Insider's Guide: Summer Events in France 2016


Inghams resorts are packed full of exciting events all throughout the summer (and winter!) months that’ll keep you, your friends and your family constantly occupied and on your toes. Here, we’ve cherry-picked a few of our favourite occasions that are happening in France this summer, 2016.

Annecy Lakefestival

The Lake Festival, Lake Annecy, France

When: Saturday 6th August 2016 

Home to the biggest pyrotechnic show in Europe, the Lake Festival in Annecy in France brings to you 70 minutes of fireworks synchronized in time to music with lighting shows and special effects. 

On the 6th August, Lake Annecy in France comes to life with a thousand brilliant lights and colours with the annual firework display. Move aside, New Years Eve fireworks on the Thames! This display is guaranteed to knock your socks off! 

Beyond the stunning firework display, the town around the lake side is filled with music, mirth and the good times flow into the evening. If you’re on the lookout for the ultimate feel good summer holiday party then you needn’t search much further! 

Inghams recommends: 

You really can’t put a foot wrong when staying with Inghams at the Hotel Imperial Palace in Annecy. Opened in 1913, this superior and grand hotel harks back to the heydays of the art deco period, and the birth of the modern tourism industry. With outstanding views of Lake Annecy, you can see the whole festival from the comfort of the hotel, but if you would rather be in the action, then it is only a short walk away from the centre of town.

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Bastille Day, Chamonix, France

When: Thursday 14th July 2016 

For anyone who is relatively familiar with France and its holidays, they will know full well that Bastille Day is one of the biggest national holidays in the French calendar, and obviously calls for some celebration! 

Enjoying Bastille Day in Chamonix in France is a one-of-a-kind type of celebration. Surrounded by the majestic French Alps, the ‘Chamoniards’ like to celebrate this national holiday with a bang... well, several bangs in fact, as there are of course plenty of fireworks! 

Funk, jazz, soul and disco music playing in the town, there is plenty of French and international music playing that welcomes all age groups to the dance floor. 

Inghams recommends: 

Celebrate Bastille Day in style with Inghams at the Chalet Hotel Sapinere in Chamonix. Inghams are famous for their hospitality and the Chalet Hotel Sapinere sits in a quiet location, just outside of Chamonix with some of the most stunning views of Mont Blanc. Delicious cuisine served all day, the chalet hotel is only 5 minutes’ away from the centre of Chamonix so you won’t miss out on any of the fun! 

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Climbing World Championships, Chamonix, France

When: 11th-12th July 2016

A thrilling event for those who love all things mountain, every year Chamonix hosts the Climbing World Championships- a test of endurance, speed and graft for the hardiest of climbers. 

Held at the running track near the MBC, a ‘climbing village’ is established, with walls built for speed climbing and another for technical difficulties. Over three days, heats and finals are held to find the best male and female climbers in both speed and technical difficulty disciplines. 

The Climbing World Championships attracts a vast crowd, roughly 10,000 people to be precise, from a variety of different backgrounds, ages, nationalities and more. 

Inghams recommends: 

You can’t go wrong with the Hotel Gustavia in Chamonix. Set in an enviable location opposite the train station and bus stop, you couldn’t ask for a hotel that has better links. The hotel also has a lively and atmospheric lounge bar (open until late), terrace, restaurant and of course, that unbeatable central location.

Morzine Mtb

Pass'Portes du Soleil, Morzine, France

When: 24th-26th June 2016 

Kicking off the mountain biking season in the town that’s arguably the Mecca of action sports in the French Alps, Morzine is happy to once again host the Pass’Portes du Soleil at the start of the summer. 3 days of mountain biking across the Portes du Soleil region, 7,000m of downhill courses and 1,000m of uphill. 15 lifts give access to trails and singletracks across 9 different resorts with some fantastic riding along the way. 

The trails range in an altitude from 2,250m- 1,000m and covers both France and Switzerland

Inghams recommends: 

If you fancy a dip in the pool after a long day of mountain biking through the hills around Morzine, the wonderful Hotel Le Cret has a large outdoor swimming pool, followed by a further two indoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi and Turkish bath. There is also a restaurant, lounge and bar with a great outdoor terrace for those summer afternoons.

Morzine Tourdefrance

Tour de France, Morzine, France

When: 23rd July 2016 

Arguably the most intense stage of the Tour de France, Stage 20 is the Megève to Morzine leg of the tour is a real test of endurance for the cyclists that follows the sharp ascents and descents of these meandering roads that hug the Alpine mountains in the Portes du Soleil region. 

As the last leg of the Tour de France before the rush from Chantilly to Paris, this will be the stage that makes or breaks the cyclists, and therefore arguably one of the most exciting stages of the tour!

The finish line sits in Morzine and there will be hundreds, if not thousands of people there to cheer the cyclists along the way. There will be a new finish at the edge of the Emosson dam after the Forclaz climb at an altitude of 1960m, as well as a time trail between Sallanches and Megève. Climbs throughout the area will include those of the Aravis, the Col de Colombiere, Col de la Ramaz and onto the Col de Joux Plane. 

The Tour de France is one of the biggest international sporting events in the world, and millions of people tune in to watch it on TV, so why not see it live yourself? Make sure you book your trip to Morzine early because the whole town fills up quickly with cycling enthusiasts! 

Inghams recommends: 

The Hotel Les Champs Fleuris makes a great home base for your summer holiday to the Alps, a family run hotel set in a peaceful location just a minutes’ walk from the centre of Morzine. There is an outdoor swimming pool, and the spa is open for anyone over the age of 16yrs. The hotel is also famed for its excellent cuisine and decorated throughout in a traditional Savoyard style.

Chamonix Cosmojazz

Cosmo Jazz Festival, Chamonix, France

When: 23rd-31st July 2016

You’ll never experience another music festival like this one...! Set high up in the peaks above Chamonix (close to the landing stations of the Aiguille du Midi, Lac Blanc and Grand Montets cable cars), this music festival makes the most of the natural acoustics provided by the rugged and wild landscape. 

Live music of all genres being played on stages, the surrounding slopes makes a natural amphitheatre for the audience to sit on. Music playing on the mountains by day in the shadow of Mont Blanc, during the evening the festival descends into the town of Chamonix where bars and restaurants spill out onto the streets with further live music called the ‘ChamJam’!

An action packed schedule of events, but the best part is, it’s all free! 

Inghams recommends: 

Relax after a long day of fun and activities in Chamonix by kicking back in the Hotel Excelsior. Located just outside the centre, in the village hamlet of Les Tines, this recently renovated hotel has some fantastic facilities including a heated outdoor swimming pool, spa with a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, as well as an outstanding terrace with incredible views to enjoy a glass of wine in at the end of the day.

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