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Be part of fantastic festivals in Tenerife

Tenerife's terrific summer festivals

Tenerife is a truly amazing place to visit for a short break. With the Spanish island benefiting from a daily average temperature of 22 degrees C, you can be confident that there will be ample opportunity to spend time outdoors. Come here in the summer, however, and not only will you discover that the weather is warmer but there are a great array of festivals taking place.

Lyon's night lights

Celebrate Christmas at Lyon's Festival of Lights

Londoners have been enjoying the Oxford Street Christmas lights for the past 53 years, but that’s nothing compared to residents of Lyon in the East of France where the city’s illuminations date back to the mid-1600s.

Head to London's amazing parks this summer

What events are going on in London's parks this summer?

Summer's a great time to visit London. It's brighter for longer and with any luck the weather is warm and dry. Assuming that the conditions hold out - and here's hoping they do! - it's worth spending time in the capital's parks. There's a great range of events taking place and it'd be a crime to stay inside for your entire break.

Street parties will take over the UK during Queens Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee celebrations set to beat Royal Wedding

3,500 street parties have been registered in the UK to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, even though there is still three months to go until the event.

Go to the Cotswolds to experience festivals in the Stroud

Go to the Cotswolds to experience festivals in the Stroud

If you're looking for a destination with lots to offer during the holidays, a visit to some of Stroud's festivals could be a good idea.

Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival

Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival welcomes newcomers

This year's festival welcomes on board some exciting newcomers. Hastings' very own Classroom on the Coast, a project of Hastings Fishermen’s Local Action Group (FLAG) is set to be the world’s first teaching kitchen and classroom at the heart of MSC Fishery.

Bjork is promising a 'multimedia' performance

Manchester music festival books Bjork

A short break to Manchester will provide a wallet-friendly staycation this summer. Travel before July 17 and you can catch the Manchester International Festival, which features Bjork, Snoop Dogg, True Faith, Rickie Lee Jones and Sinéad O'Connor.

revellers enjoying one of Britain's festivals

Feature: Family friendly festivals for the summer

With the British summer well and truly upon us, people from all over the country are busy making plans for festivals. Sitting on the grass, eating delicious organic food, and listening to favourite or new bands make summer festivals brilliant fun.

children can enjoy festivals too

Feature: Alternative festival breaks for all the family

Good news. The festival season is here! All over the UK and Europe, hordes of revellers are camping out in verdant fields to listen to the latest band and socialise with new or old friends. But with the crux of the festival scene mainly catering to

summer festivals with a difference

Feature: Festival fun for all ages

Lounging on the cool grass in the summer sun, enjoying some unique music, and trying things you can’t realistically find in your home town (such as perry and vegan food!). Along with lounging on dandelion grass, this best defines a British festival.

European beer festival great for short break

Feature: short breaks to European beer festivals

Short breaks are a great way to experience a long lazy weekend abroad, and with the next bank holiday just around the corner many people are planning their next break already. While trips to fantastic European cities are a great way to spend a few days together with friends or lovers, seeing sights and dining at fine restaurants

Edinburgh will host magic festival

Magic festival to return to Edinburgh this summer

The Edinburgh International Magic Festival will return to the Scottish capital this summer following the success of the inaugural five-day Festival last July. The event will take place between July 1 and 8, and is one of only a few public facing magic festivals in the world.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam


This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?