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October events not to be missed! Hail October!

With summer holidays behind us and the showery warmth of September fast receding, what would October bring? If you are feeling up to it there are some dazzling festivals around the globe this month.

The Flexicover Team checks these out!

Le Salon du Chocolat, Paris; France: 30th Oct – 3rd Nov

Chocolate lovers and chocoholics will love this! A chocolate festival takes place in Paris each year and has been ongoing since 1993. This year the space occupied by the event has increased from 12,500 to 20,000 sqm – entirely dedicated to sweet treats! With chocolatiers, chefs, pastry chefs and cocoa experts from all over the world, this event is a who’s who of the chocolate world. With a cocoa show featuring dance, songs and rituals from cocoa producing countries, to international chefs participating in live demonstrations of new chocolate recipes and even workshops for children. Some would make any excuse to visit Paris – its October weather has a romanticism matched by no other city in the world. To attend a Chocolate festival at the same time is a real icing on the cake!

Bridge Day, West Virginia; USA: 19th Oct

Bridge Day is the largest extreme sports event in the world where BASE jumpers gather together and leap from the 876’ tall New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, USA. With jumpers from more than 10 countries and over 40 states in the USA, on October 19th, over 200,000 spectators from all around the world will be gathered together to support these professionals! Join in with the hundreds of thousands of onlookers and attend this annual festival to watch the thrill seekers jump and experience the best views of the New River Gorge. Visitors can take shuttle tours down into the gorge, go whitewater rafting and watch the event from below or take guided tours along the catwalk which spans underneath of the bridge. October a boring month? Not on Bridge Day!

El Dia de la Hispanidad, Madrid; Spain: 12th Oct

The 12th of October is an annual national holiday in Spain (Columbus Day) and commemorates the history of Spain and when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492. A special parade takes place in Plaza de Colon, led by the Spanish military, the King and the Royal family. The parade normally starts in the morning and is vibrant, colourful and certainly worth looking up! Arrive early to get a good spot and watch out for the fighter jets in the sky! Make it an extended visit and enjoy the sounds and sights of this historic city – all in your short sleeves!

Tübingen Duck Race, Tübingen; Germany: 5th Oct

The historic town of Tübingen near Stuttgart has been hosting a yellow rubber duck race since 1999. It takes place down the River Neckar starting at Avenue Bridge at the upper end of the Neckar Island and the ducks race from Alleenbrücke to Neckarbrücke. Spectators line the river banks cheering on around 7,000 yellow plastic ducks as they bob along the designated stretch of the Neckar. There are some great prizes to be won too. Whether you participate or simply support the others, it’s a great vibe and a great tradition to experience. Its fun for all the family too and would make a great October break.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico: 5 – 13th Oct

New Mexico’s landscapes are breathtaking any day but even better during its October annual balloon fiesta. Hundreds of thousands of visitors partake in the world’s largest ballooning event. Day and night, the skies are filled with balloons in peculiar shapes and colours, with some even illuminated at night!. Thousands of balloons float around the city and it is no surprise that this is one of the world’s most photographed events. Its fun for all the family, has a fantastic atmosphere and lasts for 9 days. A multitude of competitions, prizes and events take place. Don’t miss out on this fantastic experience - join in the fun, just before the November drizzle and gloomy weather sets in!

Wherever you travel this year and whichever festival or event you are lucky enough to visit, at Flexicover we are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.