backdrop of its regional châteaux and monuments. The variety of performances, from the modern and the classical to those for parents and children, are chosen in order to promote Anjou theatre to a larger audience. For a theatrical adventure stay at one of our closest Loire parcs.
Nearby parcs:Parc de Fierbois (Tours)L'Etang de la Brèche (Saumur)
Festival d'Avignon, Avignon
A dynamic and diverse Arts festival, boasting over 50 official productions and many more fringes in this stunning historic city. The festival plays host to some of the world's best directors and theatre companies, showing opera, dance and music performances. Keycamp's Domaine de Massereau is a great base from which to explore this expansive festival.
Domaine de Massereau (Sommières)
International Contemporary Mime Festival
Created in 1983, Périgueux's International Contemporary Mime Festival is one of the most important, with performances ranging from free shows in the Renaissance streets to elaborate productions at larger venues like Le Theatre, Le Palace and La Cour de la Visitation. There are also plenty of workshops for the dedicated mime enthusiast as well as those with just a passing interest. Enjoy a stay at St. Avit Loisirs or La Palombiere and you'll be perfectly located to get involved in this festival.
St. Avit Loisirs,La Palombiere
Les Miserables at Montreuil
End of July to Early August (annual)
Part of Les Misérables is set in the charming French town of Montreuil-sur-Mer. A mammoth cast of over 600 locals join a huge sound and light show of the musical, making for a spectacular event. The show starts at 10.30pm. Chateau de Drancourt and La Bien Assise are located close by.
Chateau de DrancourtLa Bien Assise
Paris Fashion Week
Sept - Oct (annual)
Always the highlight of the fashion calendar, Paris Fashion Week closes the season and shows off the latest collections from the top designers. And its not just for the elite - the streets of the capital echo the fashion of the runways as the style-conscious Parisiens dress to impress. Keycamp's two Paris parcs are in great locations for trips to the capital.
La Fête des Jardins
The secret gardens of Paris open their gates to the world for one weekend a year to celebrate the beginning of autumn. Take a relaxing stroll through the beautiful gardens or soak up the exciting atmosphere at one of the hundreds of associated cultural events. Our Paris parcs provide the perfect base from which to explore these beautiful gardens.
Les Orientales Festival, Saint-Florent-Le-Vieil
June - July (annual)
Every June the ancient Loire town of St Florent le Vieil welcomes a swathe of creative people from Central Asia to participate in a festival all the family can enjoy. Expect a wealth of dancers, muscians, artisans and craftsmen. Keycamp offers seven great parcs near to this pretty Loire town.
L'Étang de le Brèche (Saumur)
Parc de Fierbois (Tours)
Château des Ormes (Dol)Le Mané Guernehué (Baden)
Le Clarys Plage (St Jean Plage)Les Genêts (St Jean Plage)
La Yole (St Jean Plage)
Tour de l'Ile de Ré
In May La Rochelle becomes home to one of the oldest nautical events in France, the Tour de l'Ile de Ré. Hundreds of yachts take part in the race from the mainland at La Rochelle around the beautiful rocky island. With ten top class parcs within a convenient distance of La Rochelle, the choice really is yours.
Nearby parcs:Le Littoral (Talmont St Hilaire)
Bel (La Tranche sur Mer)La Forêt (St Julien de Landes)La Garangeoire (St Julien de Landes)Les Ecureuils (St Hilaire de Riez)Sol à Gogo (St Hilaire de Riez)La Yole (St Jean Plage)Le Clarys Plage (St Jean Plage)Les Genêts (St Jean Plage)L'Océano d'Or (Jard sur Mer)
May - June (annual)
The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, is one of the biggest sporting events in France. For two weeks the 500 best tennis players in the world battle it out on the clay courts of the famous Roland Garros Stadium. Keycamp's Paris International parc is a great base from which to head to the French Open.
Nearby parcs:Paris International (Paris)
Le Mans 24 Hour Car Race
14 & 15 June 2014
Le Mans 24 hour race is a race of endurance. This illustrious event has a great history which is as much of an attraction as the motorsport for the thousands of tourists that visit each year. Owners and drivers from prestigious companies enter and are watched by spectators who often enjoy the sights from their accommodation. Parc de Fierbois and Le Chateau de Marais are the closest Keycamp parcs to catch the race.
Nearby parcs:Parc de Fierbois (Tours)Le Château de Marais (Chambord)
Early October (annual)
If you’re a cyclist fanatic, then make sure you head down to Frejus to see their local cycling event of the year – Roc d’Azur. Over the event period you’ll get to watch races of all distances, from 2km through to the 83km Marathon! You also get to see top mountain bike and road bike brands, providing a unique opportunity to discover the latest prototypes, fresh on to the market. Stay at nearby Domaine du Colombiere to get close to the action.
Nearby parcs:Frejus Domaine du Colombier (Cote d’Azur)
Art Rock Festival
The Art Rock Festival, held in Saint-Brieuc, combines modern music with performance art. It is a refreshingly new type of event presenting both international stars and established artists such as Youssou'N Dour and Moby alongside contemporary performance art. With two parcs in the area, a Keycamp holiday offers a blend of culture and comfort.
Nearby parcs:Les Mouettes: Carantec
Château des Ormes: Dol de Bretagne
Paris Jazz Festival
June - July (annual)
The Paris Jazz Festival is an annual summer event presenting a wealth of free concerts in the gorgeous setting of the Parc Floral. A must for all Jazz-lovers, the festival features a variety of new and established acts from around the world - not to be missed!
La Croix du Vieux Pont (Berny Riviere)
National Brass Band Competition
6 - 8 June 2014
The National Brass Band competition is an extravaganza for all who compete and a treat for attendees. As many as 30 French brass bands meet in the town of Amboise at the Théatre Beaumarchais. Concerts are performed both indoors and out and there are street artists too, adding to the lively atmosphere. If you're staying on one of the four parcs below, then you'll be perfectly located to enjoy this delightful competition.
Having existed since 1976, the Sim Copans or Souillac Jazz Festival now features musicians from around the world and offers a great experience for all the family. The streets are filled with free concerts and workshops for children set amongst this remarkable setting. Keycamp offers two convenient parcs for this festival in the Dordogne.
Fête de la Musique, Paris
21 June 2013
A monster musical celebration all over this lovely city. Professionals mix with amateurs playing different sounds in different locations. Everywhere you go you'll hear music, from opera to jazz. The Fête unites big names at major venues with accordionists on street corners and choirs in church halls. All concerts are free to the general public so it doesn't have to break the bank either!
La Criox du Vieux Pont (Berny Rivière)Paris International (Paris)
Fête Saint Clair, Banneville-sur-Ajon, Normandy
Early July (annual)
The pretty village of Banneville-sur-Ajon in Normandy celebrates the donkey in its annual festival devoted to Saint Clair. Donkeys are paraded through the streets, children are given rides and, as ever with French celebrations, there's plenty of food and wine to sample. Keycamp's Normandy parcs are perfectly located to take a trip to Banneville-sur-Ajon.
Nearby Parcs:La Vallée (Houlgate)La Cote de Nacre (St Aubin)
Château les Eaux (St Pair sur Mer)
Soirées Pyrotechniques, Cap d'Agde, Languedoc
Early July (annual)
Cap d'Agde stages five summer nights of glorious firework action to rival any in the world during the annual Soirées Pyrotechniques. Villagers and tourists alike gather together to marvel at the stunning displays in this fantastic setting. Keycamp offers a wealth of parcs in the Languedoc region but the closest to Cap d'Agde are listed below.
Nearby Parcs:Domaine de Massereau (Sommières)
Club Farret (Vias Plage)
Domaine De La Yole (Valras Plage)Les Sablons (Portiragnes Plage)
Fête du Jasmin
Grasse, the centre of France's perfume industry, is the birthplace of Chanel No 5. During the annual Jasminade, floats decorated with 150,000 flowers are led through the streets and local girls, dressed in jasmine flowers, throw blooms to lucky spectators. Enjoy this parade in the height of summer at one of our top class Riviera parcs.
La Baume ,
Domaine du Colombier,
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