The July Travel Guide

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July tends to be a month full of promise and fun – summer is in full swing and some of us may even be looking forward to jetting off somewhere dreamy. Around the world, major events bring people together, from Independence Day in the USA (4th) to Bastille Day in France (14th). There’s also a real range of festivities happening across the world that you can get involved in. Here are some of our highlights…

International Events

Knysna Oyster Fest, South Africa

The coastal South African town of Knysna celebrates one of its finest exports, fresh oysters, with a 10-day festival. This year’s programme features beer and wine tastings, as well as cycle tours and chess tournaments, so you can still enjoy it even if you don’t like oysters!

30 June – 9 July 

Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland


The world’s second largest jazz festival takes place on the spectacular Lake Geneva shoreline. This year’s free programme features a new privilege called the Nightlife Pass: visitors are invited to explore the festival’s nightlife venues and free stages with a person of their choice, whenever they like — even if they’re announced as full!

30 June – 15 July

Tour de France

Photo of the Champs d'Elysee in Paris at night

2023 marks the 110th edition of the world-famous cycling race, the Tour de France. The competition will begin in the picturesque city of Bilbao in the Basque country, and finish at the spectacular Avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

1–23 July 

Galway International Arts Festival, Ireland

The GIAF once again brings a smorgasbord of cultural happenings to the Irish city of Galway. Expect all genres of music from KT Tunstall to the Kaiser Chiefs. There’ll be plenty of Instagrammable moments too, including a fire-breathing dragon and a hip-hop photography exhibition…

17-30 July

Christopher Street Day, Berlin

Brandenburg Gate

Berlin’s Pride event is always memorable one! The famously liberal city parties hard, as usual, and colourful parades, music and performances draw crowds to the streets.

22 July

UK Events

Cambridge Folk Festival

The Cambridge Folk Festival has been running since 1965 and takes place in the lush surrounds of Cherry Hinton Hall Park. This year, Arrested Development, The Proclaimers and Imelda May will all grace the stage!
27-30 July