What’s on in Poitou-Charentes April 2018


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Easter is early so there are lots of Events over the weekend of 31st March/1st and 2nd of April… things like hunt the Easter eggs and lots of Brocante/Vide Grennier events. Do French people ever go to one? all I hear is English voices. Lets hope the weather holds up. Then things quieten down a bit only to start building up again towards the end of the month.

Huge VG in Champagne Mouton 16350 on Easter Monday.

Brocante in Charente Maritime as you would expect lots of venues have a Vide Grennier over Easter click to see where you can pick up a bargain (more) 

Discover Golf, GOLF INTERNATIONAL DE LA PRÈZE  various dates early April (more)

Festival des Cerf-volant – Kite festival: Chatellion Plage: 31st March, 1st and 2nd April   (more)

CHASSE AUX ŒUFS DE PÂQUES Vaux sur Mer LE 01/04/2018 À 09H30 (more)

Exposition Sébastien Piquet à Chasseneuil du Poitou du 31 mars au 27 avril 2018 (more)

Bach a Paques; Saint Maixent L’Ecole: 31st March and 1st April (more)

Médiévales à Nouaillé-Maupertuis 31st March and 1st April (more)

BOURSE AUX POISSONS – ARVERT 2nd April Aquariums Fish/corals etc  But do not buy any Coral/shells taken direct from the reefs.(more)

Journées européennes des Métiers d’Art;  Throughout France.3rd to 8th April (more)





Circuit bressuirais de véhicules anciens & Foire Expo Vintage, CHÂTEAU DE BRESSUIRE79300 BRESSUIRE 7th April (more)

EXPOSITION • NU ET PORTRAIT D’APRÈS MODÈLE VIVANTDU 04/04/2018 AU 11/04/2018 DE 14H30 À 19H00  Royan (more) 

Journées des métiers d’art en France,  This is a world wide event with lots of venues, one : check web site for others. (more)

ATELIER CHOCOLAT Chocolaterie Letuffe, 2 rue du bourg,16730 TROIS PALIS every day (more)

La Guinche Swing Festival Poitiers 6th to 8th April (more)


L’Escargouille, Blanzay 14/15th April (more)

Festival of Milk !!  Why not? Chabanais 20th and 21st April (more)  

Marathons/half Marathons LES FOULEES DE LEOVILLE CHEZ SOULARD 17500 Leoville 8th April (more) check web site for others.

Josh Miller Concert  La Rochelle 26th April (more)

Foire at Rouillac: 27th April (more)

As always this is just a selection that caught my eye, do check out the webs sites of each area for more exciting events. 

Living in or near La Charente? then might I recommend that you visit this web site. (Agenda La Charente)  This site is quite good It lists far more than I do as it includes permanent exhibitions walks and really off beat events.

In la Vienne then click (Agenda La VienneThis site is OK

In Deux Sevres then click (Agenda Deux-SevresThis site was not kept up to date that well, seems better this year (2018) so far.

And finally if you are in Charente Maritime  then click (Agenda Charente Maritime) This is a good site


What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; March 2018


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Plenty of cold weather and snow, so do not forget to feed the birds and put fresh water out for them. Replacing it regularly when it freezes. Click the blue link to see my blog about feeding birds in France. Now here are some events that I have picked out to give you an idea of What’s on in Poitou-Charentes in March.

EXPOSITION DES OEUVRES DE SAFIA BOLLINI ET DOMINIQUE BESSEY St Georges de Didonne DU 24/02/2018 AU 11/03/2018 DE 10H00 À 12H00 ET DE 15H30 À 19H00 Whats that all about? Well you have 11 days left to find out… The advertising poster is quite eye catching! (more) 

Wines of d’Olleron; St Denis D’Olleron  1st to 3rd March (more)

Printemps des Poets; Niort: 4rd  to 19th March (more)

SORTIE NATURE ” AUTOUR DE SUZAC”  St Georges de Didonne 7th March at 14H30 Wrap up warm!(more)

Chateau D’Oleron there are various events throughout March click (more) to investigate.

Festival La Tête dans les Nuages,  Angouleme 7th to 17th March (more)

Jour de Jazz Fouras… in fact its two days 9th and 10th March (more)

Lots of events on through out the month at La passerelle, in  Nouaille Maupertuis starting with Le Festival Quand on Conte (21 è édition). on the 9th March (more)





Les chemins de Saint Jacques, Marans 10th to 17th March (more) I wrote a blog about St Jacques de Compostella

Spectacle Jean-Marie Bigard à Chatellerault (He/She is obviously doing a tour) 10th March (more)


Concert Murray Head à Chatellerault le 11 mars 2018 (more)

COURS DE GREFFE AU JARDIN  Ars en Re LE 12/03/2018 À 14H30 (LUNDI) (more)


Concert; ‘Sammy Decoster and Co’, Le Chateau D’Oleron 16th March (more)

Angouleme   ‘La Nef’ Lots of good music throughout March (more) check site for all the  gigs.

Venitien Carnival; Etaules: 9th March (more)

La Tete dans les Nuages – magic, circus,arts, and dance for youngsters; Angouleme; 7th to 17th March (more)

Piers Faccini …Rock music, Chaseneuil du Poitou  le 16 mars 2017 (more)

Théâtre “Le bal des escargots” Niort…. Could be a bit slow moving! 16th to 18th March (more)

Spectacle Claudia Tagbo à Chatellerault le 16 mars 2018 (more)

28ème festival Piano en Saintonge. Festival de jeunes pianistes. Saintes 16th and 17th March (more)

Marathons and Half Marathons…Get fit all you overweight millenials.

31 of them!!! at various locations, Bressuire, La Rochelle, St Eutrope,and Taillebourg, throughout March and the rest of 2018/2019 (more) 


Terri’Thouars Blues: Thouars: 20th March to 25th March (more)

Click to hear a Utube clip of a song called ‘Winter is comming’ by Bluesoul Familly Bluegrass.

It is an appropriate song for the begining of March this year.









Rochefort Pacifique cinema; Rochefort 29th March to 2nd April.(more)

Foire at Rouillac: 27th March

Spectacle Celtic Legends à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 30 mars 2018 (more)

Bach a Paques; Saint Maixent L’Ecole: 30th March to 2nd April (more)

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes, February 2018


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I have had a look through at what is on in the old Poitou-Charentes region and selected some events that look interesting. Star billing has to be at the end of the month the Dog Dancing Championships on the 25th Feb… can you wait that long?

So here we go…..

Vernissage exposition Peggy Lurton, Melle;1st Feb (more)  she says she can  ‘transform my inner energies into visible forms’…Hmm sounds like fun.

Concert Generation Marley à Chatellerault le 2 février 2018 (more)

Concert Notre Dame De Paris à Vouneuil Sous Biard le 3 février 2018 (more)

Concert d’ô Bec à La Puye le 3 février 2018 (more)

Boxing;     Championship of France  Rochefort  3rd Feb 2018  (more) 


Indie/Pop NADA SURF : NadaSurf fête les 15 ans de “Let Go” + 1ère PARTIE; La Sirene La Rochelle 4th Feb (more)

Spécial Clouzot – Exposition itinérante “Clouzot à travers son oeuvre Niort 4th Feb (more)

STAGE DE MUSIQUE DE CHAMBRE  Abbaye aux Dames, Saintes – 5th to 9th FÉVRIER 2018 (more) 

Concert Bal sous les étoiles à Poitiers du 8 au 9 février 2018 (more) 

Local walks; there are loads of them for details of those in Charente Maritime click (more)  Here is one that took my eye, SORTIE ORNITHOLOGIQUE, 10th Feb 9am at Massignac click (more) for details on this specific walk. 

Spectacle Dirty Dancing à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 10 février 2018 (more)

Concert Roch Voisine à Chatellerault le 16 février 2018 (more)

Blues?? LES NUITS DE L’ALLIGATOR : LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD + ALTIN GUN + KEPA LaSireene La Rochelle, 16th   Feb (more)

Fossils and Minerals…quite interesting 3ÈME SALON MINÉRAUX, FOSSILES, MICROMINÉRAUX, SABLE, COQUILLAGES DU 17/02/2018 AU 18/02/2018 LA TREMBLADE (more)


FÊTE DU MIMOSA  St Trojan Les Bains… (more) an annual event 16th to 18th this year, but with global warming the Mimosa may flower a bit earlier!  as part of the whole event there is a Brocante/Vide du Grenier, always popular with the Brits Saturday 17th Feb early 7am to 9am!!! (more)

Michel Fugain En Concert à Chatellerault le 28 février 2018 (more)

4 CONCERTS À BRESSUIRE  Bocapole  – POITOU CHARENTES during February (more)

La Hune, St Benoit….several events on at this venue throughout February  (more)  

Marché aux truffes : 27 janvier et 10 février 2018 (more) 



What a good photo!



CARNAVAL LE 27/02/2018 À 17H00 (MARDI)LES PORTES EN RE (more) 

Trail de Val d’Egray,  Marathon and Half Marathon, Champdeniers 25th Feb (more)

Journées des Moulins Vivants du Bandiat, de La Tardoire, de l’Argence et de la Colle. 25th and 26th Feb (more) Check web site for which Windmills are open.

Foire de Truffles: Jarnac: every Tuesday morning in February (more)

Dog Dancing!!! Concours National de dog-dancing. Massais 25th Feb (more) Got to be worth a look!

Ancient Weapons Fair: Poitiers: 25th Feb (more)  There is also one in MAZIERES EN GATINE where ever that is on the 11th Feb.


Galantine d’hiver or perce-neige


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Snowdrops flowering now, its a sign that Spring is on its way and for some reason I am looking forward to it more this year than most.Snowdrops

Click to see my blog all about this interesting plant at www.woodlandwildflowers.wordpress.com 

It is another blog that I am working on, and of course if you are interested in wildflowers than most of it is relevant to Poitou-Charentes as well as the UK. You are welcome to follow it….no charge.

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes, January 2018


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January 2018 Well there is quite a lot going on this month, as there normally is in France. Here are a selection of events that caught my eye.

Expo-photos d’Alexandre Giraud Niort 2nd Jan (more)

Patinoire et luge pour Noël  (Looks like fun) Niort  From 2nd Dec to 6th Jan(more)

JAZZ a SAINT SATURNIN,  centre culturelle 16290 ST SATURNIN 12th to 21st Jan (more)

HEART FEST’ Salle polyvalente 16230 MANSLE 13th Jan (more)

CLOWN MIME “LUNE AIR” Salle de spectacles La Canopée Place du jumelage 16700 RUFFEC 14th January (more)

Spectacle Jean-Marie Bigard à Chatellerault le 17 janvier 2018 (more)





45th Festival International de la Bande Dessinée: Angouleme: 25th January to 28th January (more)

CONCERT : PASSI : « Les tentations… 20 ans » + 1ère PARTIE  RAP  LA SIRENE – Espace de Musiques Actuelles de la Communauté d’Agglomération de La Rochelle Saturday 20th Jan. (more)

Spectacle Carmina Burana à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 23 janvier 2018 (more)

CINEMA JAPONAISDU  25/01/2018 AU 27/01/2018 LA ROCHELLE (more)

FRENCH NEW-WAVE WEEK  : CABADZI x BLIER + ARM + NEVCHÉ  La Rochelle,  26th January (more)

Exposition de Michèle Simon  Celles sur Belle 27th Jan (more)





JOUR DE JAZZ À FOURAS LE 27/01/2018 LE 10/03/2018 (Seems like a long day to me??) (more)

One for the children….Spectacle Chantal Goya à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 28 janvier (more)

Marche au Truffles; Vilebois-Lavallette Dates to be announced for Jan and Feb (more)

Foire de Truffles: Jarnac every Tuesday morning through January/February (more)

I have selected some of the events but as always I recomend that you have a look through the web page for each department

Living in or near La Charente? then might I recommend that you visit this web site. (Agenda La Charente)  This site is quite good It lists far more than I do as it includes permanent exhibitions walks and really off beat events.

In la Vienne then click (Agenda La VienneThis site is OK

In Deux Sevres then click (Agenda Deux-SevresThis site was not kept up to date that well, seems better this year (2018)

And finally if you are in Charente Maritime  then click (Agenda Charente Maritime) This is a good site



Whats on in Poitou-Charentes, December 2017


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Well to start with at the beginning of the month there are major cosmic events and we will all feel energised and be full of beans! There is yet another super moon and other stuff to give your vibes a boost.  So to quote from the web site.

‘There is some solar storm activity that is affecting our world as we enter a stream of powerful solar wind. This can bring some very powerful and intense energy to our world and will continue over the next 2-3 days. You may have already been feeling it over the last few days; heightened emotions on either end of the spectrum….’ 

Personally I have little faith in it but it is little faith, I am not completely dismissing it.

OK back to earth and on to what is happening in the Poitou-Charentes bit of the earth.

EXPOSITION : CANIS LUPUS L’Alpha 1 rue Coulomb 16000 ANGOULEME. It has been on for some time and ends early January 2018, check web site for opening times. (more) 

Are there Grey Wolves living wild in France? YES, are they in Poitou-Charentes? read my blog about Grey Wolves

CONCERT : SOUL TIME SYSTEM Espace Henri Matisse 196 avenue du Général De Gaulle 16800 SOYAUX 8th December (more)

PINEAU ROUSSILLE : PORTES OUVERTES Pineau Roussille 21 rue de Libourdeau 16730 LINARS  9th and 10th December and its Free (more)

MARIONNETTES : GEPETTO Salle des fêtes 1 rue des écoles 16600 MORNAC 10th December (more)

Spectacle Irish Celtic Generations à Montmorillon le 10 décembre 2017 (more)

CONCERT MUSIQUE  ET ORGUE Eglise Saint-Maxime Rue de la Fontaine de Pommeau 16500 CONFOLENS 10th December (more)

CONCERT DE NOËL Eglise 16700 RUFFEC Also on 10th December so what will it be Ruffec or Confolens? (more)

Concert Choeurs Armee Russe Etoile Rouge à Chatellerault le 12 décembre 2017 (more)

Spectacle Augustin, Pirate des Indes à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 16 décembre 2017 (more)

FÊTE DE LA LUMIÈRE ET MARCHÉ DE NOËL Le Bourg16220 ECURAS 15th to 17th Dec (more)





MARCHÉ FERMIER DE NOËL Chambre d’agriculture 66 impasse Niepce16000 ANGOULEME. 22nd and 23rd December, Final chance to get your Christmas goodies! (more)

Boutique éphémère d’artisans durables.  31 GRAND’RUE79700 MAULÉON 23rd December (more)

Exposition Photo – Jazz bat la campagne, Parthenay  31st December (more)

So there you have a few events that are on this month. As always I suggest you check out the web sites of the individual departments where there is usually more things listed. Having said that I could not find anything in the site for Charente-Maritime. You can click on the link and see for yourself. I presume there will be things happening in places like Royan and La Rochelle this month but I searched other sites and could not find anything. I spent a long time trying and all I found was a reference to a Festival of Light in Royan and skating in Royan but I could not find dates or venues.  If anyone can help I will add stuff in but for now there are no links to anything in Charente-Maritime.

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; November 2017

I have a confession to make which is that by this stage of the year I normally give up on doing this aspect of my Poitou-Charentes blog. However having looked at the statistics for it this morning I have found that people are still looking at the page about what is on. In fact it is the second most popular page. The one that always tops the list is the page about Why the English refer to the French as Frogs. I have added the link to that page in case you are interested. It is if I say so myself a well researched article.

I have picked out a few interesting (to me) things that are ‘on’ this month, but as always in France there is a lot going on.  Mostly they are now what I would call minor events as summer is the time for the big spectaculars. As always I would recommend going to the web sites of the individual departments and try and  work you way through them to see exactly what is on. Here is my selection.

EXPOSITION PHOTOGRAPHIQUE “DE-CI, DE-LÀ”Espace découverteLes Remparts – Place de la Salle Verte16100 COGNAC 1st November to 31st December (more)


VOITURES ANCIENNES Place du Château16200 JARNAC 12th November (more)

FESTIVAL D’AUTOMNE 15 NOVEMBRE 2017 AU 30 DÉCEMBRE 2017La Rochelle (more)

Literatures Europeennes; Cognac: 16th to 19th November (more)

SORTIE ORNITHOLOGIQUE Maison des lacs16310 MASSIGNAC 18th November  (more)

CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL Place de la Mairie 16310 MONTEMBOEUF 18th November(more)

Exposition Patrick Pichon Melle  19th November (more) 

Exposition de Michel Andre dit Croctoo, Niort 24th November. (more)

Marans; Charente-Maritime.


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Marans is one of more northerly towns in the Charente-Maritime very close to the boundary with the Vendée, The River Sevre-Niortaise runs through the centre of the town on its way to La Rochelle and the Atlantic-Ocean.
This was once an important port with a large trade in Wheat and Dairy products, today the port  has no commercial importance save that of a marina for pleasure craft.

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The unusual futuristic Church spire of Marans, the Covered Market hall, the ancient moulin de Beauregard and the ruins of of the Eglise St. Etienne, together with the walks along the harbour side makes Marans a pleasant stop off on your journey.This is the covered market.

Having said that on the day we visited in early September it was very quiet, many shops and restaurants were closed and only a few people were about. The busiest part was the main through road which had an almost constant passage of heavy lorries moving through.

There were a couple of boat hire places open but no queues to get on the boats like I have encountered in places like Coulon during mid summer. I suppose it was the beginning of the ‘end of the season’. Evidently in days gone by there was a flourishing dairy industry, based on cattle which were well fed on the surrounding Marrais Poitevin pastures.

This is what the information board said.

Finally a few more photos that I took whilst there…note the lack of people. Anyway very pleasant and well worth a look, maybe in the summer.

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Barthélémy Fabbro   A citizen of Marans, Mr. Barthélémy Fabbro, provided for the construction of a bell tower in 1988 thanks to a donation. He deplored to see the church in which he had made his first communion,  remain without steeple. At the age of 93, he decided to offer this new constuction to the city and he chose the style. A company of the commune specialized in the construction of masts and they formulated the new bell-tower, paying homage to the know-how of the Marrans people……

To see comments and photos of other towns and villages in what was Poitou-Charentes  click Towns and villages.

What’s on in Poitou-Charentes; October 2017


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There is still a lot going on in the Poitou-Charentes region this month. This is just a selection, I would suggest you also visit the tourist sites for each region where they list far more. However I am disappointed to see that on the regions websites they have listings for the Claudio Zavatta circus, and the  Grand Cirque St-Petersbourg . It seems that these events are still popular in France. My objection is their use of wild animals like Lions and Tigers.  What sort of life is it being transported from place to place and then having to preform. This is a link to a Utube clip showing the lions being ‘cared for’ in a cage. You make up your own mind.

Between the two towers Jazz Festival: La Rochelle: 30th September to 7th October (more)

Cirque Claudio Zavatta; Niort  1st October (more).

Well I would advise against this if they sill are using wild animals, tigers and lions etc I would direct you to a blog I wrote some years ago.  Maybe its just clowns and high wire stuff but if its wild animals then give it a miss.

Semaine Bleue et “américaine”: Niort,  2nd to 6th October (more)

RALLYE DUNES ET MARAIS,du 06/10/2017 au 08/10/2017,ST PALAIS SUR MER (more)

CINEMA: NÉS EN CHINE Rue d’Aquitaine16190 MONTMOREAU 8th October (more)

Angie Palmer in concert Luzay 14th October (more)

Spectacle Kamel le Magicien à Poitiers le 15 octobre 2017 (more)


Concert Oumou Sangare à Poitiers le 20 octobre 2017 (more)

I do not know what this is all about, but the poster for it is quite eye catching….maybe click on the link and you may find out more and it might be of interest… better than French TV no doubt.


Concert Hommage a Stephane Grappelli à Chasseneuil du Poitou le 20 octobre 2017 (more)

Spectacle Le Grand Cirque St-Petersbourg Légende à Chatellerault le 20 octobre 2017 (more)

And it is on again in Poitiers. Spectacle Le Grand Cirque St-Petersbourg Légende à Poitiers  21st to 23rd  October 2017(more)



I would suggest you do not visit these events. They give the wrong message to children about respect for wild animals.


Festival international du Film Ornithologique; Meningoute: 27th Oct to 1st Nov. (more)

Projection du film “Marie baigne dans le beurre”; Luzay 27th October (more) 

Hmm, well if my translation of the title of the film is correct…. then the mind boggles.