Top 10 things to do in June
Sarah Vickers
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Top 10 things to do in June

1st June 2016

June. The weather is heating up. The sun is shining. It's time to get out your shorts, sunglasses and flip flops in preparation for the start of Europe's festival season. Here are some of our top picks for things to do at home, on the continent and further afield for use as inspiring incentive prizes.

 

Download Festival, UK

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Download Festival, England

The biggest metal event in the UK festival calendar, Download draws increasingly large audiences each year. Fans flock to the Midlands for music, mayhem and mosh pits as artists such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Nightwish take to the stage.

 

World Body Painting Festival, Austria

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World Body Painting Festival, austria

The World Body Painting Festival is one of the most colourful events in Austria's calendar. Artists from over 40 different countries come together to transform the human body from a blank canvas to a unique work of art. Every inch of models' skin is covered with bright, vivid designs - you can even volunteer to be painted yourself!

 

San Francisco Pride, USA

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San Francisco Pride, California, USA

San Francisco's Pride is perhaps one of the biggest celebrations for LGBT equality in the world. The climax of the festivities is the famous Pride Parade, an unmissable event of elaborate proportions, featuring feather-clad floats, sequinned outfits and pumping disco music. The party continues long after the parade ends, with DJs and bands performing on stages around the Civic Center and the Bay's best bars blasting out beats until the early hours.

 

Roskilde Festival, Denmark

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Roskilde Festival, Denmark

Having grown from humble beginnings with only 20 acts performing in its first year, Roskilde is now one of the biggest festivals in Europe. Over 100,000 music lovers descend on the Danish island of Zealand to join the creative, friendly atmosphere which starts long before the big name acts perform. Roskilde welcomes tickets holders to take advantage of the summer camp style vibes, swim in the lake and admire the art installations before the headliners hit the stage later in the week.

 

Haro Wine Festival, Spain

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Haro Wine Festival, Spain

Spanish events make an appearance on many a bucket list. The Running of the Bulls and La Tomatina are obvious favourites, but Haro Wine Festival deserves a spot too. The festival can be best described as a wine war! Bags of red wine are the weapons and white clothes are soon drenched purple. After the battle, tapas feasts complete the celebrations, best enjoyed around one of the large bonfires and accompanied by yet more wine.

 

Rock Werchter, Belgium

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Rock Werchter, Belgium

Rock Werchter is a veritable smorgasbord of well-known acts and up-and-coming future favourites. Crowds gather from across Europe for performances by acts such as Kaiser Chiefs, Ellie Goulding and Paul McCartney while indulging in Belgium's best delicacies: golden-hued beers; crisp, yet fluffy, frites; and waffles piled high with cream and chocolate.

 

Chicago Blues Festival, USA

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Chicago Blues Festival, Illinois, USA

Chicago is one of the biggest destinations for blues in the US, having hosted some of the best acts in the genre since the opening of the Chicago Blues Festival in 1984. Musicians perform on outdoor stages while fans recline by the lakeside, taking in the relaxed atmosphere before heading to the city's blues clubs once the festival is over to continue getting their music fix.

 

Festa de São João, Portugal

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Festa de São João, Portugal

The charming city of Porto plays host to the Festival of John the Baptist, a celebration of love complete with exuberant dancing in the streets and lavish eats. On the night of 23rd June, locals adorn their homes with bunting and decorations ready for the flirtatious advances of those celebrating the re-creation of the ancient courting rituals marked by the festival. Fireworks are lit, the bars along the Douro River are packed and spirits are high, making this the perfect time to visit picturesque Porto.

 

Henley Royal Regatta, UK

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Henley Royal Regatta, England

The Henley Royal Regatta is a highlight of the British sporting calendar, and - as the name suggests - a favourite with the royal family. Rowing crews from across the world gather on the Thames to compete in this exciting event. The best place to catch all of the action is from one of the enclosures on the river bank - preferably with a cool glass of Pimm's in hand.

 

Secret Solstice, Iceland

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Secret Solstice, Iceland

Held during Iceland's summer, the midnight sun reigns supreme over Secret Solstice, with 72 hours of relentless daylight and virtually non-stop entertainment from acts such as Radiohead and Of Monsters and Men. As if three days of continuous bright light and partying weren't impressive enough, for the past two years Secret Solstice has hosted 'Into The Glacier', an exclusive rave in the ice caves of Langjökull Glacier. A once in a lifetime experience!

 

 

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