Folk Festival

Tickets are selling fast for England’s Cambridge Folk Festival, one of the world’s most famous folk events, scheduled for July 28-31 at the Cherry Hinton Hall.

Among the scheduled performers are Mary Chapin Carpenter, Peatbog Faeries, Richard Thompson, Frankie Gavin and De Dannan, Rumer, Danu and Pentangle. Other events include a Friday céilidh of Gaelic music and dance, Saturday Festival Session during which some of the best musicians appearing over the weekend will play together, and a Sunday children’s concert.

Advance tickets for adults cost 119 pounds (about $200) for the full festival. Adult day tickets cost 20.50 to 52 pounds, depending on the festival day. There are discounts city residents and for ages 5-15; children 4 and younger get in free. Camping site tickets also are available. See

Tomatina tours

Join the world’s biggest food fight Aug. 31 at the annual La Tomatina in the Spanish town of Bunol near Valencia on a two-night trip offered by PP Travels, a British tour operator.

More than 220,000 pounds of over-ripe tomatoes from the Spanish region of Extremadura are trucked into the streets, where thousands of people throw the mushy vegetables at one another for exactly one hour. While the food fight is the highlight, the festival lasts a week and includes music, parades, dancing, fireworks and a paella cooking contest.

Since accommodations are limited, most people stay in Valencia and travel the 24 miles to Bunol. PP Travels offers two options in central Valencia: A three-star hotel package costs 135 pounds (about $220) per person in a double room and 225 pounds for a single; a four-star hotel costs 159 pounds per person when sharing a triple room, 165 pounds in a double and 265 pounds for a single. Prices includes two nights, breakfasts, welcome party, bus transfers to and from La Tomatina and a guide. Transportation to Valencia is not included.


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