Over the weekend of Pentecost (last weekend in May), Parthenay hosts a festival including a large night time parade of floats, marching bands and clowns. A full size fairground, refreshments, food stalls, fun for all.
The Pierrefit Cassoulet. Entertainment, boules tournament, dancing, plus the cassoulet meal catering for circa 2,000 people, cooked outside in upto 30 cauldrens (20 mins from the house) every August.
Fete du pain. Held at the end of May in Gourge (5 mins from the house). A celebration of the art of the boulangier.
St Loup Christmas market, held over the first weekend in December. Dozens of stalls line the streets selling everything from craft to cheese; your opportunity to purchase that something different for Christmas.
The annual festival of humour is held in St Varent at the end or April / early May. Across the week and weekend La Festival de l'humour has a number of acts and street performers. Great activity for all the family. (15 mins from the house).
The second weekend in June, set in the grounds of the ruined chateau, Bressuire hosts the annual highland games (Jeux d'Ecosse). Attended by atheletes from all around the world, this is a fantastic weekend of traditional highland sports, dancers, marching pipebands and evening activities. (30 minutes from the house). http://www.ajef.eu/
Art and Sculpture festival in St Loup. Held at the end of June, artists and sculpters occupy all the streets and salles of the village competing for prizes which are presented at the 14th Century chateau on the Sunday evening.
Riverside Vide Granier is held at the end of July in St Loup. The French equivalent to a boot fair, this is an ideal opportunity to pick up interesting artifacts that may have lain hidden in one this medieval village's lofts.
Escargot (snail) festival at Boesse (30 mins from the house). Every August the opportunity to savour this French delicacy.
14th July (Bastille Day) celebrations at the Boussais spit-roast. Dine under the trees with the village, followed by a boules competition, fireworks and dancing. (10 mins from the house). Day starts at 12:00.
The annual festival of games in Parthenay (festival des jeux) takes place in the first two weeks of July. Set-up in the streets of this medieval town, this is your opportunity to try-out some classics as well as those you may not have seen before. A great day out for the family.
The countrywide "Fete de Music" is celebrated by Airvault on the closest Saturday to the summer solstice (21st June). Starting at around 19:00, various entertainment is organised, bands, music etc. Tables are laid out under the stone arched roof of the medeival market place and food is provided. The evening includes a torche (flaming type) and lantern walk through the quaint alleys of Airvault up to the old chateau where more music and song is provided. The evening ends with various artists, bands and a disco. A very convivial evening for all the family. (5-10 minutes from the house).
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