As the weather has finally started to accept that the season is, in fact, summer, thoughts turn to how to make the most of what’s left of it. One experience guaranteed to entertain is music festivals and Discover Ferries has brought together five out-of-the-ordinary music experiences easily reachable by ferry and car.
Rock En Seine – France, Paris, 26 – 28 August 2016 – Three day pass is £100 and includes camping ticket.
Born in 2003, Rock En Seine has become one of France’s top mega-festivals. Held just outside of Paris at the incredibly scenic Domaine National de Saint-Cloud (an 1100 acre historical park), this festival showcases the best of international and regional rock on five unique stages. The line-up includes legend Iggy Pop, Foals & Massive Attack.
Things to do: There’s an endless choice of things to do in Paris, but for an alternative view of ‘Paris from above’ with the Eiffel tower in it, why not head to Montparnasse Tower – one of the highest buildings in Europe. Or, visit the Catacombs of Paris, 200 miles of underground tunnels in Paris where the remains of up to seven million Parisians can be found.
Getting there: P&O Ferries (www.poferries.co.uk) and DFDS (www.dfds.co.uk) both sail from Dover to Calais from £78 for P&O Ferries and £58 for DFDS for a car and up to nine passengers, which is just over a three hour drive from Paris.
Jersey Live – Jersey, Channel Islands: 3 – 4 September 2016 – Weekend ticket from £95.50 with accommodation separate. But people can buy festival, accommodation and travel packages at http://www.channelislandsdirect.co.uk/campaigns/jersey-live.
The atmosphere at Jersey Live Festival is second to none, with a vibrant and responsive crowd, and a huge roster of artists. This year’s line-up includes Disclosure, Madness, Sigma and drum’n’bass legend Shy FX and many more famous artists. Often a sell-out, Jersey Live Festival remains the Channel Islands’ biggest live music event with 20,000 attending over the festival weekend. The Par 4 Field) serving up family entertainment ranging from local and up-and-coming international live music, comedy and spoken word artists by day to music for the grownups by night.
Things to do: While in Jersey head to the beach to try sand yachting, also known as Blokarting. (It is the act of moving across land in a wheeled vehicle powered by wind through the use of a sail.) Or visit the Jersey War Tunnels from WWII and learn about the German occupation of Jersey.
Getting there: Condor Ferries (www.condorferries.co.uk) sails to Jersey from Poole or Portsmouth from £49.50 each way.
BESTIVAL – Isle of Wight, UK: 08 – 11 September 2016 – Tickets from £208.
Round off the festival season back in the UK with one of Europe’s most talked-about and flamboyant festivals: Bestival, held at the scenic Robin Hill country park on the Isle of Wight, is an experience not to be missed. As well as a range of outlandish, family-friendly attractions including The Castle in the Sky Bonfire Extravaganza, sculpture garden and a solar-powered bandstand, the festival boasts a great line-up history. The Bestival 2016 line-up includes The Cure, Major Lazer, Sean Paul & Fatboy Slim to mention a few.
Things to do: Enjoy a stroll through Queen Victoria’s garden at Osborne House and spend a day on the cliffs at The Needles – the Isle of Wight’s famous chalk sea-stacks. Or, why not go fossil hunting at Brook Chine one of the best fossil hunting sites in the UK.
Getting there: Wightlink and Red Funnel both offer combined Bestival and ferry tickets, with special rates for motorbikes, and children aged 15 and under:
Lollapalooza Berlin 2016 – Germany, Berlin, 10 – 11 September 2016 – Two day pass from £117.
Lollapalooza is an annual music festival held in five countries around the world. It was first held in Berlin in 2015 and is back for its second year featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop and dance. It has also provided a platform for non-profit and political groups and various visual artists. Some of the acts gracing the stage include the huge Radiohead, Kings of Leon, James Blake & Chase & Status.
Things to do: Walk along a stretch of the Berlin Wall that still remains between Wedding and Mitte including a one mile stretch known as the East Side Gallery which is dedicated to art and painting. Or, try and evening food tour by bike with www.berlin.fattirebiketours.com.
Getting there: Stena Line (www.stenaline.co.uk) sails from Harwich to the Hook of Holland from £127 for two travelling by car and DFDS (www.dfds.co.uk) sails from Newcastle to Amsterdam from £70 per person with a car and two people or £38pp for a car and up to four people, which is then a seven hour drive to Berlin.
Amsterdam Dance Event 2016 – Holland, 19 – 23 October 2016 – Tickets are bought separately for each event at https://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/
The Amsterdam dance event (ADE) is the world’s leading electronic music conference and the biggest club festival for the many electronic sub-genres on the planet. The event offers a full program of daytime conferences, including interactive workshops, mentoring sessions, technical demonstrations and in-depth round-table discussions, alongside a nighttime music festival featuring more than 220 events over five days in 52 venues around the city. Each year, the ADE attracts over 3,000 business professionals and 140,000 festival visitor’s including 30,000 tourists – from 62 countries.
Things to do: Visit the Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes) which is a network of picturesque streets criss-crossing Amsterdam’s canals. The area is just two minutes away from the Royal Palace in Dam Square. The streets are crammed with quirky boutiques, shops, and art galleries.
Getting there: Stena Line (www.stenaline.co.uk) sails from Harwich to the Hook of Holland from £127 for two travelling by car and DFDS (www.dfds.co.uk) sails from Newcastle to Amsterdam from £70 per person with a car and two people or £38pp for a car and up to four people.
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