Festivals

The Leading Ladies of Dia de los Muertos

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Mexico’s Day of the Dead is a complex holiday full of colour, morbid humour, deep sentimentality, celebration, and heartache. On the eves of November 1 and 2, the dead are welcomed with open arms into the land of the living. Not only are the dearly departed invited back, but they are the guests of honor. In preparation, and to entice them to the party, tr[...]

Bestival Festival: Glitter, Fancy Dress & Hugs

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Walking into Bestival, a four-day music festival on the Isle of Wight, for the first time felt reminiscent of walking into my very first big-girl sleepover. I remember the sheer excitement of having a whole night of lax parental supervision that would be filled with eating too much ice-cream, playing truth or dare and talking to that cute boy. It was this[...]

Introducing our Travelette Bestival Reporter!

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With the end of summer looming in the UK, the only way we Travelettes could help ease the blues is by providing the fantastic opportunity to be our guest Travelettes reporter for the ultimate cool festival: Bestival! We ran a competition for one lucky reader to score press passes and we had a number of excellent applications for this, making it a toughie to [...]

Become a Travelettes Bestival reporter!!

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Bestival is the festival to hit up to celebrate the ebbing remnants of the UK summer. It explodes in a frenzy of glitter and fancy dress from 4th September – 7th September on the picturesque Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. And what better way to bid farewell to festival season then raving it up in this years fancy dress theme, Desert Isla[...]

UK Festivals: More than just the music

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The iconic Glastonbury festival kicked off on the weekend and all who couldn’t (or forgot!) to get a ticket wept in their bed and cursed all the happy festival-goers. I for one gave the finger to all the happy instagram shots and tweets about the festivities... #IdontCareButAmLying... But don’t despair as Glastonbury is merely kicking off the UK’s awesome fe[...]

My First Food Festival: Rota das Estrelas in Madeira

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In my quest to experience the finest mud-free festivals around I recently found myself in Madeira, Portugal's remote island out in the Atlantic Ocean. I was there to learn a thing or two about fine dining and food festivals at Rota das Estrelas - which translates less beautifully as "The Stars Route" - a gastronomic and culinary adventure featuring some of t[...]

Travelettes at North Sea Jazz Festival

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I love the Netherlands. I love jazz music. And I love festivals, though preferably the mud-free kind. I did something about all of the above by attending the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam last month. With the likes of Sting, Bobby Womack, The Roots and Dionne Warwick topping the bill, I had high expectations from the three day festival that takes p[...]

My mud-free festivals wish list

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Ten years ago I thought that being 30 was being old. I also thought that by the time I was 30 I'd have children, a mortgage and my own vintage tea room. I also thought that by 30 I'd have no interest in things like festivals and all-night parties. Ten years later at the grand young age of 31, I am (happily) child, mortgage and tea room free and somewhat worr[...]

Ten Fabulous Festival Fashion DIYs

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Here comes the sun, little darlings, and festival season has already begun. In the UK floods of people (and hopefully not rain) have descended upon Glastonbury and all around the world the beautiful people are beginning to tap their toes to the sound of the world being alive to the sound of music. Festivals are to fashion like dominant eyebrows are to Lan[...]