Holidays in South France in August and September – What Happens in the Lot Valley in the Late Summer

Holidays in South France in August and September – What Happens in the Lot Valley in the Late Summer

If you have booked your holidays in South France for the late summer months, or are thinking of taking one next year – there is plenty going on! Holidays in South France with Kingfisher gives you a fantastic chance to get away from it all and discover more about the local culture. As well as enjoying the stunning sites and scenery that the Lot Valley has to offer, you can also sample the local produce – including fine wine and local delicacies – and mingle with the locals at one of the many festivals.

Whether you want to lounge by the pool, or prefer activity led holidays, South France offers something for all ages and there will be plenty of highlights during your stay. For those of you taking your holidays in South France in early or late summer, there are many superb festivals on the horizon and these can be combined with a visit to one of the nearby beautiful bastide towns – so your holidays in South France are sure to be packed full of wonderful memories!

If you are choosing to spend your holidays in South France, Kingfisher offers top quality villas, cottages and farmhouses right in the heart of rural France available from spring through to September. All have the use of a pool and gardens. In addition to these fantastic facilities, there are a number of special services that can be offered during your holidays in South France, subject to availability, and these include cooking, extra cleaning and babysitting.

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Here is a selection of events that take place in the late part of the season. Note dates are for 2012, but most Lot Valley festivals are annual – so will be on again next year!

The Prune Show – Grand Pruneau Show

On the last weekend of the school summer holidays, some 50,000 people descend on the town of Agen for the annual Prune Show, which this year takes place from August 31st to September 2.

If you are enjoying your holidays in South France this summer, this colourful three day free event is not to be missed. Full of atmosphere, the town comes alive with music, street shows, parades and a gourmet market – and you get the chance to taste the first prunes of the year!

Rooted in history, the show is a celebration of the Prunes of Agen, which even have their own Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC), and have become the pride of the Lot-et-Garonne.

The history of the Prunes of Agen began some 800 years ago with the third crusaders who returned from the east with seeds from plum trees in Syria. These were crossed with local plum trees and were cultivated and nurtured by the monks. Thus a new variety of plums, The Plums d’Ente, were born. They gained great status and were dried in the sun to become the Prunes of Agen.

The festival has fantastic day and evening events including sports activities and dance. You can try out some of the delicious ways these gorgeous prunes are used in food. These range from tempting prune tarts, to prunes wrapped in bacon and succulent prune and lamb tagine.

If you have missed the Prune Show there is still lots of chances to find out more about this speciality by visiting the Prune Museum at Berino-Martinet Farm in Lafitte-sur-Lot, which is fun for all ages. After a tour of this museum, you have the chance to discover the lost prune in the Corn Maze!

Agen is also a great place to visit and has a number of medieval buildings. Another attraction is the Fine Arts Museum, which contains several hundred works of art in 20 different rooms, including works by Goya and Seurat. And don’t forget to visit the town’s famous canal bridge.

History of Water Show at Valence d’Agen

This spectacular sound and light show (in French) involves music and dancing and has an incredible 450 actors taking part. It is an unforgettable performance which takes place on August 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10 and 11th.

The show starts at night at the Port Canal des Deux Mers, where actors re-enact a century of history on the Garonne River. To reserve tickets, contact the Box Office in advance on 05-63-39-52-52.

Les Nuits de Lauzerte

This two night festival takes place from August 3 – 4 and is when the whole village turns off its lights to create a magical atmosphere. Expect to see a procession, plays, art, music, dance and street performances. You can buy tickets online from www.nuitsdelauzerte.fr/en/english/ticket-office

Feast of Gastronomy

A series of events are held nation-wide on September 22nd to celebrate the delights of French food. Contact your local tourist office to find out about events being held near where you are staying.

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