International Festival of Fairground Entertainment


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This May the streets of the Namur in Belgium will erupt into a carnival of merrymaking as the International Festival of Fairground Entertainment or ‘Namur in May’ returns.

Over 300 acts from across the world will roam the streets performing their art for the wonderment, laughter and entertainment of the carnival crowd. Namur in May will be held over the Ascension weekend 16th-20th May this year.

Namur is a relatively central city in Belgium; it stands at the confluence of the Sambre and Meuse rivers. It’s a mostly French speaking town with aspects of grand architecture and a wealth of culture and history for you to enjoy as well as making the most of the fairground festival.

Tickets have been on sale since the start of May and though this is a city wide event and so unlikely to sell out you may want to pre-purchase for safety’s sake. The town centre in Namur will be closed off to cars so be warned when getting about, you may wish to book a hotel in the city rather than drive and park each day.

This festival has been running since 1996 and draws a host of creative and awe-inspiring acts. This would be great fun for the family or a unique romantic getaway, Namur is definitely a city for hand-in-hand walks.

Each day of the festival ends with a Fairground Cabaret, half of the events at the festival are free and there’s a spirit of gaiety as the street performers try to outdo each other. The aim of the festival is to celebrate the wittiest and merriest performers, with clowns tightrope walkers acrobats and carousels you’re guaranteed a good time in Namur this May.

Namur is a rather central province in Belgium, if you take a P&O Ferry to the port city Zeebrugge you can get to Namur via train from Brussels or take a roadtrip down to the festival.

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