10 things to do in June & July in Poitou-Charentes

Of course, there are hundreds of things to do in Poitou-Charentes in June and July for families and individuals alike and so here are 10 things to do to start with….

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1. Jazz!

For jazz lovers – from 29th June to 3rd July there are a series of concerts being held in the Gâtine area of Deux Sevres.  Please see their website for details of all events.

2. Ancient History

Musée des Tumulus de Bougon – this museum centres around 5 tumuli built in the Neolithic period, 2000 years before the pyramids were built in Egypt.  Exhibitions include full size reconstructions of two prehistoric houses and a botanical garden.

3. Games

6th – 17th July is Parthenay’s annual games festival.  Dedicated to board games, with over 3000 available, this event attracts over 10,000 people.  There are tournaments, traditional games and new ones to discover.

4. Concerts in Romanesque churches

The Nuits Romanes – from 2nd July to 27th August, there are over 100 concerts and choral events taking place in the regions roman churches.  There are a few taking place in churches close to La Ferme de L’Église, including Caunay, Sauze Vaussais and Civray.

5. Classical music and fireworks at Royan

Un Violon sur le Sable – 25th, 27th and 29th July – the beautiful beach at Royan hosts this event that first took place 23 years ago, featuring a lone violinist and a pre-recorded orchestral accompaniment.  It now boasts an orchestra of 85 classical musicians from many famous European orchestras and an audience of up to 40,000 each evening.  Each concert finishes off with an impressive firework display.

6. Blues Passion!

Cognac Blues Passions – 5th – 9th July – one of two festivals taking place in Cognac in July.  This year’s artists include Moby, Texas, ZZ Top, Jamie Cullum and Morcheeba.

7. Food and drink

Fête du Cognac – 29th – 30th July – the second of Cognac’s festivals, celebrates local food and drink.  Tables are set up along the river, with ready to eat specialities of the region such as melon with Pineau des Charentes, oysters from Marennes Oléron, mussels, cheeses, meats, desserts and regional wine.  Entry is 5 euros, and there will be live music throughout the day and into the night.

8. Visit a chateau

15 minutes drive from La Ferme de L’Église is the château of Epanvilliers which is now open to the public.

9. Explore nature

Set in the forest of Chize is Zoodyssée – this animal park is one of the largest in Europe.  Featuring over 600 animals, it can be explored on foot or by horse drawn carriage, there’s also a mini farm and adventure playground.

10. Go boating

Spend a day at the Mairais Poitevin – also known as The Green Venice, this area of marshland is criss-crossed by picturesque canals, under a canopy of trees. Boats can be hired to row yourselves or you can hire one with a guide.  Bicycles and horse and carts are also available for hire.  There are many towns and villages to explore with their restaurants and bars.

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