Top 10 things to do in July
Sarah Vickers
Prize Fulfilment

Top 10 things to do in July

1st July 2016

It's July and summer is in full swing (well - in theory). This month the UK plays host to some fantastic festivals so it's the perfect month to plan an event closer to home. We've included some of our favourite options for UK incentive events in July below, along with top European music extravaganzas as well as events worth travelling across the globe for.


Exit Festival, Serbia

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EXIT Fesitval, Serbia

Forget Brexit, let's talk about EXIT. Serbia's EXIT festival hosts a huge array of music acts with genres ranging from electronica to metal. With a stage built inside a 17th century fortress the acoustic quality is unlike any other festival. This, coupled with beach front camping by the Danube, dance parties that continue into the early hours and cheap Eastern European beers, makes EXIT one of the most sought after festivals in Europe.


Calgary Stampede, Canada

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Calgary Stampede, Canada

Each July Calgary comes alive with 10 days of fairground rides, livestock shows and - of course - the famous bull rides. Start your days with a pancake breakfast, spend the afternoons watching the rodeo or chuckwagon races, before gathering for the grandstand show's fireworks display in the evenings. However you choose to spend your time, a cowboy hat is compulsory attire.


Latitude, UK

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Latitude Festival, England

Multicoloured sheep, enchanted gardens and a faraway forest - at Latitude Festival there's a surprise around every corner. This inclusive, friendly festival is a celebration of the arts - as well as music stages, you'll find a live art house, a shed of stories and a comedy stage. Explore the captivating festival site where a new discovery awaits you at every turn or concentrate on the music; this year's acts include The Maccabees, The Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men.


Wanderlust, USA

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Wanderlust, California, USA

Set on the shores of cobalt-coloured Lake Tahoe, Wanderlust invites you to 'unplug from the ordinary'. At first glance this seems to just be a festival devoted to yoga, but delve deeper and you'll discover a community spirit with healing vibes, organic foods, water sports classes and live music which is welcoming to experienced yogis and novices alike.


Running of the Bulls, Spain

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Running of the Bulls, Spain

In a tradition dating back over 600 years and often referred to as the San Fermin Festival, young Spaniards put their faith in the hands of Saint Fermin as they escort a herd of stampeding bulls through the streets of Pamplona. Brave bull-runners race through the cobblestone course with 600 kilograms of raging bull hot on their heels as crowds line the streets to cheer them to the bull ring.


Fuji Rock Festival, Japan

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Fuji Rock Festival, Japan

Forget the muddy fields of Glastonbury, Fuji Rock Festival lays claim to being the cleanest festival in the world. This three day event held at Naeba Ski Resort plays host to both local and international acts. This year's lineup includes Biffy Clyro, Sterophonics and Tom Odell. Away from the stages, one of the highlights of the festival is the journey to the top of the resort's mountain on the world's longest gondola, from which you can take in the outstanding views of the festival site.


Tomorrowland, Belgium

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Tomorrowland, Belgium

Tomorrowland is a technicolour spectacle with an atmosphere like no other. Fans of electronic dance music from across the globe unite to rave in a world of magical fantasy where stages are transformed into fairy tale castles. After a chaotic day of partying, recharge in the vibrant glamping city of DreamVille complete with BBQ areas, fresh bakery and hair and make-up salons.


Palio di Siena, Italy

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Il Palio, Italy

Held in both July and August, Il Palio transforms the Italian city of Siena with celebrations surrounding the famous horse race. The final race itself is less than 2-minutes long but the festivities start days before with a showcase of the best horses and a series of trial races. The main event is a display both of skill and guile; as the race has no rules, jockeys have been known to shove their rivals in an attempt to take the lead. The race may be short but there's no shortage of action and excitement.


Secret Garden Party, UK

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Secret Garden Party, England

Secret Garden Party is an exploration of the unexpected. This independent arts and music festival embraces creativity and surrealism, with a programme dedicated to ensuring festival-goers have a fantastic time. As well as a great line-up of music acts there's paint fights, an intergalactic travel bureau and a games arena.


Lollapalooza, USA

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Lollapalooza, Chicago, USA

25 years on from the first festival, Lollapalooza is still as strong as ever. This year's lineup includes top acts such as Radiohead, Ellie Goulding and Bastille. Music is not the only thing on offer however - Chow Town provides some of Chicago's best cuisine while the art market offers organic, fair-trade shopping true to Lolla's progressive roots.



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