Charroux is a small medieval town in the southern borders of Vienne, about 25 minutes drive from Vanzay. This ancient town is notable for the large 8th century Benedictine Abbaye du Saint Sauveur, whose lantern tower, known as the Charlemagne Tower built in the 11th century, has survived destruction over the centuries of wars. The Abbey’s main contribution to history was made in the 10th century when the Council of Charroux declared the “Truce of God”, the earliest known attempt to regulate war in the manner of the Geneva Convention.
Many architectural buildings (the market hall, 15th century houses, etc.) have lived on through the ages and make Charroux a real “Cité de caractère”.
We have been to and taken part in a few of the events that have been going on in Charroux and so we can recommend these events knowing that they have not yet disappointed!
Main Events in 2015
Le Marché aux Fleurs – 14 May
Annual flower and plant market in the ancient market halls
La 5ème Balade Retro – Classic Car Rally – 13 June
A great and full day out with your classic car, motorcycle or campervan! Both our DS’ took part last year! Starting with coffee and pastries in La Maison du Pays Charlois while the cars assemble, followed by a leisurely 100km circuit taking in the beautiful countryside and a picnic en masse with BBQ at the Plan d’eau la Croisette. The route takes in places and points of interest such as the Château de la Roche and the Village Flottant and finishing with (optional) dinner for participants in the evening.
« En Roue Libre » Charroux Music Festival – 4 July
The always popular Charroux Music Festival, with a number of bands, food stalls, open air bar and plenty of ambiance! Held in the gardens of La Maison du Pays Charlois in the centre of Charroux from 17h. An impressive stage and PA give this a big festival sound and feel in a warm and informal atmosphere.
La Nuit Romane – date to be confirmed, 1st choice 19 July
One of the dozens of free music nights held across the region from July to September. These are hugely popular events and very often include spectacular performing arts as well as the music and complimentary food and drink in normally part of the event. With such a magnificent backdrop and skyline, Charroux promises to be one of the largest and most spectacular this year, as it has in previous years!
Les Peintres dans la rue (artists in the street) – 31 July, 1 & 2 August
The 23rd edition of Charroux’s flagship event is held over three days, with painting competitions in all media, open to everyone. There are prizes in each category and also for children. ‘Tableaux Vivants’, the ever more popular re-staging by real people of well-known and lesser-known paintings. There is the Art Market on the Saturday in the medieval market hall. There will also be musical entertainment and various workshops and exhibitions throughout the weekend.
Charroux Summer Literary Festival – 27. 28 & 29 August
This is the first literary festival to be organised, there are currently 12 authors confirmed for the three day programme, including bestselling author Kate Mosse.
Le Marché de Noel – 11 December
Superb Christmas market from 15h – 20h – at least 50 stalls, exhibitions, live music and dance, in and around the old Market Halls.
So, there’s the 2015 schedule in nearby Charroux and so if you want to plan your stay in the area to take in these or any of the many other things to do then book one of our gîtes for your stay. Don’t forget that if you’re driving down and crossing with Brittany Ferries then we can pass on a 20% discount off your fare. Just get in touch via the enquiry form.
Thanks to Paul Sally, President of the office de tourisme for help in compiling this schedule.