It’s that time of year again. The time when France invites you to get out and enjoy a memorable experience shared with fellow lovers of life, music, art, culture and artefacts. Here are our picks of some of the best coming up in the next few weeks:
Jazz in Marciac, July 27 to August 22
This celebration of swing at Marciac, in the Gers region of south west France, has become one of the most important summer festivals in Europe and is the major date for August, with visitors coming from around the world. In fact, the festival has become a model for rural development centred on a cultural happening. So what is the festival's magic formula? The secret lies in the programme which brings together both jazz legends and hugely talented up and coming musicians.
Lavender, wine and opera festivals in Provence throughout August
Most famous in Provence are the theatre festival of Avignon , often compared to the Edinburgh Festival, and the opera festival in Orange, the Chorégies, held in the Ancient Theatre on summer evenings. The performances are held in places where history has left its mark such as the Palace of the Popes and the Ancient Theatre of Orange.
The sweet scent of freshly cut lavender permeates the Lavender Festivals in Sault and Valréas. Wine is celebrated in all four corners of the Vaucluse and the ‘Most Beautiful Villages of France, includins Roussillon and Gordes provide a natural setting for music festivals.
Vineyards, wine and walks in the Loire, September 5 and 6
Choose one of 15 wine tasting tours and stroll from cellar to cellar in the Loire Valley with winemakers who unveil the secrets behind their expertise. Loire Valley wine tours at AOC Vouvray, Chinon, Touraine-azay-le-rideau and Saint-nicolas-de-bourgueil vineyards.
Lille Flea-Market, September 5 and 6
Bargain hunting on a grand scale at the Braderie de Lille, the biggest flea-market in Europe and is one of the most popular events on the French calendar. Enjoy your day at the market by hunting for the perfect item, getting some great bargains and of course immersing yourself in local culture. The event always creates festive ambiance as two to three million visitors take over the streets of Lille, with music and countless activities and events taking place from Saturday at 3pm to Sunday at 11pm.
We have great accommodation and places to stay close to all these venues, whether you choose to go to festive France for a fortnight, a week or just a weekend.