Cruise into spring

You’ll find no shortage of activities across Europe during springtime. Below is just a few favourites from France, Belgium, Germany and Holland.



Renowned for her heroism and valour, taking place on 4-5 June in Reim is France’s Joan of Arc festival. This weekend festival transports you back to a medieval realm in their reconstructed village, with archaic cuisine, workshops and performances, including fire juggling!

From 8-27 April you can enjoy the Bird and Nature Festival in Abbeville, take in the stunning sights on horseback or by boat. Spot seals, birds and even snakes with daily excursions, documentaries and exhibitions.

A magical evening in May awaits at the European Night of Museums. 1200 French museums take part. With free entry, the event has activities for all ages and is a truly enchanting experience.



Why not pack your fishing rod and take part in Belgium’s fishing season which starts in April?

Visit the capital from 20-22 May as it’s taken over by over 700 jazz musicians and become part of the rhythm of the city. With the warming weather, head to the outdoor stages, or make it intimate in the clubs, cafes, theatres and hotels also rich with musicians.

For a gastronomical getaway, why not visit Gent Smaakt! A food festival in Ghent taking place 24-28 May, where you can try all the local favourites. Tasting beer in Belgium is almost compulsory, so why not make an event of it and attend Leuven beer festival from 4-5 June?

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2017 sees the 25th anniversary of the Saxon Wine Route, a 55km trail through Saxony. Taste the regions delicious wines while enjoying outstanding natural landscapes and ancient castles.

Bavaria takes full advantage of its enchanting aura over Easter weekend, with egg hunting, hidden by the ’Osterhare’, villages dressed in ribbons, roast lamb lunches and colourful sword dances.

From 2-5 June the Carnival of Cultures turns Berlin into a city-wide street festival celebrating Berlin’s diversity. Aimed at all ages, there are workshops, parades, political discourses and over 100 DJs and bands. The atmosphere of equality and unity creates a total sense of free love.

Image credit: Sergey Galyonkin



Springtime is epitomised on Texel Island, with vibrant meadows and bouncing lambs, and is the perfect family day out.

For a party, visit on 27 April, King’s Day. A national holiday, people take to the streets to celebrate with music, markets and fun fairs. Make sure you’re wearing the brightest shade of orange, or else you’re sure to stand out.

Paaspop is an eclectic music festival that runs from 14-16 April. You can see artists from SIGMA to Seasick Steve, with all genres invited. There’s accommodation from tent pitching to glamping.


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