FORTH­COM­ING FES­TI­VALS: FOR YOUR TRAVEL CAL­EN­DAR

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MEAD­OWS IN THE MOUN­TAINS

WHEN: June 8-10 WHERE: Bul­garia WHAT: Set in the Rhodope moun­tains this new fes­ti­val fea­tures dance, jazz and folk acts such as Crazy P and Riot Jazz. WHY GO: Guests are en­cour­aged to “run through fields and forests with un­tamed aban­doned”. GET­TING THERE: Tick­ets cost £65. Clos­est air­port is Plov­div, two hours away. Ryanair flies there from Stansted. A shut­tle ser­vice will be op­er­at­ing. More in­for­ma­tion: www.mead­owsinthe­moun­tains.com

SOUND­WAVE FES­TI­VAL

WHEN: July 19-23 WHERE: Croa­tia WHAT: A fest for left­field dancescene en­thu­si­asts (if you don’t know what that means this fes­ti­val is prob­a­bly not for you). It com­prises four days of heady mu­sic and boat par­ties that sail be­tween the pretty Kor­nati is­lands. WHY GO: Big names such as De La Soul, DJ Yoda, Craig Charles, the Bays and Tom Mid­dle­ton are strut­ting their stuff over four days of live mu­sic, boat par­ties and guar­an­teed sun on the gor­geous Croa­t­ian coast. GET­TING THERE: Tick­ets to the fes­ti­val cost £105. The clos­est air­port is Zadar which is ser­viced daily by flights from across the UK and Europe and is ap­prox­i­mately 20 min­utes away by car. Other airports in the re­gion in­clude Split (90 mins) and Za­greb (3 hours). More in­for­ma­tion: www.sound­wave­croa­tia.com

MEDELTIDSVECKAN OR ME­DIEVAL WEEK

WHEN: Au­gust 5-12 WHERE: Visby, Got­land, Swe­den WHAT: An eight-day me­dieval fes­ti­val WHY GO: Each year the walled city of Visby on the is­land of Got­land is trans­formed into a car­ni­val fit for King Arthur. The ex­ceed­ingly pop­u­lar Medeltidsveckan sees joust­ing knights, jug­glers, dancers, mu­si­cians and a tra­di­tional mar­ket recre­ate the spirit of me­dieval Swe­den. Grab a tankard of mead, and cheer on your cho­sen knight as he does bat­tle on the field of hon­our. GET­TING THERE: Stay at the Ho­tel Strand in cen­tral Visby where seven nights’ B&B cost from £1,385 pp (two shar­ing), in­clud­ing flights (Heathrow) and car hire. Early book­ing rec­om­mended. Sunvil Dis­cov­ery on 020 8758 4722,

BER­LIN FES­TI­VAL

WHEN: Septem­ber 7-8 WHERE: Tem­pel­hof Air­port, Ber­lin, Ger­many WHAT: A mu­sic fes­ti­val. WHY GO: Fes­ti­val-go­ers pur­chas­ing a Ber­lin Fes­ti­val two-day ticket will be in for a treat this year. With 10,000+ head­phones, the Silent Arena Af­ter­show party will give ticket hold­ers the chance to con­tinue par­ty­ing af­ter the final main stage gig from mid­night till 4am at Tem­pel­hof Air­port. It’s go­ing to be the big­gest ever Silent Disco. GET­TING THERE: A 2-day ticket costs 74 eu­ros plus a book­ing fee. It is valid for Septem­ber 7 and 8 in­clud­ing Ber­lin Fes­ti­val and Silent Disco af­ter-show party at­tem­pel­hof Air­port. A Kom­b­i­ticket costs 89 eu­ros plus book­ing fees and in­cludes the fes­ti­val and Club Xberg at Arena Ber­lin as well as a shut­tle ser­vice to Club Xberg. More in­for­ma­tion: www.berlin­fes­ti­val.de

SURIN ELEPHANT FES­TI­VAL

WHEN: Novem­ber WHERE: Surin, Thai­land WHAT: Once a year, elephants from all over Thai­land make their way to Surin. For cen­turies, the peo­ple in this prov­ince were renowned for their skills with elephants. Catch­ing wild elephants may be for­bid­den now but there is still a strong link. For many ma­houts (elephant keep­ers) at­tend­ing this fes­ti­val with their elephant is the pin­na­cle of their lives. Watch hun­dreds of these gen­tle gi­ants feast on a buf­fet to en­er­gise be­fore they show off their skills. Share your hol­i­day snaps and images with other readers. This could be quirky, funny, at­mo­spheric or sim­ply a view you love. Send to: sliv­ingston@thejc.com

Paul Fox from Eal­ing hol­i­dayed in the Loire Val­ley in Au­gust 2008 with a group of friends. They vis­ited the 15th cen­tury Château de Valençay nestling in the serene coun­try­side of the In­dre depart­ment. The cas­tle is famed for its gar­dens and in par­tic­u­lar its sub­stan­tial labyrinth. Paul says: “The maze was so beau­ti­ful, I didn’t mind get­ting lost in it”.

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