A Guide to Festivals in the Lot Valley

A Guide to Festivals in the Lot Valley

However you choose to spend your holidays in South France, a break in the Lot Valley offers the chance to relax and enjoy what this beautiful region has to offer. One great way to discover more about the area is to take part in one of the region’s many fantastic festivals where you can mingle with the locals and practice your French! From wine festivals to flower festivals, the Lot Valley has plenty going on throughout the year. Festivals also offer the chance to bring back local produce or souvenirs to make your holidays in South France even more memorable.

Whether you are holidaying as a couple, family, or with groups of friends, there are superb festivals in the Lot Valley providing entertainment for all ages. From lively street celebrations to food fairs, there is so much to discover on your holidays in South France. Festivals are extremely popular in the region and what better way to find out more about local culture than enjoying your holidays in South France in one of Kingfisher’s many stunning cottages, farmhouses or villas? Our self-catering accommodation offers the perfect base to explore the area at your leisure.

If you are taking holidays in South France this spring and summer, here is our month by month at-a-glance guide to some of the Lot Valley festivals.

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June

8 – 10th Contemporary Music festival at Parc la Filhole, Rue de Filhole, Marmande, Lot et Garonne. (Roughly a two hour drive away). A three day event where as many as 40 different bands will stage live music on three separate stages.

16 – Music Festival at le Passage d’Agen, Agen. Two stages will host music from various live groups throughout the evening. You can also see dance demonstrations and street parades with bands.

21st – La Fete de la Musique
is held each year on the summer solstice where musicians are asked to perform in venues throughout France for free. Big name bands and amateur musicians from the music world perform in various places all over France. Events take place anywhere: from stages and local venues, train stations, parks, streets and doorways. The day encourages all types of musicians to sing or perform: from pop, jazz, classical, opera, choir and steel bands.

July

14th – Bastille Day is the most important national holiday in France and there are a host of mini-celebrations organised all over the country including fêtes, festivals, parades and concerts. Keep a look out at what is available in the towns and villages near you by popping into your local tourist information centre.

End of July – Chateau de Bonaguil. Ask your local tourist information office for details of this year’s fireworks display called ‘Feux d’Artifice’. This is a spectacular event where the castle is lit up and fireworks are set to music.

August

3- 4th August. Les Nuits de Lauzerte is a two day festival where the whole village turns off its lights for the event which takes place over two nights from 10 pm and 1 pm. Night time celebrations includes dance, art, music, wine tasting, plays and street performances. Tickets can be bought online in advance and will be posted to you. The ticket price is yet to be finalized, but a special two night rate is available.

14 – 15th Fete Montflanquin (dates to be confirmed) This is an annual medieval fêtes that involves a host of celebrations with something for everyone including dance, fireworks, food and drink and the arts. The events attract around 20,000 people each year to the village to see street and stage performances. Among the attractions are juggling acts, fire eating, falconry, jousting, fireworks, a medieval market, and medieval crafts such as stone cutting and rope making. The locals dress up in medieval outfits to celebrate the two day event. You may even find hens and pigs set loose on the streets!

31st to September 2nd  The Grand Prune Show is an annual event in Agen. You have the chance to see free concerts in the Town Hall Square and to sample the region’s delights in the Marche Gourmand and there are lively street performances day and night throughout the three day event.

September

22nd – Feast of Gastronomy – Events are held nationwide on the first day of autumn to celebrate French food. The theme for 2012 is Our Earth and there are events all over the region.

With so many different festivals and shows on throughout the year, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets and Kingfisher have a variety of accommodation throughout the Lot Valley.

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