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cos­tumes. It runs around d the same time as the Food and Wine festival which show­cases the city’s winer­ies.

Twice a year in May and Septem­ber, Sixth Street hosts the Pecan Street Fes­ti­vals, fea­tur­ing the tal­ents of f ar­ti­sans from all over the he US with all man­ner of arts and craft­work. AUSTIN CITY LIM­ITS is the au­tumn ver­sion of SXSW and is held over two week­ends in Zilker Park in early Oc­to­ber. This one at­tracts big-name bands from all around the world. Last year Ra­dio­head, Wil­lie Nel­son and Mum­ford and Sons were there. IF MO­TOR RAC­ING is more your thing Austin has the only For­mula One race­track in the US, the Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas. The United States Grand Prix is held at the back end of the F1 sea­son. DIS­COVER your royal links with a trip to Warwick Cas­tle this month. Vis­i­tors get dis­counts on the Anc An­ces­try web­site to trace th their fam­ily tree – and see i if they are re­lated to the p pow­er­ful 15th5th cen­tury Earl o of Warwick,, Richard STREETST FOOD is an Austin spe­cial­ity so vis­i­tors sh should get stuck into the var­i­ous mo­bile re restau­rants. There are about 1,000 food trucks in th the city and some of them are known for spe­cific re recipes. A favourite is Torchy’s Tacos, a trailer on So South First Street. The Via 313 Pizze­ria truck in Ra Rainey Street and East Sixth Street feeds club­bers w with Detroit-style deep-pan piz­zas.

Prob­a­bly the most trendy of all the eater­ies started life as a food truck­uck but is now housed in a per­ma­nent ent build­ing, although it can­not pos­si­bly ac­com­mo­date all of its cus­tomers. Franklins on 11th Street serves bar­be­cued pulled pork, ribs, brisket etc, and opens at lunchtime only. SOME SIT-DOWN restau­rants have live mu­sic too, es­pe­cially Neville, who was known as the king­maker. Be­tween Fe­bru­ary 18 and 26, the top Mid­lands attraction also has a kids’ tour, birds of prey dis­plays and a trip down into the spooky dun­geon – for those who dare. the leg­endary Stubb’s Bar-B-Q on Red River Street which of­fers grilled smoked meats on rect­an­gu­lar tin plates and vis­it­ing bands. THE DRISKILL in Bra­zos Street is a his­toric ho­tel that dates back to the days of the Wild West. Built in the 1880s by a wealthy cat­tle­man who went on to lose it in a game of poker, it is a tourist attraction in it­self. Pres­i­dent Lyn­don Baines John­son used it as a cam­paign cen­tre. Dou­bles from £ £142, driskill.hy­att.com. FOR VIEWS over Lady Bird Lake and the Au Austin sky­line, Ho­tel Van Zandt is the pla place. It is a smart, mod­ern ho­tel but ta taps into Austin’s free spir­ited style. Plus, it is handy for the bars and food trucks of nearby Rainey Street. Dou­bles cost fro from £197, hotel­van­zandt.com. SeeSe austin­texas.org for in­for­ma­tion. are plan­ning our first ski hol­i­day but are wor­ried we might get bored do­ing the same thing ev­ery day. HEAD to La Plagne in the French Alps, where there will be no dan­ger of you get­ting bored. It has one of the few Olympic bob­sleigh tracks open to the pub­lic. So if you get sick of the hun­dreds of miles of slopes – which you shouldn’t – its su­per-fast run will get your heart pump­ing. There’s also he­li­copter tours, moun­tain bik­ing, kayak­ing and white­wa­ter raft­ing. You can grab a week there for £719 with Neil­son on April 8 on a club board ba­sis, which gives you break­fast, lunch and four evening meals. Go to neil­son.co.uk for full de­tails and to book. Headspace An­drois and iOS Free with in app pur­chases

STATE CAPI­TOL: Congress Av­enue ROCK­ING: Band at a Rainey Street bar GREAT WESTERN: The Driskill ho­tel PORKER: At Franklins BBQ RIDE ON: Texas Ranger statue at State Capi­tol FILL YER BOOTS: Austin is big on in­de­pen­dent shops WIN­NING FOR­MULA: Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas

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