Events and things to do in the Lot Valley South West France

Events and things to do in the Lot Valley South West France

During the summer months there are a great many activities and events taking place throughout the Lot Valley and South West France. Here is just a flavour of some of the events and things you can do whilst staying in a gite, cottage or farmhouse in the Lot Valley, South France.

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Albas Festival of Wine – 4th June

High above the River Lot sits the charming village of Albas, normally visited for its breathtaking views. However, once a year in June, the narrow streets are illuminated and thousands of visitors flock for a night of wine tastings, delicious food and approximately 10 bands filling the night air with music.

THE PRICE €15.00
THE PROGRAMME:
4pm : arrival of the barrel on a boat and piercing of the barrel
5pm : opening of the cellars
7pm : opportunity to have dinner
8pm : Concert with Bombes de Bal
Midnight : the cellar will close, and the barrel will be burnt
00.30 : final concert on the banks of the river with KKC Orchestra (electronic, Hip Hop, swing)

Eight wine producers fill your glass as often as you want in the vaulted wine cellars, tartines of foie gras, or Rocamadour cheese and saffron are served. Should you prefer then there is the opportunity to have dinner.

This is a night of 5* atmosphere.

Fête de la Musique – June

Monday 21st June is the day for all music lovers throughout France and across Europe. It is a day of joyous celebration as the Fête de la Musique comes to life. This free popular music event is open to anyone who wants to join in. The fête sees amateur musicians line up alongside their professional counterparts for a musical exchange like no other.

It is a chance for the committed amateur to rub shoulders with those who have already been recognised within the industry, to discuss ideas and compare chords and also to perform for any talent scouts that might be milling around in the crowd.

Things to do in the Lot Valley – July

July is one of the most pleasant and popular months to holiday in the Lot Valley. As a result there are hundreds of events and mini festivals going on, so rather than concentrate on one, we thought we’d give you an overview of the many different activities you and your family can enjoy whilst on holiday in the Lot Valley during July.

You can go for picnics around one of the many picturesque leisure lakes. These lakes can be found at Montaigu-de-Quercy, Montcuq, Beauville, Catus and St Nicholas de la Grave and they are well-signposted from the local villages.

You could go horse riding. Sightseeing on horseback is one of the most popular ways to get around the countryside. There are many horse riding centres and stables dotted about the Lot Valley, most of which are open all year round.

Another popular option, particularly if you happen to be staying in or around Cahors are the wine tours. There are plenty to choose from and you will find an expert in wine production on every corner. Cahors is home to the famous Black wine and Kingfisher holidays are delighted to report that we can arrange your wine tasting tours for you, so let us know if you would like us to arrange a tour for your party whilst you are staying in one of our holiday properties.

The lush green countryside and beautiful hillside scenes are just perfect when viewed from the deck of a passing cruiser, so why not take a boat ride? The clear and mostly gentle waters of the River Lot provide some truly amazing views and some not to be missed photo opportunities. A must have for your photo album is a picture of the village of SaintCirqLapopie. Taken from the water, this is a conversation piece if ever there was one!

And of course, one can’t come to the larder of France without sampling some of its many delights. Look out for home produced foie gras, for delightful honeys, wonderful local cheeses, fresh vegetables and breads – all available to buy at the local markets which make a great morning’s outing for the family.

One key event in July is the firework display at Châteaux Bonaguil. For more information on this, look out for information regarding the feux d’artifice (fireworks) display. This offers an amazing display of fireworks, lighting up the castle and summer night sky – all to music! A great evening out.

Grand Pruneau Show – August

Don’t miss the Grand Pruneu Show in Agen. It is a huge 3 day event held to mark the importance of the Prune in this particular part of France. Now in its 7th year, the festivities grow bigger and bolder, louder and brighter as each year passes and this year promises to be no exception. The show, which is to be held on the 26th, 27th and 28th of August at Agen, will feature musical performances from popular French artists Cali, Zaz and Louis Chedid.

Cali is the stage name of Bruno Caliciuri who was born on the 28th of June, 1968 in Vernet-les-Bains near Perpignan. Bruno Caliciuri still lives in the region of Perpignan, where he grew up and formed his first band at the age of 17. At 25 he became a member of the popular French rock band “Indy” and now at 42, though his music has mellowed a bit, he is still performing with energy and intensity, to sell out crowds all over France.

French female vocalist Zaz, will be performing on day two of the festival, mixing jazzy styles with French soul sounds and acoustics. A singer since 1995, Zaz, whose real name is Isabelle Geffroy is also an accomplished kung-fu practitioner. Her musical tastes and influences are diverse and range from Vivaldi through to afro, latin and Cuban.

She is quoted as saying “The name Zaz is reflective of all musical styles, from A to Z and inverse Z to A.” She mixes French and Spanish music with Afro, Arab, Andalusian and Latin influences. In November 2010, her debut album was certified double platinum and she won the European Border Breaker Award. By January of 2011, the album Zaz had sold over half a million copies in nearly 20 countries.

Day three of the Grand Pruneu Show sees Louis Chedid take the stage, In a musical career spanning nearly 40 years Chedid has released no less than 18 albums and a number of promotional singles. These three days spent celebrating the prune promise to make for a weekend to remember.

Nights of Lauzerte 5th & 6th August

Perched high on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside, the medieval bastide village of Lauzerte turns off its lights for two nights each year. Winding your way through the narrow streets lit only by candlelight you are guided towards the gardens where you can enjoy dancers, musicians, displays of photographs and statues.

Meals are available and can be purchased in the market square at 8pm and the candlelight spectacle begins at 10pm by entry ticket.

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