Events in France
France is famed for its gourmet food, couture fashion, fine art and vibrant history so it’s no surprise that the French want to celebrate it all. Indeed, the French love an occasion and there's always the promise of an exciting event just around the corner.
Whether you want to plan your trip around a particular event or intend on seeking one out when you arrive, France is sure to have plenty of events on offer. From world renowned festivals like the Cannes Film Festival to local cheese and wine events, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
A great option is to travel by car ferry to Calais, Dunkirk, Dieppe or even Amsterdam, leaving you to explore at your own pace. Since there are no luggage restrictions on our ferries, it’s also handy if you need to take an array of fancy dress costumes ready for the Mardi Gras!
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Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is known the world over for being one of the biggest festivals for previewing new films from around the world and is an important showcase for European film. Whether you’re a film buff or not, who wouldn’t enjoy watching a classic or two at the Cinéma de la Plage, a public, open-air cinema on the beach. Cannes is attended by a hoard of glamorous celebrities so you’re bound to spot a few Hollywood stars as you wander along the Boulevard de la Croisette or hang out on one of Cannes’ beautiful sandy beaches.
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La Fête de la Bastille, or Bastille Day, marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille Prison on the 14th July 1789. It was one of the first major events leading up to the French Revolution and is now celebrated with a national holiday. Bastille Day is celebrated all over France but if you happen to be in Paris they have a huge parade on the Champs Élysées and put on an amazing fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower. You can also read our blog about Bastille Day here for more information.
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The Tour de France
The world’s most famous cycling competition, first held in 1903, is a fantastic event for cyclists and spectators alike. The event is held over 23 days and covers around 3,500 kilometres, so wherever you are you have the chance to catch a glimpse of the famous yellow shirt as it flies past. The Tour de France usually travels through the beautiful medieval town of Dinan, which is teeming with character and is famed for its artists, sculptors, engravers, bookbinders and glassblowers.
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Fête de la Musique
On the 21st June each year the French celebrate the beginning of summer by having a festival to honour all genres of music, from jazz, soul and funk to reggae, rock and classical. Wherever you are in France you’ll find live music in bars, restaurants, town halls, concert halls and even on the streets. And best of all, most of the concerts are free to attend. What better way to start your holiday?
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