The Pageant of the Golden Tree: Bruges’ must-see summer event

The Belgian city of chocolate, waffles and old world architecture, it’s a well-known fact that anyone who visits Bruges can’t help but fall in love. And while it’s already a place set to capture your heart, once every five years, a special event is held to really stir up your senses. The Pageant of the Golden Tree is anything but your average spectacle, and this year the event takes place on the 19 and 20 August. Read on to find out more!

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Find a last minute holiday this August

Get ready for ice cream on the beach, camping under the stars, and plenty of new and exciting places to explore! We know planning ahead can be difficult – especially if you’re juggling a whole family’s schedule – and now the gloomy weather has gone and ruined your staycation plans. But never fear, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy a spot of sunshine this summer holiday with these last minute break ideas. Whether you have a week or a day, take a look at some of these fantastic deals on our crossings this August.

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Summer Travel Advice: Top Tips for Travelling During Peak Times

With summer in full swing, now’s the perfect time to get clued up on some top tips for travelling to Europe during peak times. As the only complete month of the UK’s six-week school holiday, August brings a sharp increase of visits to places such as France and the Netherlands. Many a family set off on their annual escape during this period, so you can expect roads to be extremely busy – including those leading to our ports at Dover and Hull. Here’s all the information you need to prepare for a smooth, stress-free journey when travelling by ferry.

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Summer Road Trip: The Wine Capitals of France

Although the birthplace of wine can be traced back to a cave in Armenia around 4000 BC, France has long been the beacon of viticulture. This is a country that has produced some of the finest vintages in history, and its regions lend their name to almost all grape varieties. Whether you’re a snob for a Southern hemisphere Sauvignon or favour a California Pinot Noir, you probably have France to thank for it. If you have a car, there should be little to put you off exploring France’s famous wine capitals on a summer road trip. After catching a P&O ferry to Calais, four of the most distinguished wine regions in the world are at your fingertips. Each have their own allures, and here, we delve into what makes each of them unique.

NB: France has a driving law which requires every vehicle to have a breathalyzer on hand at all times. Stay safe and stay overnight locally when choosing to indulge in a few glasses of regionally produced wine.

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A Summer in Paris

Long sunny days and light evenings were just made for exploring Paris – think romantic picnics eating brie and baguette in front of the Eiffel Tower, or lounging with an espresso outside a chic café. But as well as these classic holiday favourites, summer is the time when the city really comes into its own, with the warmer weather bringing a whole host of new and exciting events. So grab your sunglasses – here are the spots you should be visiting in and around Paris this summer.

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Dunkirk: Town of unbelievable tales

Just 10 km from the Belgian border, the French coastal town of Dunkirk is perhaps best known as the site of one of the most miraculous evacuations in military history. But before World War II, Dunkirk was famous for a very different reason – it grew into one of the most prolific fishing towns in France. Today the town is a vibrant tourist spot with reminders of its rich history etched across the area. For the release of Christopher Nolan’s feature film documenting the events of the 10-day ordeal in 1940, we take a look at the best places to visit in Dunkirk.

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On your bike! Lesser-known cycling events in Europe

With the weather hotting up and the evenings growing ever longer, the open road calls to many a fan of two wheels. A huge number of cycling races take place across Europe during the summer and early autumn months, so if you’re gearing up for the finale of the Tour de France you should definitely check out these other events in the calendar. Whether you’re a keen cyclist looking for a place to race, or a fan who simply wants to witness these world class athletes in training, these lesser-known cycling events provide stunning views, exciting terrain and a buzzing atmosphere for spectators.

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