Travel Agenda: Mongolian festival of Naadam; InterContinental's new style-driven brand; Womad Festival

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The Mongolian festival of Naadam takes place in Ulaanbaatar – a day of horse racing, wrestling and archery. This year it will also be celebrated in Islington, London, as a charity car rally sets off for the central Asian nation. Expect traditional games, music and food (

This week...

InterContinental's new style-driven brand comes to the Gaslamp quarter of San Diego on Monday. The Hotel Indigo features a glass sculpture by a local artist and environmental policies ( France celebrates Bastille Day on Tuesday with fireworks and parades (

One French offering that will be open on Tuesday is the first outpost of Sofitel hotels' So Spa brand, at the Sofitel St James hotel in London ( And you need only travel as far as Edinburgh to enjoy a Taste of Spain. Regional food, plus music and cultural activities will take to The Mound from Friday to Sunday (

In the diary...

The Womad Festival, celebrating music from all corners of the globe, will be at Charlton Park in Wiltshire from 24-26 July. Performers include founder Peter Gabriel, Solomon Burke, Zambezi Express and the Skatalites (